The MTH HO EMD SD70MM-2 Diesel DCC Florida East Coast models the ElectroMotive Division's (Formerly General Motors, now Caterpillar) SD70M-2 Diesel Locomotive. EMD introduced the SD70 series in 1992 to replace the SD60 series. The main differences were the new series was upgraded to meet Tier 2 requirements, had a new underframe with new sheetmetal above the frame, and easier access to cables and air lines. The EMD SD70-M-2 has six axles and contains the 16-710G3C-T2 engine rated at 4,300 hp. Production of the SD70M-2 locomotive began in 2005. This locomotive is DC- railroads have been converting to AC Traction- and since its 2005 introduction has only sold 331 units. Like most recent locomotives, a safety cab is standard.
Road Name and History:
Florida East Coast Railway: The Florida East Coast Railway was the dream of Henry Flagler, who had made his fortune along with John D. Rockefeller at Standard Oil. Beginning in 1885 the Florida East Coast built its rail line, as the name implies, down the east coast of Florida, reaching Key West via long bridges by 1912 (A hurricane in 1935 destroyed the railroad to Key West..it was rebuilt as U.S. Highway 1). Flagler saw the potential for Florida as a tourist destination, and he developed resorts and promoted the State of Florida he had come to love. For years in the 20th Century the railroad was in the DuPont Family. New management in the early 1960s introduced two person crews and dropped cabooses- innovations now in place on all railroads. This action prompted a long strike and violence, but the FEC prevailed. Florida East Coast Railway was eventually purchased by Rail America, but is now owned by Fortress Investment Group. FEC's franchise of intermodal trains to South Florida and rock trains for the Florida construction industry have enabled the railroad to prosper on its own.