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California's Railroad to the U.S. 1861 - 1996
Southern Pacific GE 70-Tonner
Modeling choices at the moment are:
The most readily available (only?) HO Scale model would be the Bachmann offering. It is a reasonable facsimile of the 70 tonner, although naturally, it is missing some details found on Espee units. It also has one extra set of louvers on the left hand side, closest to the cab, but these could be filled in if you are fussy. the end handrails are accurate for a unit without MU capability. Those units fitted with MU, also had dropsteps and so a different style of end handrails.
My model came factory painted in the 'Tiger Stripe' switcher scheme, this is incorrect as SP classified these as Road Units, so they came painted with 'Tiger Stripes' and aluminum ends. 70 tonners that survived long enough were painted in the 'Blood Nose' paint scheme.
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