Is this an SD70ECS?
The Railway is Coming...................
I have been training a group of new Railway Police today in Abu Dhabi, in Integrated Emergency Management. The Etihad Railway is in existance, Etihad in Arabic means 'Union'.
Track laying has begun in the desert and 7 new EMD SD70ECS locomotives have been ordered, for delivery in October this year. A picture I was given shows a locomotive in the corporate colours of grey and red. Is this an SD70ECS? Grey has been chosen because of the harsh heat and sun they will operate in and will fade the least.
The artwork from the company website shows a side view:
I think the boxes are the sand filters. They will have sand plows, together with special cooling for the extreme heat (it is +44c with 30% humidity or around +118f at my home in Abu Dhabi today, with blowing sand).
I suspect the side view is an artists impression, but not sure about the 3/4 front picture. I have to admit I wouldn't recognise an SD70 if it knocked me over . Are these SD70's anybody??
The first part of what will become quite an extensive network will carry sulfur granules the 270 kilometers from the Habshan oil field, on the Tropic of Cancer, to the port of Ruais on the Arabian Gulf.
Modeling a sand railway here is easy - I have hectares of the stuff in all different colours and grades right outside my home!
Happy modeling from the Land of Sand
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