No. 4002 the "Spirit of Seward" was assembled at EMD's Juniata Plant in
Altoona, Pennsylvania. It traveled with sister units 4001 and
4003 from Seattle, Washington to Whittier, Alaska on the Crowley Marine
barge Bonita. It arrived in Anchorage on February 10, 2000.
Frank Dewey's photo conveys the exciting first test run of the SD70MACs
on February 26, 2000. Numbers 4002, 4003 and 4004 pulled 66 hoppers
loaded with coal from Anchorage to Seward. The total length (including
consist) was 3893 feet while the total weight (including consist) was 8579
tons. Initial departure time was 4:00 p.m. and arrival in Seward
was approximately 2:00 a.m. A minor disappointment occured at Divide
when the train took the hill at 2.5 mphr instead of the predicted 7 mph.
The return trip was fairly uneventful. One hopper was set out due
to troublesome brakes. With 4004 in the lead, the three locomotives
pulled the 65 empties back to Anchorage.
On March 15, 2000, the SD70MAC fleet suffered its first road failure as
the Spirit of Seward sopped pulling a coal train. The problem was
For more information, see my ARR SD70MAC
Photo courtesy of Frank Dewey
Photo taken approaching Beluga Point (MP 95.5) on
February 26, 2000