The SD80MAC series was introduced by EMD in late 1995. Conrail was the first railroad to receive the SD80MAC in early 1996, and as it would turn out, Conrail would be the only original buyer of this locomotive, even purchasing both of the demonstrator units. CSX and Norfolk Southern have since acquired these units.
The locomotives which are still in service today for Norfolk Southern now wear the “unibrow” paint scheme along with the NS Horsehead logo – distinguishable from the previous versions as they substitute the full white face for a strip of white surrounding the number boards above the cab.
- Locomotive feature directional Golden White LED headlights and ditch lights.
- Powerful five pole motor with brass flywheels and all-wheel electrical pickup from scale 42" blackened metal wheels.
- Comes with a number of consumer applied detail parts such as individually molded windshield wipers, MU hoses, and grab irons.
- "Drop-in" DCC friendly with a NMRA standard 8-pin plug for easy DCC upgrading.