The only thing I would suggest in regards to fixed pilots vs. swinging ones is this: May we have the type of set-up used on the Vision Line Hybrids where the pilot is body mounted independently of the truck, yet can pivot and be self centering as needed.
From my investigation, I am told that the SD70 *will* have the pivoting trucks just like the Vision Hybrids...
Jon, just so I understand, are you refering to the body mounted, pivoting pilots or just the trucks? If it is confirmed about the pilots, I'm in for this model BIG TIME. I thought the Pilot set up on the Vision Line Hybrids was the coolest thing I had seen on an O scale train in some time. I was able to fix the front one for the lead engine and then let the rear one float with the coupler allowing me to go around some pretty small curves and still look good. If it had been drilled for a Kadee box, it would be perfect. I still contend that this is THE ideal solution for both scale and Flyer operators to get what they like regarding pilot design contained in one package. Count me in for 5 or 6 of the SD70ACE's if they have this feature. It is just that good.
P.S. You may want to tap Swafford to reccomend the paint schemes as he has been on a serious hot streak lately! I would have never thought of a 21st Century Santa Fe SD70ACE but that one looks killer!
CSX Troy, - you are correct to point out pilots, not trucks. Yes, the pilot will pivot just like the VL hybrids. Sorry for any confusion I caused, should have finished my coffee this morning before posting!