I had my first exposure to the new Broadway E-7 last Thursday night. The one I was exposed to was the CB&Q version.
I am glad that I didn't buy one. The front end looks "funny". There seems to be too much angle and slant to the windscreen, but that is not the part that I found most disappointing.
The "sound" is horrible. For starters, it is about 70 decibels too loud. The worst part, however, is that it doesn't sound remotely like an E-7. OK, maybe ~remotely~ like one. You have to flog your imagination and work it overtime to get there. It does sound like some kind of weird, hybrid thingie that is part normally aspirated EMD 567, part Alco 539T. It has traces of the salient thrumming EMD sound mixed in with the burble/chirp/chortle trademark sound of the turbo version of the 539. On the whole it sounds like some strange, heretofore unknown four-stroke-cycle prime mover. To make matters even worse, the E-7 is a dual-engined machine. The model is not. It has sounds of only a single prime mover.
I have been told that it is a recording of a unit that has been rebuilt with an EMD 645, and that what I am hearing is an EMD 645. Horsefeathers! This is the rankest, most overt kind of rationalization. It is no closer to the sound of a 645 than it is to the sound of the N&W1218 with the airpumps running. It may never be possible to make a recording of an EMD E unit with the two 567s running, but a synthesized effort can get there and would, no doubt. be closer than the awful cacaphony emitted by the Broadaway offering.
In short, although it may be a bit late for that, I did not like the machine and would not get one other than as a collectable piece; and I don't collect. On a scale of one to ten, this guy gets a five from me.