Train Simulator

TS19: The “Crescent Cab” Cometh

Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Norfolk Southern’s distinctive SD60E rebuilt locomotive is coming soon to Train Simulator!
Norfolk Southern’s distinctive SD60E rebuilt diesel locomotive, featuring the railroad’s unique “Crescent Cab,” is coming soon to Train Simulator!
Beginning in 2010, the Norfolk Southern conducted a program at its famed Juniata (Altoona), Pa., shops to upgrade its expansive fleet of standard Electro-Motive SD60 diesel locomotives. Having originally rolled out of Electro-Motive between 1985 and 1990, the NS fleet of standard (“spartan cab”) SD60s had, by 2010, put in upwards of a quarter-century of hard mainline labor. But when it comes to innovation and efficiency, Norfolk Southern stands second-to-none, and so rather than retire its aging SD60s, NS developed the SD60E program to upgrade and update the locomotives.
From a visual standpoint, the SD60E is keynoted by its new wide nose and cab – dubbed the “Crescent Cab” by Norfolk Southern. In addition to providing the crew an enhanced work environment, the Crescent Cab, built by Curry Rail Services in Hollidaysburg, Pa., meets updated FRA crashworthiness standards.
But there’s also much more to the SD60E upgrade “under the hood.” Powered by an EMD 16-cylinder 710G3B engine and equipped with EM2000 microprocessors, the SD60E is rated at 4,000 horsepower (versus 3,800-horsepower for a standard SD60). Electronic fuel injection, NS’s split cooling system, electronic air braking systems, positive train control capability, improved fuel efficiency, and compliance to Tier 0+ emissions standards are additional features of the SD60E.
Between 2010 and 2017, the SD60E program churned out 136 rebuilds (NS road number block 6900-7035) and the program has included not only original NS units, but second-hand SD60s purchased by the railroad (with heritages of Union Pacific and Chicago & North Western service). Along with the majority of the SD60Es dressed in NS’s striking “Thoroughbred” livery, three SD60Es have been outfitted in special liveries (NS No. 9-1-1 honoring first responders; NS 6920 honoring service veterans; and NS 6963 in a special “Go Rail” livery). With Norfolk Southern increasingly focusing on A.C. power, it is uncertain if additional SD60Es will be remanufactured, but most certainly the distinctive and potent locomotives, which can be found system wide lugging everything from heavy coal tonnage to intermodal traffic, will be a vital component of the NS diesel fleet for years to come.
Created by The LocoShop, the upcoming Norfolk Southern SD60E for Train Simulator features an authentic “Crescent Cab” with a variety of realistic control and operating features. The Train Simulator NS SD60E will be dressed in the railroad’s “Thoroughbred” livery and is provided in both clean and snow-dressed livery variants.
As a bonus, the SD60E pack will also include Norfolk Southern’s noted “Top Gon” rebuilt coal gondola, several thousand of which were rebuilt by the railroad from older hoppers beginning in 1991 and which will be ideal for coal duty on many Train Simulator routes. Four scenarios featuring the NS SD60E and Top Gon cars in service on the Norfolk Southern Coal District route (route available separately) will be provided with the pack.
Distinctive and powerful, the Norfolk Southern SD60E is coming soon to Train Simulator. – Gary Dolzall
The distinctive Norfolk Southern SD60E is coming soon to Train Simulator. Beginning in 2010, the Norfolk Southern conducted a program at its famed Juniata (Altoona), Pa., shops to upgrade its fleet of standard Electro-Motive SD60 locomotives. From a visual standpoint, the SD60E is keynoted by its new wide nose and cab – dubbed the “Crescent Cab” by Norfolk Southern. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
A set of Norfolk Southern SD60Es duck through the access road tunnel (above) and then approach Bailey Mine on the loop track (below) for loading on the NS Coal District route. Powered by an EMD 16-cylinder 710G3B engine and equipped with EM2000 microprocessors, the SD60E is rated at 4,000 horsepower. Electronic fuel injection, NS’s split cooling system, electronic air braking systems, positive train control capability, and improved fuel efficiency are features of the SD60E. Note: Screenshots depict content still in development.
The upcoming Norfolk Southern SD60E pack will also include NS’s noted “Top Gon” rebuilt coal gondola, several thousand of which were rebuilt by NS from older hoppers beginning in 1991 and which will be ideal for coal duty on many Train Simulator routes.
Working eastbound over the rugged and remote Manor Branch, Norfolk Southern SD60E 6950 and sisters have heavy coal tonnage in tow (above and below). Four scenarios featuring the NS SD60E and Top Gon cars on the Norfolk Southern Coal District route (route available separately) will be provided with the SD60E pack.
On a snowy eve at West Brownsville, Norfolk Southern SD60E 7001 and a sister prepare to lug empties west (above), while nearby another set of the unique 4,000-horsepower diesels urge loads across the Monongahela River (below). The Train Simulator NS SD60E will be dressed in the railroad’s famed “Thoroughbred” livery and is provided in both clean and snow-dressed variants.
The upcoming Norfolk Southern SD60E will provide the opportunity to take the engineer’s seat in NS’s unique “Crescent Cab” design and handle a variety of realistic controls and operating features.
Totaling 12,000 horsepower, a trio of NS SD60Es forward “black diamonds” east from Bailey Mine on the Norfolk Southern Coal District route. Distinctive and powerful, the Norfolk Southern SD60E diesel is coming soon to Train Simulator!
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