TS19: The Most Powerful “Geep”
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
The 3,800-horsepower Electro-Motive GP60 is soon coming to Train Simulator in Norfolk Southern livery!
The fabulously successful line of Electro-Motive GP-series locomotives, nicknamed “Geeps,” was in production for more than four decades, and the most powerful rendition of the Geep – the 3,800-horsepower GP60 – is soon coming to Train Simulator in Norfolk Southern livery!
Electro-Motive’s landmark line of GP-series, four-axle (B-B) road-switchers made its debut in 1949 with the 1,500-horsepower GP7. Over the following four-and-a-half decades, nearly 17,000 Geeps in 30 different models and using three series of EMD power plants (the 567-; 645-; and 710-series) would be constructed, culminating with the GP60, which was produced from 1985 through 1994 (in 2000-2001, EMD produced a small number of Caterpillar-powered GP15D and GP20D diesels). Today, thousands of EMD’s classic Geeps remain in service across North America for railroads large and small.
The GP60 was successor to the highly successful GP40-2 and transitional GP50. The most fundamental mechanical difference between the GP60 and its predecessors was the GP60’s employment of EMD’s then-new 710-series 16-cylinder power plant which, at 3,800-horsepower, also made the GP60 the most powerful Geep constructed. Visually, the GP60 continued the general carbody lines of its predecessors, yet was easily spotted by its redesigned and boxy dynamic brake blister and large rear radiator fans. Introduced in an era when North America’s railroad ever-more preferred six-axle motive power, the GP60 would garner 294 orders from seven buyers over its nine-year production life, while customized editions for the Santa Fe, the GP60M and GP60B, would account for an additional 86 unit-sales.
Southern Pacific and sister road Cotton Belt were the largest customer for the GP60, acquiring 195 units. Norfolk Southern was the next largest buyer, acquiring 50 GP60s in 1991-1992. Wearing Norfolk Southern 7100-series road-numbers and dressed in the railroad’s attractive livery, the NS GP60 is now coming soon to Train Simulator. This upcoming DLC for TS19 will re-create the Norfolk Southern EMD GP60 in exacting detail and in both “Cold and Dark” and “Running” editions. It will be accompanied by three career scenarios for the recently released Norfolk Southern N-Line route and the versatile and modern EMD diesel will also be authentic for use on a variety of contemporary Train Simulator routes. Indeed, all but a few of Norfolk Southern’s GP60s remain in active service today. – Gary Dolzall
Coming soon to Train Simulator is the 3,800-horsepower Electro-Motive GP60 – the most powerful variation of EMD’s long-lived and classic line of “Geep” diesel road-switchers – in attractive Norfolk Southern livery. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
The Electro-Motive GP60 (above) was successor to the successful GP40-2 and transitional GP50. The most fundamental mechanical difference between the GP60 and its predecessors was the GP60’s employment of EMD’s 710-series 16-cylinder power plant which, at 3,800-horsepower, also made the GP60 the most powerful Geep constructed. Visually, the GP60 continued the general carbody lines of its predecessors, yet was easily spotted by its redesigned and boxy dynamic brake blister and large rear radiator fans (below). Note: Screenshots depict content still in development.
Electro-Motive produced 294 standard GP60s from 1985 through 1994 and Norfolk Southern was the buyer (in 1991-1992) of 50 units, the last of which delivered wore NS road number 7150 (above). The GP60 was among the final EMD locomotives to use the builders’ traditional “spartan” style cab and traditional control stand (below) before the general adoption of wide cabs for North American main line locomotives.
Burly and powerful, the upcoming Train Simulator Norfolk Southern EMD GP60 is an exacting and highly authentic re-creation of Electro-Motive’s most potent Geep and will be provided in both “Cold and Dark” and “Running” editions. All but a few of NS’s EMD GP60s remain in active service today.
The Norfolk Southern GP60 for TS19 will be accompanied by three career scenarios for the recently released Norfolk Southern N-Line route. At work on the N-Line, a duo of GP60s are heading down the North Carolina branch line near Granite (above) and Rockwell (below).
Bound for Halls Ferry on the Norfolk Southern N-Line route, NS GP60 7128 and a sister hustle past a distinctive Southern Railway whistle post (above), then stroll through picturesque Misenheimer, North Carolina (below).
Electro-Motive’s most powerful “Geep” – the GP60 – is coming soon to TS19 in Norfolk Southern livery and, in addition to working on the popular NS N-Line route, will also be authentic for use on a variety of contemporary Train Simulator routes!
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TS19: The Most Powerful “Geep”