TS21: Third-Generation Hauler
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Electro-Motive’s SD60 helped introduce the third generation of North American diesel locomotives, and now the 3,800-horsepower hauler comes to Train Simulator in Canadian National livery.
In the early 1980s, Electro-Motive introduced a new line of diesel locomotives branded the “60 Series,” and with it came a new prime mover, EMD’s two-stroke 710-series diesel power plant. A keystone of the new EMD 60 Series was the six-axle (C-C), 3,800-horsepower SD60, which utilized the 16-cylinder version of the 710G3 power plant. And now, in the stylish livery of railroad giant Canadian National, the EMD SD60 is ready to take to the rails in Train Simulator!
Successor to the 645-series powered SD50, the SD60 featured not only the EMD 710-series power plant but introduced a new control system managed by multiple micro-processors. Indeed, the SD60 is widely considered EMD’s initial “third generation” diesel locomotive.
Construction of SD60s began in 1984 as Electro-Motive built four blue-and-white liveried SD60 demonstrators. While the SD60 debuted many new features, a hold-over was its use of EMD’s “Spartan”-style angular cab design that had been in vogue on most EMD locomotives since the early 1960s (a design that would soon be supplanted by the “North American” cab design introduced with the otherwise similar SD60M)..
From 1984 through 1991, eight large U. S. railroads and leasing company Oakway purchased a total of 537 Spartan-cab SD60s. Sister models, featuring various semi-streamlined cab designs (including the SD60M, SD60I, and Canadian National’s unique cowl-equipped SD60F) accounted for another 606 locomotives.
Second only to Norfolk Southern as an active buyer of the standard SD60, Oakway Leasing acquired 100 SD60s in 1986. The Oakway units, wearing a livery similar to the EMD demonstrators, originally worked on the Burlington Northern, often toting unit coal trains from the Powder River Basin. Many of the Oakway units later migrated to leasing company GATX (with reporting marks GMTX), and in 2012 Canadian National acquired 90 of the husky units. Dressed in CN’s red, white, and black livery, the CN SD60s have been employed in a variety of main line freight duties and have operated regularly in both Canada and the United States.
Now, developer Travel By Train brings the EMD SD60 in Canadian National colors to Train Simulator! The Canadian National Electro-Motive SD60 for Train Simulator features realistic details, controls, and sounds. And the DLC includes three career scenarios that will put the 3,800-horsepower diesels to work on the Train Simulator Yellowhead Pass: Jasper - Valemount route (route available separately). The SD60 is also provided in leasing company liveries.
The Canadian National EMD SD60: Powerful, stylish – and now available for Train Simulator! – Gary Dolzall
Electro-Motive’s SD60 helped introduce the third generation of North American diesel locomotives and now, as created by developer Travel By Train, the 3,800-horsepower locomotive comes to Train Simulator in Canadian National livery. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
Construction of SD60s began at Electro-Motive in 1984. While the SD60 debuted many new features, a hold-over was its use of EMD’s “Spartan”-style angular cab design (above and below) that had been in vogue on most EMD locomotives since the early 1960s. Note: Screenshots depict content while in development.
In 2012, Canadian National acquired a fleet of 90 SD60s that had been built for leasing company Oakway. On the CN, the diesels can be found totting a variety of tonnage from intermodal traffic (above) to heavy unit trains (below), and the diesels work regularly in both the United States and Canada. Note: Rolling stock depicted is included in the Train Simulator Yellowhead Pass: Jasper - Valemount route (route available separately).
It is a snow-covered but sunny day on the Train Simulator Yellowhead Pass: Jasper - Valemount route as a duo of CN SD60s ease down the east slope of the pass near Foster (above), then roll along the Fraser River at Red Pass, British Columbia (below).
A lash-up of Canadian National SD60s climb the scenic and rugged east slope of Yellowhead Pass. The new Canadian National SD60 DLC includes three scenarios for the Yellowhead Pass: Jasper - Valemount route (route available separately).
Canadian National's fleet of EMD SD60s was originally constructed for leasing company Oakway and many moved on to the GMTX before the units were acquired by CN in 2012. The new Canadian National SD60 DLC includes units in this distinctive blue-and-white livery.
Created by Travel By Train with realistic details, operating controls, and sounds the powerful EMD SD60 in striking Canadian National livery is ready to take to the rails in Train Simulator – and is now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games stores!
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TS21: Third-Generation Hauler