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Athearn #G65254 SD60E Locomotive w/DCC&Sound - Norfolk Southern Honoring Our Veterans #6920

Athearn #G65254  SD60E Locomotive w/DCC&Sound - Norfolk Southern Honoring Our Veterans #6920
  • Manufacture: Model Train Specials
  • Category: Diesel Locomotive
  • Number: G65254
  • Scale: HO
  • Price: $288.99
• 3900 gallon EMD fuel tank
• Cab mounted PTC antenna array
• NS designed snow plow
• Slotted style blower duct kick plate
• Prototypical cab panel louver arrangement

• Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
• LED lighting including:
- Headlights
- Illuminated deck mounted ditchlights front and rear
- Numberboards
- Ground lights above front trucks
• Long hood mounted Nathan 5-chime air horn
• Sunshades
• Rounded or rectangular cab windows per prototype
• Flexible rubber multiple unit (MU) hoses with silver glad hands
• Flexible rubber front and rear trainline air hose with silver glad
• Step wells feature seperately applied individual see through
photo-etch steps
• Coupler cut levers with loops
• Anticlimbers
• Safety tread on the walkways
• Anti-glare panel painted on the nose
• Factory applied photo-etch windshield wipers & lift rings
• See through and tinted cab windows
• Detailed and painted cab interior with control stand, display
screens, detailed crew seats
• See-through radiator fans
• Factory installed wire grab irons
• Fine-scale handrails for scale appearance
• Underframe mounted E-bell
• HT-C trucks with Timken bearings
• DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with
21-pin connector
• McHenry scale knuckle spring couplers
• Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field
measurements, photographs, and more
• Accurately painted and printed paint schemes
• Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision
machined flywheels, and multi-link drivetrain for trouble free
• All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet
• All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
• Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
• Bidirectional constant lighting so headlight brightness remains
• Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
• Packaging securely holds for the model for safe storage
• Minimum radius: 18”
• Recommended radius: 22”

Beginning in early 2010, NS SD60 #6653 entered the Juniata
shops in Altoona, PA as what would be the first of 240 planned
units of the SD60E Capital Rebuild Program for Norfolk
Southern. Following in August the same year, SD60s #6567
& #6576 were retired and destined for the SD60E program
that was planned to continue through 2019. Mechanically,
the original prime mover, a 16-cylinder 710G3, remained
but was thoroughly rebuilt to 710G3B specs and rerated to
4,000 horsepower. The original shaft-driven air compressor
was replaced with a new motor-driven compressor. All-new
electrical cabinets and wiring coupled with EMD’s EM2000
microprocessor controls was installed, along with D99BTR
traction motors. A new split-cooling system helps the
SD60E meet Tier 0+ emission requirements and reduce fuel
consumption by an estimated 5% as compared to an older
SD60 model.The SD60E’s tractive effort is rated at 109,000
pounds while an un-rebuilt SD60 is rated at 96,320-100,000
Externally while most of the SD60’s carbody remained intact,
the program included the installation of a completely new cab,
offering crews better crash protection. The original SD60 cab
weighs 3,800 pounds compared to 12,500 pounds for the new
cab. A more spacious work environment is available with the
new cab of the SD60E. This cab was designed by NS with input
from outside consultants and train crews. Fabricated by Curry
Railroad Supply, a local vendor, it looks unlike anything else on
U.S. rails with its pronounced numberboard/headlight housing
and flat front with a centered cab door.
The first unit was finally released for service on November 15,
2010, carrying road number 6900. In March 2011, 6901 was
released, followed by 6902 in June of that year. These three
units gave NS mechanical personnel valuable feedback as the
units toured the system, enduring “real life” testing.
In March 2012, the fourth SD60E emerged from Juniata as one
of the 12 units initially funded for the program. But the pace of the
remanufacturing process picked up as initial teething problems
were addressed. The units soon met the carrier’s expectations
and began entering revenue service on a regular basis.


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