How Rare Are the EMD SD60M Triclops Units?

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How Rare Are the EMD SD60M Triclops Units?

Postby NellsChoo » Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:59 pm

Hi all

I managed to accidentally catch two ex-BN EMD SD60M "Triclops" units recently. I am seeing people refer to them as "rare", but for the life of me I can't find any real info about them online.

Does anyone know roughly how many of these still exist?
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Re: How Rare Are the EMD SD60M Triclops Units?

Postby atsf sp » Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:27 pm

There were 100 SD60Ms built for the BN railroad. Of these 14 are operated by PRLX still in cascade green and now sold to NS NS6807-6815. The remaining barring any wreck retirement (of which I cannot provide to you if any) are still on BNSF but renumbered to the 1400 series. So there are a good amount of triclops. A total of 463 SD60Ms were built with 100 of these being the BN triclops. Railfanning NS they would be considered rare since there are only 9 triclops of SD60Ms on a roster with 44 ex Con SD60MS and 46 SD60I.

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Re: How Rare Are the EMD SD60M Triclops Units?

Postby JayBee » Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:25 am

atsf sp wrote:There were 100 SD60Ms built for the BN railroad. Of these 14 are operated by PRLX still in cascade green and now sold to NS NS6807-6815. The remaining barring any wreck retirement (of which I cannot provide to you if any) are still on BNSF but renumbered to the 1400 series. So there are a good amount of triclops. A total of 463 SD60Ms were built with 100 of these being the BN triclops. Railfanning NS they would be considered rare since there are only 9 triclops of SD60Ms on a roster with 44 ex Con SD60MS and 46 SD60I.

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Ahh, no. the first 50 BN SD60M locomotives had the "Triclops" windshield arrangement, as did the 5 SD60Ms built for Soo Line, and the first 184 SD60Ms built for Union Pacific. The subsequent SD60Ms for both BN and UP had a two windshield cab like the later SD70 and SD75 models. Also interestingly the 4 SD60MAC test locomotives also had the "Triclops" windshield arrangement.
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Re: How Rare Are the EMD SD60M Triclops Units?

Postby D40LF » Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:40 pm

Also, two broad gauge Triclops SD60Ms were built for the Carajas Railway in Brazil. I believe they are still operable.

In general, almost all of the Triclops still exist, although some of UP's units have been stored out in the desert.
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