BN’s early 1990s Tri-Clops SD60Ms

BN’s early 1990s Tri-Clops SD60Ms

Burlington Northern (BN) bought nearly one hundred examples of Electro-Motive Division’s (EMD) SD60M. The first group was constructed from December 1989 through March 1990, according to Robert C. Del Grosso’s Burlington Northern Railroad Historical Review 1970-1995 (Withers Publishing). This first production (BN 9200-9249) came with what fans label a “tri-clops” windshield design with three front windows.

ABOVE: BN 9200 was at the annual Galesburg Railroad Days event in June 1990. The unit was a new arrival on the roster at the time. – Dennis Hertrich photo, Kevin EuDaly collection

The second production of SD60Ms came with two wider panels making up the front windshield. This design carries over to other EMD models and the unique three-window tri-clops was no longer the look for this six-axle diesel locomotive.

ABOVE: EMD’s SD60M production came with several variations, the tri-clops (three window) windshield or panel windshield being a spotting feature.

Athearn recently delivered a production of tri-clops SD60M diesel locomotives models in HO scale. The Genesis-series release comes fully assembled and can be bought with standard DC setup or with Digital Command Control and SoundTraxx Tsumani 2 audio output.

This model includes many separately applied details to the multi-part plastic body shell, including wipers over each of the three front windows.

ABOVE: Front and rear pilots include hoses and additional details, the pilot steps include see-through open tread (as per prototype).

Burlington Northern experimented with several livery modifications beginning in the 1980s. This group of SD60Ms came with vertical white panels on the sides of the nose and white background on the cab face with large “BN” herald on the nose below the headlights.

ABOVE: BN 9213 was at Superior, Wis., on May 25, 1995, and is the prototype for the model presented. -T.N. Colbert photo, Kevin EuDaly collection

In addition to Burlington Northern, this production of Athearn Genesis HO-scale SD60M tri-clops releases includes BNSF, Canadian Pacific, Norfolk Southern, and Union Pacific.

ABOVE: This is an example of Athearn’s Canadian Pacific SD60M tri-clops model from this 2021 release.

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This article was posted on: March 29, 2021