TS19: Fourth of July Geep!
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Celebrate America’s “birthday” with the latest U.S. Add-On for Train Simulator – the Norfolk Southern EMD GP60!
The Fourth of July is Independence Day in the United States, and along with fireworks and a backyard cookout, what better way to celebrate America’s “birthday” than by putting the now-available Train Simulator Norfolk Southern EMD GP60 to work?
Electro-Motive’s landmark line of GP-series, four-axle (B-B) road-switchers, nicknamed the “Geep,” 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. By the time the GP60 was produced (from 1985 through 1994), the horsepower rating of the Geep had more than doubled from the 1,500-horsepower of the GP7 – to 3,800 horses for the potent GP60.
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, 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 high-horsepower 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) which were outfitted in NS 7100-series road-numbers and dressed in the railroad’s attractive black-and-white livery. As befitting the tradition of the versatile EMD Geep, Norfolk Southern’s powerful GP60s have been employed over the years in a variety of duties and all but a few of NS’s fleet of GP60s remain in active service today.
Now available, the new Train Simulator Norfolk Southern EMD GP60 has been created by DTG along with the extraordinary talents of Ricardo Rivera (of Reppo), in exacting detail and in both “Cold and Dark” and “Running” editions. The GP60 is accompanied by three career scenarios for the recently released Norfolk Southern N-Line route and the powerful and modern EMD diesel will also be authentic for use on a variety of contemporary Train Simulator routes.
Celebrate the Fourth of July at the throttle of 3,800 horses – with the Norfolk Southern EMD GP60, now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores! – Gary Dolzall
Now available for Train Simulator duty in attractive Norfolk Southern livery is the 3,800-horsepower Electro-Motive GP60 – the most powerful edition of EMD’s landmark and long-lived line of “Geep” diesel road-switchers. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
The Electro-Motive GP60 (above) was successor to the successful GP40-2 and transitional GP50. The most fundamental 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, made the GP60 the most powerful Geep constructed. The GP60 was also among the final EMD locomotives to use the builders’ traditional “spartan” style cab and traditional control stand (below). Note: Screenshots may depict content still in development.
Norfolk Southern purchased 50 GP60s in 1991-1992. As befitting the tradition of the versatile EMD Geep, NS’s GP60s have been employed over the years in a variety of duties and all but a few remain in active service today. Near Old Spencer Yard on the TS19 Norfolk Southern N-Line route, NS GP60 7118 is spotting covered hoppers for grain loading.
Working local freight P92, a duo of Norfolk Southern GP60s make their way through Salisbury, North Carolina (above), then swing onto the NS N-Line branch at Yadkin Junction (below). Over a nine-year (1985-1994) production run, EMD constructed a total of 294 standard GP60s.
Burly and powerful, the now-available Train Simulator Norfolk Southern EMD GP60 is an exacting and highly authentic re-creation of Electro-Motive’s most potent Geep. For Train Simulator service, the GP60 is provided in both “Cold and Dark” and “Running” editions and is accompanied by three career scenarios for the TS19 Norfolk Southern N-Line route.
Working the east end of the Norfolk Southern N-Line route, a duo of NS Electro-Motive GP60s are spotting center-beam loads at Halls Ferry, North Carolina (above and below). In addition to being an ideal fit for the popular Norfolk Southern N-Line route, the new NS GP60 will also be authentic for use on a variety of contemporary Train Simulator routes.
It looks like the crew of the Norfolk Southern P92 local has wrapped up its eastbound journey at Halls Ferry and tied up the GP60 power adjacent to Danny’s Diner. No doubt they’re about to dive into some hot biscuits and gravy!
Celebrate the Fourth of July at the throttle of 3,800 horses – with the Train Simulator Norfolk Southern EMD GP60, now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores!
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TS19: Fourth of July Geep!