|EMD introduced the
SD-50 in the early 1980s with a 16 cylinder, 3500 h.p. engine to attain the power
that they had early gotten from a 20 cylinder locomotive. The new, longer frame
allowed the dynamic brake resistors to be relocated to a cooler area found between
the central air intake and the cab. |
SD-60 varied little from its predecessor visually, the main changes taking place
internally with the aging 645F engine being replaced by the 710G. The two locomotives
can be distinguished by the door panels; the SD-50 features four latched doors
in six door panels whereas the SD-60 has six latched doors in eight door panels.
"wide nose" or "safety cab" was first offered as an option
to US railroads in 1988. Union Pacific received the first units in early 1989.
In 1991, the contour of the nose was changed slightly, going from a 3-piece to
2-piece windshield and tapering the sides of the nose to improve visibility for
the crew. Burlington Northern was the first recipient of the revised model.