Trains News Wire EXCLUSIVE: Norfolk Southern acquires additional secondhand locomotives

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ALTOONA, Pa. – Norfolk Southern has purchased an additional 16 secondhand locomotives as it continues to acquire a mix of new and used power for its fleet. The locomotives are all former BNSF Railway units that had been returned to the lessor at the expiration of their lease.

NS has purchased nine former BNSF SD60Ms and seven Santa Fe SD75Ms, the latter being a new locomotive model for Norfolk Southern. The SD60Ms were purchased new by Burlington Northern in 1989 and feature the distinctive three-piece windshield that was standard on early SD60Ms. The 4300 hp SD75Ms were built for Santa Fe in 1994 and were constructed as a request from Santa Fe to EMD for a higher horsepower locomotive than the 4000 hp SD70Ms offered at the time.

Norfolk Southern will renumber the SD60Ms to Nos. 6807-6815 while the SD75Ms will receive Nos. 2800-2806. According to Allen Rider, Norfolk Southern’s manager of locomotive engineering, all 16 locomotives will be routed to Altoona for any needed repairs and minor modifications once they are received. Rider also says they will not be repainted prior to entering service.

The SD60Ms will eventually find their way into NS’s SD60E rebuild program, giving this distinctive looking locomotive cab a limited life in Norfolk Southern’s locomotive fleet.

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