The Lionel EMD SD60 Diesel Locomotive Soo Line models the ElectroMotive Division of General Motor's SD60 (SD= Special Duty) diesel locomotive. The 1980 introduction of the SD50 was not successful- poor mechanical performance and reliability issues plagued the locomotive. EMD immediately began development of the SD60 which was introduced in 1984. The exterior of the SD50 and SD60 were similar, but the SD60 had EMD's new 710G3A prime mover and a microprocessor based control system. This 16 cylinder engine generated 3,800 hp. A very successful model, EMD built 1,140 units between 1984-1995.
Historical Note: General Motors sold its ElectroMotive Division to Greenbriar Equity and Berkshire Partners in 2005. In 2010 Progress Rail, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Tractor, purchased EMD. EMD is now part of the Caterpillar family and is the second largest producer of diesel locomotives in North America.
Road Name and History:
Soo Line Railroad: The consolidation of several smaller railroads in Wisconsin and Minnesota in 1961 created Canadian Pacific Railway subsidiary Soo Line Railroad, which became CP's Bridge Route from Chicago to Western Canada. In 1985 Soo Line purchased the routes of the Milwaukee Road, and then in 1986 in turn spun off most of the old Soo Line to Wisconsin Central, now merged with Canadian National. In the 2000s Soo Line's identity has faded away into parent Canadian Pacific.