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Model Information: Life-Like introduced this model in 2004. The original version had no DCC capability. A new mechanism was swapped in in 2012 with appropriate DCC readiness. The detailing is quite nice and the performance is excellent in terms of quietness, smoothness, low-speed operation and pulling.
DCC Information: Anything designed for Life-Like's DCC-Ready GP20 will work (IE a Digitrax DN163L0A or a TCS L1D4).
Prototype Information: Built 1985-1994, most units are still in service. Primary Assignment: Fast intermodal and light, priority freight; later used in general freight service as well as local and yard work.
As computer technology advanced in the 1980s, EMD took a major step forward with the introduction of the new GP60. Directly behind the cab, a trio of microprocessors regulated and ran various onboard systems, replacing complex wiring circuits and relays. Coaxing 3,800 horsepower from its 16-cylinder 710G3A prime mover, the four-axle GP60 was well suited for fast freight service and was often seen on the point of priority trains when new. While the GP60 proved the advantages of computer control, potential buyers were more interested in six-axle power, and EMD focused its development efforts on the bigger units. For now, the GP60 may be the last in a long line of geeps.
Units built with a comfort/safety cab and a wide nose were designated GP60M and all purchased by the Santa Fe.
Burlington Northern operated between 1970 and 1996.
Its historical lineage begins in the earliest days of railroading with the chartering in 1848 of the Chicago and Aurora Railroad, a direct ancestor line of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, which lends Burlington to the names of various merger-produced successors.
Burlington Northern purchased the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway on December 31, 1996 to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (later renamed BNSF Railway), which was owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation.*
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Brand/Importer Information: Micro-Trains is the brand name used by both Kadee Quality Products and Micro-Trains Line. For a history of the relationship between the brand and the two companies, please consult our Micro-Trains Collector's Guide.
Item created by: gdm on 2015-10-21 10:08:29. Last edited by Appin House on 2018-01-22 19:59:53
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