The SD60Fs were built by General Motors Diesel (GMD) in London, Ontario, Canada between 1985 and 1989. It is a unique Canadian variant of the popular EMD SD60 series 6-axle diesel-electric freight locomotives, featuring a full-width cowl body and cab, with a tapered section immediately behind the cab for improved rear visibility. A total of 64 ‘Draper Taper’ units were built, all for the Canadian National Railway. They saw extensive mainline freight service on the CN network across Canada and in the United States. All units were retired by CN in 2017 and several units are still being used by second-hand owners today.
Canadian National Class GF-638b, CN 5504-5563
Accurately designed from various prototype drawings, photos and other resources
Variations in detail and painting to reflect early and late production units of the prototype locomotive.
Precision painting and lettering
Multiple road numbers offered
Highly detailed, injection-moulded ABS shell
Large array of separately applied details: windshield wipers, grab irons, handrails, steps and ladders, lift rings, bell, horn, winterization hatch and screen, radiator screens, mirrors, sunshades, plow, MU hoses, train line hose, coupler cut lever, sanding lines, handbrake chain, fuel tank and underbody cables and piping
Meticulously designed EMD/Dofasco HT-C trucks with traction motor detail, traction motor contour, separately applied brake details and rotating roller-bearing end caps.
All LED lighting*: headlights, ditch lights, number boards, tri-colour class lights, step lights, ground lights, walkway lights, locomotive control desk
‘Stay Alive’ capacitors installed to prevent operation interruptions caused by dirty track
5-pole skew wound motor with dual flywheels
All-wheel power pickup and all-axle drive through a worms-and-gears system
Heavy die-cast, zinc alloy chassis
Operating radiator fans driven by scale-speed auxiliary motor
Optional smoke unit offered – to be installed by interested hobbyists
AuroraJanney scale head replica couplers installed – compatible with Kadee and other popular brands
NMRA RP-25 wheel contour with Code 110 tread width
Minimum turn radius: 18” (recommended 22”)
Available with or without DCC and sound
DCC & Sound models feature ESU LokSound 5 decoder installed with accurate GMD 16-710G3A prime mover and realistic horn, bell and other sounds.
*lighting functionality is limited on DC models or DCC models operating on DC track power.
**sound functionality is limited on DCC models operating on DC track power.