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SD60 Burlington Northern Diesel
This SD60 diesel is my first significant MOC. It consists of approximately 1600 pieces, runs smoothly on standard lego track despite being a foot and a half long (and having two sets of trucks containing three rows of wheels), and fits a minifig in the cockpit (the cab roof is designed to pop off for easy access). Normally this Burlington Northern model is painted green, but red was more cost effective and I actually like the unique look of the red, so I went with it.
About this creation

Here's a view of the entire engine. I'm not sure this photo does it justice, in terms of how big it is. It's approximately a foot and a half long.




front view
I am very happy with the shape of the front plow (or whatever those in the train world call it). It's somewhat adjustable so it doesn't automatically scrape on the track. I'm also extremely pleased with the two vertical lights above the windows. I spent more design time on them than on any other part on this engine. It was extremely tricky to get that 1 X 2 assembly into the position I wanted.





rear view
This photo turned out looking a bit artsy with the original background, so I opted to leave it in instead of going with the clean white background like most of my other photos.







top view
I took a few liberties with the design of this MOC for aesthetic reasons. One change in particular that I like is the wedges above the windows. It offers up a more sleek look, and makes the diesel head look kind of like a serpent or dragon.







cab view
Here's a closer view of the cab. I prefer the look of the left side to the right because of the big wheel on the nose.






I added a hinge between the second and third row of wheels on each truck because the three row design that was necessary for this engine wouldn't have fit onto standard lego track otherwise. It was a question of form vs function, and since the look wasn't affected too much by it, I decided that it was worth it to add the hinge to make this thing run smoothly on lego track. There's also a nice flow from wheel to wheel on these trucks, I'm pretty pleased with the results.




Here's an extra large photo of the left side view.




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Comments

 I like it 
  December 10, 2013
What a great build there! Nice and chunky, looks great in the red. Good work!
Bootron (anonymous)
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Paul Beach
  February 12, 2009
This puts a real twist on the BN, lol. You've used 1600 pieces? I used 889 and my model is a lot bigger than yours. I'd like to ask you this since you actually built yours; Is the performance of the motors affected?
  June 9, 2008
Great Job! Check out my version of a Burlington Northern GP50. It looks like you actually purchased the same set of decals that I did.
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  June 8, 2008
I LOVE IT. Go to brickshelf and search Swoofty's creations. You two guys are some of the best American prototype lego guys around now. And I mean that!
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  June 6, 2008
It is nice to see a lot of new ideas mixed into a model that also has about the right shape and size. I can tell that you put a lot of work into getting these details just right. Great work!
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  June 6, 2008
Wonderful. The detail is amazing. Though you might want to switch to 8-wide to make it look a little better. The red was a nice finish, too!
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  June 5, 2008
beautiful, it's very detailed, you did a very good job on the roof
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  June 5, 2008
I find it funny that the BNSD60 you built is red. But then again it is very hard to find that many green parts in kits these days. I've built a BN train but it is nothing compared to yours. Keep building and maybe next you can build a GP38 or GP40.
 I like it 
  June 5, 2008
It looks very good.Respect
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  June 5, 2008
This is amazing! but, wait a minuet, BNSF is black, white & GREEN is it not?
 
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