Surviving SD60Is

The SD60I (Isolated) "Whispercab" was essentially an SD60M with an improved "isolated" cab (hence the "I") that was designed to minimize noise inside the cab and reduce vibration providing a better working environment for Train & Engine service employees. Conrail purchased its SD60Is as "kits" from EMD, who did not have the production capacity to meet the order at the time. These kits were assembled by the Juniata shops in Altoona. Conrail's SD60Is were numbered from 5575 through 5654, and one exception, 5544. CR 5544 was the first unit designed with the new cab and became the standard for subsequent orders. The SD60I's are identical to the SD60M's with only a few spotting features telling them apart, the rubber nose seam and reverse mounted nose door.

From my own personal experience, the SD60I is the premier model for sound quality. In notch 8 with the amps in the red, crews can talk at a normal level without having to scream. These cabs are in fact so quiet, it's common to have to open the window on occasion to make sure the horn still works! The units were built with a 2 piece front windshield and 4 piece side windows without sun visors. The side windows are built on an easy slide track design and combined with the tinted glass provide superior crew comfort.

In 1999, the fleet was divided between Norfolk Southern and CSX. Those assigned to NS were renumbered into the 6717 - 6762 series, while CSX allocated units became 8722 - 8755.

CR 5575

CR 5575, soon to become CSXT 8722, is at Cumberland, MD on 7/17/99.

CR 5588

CR 5588 is at Cumberland, MD on 6/23/99.

CR 5589 (CSXT 8728)

CR 5589, soon to become CSXT 8728, at Cumberland, MD on 6/13/99.

CR 5597

CR 5597 is at Cumberland, MD on 6/23/99.

CR 5599

CR 5599, soon to become CSXT 8732, is at Cumberland, MD on 6/28/99.

CR 5604

CR 5604, soon to become CSXT 8734, is at Cumberland, MD on 7/3/99.

CR 5605(CSX) on Q123

CR 5605(later CSXT 87XX) and a NS GE leads Q123 south of Grant Park, IL just 4 days after the merger on June 4, 1999. Chris Howe photo

CR 5618

CR 5618, soon to become NS 6742, is on the point of a westbound at Cumberland, MD on 7/3/99.

CR 5628 on NS 22K(old Mail-8)

Just 2 days after the merger CR 5628, NS 9339, NS 7211(ex CR 4119) leads NS 22K(old CR Mail-8) at Kendallville, IN on June 2, 1999. Chris Howe photo

CR 5644

CR 5644, soon to become NS 6757, is at Cumberland, MD on 6/18/99.

CR 5645

CR 5645, soon to become CSXT 8751, is at Cumberland, MD on 6/18/99.

CR 5646

CR 5646, soon to become NS 6758, is at West Brownsville, PA on 8/11/99.

CR 5649

CR 5649, soon to become CSXT 8753, is at Cumberland, MD on 7/3/99.

CR 5652

CR 5652 is at Cumberland, MD on 6/23/99. Unit would later become CSXT 8754.

CSXT 8722 (CR 5575)

Former CR 5575 is on an eastbound at Cumberland, MD on 9/28/99.  In 2017, it was sold and became LTEX 8722.

CSXT 8723 (CR 5576)

(ex-CR 5576) at Landenberg Junction, Delaware on 7/1/2008.

CSXT 8723 (CR 5576)

CSX 8723 (ex-CR 5576) and CSX 8757 (ex-CR 5502) are on Q-409 at Haworth, NJ on the CSX River Sub (ex-CR River Line) 3/18/2009

CSXT 8723 (CR 5576)

Former CR 5576 is seen trailing on Q370-25 at Elsmere DE on 5/26/10.

CSXT 8723 (CR 5576)

Former CR 5576 is seen on CSX Q373-21 at Newark, DE on 6/21/14.

CSXT 8723 (CR 5576)

Former CR 5576 is at Cumberland, MD on 9/29/99.

CSXT 8723 (CR 5576)

Former CR 5576 and three other EMDs lead CSX Q370-05 east at Point of Rocks, MD on 9/5/15.

CSXT 8723 (CR 5576)

Former CR 5576 is seen on CSX Q370-05 at Point of Rocks, MD on 9/5/15.

CSXT 8724 (CR 5579)

Former CR 5579 is seen here leading Q439 westbound.

CSXT 8724 (CR 5579)

Former CR 5579 is at North Branch, MD on 4/10/00.

CSXT 8724 (CR 5579)

Former CR 5579 is seen on CSX Q226-09 at Hancock, WV on 6/12/14.

CSXT 8724 (CR 5579)

Former CR 5579 is seen on CSX Q226-09 at Hancock, WV on 6/12/14.

CSXT 8724 (CR 5579)

Former CR 5579 is at Cumberland, MD on 3/18/01.

CSXT 8724 (CR 5579)

Former CR 5579 is seen leading Q276-27 at Newark, DE on 5/29/18.

CSXT 8724 (CR 5579)

Former CR 5579 is seen on Q276-27 at Newark, DE on 5/29/18.

CSXT 8724 (CR 5579)

Former CR 5579 is seen on Q276-27 at Newark, DE on 5/29/18.

CSXT 8725 (CR 5583) Rear

Rear view of former CR 5583 at Cumberland, MD on 10/6/99.

CSXT 8726 (CR 5585)

Former CR 5585 is at Cumberland, MD on 6/26/01.

CSXT 8726 (CR 5585)

Former CR 5585 is seen on CSX Q370-29 at Elsmere, DE on 5/2/14.

CSXT 8728 (CR 5589)

Former CR 5589 is seen leading CSX local C746 at Lansdale, PA on 6/11/08.

CSXT 8728 (CR 5589)

Former CR 5589 is seen on Q409-16 at Elsmere DE on 5/17/13.

CSXT 8728 (CR 5589)

Former CR 5589 is at Cumberland, MD on 6/4/00.

CSXT 8728 (CR 5589) 1 of 4

CSXT ES44AH’s 791 and 881 lead SD60I 8728, SD50-2 8501, AC44CW 269, and GP38-2 2690 with mixed freight through Tyrone, GA on December 30, 2015.

CSXT 8728 (CR 5589) 2 of 4

CSXT ES44AH’s 791 and 881 lead SD60I 8728, SD50-2 8501, AC44CW 269, and GP38-2 2690 with mixed freight through Tyrone, GA on December 30, 2015.

CSXT 8728 (CR 5589) 3 of 4

CSX ES44AH’s 791 and 881 lead SD60I 8728, SD50-2 8501, AC44CW 269, and GP38-2 2690 with mixed freight across Crestwood Road in Tyrone, GA on December 30, 2015.

CSXT 8728 (CR 5589) 4 of 4

CSXT ES44AH’s 791 and 881 lead SD60I 8728, SD50-2 8501, AC44CW 269, and GP38-2 2690 with mixed freight through Tyrone, GA on December 30, 2015.

CSXT 8728 (CR 5589) Ridgefield Park, NJ June 7, 2009

CSX 8728 is on the point of Q-417 on CSX's River sub (ex CR River Line) at Ridgefield Park, NJ 6/7/2009

CSXT 8729 (CR 5591)

Former CR 5591 is at Cumberland, MD on 3/24/00.

CSXT 8729 (CR 5591)

Former CR 5591 is seen on CSX Q373-24 at Elsmere, DE on 3/24/14.

CSXT 8729 (CR 5591)

Former CR 5591 is seen on CSX Q405-26 at Elsmere, DE on 4/26/14.

CSXT 8729 (CR 5591)

Former CR 5591 is seen on Q276-10 at Savage, MD on 5/12/18.

CSXT 8729 (CR 5591)

Former CR 5591 is seen on Q276-10 at Savage, MD on 5/12/18.

CSXT 8729 (CR 5591)

Former CR 5591 is seen on Q276-10 at Savage, MD on 5/12/18.

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