On Thursday 1-15-09 I photographed the BNSF 8175 on a southbound freight at Everett, WA and did not realize that this was a former BN SD60M as it passed by.
It was built as the BN 9275 2/91 and was used primarily in coal train service. I photographed it at Seattle’s Interbay yard on 6-9-94. It looks like it must have come in for servicing off the coal train seen in the background.
After the 1995 BNSF merger the 9275 was repainted into H2 colors 5/18/01. With the delivery of new BNSF GE’s in the 9200 series to be delivered the 9275 was renumbered 8175 in January of 2008. Seeing it last Thursday with it’s new number and colors I did not recognize the 8175 as once being the BN 9275!
This SD60M is almost 18 years old but it still looks pretty good for its age. Still I wonder how many years it has left.