The SD-60 varied little from its predecessor visually, the main changes taking place internally with the aging 645F engine being replaced by the 710G. The two locomotives can be distinguished by the door panels; the SD-50 features four latched doors in six door panels whereas the SD-60 has six latched doors in eight door panels.
- Directional lighting
- Separate plow and winterization hatch that can be installed by the modeler
- Blackened wheels
- Slower speed motor for closer to scale speeds
- AccuMate® magnetic knuckle couplers
- Golden-White LEDs