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GMD GMDH-3 Diesel-Hydraulic Locomotive
The GMD GMDH-3 was an experimental diesel-hydraulic switching locomotive built in January 1960 by General Motors Diesel of Canada. Only one example was built, with GMD serial number A1813. The locomotive was essentially the GMDH-1 design but with only a single hood, a single engine and an end cab, mounted on a six-wheel chassis.
The locomotive served as a demonstrator for GMD, bearing number No. 275, between 1960 and 1962, including a period in Egypt, but no sales resulted. The locomotive was sold in 1963 to McKinnon Industries of St. Catharines, Ontario as their plant switcher, No. 2128. After nearly 30 years of service, it was sold in 1992 to the South Simcoe Railway, a heritage museum railway, in Tottenham, Ontario, but in 1995 it was declared surplus to requirements by the railway's directors. After a fund-raising effort, the Southern Michigan Railroad Society purchased the locomotive in 1996, where it remains in operable condition as of 2006. As of June 2015, GMDH-3 had been repainted in two-tone blue, and is still parked in Clinton, MI awaiting funds for restoration.
GMD GMDH-3 Overview
Type and origin
Power type: Diesel-hydraulic
Builder: General Motors Diesel
Serial number: A1813
Build date: January 1960
Total produced: 1
• Whyte 0-6-0
• AAR C
• UIC C
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
Length: 28 ft 1 1⁄2 in (8.57 m)
Width: 8 ft 10 1⁄4 in (2.70 m)
Height: 11 ft 5 in (3.48 m)
Locomotive weight: 75,000 lb (34,000 kilograms), 37.5 short tons (33.5 long tons; 34.0 t)
Fuel capacity: 330 US gal (1,200 l; 270 imp gal)
Prime mover: Detroit Diesel 8V-71
Transmission: Hydraulic; Allison CBTA 5842 automatic transmission, 3 × DanaSpicer gearboxes.
Power output 275 hp (205 kW)
The unique GMD GMDH-3 locomotive at Clinton, Michigan in 2008.
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