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BN 4010, a B30-7A, working in Aurora, Illinois, in 1993.

St Louis-Southwestern (Cotton Belt) No. 7784 at Rosenberg, Texas, January 5, 2001.  K.L. Whitehead

​By KLWhitehead - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4965290

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GE B30-7 Diesel-Electric Locomotive
The GE B30-7 road switcher diesel-electric locomotive model was offered first by GE in 1977, featuring a 16 cylinder engine. It is 61 ft 2 in (18.64 m) long. A change to the original B30-7 was using the 12 cylinder FDL rated at 3,000 horsepower (2,200 kilowatts), resulting in a B30-7A, B30-7A1 and a cabless B30-7A .

B30-7As were built only for the Missouri Pacific Railroad and are externally identical to the 16-cylinder version B30-7.

B30-7A1s were built only for the Southern Railway.

Cabless B30-7A were built only for the Burlington Northern Railroad. Short line railroad Providence and Worcester Railroad acquired five ex-BN B30-7A cabless units, reclassified as B30-7AB units, numbered 3004-3008, in 2001. National Railway Equipment acquired these locomotives in 2015.

In early 2017, Chesapeake and Ohio unit 8272 was repainted by CSX into its original Chessie System livery and donated to the Lake Shore Railway Museum.

Original owners

Railroad: Burlington Northern Railroad

Quantity: 120
Road numbers: 4000-4119
Notes: model B30-7A Cabless units.

Railroad: Chesapeake and Ohio Railway

Quantity: 64
Road numbers: 8235-8298
Notes: Chessie System Paint.

Railroad: Missouri Pacific Railroad

Quantity: 55
Road numbers: 4800-4854
Notes: model B30-7A.

Railroad: St. Louis - San Francisco Railway

Quantity: 8
Road numbers: 863-870
Notes: Alco trade-in trucks.

Railroad: St. Louis Southwestern Railway

Quantity: 26
Road numbers: 7774-7799

Railroad: Seaboard Coast Line Railroad

Quantity: 17
Road numbers: 5500-5516
Notes: Family Lines Paint.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad

Quantity: 84
Road numbers: 7800-7883

Railroad: Southern Railway

Quantity: 22
Road numbers: 3500-3521
Notes: model B30-7A1

GE B30-7 Overview
Type and origin
Power type: Diesel-electric
Builder: GE Transportation Systems
Build date: December 1977 – October 1983
Total produced: 396
Specifications
Configuration:
​ • AAR: B-B
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length: 61 ft 2 in (18.64 m)
Prime mover: GE FDL-16
Engine type: V16 diesel, V12 diesel for B30-7A variants
Cylinders: 16, 12 for B30-7A variants
Performance figures
Power output: 3,000 hp (2,200 kW)
Career
Locale: North America

See also:

GE Transportation

GE Diesel-Electric Locomotives

BN 4010, a B30-7A, working in Aurora, Illinois, in 1993.

By Sean Lamb (User:Slambo) - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=378395