GE C30-7 Diesel-Electric Locomotive
The C30-7 is a 6-axle road switcher diesel-electric locomotive built by GE Transportation Systems between 1976 and 1986 as an updated U30C with a 16-cylinder 3,000 horsepower (2,200 kW) FDL-series diesel engine. 1,137 were built for North American railroads.
A variant of the C30-7, 50 GE C30-7As were purchased by Conrail in mid-1984. Externally similar to the GE C30-7 model, six tall hood doors per side (in place of eight) showed it had a 12-cylinder (rather than 16-cylinder) prime mover. Both engines produced 3,000 horsepower (2,200 kW) but the C30-7A's smaller engine used less fuel. The C30-7A units were built between May and June 1984.
Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia purchased twelve former Conrail C30-7A locomotives in 2001 and used their traction components in the rebuilding of 442 class locomotives as the GL class. These entered service in Australia from 2003.
In December 2018, Brazil’s only surviving C30-7A was restored in time for use on a holiday train.
Railroad: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Railroad: Burlington Northern Railroad
Railroad: Ferrocarril del Pacífico (Mexico)
Railroad: Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Railroad: Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México (NdeM)
Railroad: Norfolk and Western Railway
Railroad: Seaboard Coast Line Railroad
Railroad: Union Pacific Railroad
Use in Estonia
In 2018, Operail (formerly EVR Cargo) announced it had completed its first conversion of the series with No. 1564. International Railway Journal reported, "Only the frames and trucks of the original locomotive were retained and the C30-M features a new centrally-positioned driver’s cab and a 1.55MW Caterpillar 3512C HD diesel engine." The converted unit has a 1520mm track gauge and weighs 138 tonnes. Operail's redesign makes the units suitable for shunting and line haul. The redesigned units are planned for internal use and export sales.
GE C30-7 Overview
Type and origin
Power type: Diesel-electric
Builder: GE Transportation Systems
Build date: 1976 – 1986
Total produced: 1,137 (50 were C30-7A variants)
• AAR: C-C
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge, 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 27⁄32 in) Estonia
Engine type: V16 (V12 on C30-7A variants)
Cylinders: 16 (12 on C30-7A variants)
Power output: 3,000 hp (2,200 kW)
Locale: North America, Estonia, Brazil
UP 2482 at Granger, Wyoming in 1984. Photo by Roger Puta.
A GE C30-Ais locomotive heads freight train at Tapa station, Estonia.
By LHOON from Mechelen, Belgium - Tapa station, Estonia, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=780928
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