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GE U23C Diesel-Electric Locomotive
The 2,300 horsepower GE U23C road switcher diesel-electric locomotive model was first offered by GE in 1968, and featured a V-type 12 cylinder version of the standard GE FDL diesel motor. Designed as a competitor to EMD's SD38 and SD39 series, it was intended for heavy transfer, drag and hump service where speed was not a priority. Other than six tall hood doors matching six power assemblies per side, there are very few features which distinguish the U23C from the U30C. The U30C has eight tall hood doors per side, a function of the V16 within.

A total of 73 units were built at Erie including 20 for export to Brazil. An additional 150 units were built by GE de Brazil from 1972–1976, some as kits supplied by GE.

Original owners

Railroad: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway

Quantity: 20
Road Numbers: 7500-7519

Railroad: Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad

Quantity: 9
Road Numbers: 460-468
Notes: to Burlington Northern 5200-5208.

Railroad: Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad

Quantity: 5
Road Numbers: 2300–2304

Railroad: Penn Central

Quantity: 19
Road Numbers: 6700-6718
Notes: to Conrail 6700-6718.

Railroad: Rede Ferroviária Federal S.A. (Brazil)

Quantity: 170
Road Numbers: 3801-3880, 3901-3990

LS&I No. 2300 is preserved at the Arkansas Railroad Museum in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

GE U23C Overview
Type and origin
Power type: Diesel-electric
Builder: GE Transportation Systems, GE do Brasil
Model: U23C
Build date: March 1968 – 1976
Total produced: 223
Specifications
Configuration:
​ • AAR: C-C
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge, 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in), Brazil
Prime mover: GE FDL-12
Engine type: V12 diesel
Cylinders: 12

See also:

GE Diesel-Electric Locomotives

GE Transportation

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