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EMD GP30

EMD GP30
A GP30, GP35, and GP20 run light in the late 1980s on California's Cajon Pass.
NameEMD GP30
PowertypeDiesel-electric
Imagesize300
CaptionA GP30, GP35, and GP20 run light in the late 1980s on California's Cajon Pass.
BuilderGM Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
General Motors Diesel (GMD)
BuildmodelGP30
BuilddateJuly 1961 November 1963
Totalproduction948
AarwheelsB-B
UicclassBo′Bo′
Length56 ft 2 in
Locoweight253000 lb (114.8 t)
FuelcapStandard: 253000 lb (114.8 1,700),
Optional: 2600 usgal (1.2 1,700)
Lubecap200 usgal (0.1 1,700)
Coolantcap240 usgal (0.1 1,700)
Sandcap18 cuft (0.5 m3)
PrimemoverEMD 567D3
EnginetypeTwo-stroke diesel
AspirationTurbocharger
Displacement9072 cuin (148.7 l)
CylindercountV16
Cylindersize8+1/2 x 10 in (203.2 x 254 mm )
TransmissionDC generator, DC traction motors
Topspeed78 mph (125.5 km/h)
Poweroutput2250 hp (3621 kW)
Tractiveeffort63375 lbf (101992.2 kN)
LocobrakesStraight air, optional: dynamic
LocaleNorth America

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The EMD GP30 was a 2,250 hp (1,680 kW) four-axle B-B diesel locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division of La Grange, Illinois between July, 1961 and November, 1963. 948 examples were built for railroads in the United States and Canada (2 only), including 40 cabless B units for the Union Pacific Railroad.

It was the first so-called "second generation" EMD diesel locomotive, and was produced in response to increased competition by a new entrant, General Electric's U25B, which was released roughly at the same time as the GP30. The GP30 is easily recognizable due to its high profile and stepped cab roof, unique among American locomotives. A number are still in service today in original or rebuilt form.

EMD GP30 Video

MSTS Route Tests - La Salle, Rockford & Central.
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We are between Altoona and Horse Shoe curve on the Pennsy mainline in the Allegheny's on a beautiful fall day. A west bound with three ex-Erie Lackawanna SD4...
2.62 min. | 4.93 user rating
walking across a 130 foot train bridge 14 feet off the ground.
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This is the full start up procedure for a GP30M. This is the same starting procedure for nearly all EMD GP, SD and F locomotives, up until ones equipped with...
3.78 min. | 4.80 user rating
There's always some railroad action at the BNSF Locomotive Facility in Commerce, CA. The classic EMD GP30 locomotives are still busy working here, doing most...
0.98 min. | 4.94 user rating
With train 396, CSX GP30 4224 leading Chessie 6012 & 6105, clawing its way up the steepest part of Sand Patch grades west side in number 8 notch. We are at K...
2.23 min. | 4.94 user rating
Southwestern Pennsylvania got hammered with a 30+ inch snow storm, which shut down the railroad, and everything else, for a few days. On January 4th, 1994, t...
1.98 min. | 4.97 user rating
We setup in the early morning hours of July 7th 2010 in Cutbank Montana to catch a few BNSF & MRL trains on the BNSF Marias Pass. Train 1. C-PRM-GRD 6:14 A.M...
6.58 min. | 4.5 user rating
Well, I finally did it. I got a GP30 on film! YAY! =D This is CYXX 2105, owned by Conrad Yelvington aggregate in Sanford, Florida. Notice the sound of the pr...
2.68 min. | 5.0 user rating
A freight train pulled by Yellowbonnet Santa Fe GP30 #2442 and Burlington Northern green SD40-2 #8003 heads northbound through the street running section in ...
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Cab-equipped 'A' units :
Railroad Quantity Road numbers Notes
Electro Motive Division (demonstrator)
2
5629 to Union Pacific Railroad 875
5639 to Seaboard Air Line Railroad 534, to Seaboard Coast Line Railroad 1343
Alaska Railroad
1
2000
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
85
1200 1284 rebuilt versions called GP30u**,GP39E*,GP39M* or GP39V*.(*rebuilds by EMD, Morrison Knudsen(W.G.I.) and VMV.**upgraded at Cleburne, Texas shops.)
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
9
900 908 to Seaboard Coast Line Railroad 1300 1308
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
77
6900 6976
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
48
3000 3047
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
38
940 977 to Burlington Northern Railroad 2217 2254
Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
3
239 241
Chicago Great Western Railway
8
201 208 to Chicago & North Western Railway 802 809
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad
16
340 355 AAR type B trucks. Renumbered 1000 1015
Chicago and North Western Railway
14
810 832
Canadian Pacific Railway
2
8200 8201 Build by General Motors Diesel (GMD) in London, Ontario. Renumbered 5000 5001
Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
28
3001 3028
Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad
31
500 530 AAR type B trucks
Great Northern Railway
17
3000 3016 to Burlington Northern Railroad 2200 2216
Kansas City Southern Railway
20
100 119
Louisville and Nashville Railroad
58
1000 1057
New York Central Railroad
10
6115 6124
New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad
10
900 909
Norfolk and Western Railway
44
522 565 High short hood
Pennsylvania Railroad
52
2200 2251
Reading Railroad
20
5501 5520
Phelps Dodge Corporation
9
24 32 New Cornelia Branch mine
Seaboard Air Line Railroad
34
500 533 to Seaboard Coast Line Railroad 1309 1342
Soo Line Railroad
22
700 721 AAR type B trucks. Eighteen to Wisconsin Central Limited, same numbers
Southern Pacific Railroad
8
7400 7407
Southern Railway
120
2525 2644 High short hood
St. Louis Southwestern Railway
10
750 759
Toledo, Peoria and Western Railway
1
700
Union Pacific Railroad
111
700 735, 800 874

Cabless booster 'B' units :
Railroad Quantity Road numbers Notes
Union Pacific Railroad 40 700B 739B Eight fitted with steam generators

4-axle general purpose diesel locomotives built by GM-EMD

BL1 * BL2 * GP7, GP7B * GP9, GP9B * GP15-1 * GP15AC * GP15T GP15D * GP18 * GP20 * GP20D * GP22ECO * GP28 * GP30 * GP30B * GP35 * GP38 * GP38AC * GP38-2/38-2L/38-2W * GP38H-3 * GP39 * GP39DC * GP39X * GP39-2 * GP40 * GP40X * GP40-2 * GP40P * GP40P-2 * GP40TC * GP49 * GP50 * GP59 * GP60 * GP60B * GP60M



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