Surviving GP30s

In the late 1950's the horsepower race became heated and with the introduction of the 2500hp U25B from General Electric in 1960, EMD was caught short. It took 2 years to play catch-up and the result was the GP30.

Conrail units came from two predecessors that bought or inherited the 2250hp units. Reading ordered 20 units (5501-5520) from EMD in 1962 which became Conrail units 2168-2187. A total of 62 units from NYC and PRR were inherited by Penn Central (2188-2249) and became Conrail units 2188-2249.

The GP30 saw service into the early 1990's throughout the system. The final unit was retired in 1993, however GP30's can still be found performing service on other roads today.

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I was climbing aboard my outbound power at Enola yard on January 11, 2000 when I noticed an odd looking locomotive about a hundred yards away. While my Engineer was busy inspecting our power, I grabbed my camera and headed back to check it out. Low and behold... it was Conrail 2233.
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I was climbing aboard my outbound power at Enola yard on January 11, 2000 when I noticed an odd looking locomotive about a hundred yards away. While my Engineer was busy inspecting our power, I grabbed my camera and headed back to check it out. Low and behold... it was Conrail 2233.
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Former Conrail 2185, ex RDG 3617, nee RDG 5517, now Indiana Northeastern 2185(INE) on the ex NYC Waterloo Branch south of Reading, Michigan in Sept. 2003

Photo by Chris Howe

 

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INE(Indiana Northeastern) GP30 2185 powers this southbound freight on the ex New York Central, nee LS&MS Waterloo Branch near Montgomery, Michigan in September 2003. This engine is ex LTEX 2185, former Conrail 2185, nee RDG 3617, nee RDG 5517

Photo by Chris Howe

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Ohio Central(OHCR) 2187, ex CR 2187, nee RDG 3619, sits at an unknown location in this undated photo. There are unconfirmed reports this engine was converted to a road slug. Photographer unknown, Chris Howe collection
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WMSR 2131 is seen at Cumberland MD on 8/17/97. Unit is ex CR 2249/PC 2249/PRR 2249.
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Former CR 2175/RDG 3607 is seen working for the Western Maryland Senic Railroad, pushing on the back of the run up the mountain to Frostburg.
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