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.

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.
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.

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

 

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

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
WMSR 2131 is seen at Cumberland MD on 8/17/97. Unit is ex CR 2249/PC 2249/PRR 2249.
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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