RBMN buys GP30s

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RBMN buys GP30s

Postby thebigham » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:38 pm

From Loconotes:

RBMN picked up the following GP30’s from Larry’s Truck Electric (LTEX) recently:

2430
2438
2445
2465

The units were delivered by CSXT to NS at Enola, PA this weekend, they should be forwarded to Reading, PA for interchange with the RBMN.
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Re: RBMN buys GP30s

Postby Engineer Spike » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:47 am

I wonder what they did that for? They might use the cores to build into GP38s 645 jugs, 2000 HP, roots blower.
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Re: RBMN buys GP30s

Postby thebigham » Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:47 pm

On the RBMN roster here:

http://www.readingnorthern.com/roster/

These rebuilt GP30s are classified as GP39RNs.
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Re: RBMN buys GP30s

Postby glennk419 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:28 pm

I, for one, can not wait to see them. Four axle locomotives are at a premium these days and for Andy to pick them up, they have to be special. The GP30's were a technological advancement in that they were the first positive pressure engine compartment loco's built and they're unique look was, and still is, awesome. Being that the first GP-30's are only seven years younger than I, and that one of my first cab rides was in RDG 5513, it will always be one of my favorite locomotives.
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Re: RBMN buys GP30s

Postby MEC407 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:51 am

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Re: RBMN buys GP30s

Postby Allen Hazen » Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:32 am

GP-30 (why was it called "30"? because "22" didn't sound impressive enough when GE was marketing a "25") was EMD's first "roadswitcher" with a sealed carbody and positive pressure engine room: one of the features that was perhaps inspired by the U25B. But GE didn't claim to have originated THAT idea. EMD's E8 and E9 passenger units, I think, had positive pressure engine rooms, and there are always the roadswitchers Baldwin built in the late 1940s for Morocco...
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