Surviving GP30's

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Surviving GP30's

Postby pierrerabbit » Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:32 am

Dont' know why, but I've always been a fan of the unusual look of this engine.

Anyone know how many still survive, and who has them?
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Re: Surviving GP30's

Postby Chessie GM50 » Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:01 pm

Probably alot, saw a fresh-painted one today, along the NS Leigh Line

As for the railroads that own them, pretty much all still have some in service. They're kind of like the SD-40 series. In being pretty much universal, and very easily ID'ed
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Re: Surviving GP30's

Postby MEC407 » Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:16 pm

Well, it depends on whether you're talking about unmodified GP30s, or if you're willing to include the ones that have been rebuilt with upgraded engines and new electrical systems (BNSF has several like that) or the ones that have been rebuilt as road slugs (CSX).
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Re: Surviving GP30's

Postby pierrerabbit » Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:16 pm

Thanks, Chessie. Do you remember where along the Lehigh you saw it?
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Re: Surviving GP30's

Postby PRRGuy » Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:11 pm

Here's a few of the GP-30's I've photographed, all the active ones I've seen have been rebuilt.

BNSF 2809, Ex UP 829
Twin Cities & Western 4300, ex UP 832

BNSF 2454, Ex ATSF 1254
BNSF 2456, Ex ATSF 2456
BNSF 2457, Ex ATSF 1257

BNSF 2764, Ex Southern 2563
BNSF 2768, Ex Southern 2591


Road Slugs
CSX 2246, Ex B&O 6913

CSX 2250, Ex GM&O 525
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Re: Surviving GP30's

Postby PRRGuy » Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:33 pm

As for GP-30's in Museums here's a few I've been able to find

B&O 6944 B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD

Cotton Belt 5006 Arkansas Railroad Museum, Pine Bluff, AR

D&RGW 3011 Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden, CO

L&N 1030 Southern Appalachia Railway Museum, Oak Ridge, TN

NKP 900 NKP & Mad River Railroad Museum, Bellevue, OH.

Pennsylvania RR 2233 RR Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg, PA

Reading 5507 Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Reading 5513 Reading Company Technical & Historical Society Temple, PA

Soo Line 700 Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Soo Line 703 Colfax Railroad Museum , Colfax, WI
Soo Line 714 National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, WI

Southern 2594 Southeastern Railway Museum, Duluth, GA
Southern 2601 North Carolina Railroad Museum, Spencer, NC


UP 844 Nevada State Railroad Museum, Boulder, Nev
UP 849 Western Pacific Railroad Museum, Portola, CA
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Re: Surviving GP30's

Postby atsf sp » Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:08 pm

I've seen BNSF and CSX GP30s. I also saw some of the ones mentioned by PRRGuy such as DRGW 3011 and Crail 2233 at the Penn. RR Mus. and SOO 700
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Re: Surviving GP30's

Postby Tadman » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:33 am

BNSF has a large fleet of unmodified GP30's left over from the ATSF fleet. Occasionally one serves as power for the local based out of Lawrence, KS. Unfortunately I've never got a picture of one at the station. I will keep an eye out - I'm on 4(13) tomorrow at o-dark-thirty en route to CHI, then return on 3(18).
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Re: Surviving GP30's

Postby MR77100 » Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:45 am

I too, have always been a fan of the GP30. RailAmerica has several on their I&O roster, as well as Winnamac Southern. CSX still has numerous road slug units.
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Re: Surviving GP30's

Postby Triplex » Fri Nov 20, 2009 9:57 pm

BNSF has a large fleet of unmodified GP30's left over from the ATSF fleet.

They look pretty much like stock GP30s on the outside, but didn't they receive 645 engines in the early 80s (as Chessie GP30s did at the same time)? And hasn't BNSF retired those now? They still have their ex-BN GP39E/M/Vs, many of which were GP30s.
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Re: Surviving GP30's

Postby GN 599 » Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:39 pm

Yes the ATSF GP30's have been retired.
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Re: Surviving GP30's

Postby Leo_Ames » Sat Aug 27, 2016 7:55 am

Where's Union Pacific #849 at these days now that Portola sold her?
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