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Operable domestic U-Boats

Postby MEC407 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:39 pm

With the help of our members here at RAILROAD.NET, I'd like to try to compile a list of GE Universal Series locomotives operating (or operable) in the United States. This would include locomotives owned by museums and tourist/passenger railroads. The only requirement for inclusion on the list is that the locomotive has to be operable. The owner doesn't necessarily have to be operating it on a regular basis, but it should be operable without needing major repairs, and/or the owner is planning to make those repairs and put the unit back in service. "Stored serviceable" or "laid up good order" locomotives that could be put back into service with minimal effort would be a good example. Another example would be a locomotive that needs a new engine, and the owner is in the process of obtaining the new engine, but hasn't done so yet -- that locomotive could be included on the list, as long as the plan to put the locomotive back into service is firm.

If anyone knows of operable U-Boats in Canada and Mexico, those would be welcome as well.
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Re: Operable domestic U-Boats in 2012

Postby MEC407 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:00 pm

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Re: Operable domestic U-Boats in 2012

Postby polybalt » Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:14 pm

U30C BN5383 at the Illinois Railway Museum. Carefully restored to its original appearance it can and does operate. There is a video on you-tube showing the unit under load ( provided by a trailing SD40 in dynamic brakes) at the annual Diesel Days weekend last year.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyWKqcA4ezU
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Re: Operable domestic U-Boats in 2012

Postby scottychaos » Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:17 pm

Finger Lakes Railway 2201 - U23B - operating, Geneva, NY. nee L&N 2770
http://scotlawrence.smugmug.com/Railroa ... ZHnZ-O.jpg

Finger Lakes Railway 2820 - U23B - ex Conway Scenic, nee L&N 2820.
not currently operating, but only because it was just sold to FGLK..unit is operable, and will probably be operating soon.
http://imagestorage.nerail.org/photos/2 ... 730440.jpg

Lehigh Railway 2300 - U23B - operating, Towanda, PA - nee Conrail 2790

Lehigh Railway 2304 - U23B - operating, Towanda, PA - nee Conrail 2794
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u45/ ... LRWY04.jpg

Owego & Harford Railway 2302 - U23B - operating, Owego, NY - nee Conrail 2796
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u45/ ... LRWY01.jpg (was LRWY, now lettered for OHRY)

VULX 2779 - U23B - operating in Annapolis Junction, MD - nee LV 503
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=2795569

Shelly Materials U23B 2784, recently refurbished by Larrys Truck & Electric, operating in Alliance, OH - nee LV 508
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6zlPw3KWpc

(Wow..all the operating U-boats I know of happen to be U23B's..what is up with that?)

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Re: Operable domestic U-Boats in 2012

Postby MEC407 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:04 pm

Thanks for the great info so far! U23Bs seem, for whatever reason, to be the most indestructible of the U-Boats. The fact that they're 4-axle units of moderate horsepower probably also contributes to their continued popularity. I think of them as "the frugal railroad's GP38."

Here are some more U23Bs that I believe are likely to be in service or operable:

GC 1004 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2450301
GC 3910 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2513291
GC 3911 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2782645
GC 3912 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2887612
GC 3917 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2780557
GC 3919 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2780542
GC 3928 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2450303
GC 3938 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2887616 (second unit)
GC 3946 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2901503
GC 3950 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2782619
GC 3957 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2860246
GC 3959 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2887613
GC 3965 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2882893
GC 3968 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2887598

NAUG 2203 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2120739

PRL 2204 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2893470
PRL 2206 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2503281


Here are some "maybe's":

ESPN 2206 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2864813

GC 3956 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=1905978

HESR (CM) 8903 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2437356

HKGX 3927 http://rrpicturearchives.net/locoPicture.aspx?id=85040

LaFarge 2784 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=729941 (incorrectly listed as a U18B)

NERR 3954 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=895462

NLRX 3901 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2690489

PRL 2202 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2266076

TCB 101 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2895847
TCB 102 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=1543784
TCB 103 http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=2608990
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Re: Operable domestic U-Boats in 2012

Postby MEC407 » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:28 pm

polybalt wrote:U30C BN5383 at the Illinois Railway Museum. Carefully restored to its original appearance it can and does operate. There is a video on you-tube showing the unit under load ( provided by a trailing SD40 in dynamic brakes) at the annual Diesel Days weekend last year.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyWKqcA4ezU


Great video! Thanks for the link. That U30C looks and sounds fantastic. Kudos to IRM for such a nice restoration.

Here is a video of 5383 pulling a good-sized photo freight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os1yfZ8UJjA

And here she is again, strutting her stuff with an enthusiastic hogger at the throttle: http://youtu.be/pmfyknR0LHU


scottychaos wrote:Shelly Materials U23B 2784, recently refurbished by Larrys Truck & Electric, operating in Alliance, OH - nee LV 508
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6zlPw3KWpc


Nice job by LTE!
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Re: Operable domestic U-Boats in 2012

Postby MEC407 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:09 pm

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Re: Operable domestic U-Boats in 2012

Postby MEC407 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:08 pm

Is this the only operable U25B in North America? http://www.oerm.org/pages/sp3100.html
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Re: Operable domestic U-Boats in 2012

Postby Earle Baldwin » Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:09 pm

Since I saw Georgia Central mentioned above, Plets Express catalogs a video featuring three contemporary southeastern roads still operating GE second generation units: Georgia Central, Transkentucky Transportation and Franklin Industrial Minerals. I have the DVD and it's a favorite of mine. If you like vintage GE locomotives, I think you'd consider an investment in this program money well spent. The sound alone is phenomenal.

http://www.pletsexpress.com/fnimall/Ple ... ains.phtml
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Re: Operable domestic U-Boats in 2012

Postby csor2010 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:07 pm

Is this the only operable U25B in North America? http://www.oerm.org/pages/sp3100.html


As far as I can tell, yes. The only other units with operating potential are NH 2525 (RMNE, has run but is currently stored), LN 1616 (SARM, used to run but is currently missing a main generator), and MILW 5056 (IRM, being restored for operation).

NYC 2500 and MILW 5057 are static display units, and CR 2610 is still rusting away in Glenmont, NY as of March 2012.
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Re: Operable domestic U-Boats in 2012

Postby E-44 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:37 pm

MEC407 wrote:And here she is again, strutting her stuff with an enthusiastic hogger at the throttle: http://youtu.be/pmfyknR0LHU


I'm around 4-stroke units in the shop every couple of days, but nothing sounds like a U-Boat. Used to miss my trains in Hoboken waiting for one to load up and move out. Great video. Thanks.
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Re: Operable domestic U-Boats in 2012

Postby MEC407 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:43 pm

Looks like LSI's venerable U30Cs are still getting the occasional workout!

Photo by "colmat91":

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=533854
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