GE C36-7

The GE C36-7 is a 6-axle diesel-electric locomotive built by GE Transportation Systems, GE do Brazil and A Goninan & Co between 1978 and 1989. It is an updated GE U36C with a 16-cylinder FDL engine.

GE C36-7
Union Pacific 588 was a General Electric model C36-7 modified internally to a C36M. Photo: Houston Texas, 2000.
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderGE Transportation Systems
GE do Brazil
A Goninan & Co
Build date1978–1989
Total produced599
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
LocaleNorth America, Australia, Mexico, China, Estonia

It is externally very similar to the GE C30-7 but it has larger air intakes under the radiators. The dynamic brakes grids of the late units are located in a high box behind the cab.[1]

599 examples of this locomotive were built, 422 of which were exported to the People's Republic of China, where it is designated as ND5.

In 2003 58 ex MP / UP C36-7s were exported to Estonia (Eesti Raudtee) alongside with 19 C30-7s coming from NS / CSX.

GE do Brazil built 15 C36-7s for Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México, numbers 9327–9341.

The three Australian-built A Goninan & Co C36-7's were exported to the United States in the late 1990s after being withdrawn from service in Australia and were later sold to various railway companies.

Original owners

Railroad Quantity Road numbers
China Railway 422 ND5.0001–ND5.0422
Conrail 25 6620–6644
Ferrocarril del Pacífico 15 419–433
General Electric (testbed) 1 505
Hamersley Iron, Western Australia 3 5057–5059[2]
Missouri Pacific Railroad 60 9000–9059
Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México 25 9317–9341
Norfolk and Western Railway 31 8500–8530
Norfolk Southern 12 8531–8542
OCTRA (Trans-Gabon Railway) 8 CC301–CC308


  1. Foster, Gerald L. (1996). A Field Guide to Trains of North America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 66–67. ISBN 0395701120.
  2. Oberg, Leon (2010). Locomotives of Australia 1850s–2010s. Kenthurst: Rosenberg Publishing. pp. 384–385. ISBN 9781921719011.
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