The GE U30B was a further development of the U28B diesel-electric locomotive, with a 3,000 hp (2,200 kW) 16-cylinder prime mover. It remained in production for over eight years. The U30B competed with the EMD GP40 and the ALCO Century 430, but was not as successful as the GE U30C.

Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderGE Transportation Systems
Build dateMay 1966 March 1975
Total produced295
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Prime moverGE FDL-16
Engine typeV16 diesel
Performance figures
Power output3,000 hp (2,200 kW)

After the merger between the Western Pacific and the Union Pacific, U30B 3051 was donated to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in 1985[1]. Another one, VLIX 5323, is a former Louisville & Nashville U28B rebuilt to U30B specs[2].

Original owners

Railroad Quantity Numbers Notes
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad 4 975-978 Blomberg trucks
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway 33 8200-8222, 8225-8234 8223-8224 former GE demonstrators
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad 5 150-154 to Burlington Northern 5480-5484
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad 5 6005-6009
General Electric (demonstrator units) 4 301-304 301-302 to C&O 8223-8224, 303-304 to WP 770-771
Illinois Central Railroad 6 5000-5005
Louisville & Nashville Railroad 5 2505-2509
New York Central Railroad 58 2830-2857, 2860-2889 to Penn Central, Conrail 2830-2857, 2860-2889
Norfolk and Western Railway 110 1930-1964, 8465-8539 High-nose
St. Louis - San Francisco Railway 31 832-862 to Burlington Northern 5770-5799
Seaboard Air Line Railroad 15 800-814 Blomberg trucks
Western Pacific Railroad 19 751-769 770-771 former GE demonstrators, all with Blomberg trucks


  • Marre, Louis A. (1995). Diesel Locomotives: The First 50 Years: A Guide to Diesels Built Before 1972. Railroad Reference Series. Waukesha, Wisconsin: Kalmbach Publishing. ISBN 978-0-89024-258-2.
  1. "WPRM - WP 3051". Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  2. Builder, Doodlekit Free Website. "Past Equipment". Kentucky Railway Museum FanSite. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
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