The GE U36C was a 3600 hp diesel-electric locomotive model built by GE Transportation Systems.

ATSF #8784 at Johnson City, Kansas in 1975.
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderGE Transportation Systems
Build date1971 – 1975
Total produced238
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Length67 ft 3 in (20.50 m)
Prime moverFDL-16
Performance figures
Power output3,600 hp (2,700 kW)

The length of the locomotive was 67 ft 3 in (20.50 m), standard for U30C, U33C, U34CH, U36C, U36CG, C30-7 and C36-7. The U36C also had steel capped pistons.

218 units were produced between October 1971 and February 1975 for railroads in the United States and Mexico. A further 20 units of model U36CG (the passenger service variant of the U36C) were built for use in Mexico.


Between 1985-1987 Santa Fe's Cleburne shops rebuilt 70 U36Cs into C30-7 standards and were reclassified as SF30Cs.

Original Owners

Railroad Quantity Numbers Notes
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway 100 8700-8799 70 units rebuilt to SF30C's
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad 4 5800-5803
Clinchfield Railroad 7 3600-3606
Erie Lackawanna Railway 13 3316-3328
Ferrocarril del Pacífico 10 409-418
Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México 104 8900-8986, 9300-9316 8938-8957 were model U36CG


  1. Pinkepank, Jerry A. (1973). The Second Diesel Spotter's Guide. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Kalmbach Publishing. pp. GE176–GE179. ISBN 978-0-89024-026-7.
  • Marre, Louis A. & Pinkepank, Jerry A. (1989). The Contemporary Diesel Spotter's Guide. Waukesha, WI: Kalmbach Books. ISBN 0-89024-088-4. LCCN 88083625. OCLC 19959644.
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