About This ContentDrive the GP30 as it would have operated on Baltimore and Ohio routes such as B&O Kingwood Branch: Tunnelton – Kingwood with the Baltimore and Ohio GP30. General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division introduced the new generation GP30 that was later to become a hugely successful diesel-electric locomotive for many US Class I railroads.
At a time when US locomotive builders were vying for more horsepower, this loco was seen as the answer to competitors’ more powerful diesel locomotives. General Motors’ EMD GP30 was considered one of the first so-called ‘second generation’ diesel locomotives produced by the company. General Electric had already stolen the march on 2,500hp locomotives with its U25B, and although the GP20 was only rated at 2,250hp, EMD traded on its reputation to sell units to US railroads.
In total, 948 models were built between July 1961 and November 1963 for railroads in the US and Canada, including 40 cabless B units for the Union Pacific Railroad. Some elements of the earlier GP20 were carried across, although the GP30’s trademark ‘hump’ and cab roof profile made it stand out from other similar diesel locomotives.
A number of GP30s remain in service today in their original or rebuilt form, with 17 models currently preserved, some still in operational condition. Add the Baltimore and Ohio livery to your collection today to experience the diversity of this incredible loco!
Please Note: The Union Pacific GP30 Loco Add-On is required, as a separate purchase, in order to use the content featured in this add-on.
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