GE Locomotives in South and Central America


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One of four brand new Gevisa (Brazil) built C22-7i's Locos seen soon after its arrival in Argentina February 2 2000 at Kilo 5 yard of Ferrosur Roca. Until this order Ferrosur Roca had been using a fleet of GM GT-22's. However a new order for similar power would have needed to be paid in cash, which no one can afford in Argentina nowadays. Luckily GEVISA were happy to supply new GE's with a favourable financial payment package. Roberto Yommi

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Currently the new GE's work all the Ferrosur lines, but in the future they will work mainly from Olavarria to the new cement plant of "Loma Negra" (owner of Ferrosur Roca) at Vicente Casares (around 55/60 kms from Buenos Aires). They haul, mainly, stone and cement.

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One of forty five broad gauge U13's, 6043 - January 2000 at Kilo 4 depot of UEPFP. Supplied to Ferrocarril Roca in 1962. Roberto Yommi

frca8123.jpg (222862 bytes) 8123 is a U-18 of FERROSUR ROCA, a private railway of the south of Argentina. Originally it was 4223, renumbered to 8423 and again renumbered to 8123 in the Fc. Gral. Roca. This locomotive belongs at the batch of GE U 18C built in 1957 for the Fc. Gral. San Martin as 4201 - 4225. In 1967 these were transferred, more those manufactured between 1959 and 1960, to the Fc. Gral. Roca, where they became 8101 - 8136. In 1993 they are transferred Ferrosur Roca, inside the process of privatization of the Fc. Gral. Roca, the following GE. U18C 8105,06,14,18,21 and 23. U18C 8123 is the final locomotive of this model in operation in Ferrosur Roca. This locomotive were re-engined with Fiat A230/12 engine of 2700hp, but the power output is only 1980hp. Picture by Juan Martín Cejas
uep6041.jpg (50376 bytes) UEPFP U13C 6041 in Lincoln waiting Picture was taken on December 1995. Poor GE was in a REAL bad shape. Thought to be out of use nowadays. Martín González
f617.jpg (46882 bytes) Elderly U12C's are narrow gauge lines of the Metropolitano TMB division. These Locos tend to be used exclusively on the Buenos Aires - Marinos del Belgrano service Roberto Yommi
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Metropolitano TMB division narrow gauge GE U13 MF624 is seen at Puente Alsina with train 2316 the 10.29 from Aldo Bonzi. The 13km long branch has regular services. Trains seem to be always worked by the U13’s often those in poor condition and old red and yellow paintwork. November 12 1999

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One of two December 1994 Gevisa built U20C's used on suburban services from Buenos Aires - U20C MF902 (ex F631), one of only two such Locos in use on the narrow gauge lines of the Metropolitano TMB division. These Locos tend to be used exclusively on the 30km Buenos Aires - González Catán service. November 12 1999

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7205 is a 110 ton "Shovel Nose" one of 25 built for Ferrocarril General Mitre in 1954 and was originally numbered 5505. Seen at Perez in 1972. They are all now withdrawn or scrapped. Photo by Juan Carlos Gonzalez

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A pair of GE Shovelnoses (powered by ALCo 6-251D), headed by 6703 is coupled to a DMU. This is one of the last regular trains in 1991 to the Chilenan border in the Andean Cordillera, in the state of Mendoza. The original 244 engine of #6703 was replaced by a 251 at the beginning of the 80s. More pictures on ALCoWorld Photo Pedro Pablo Lacoste

fa-5702.jpg (44920 bytes) Belgrano Railway, Shovel Noses 5702 and 5734 are seen in "double traction" at Saldias yards, just outside Retiro General Belgrano station.
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Belgrano Railway “Shovel Nose” 5725 is seen beside the small depot at Saldias just outside Retiro terminus station. Now a double-ended Loco, this was a rebuild from two single ended units! Fitted with a GE engine, unlike others that have an ALCO engine. November 9 1999.


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971, is one of nine U10B's built by GE do Brasil in 1977. Seen brand new at the GE factory. Sergio Martire

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1003 is one of eight U20C's built by GE do Brasil between 1976-77. Seen brand new at the GE factory. Sergio Martire


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Fepasa 2019, ex efs now in gray color- photo taken in Mairinque in march 2000. This is the last electric locomotive that works in the meter gauge in the city of Sao Paulo, nowadays only commuter trains are electrically operated. One of the second order built in 1943. Sergio Martire

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Fepasa 2022 in the red livery (Fepasa's second livery). Photo taken in Presidente Altino shops in Sao Paulo. Built in 1943. Sergio Martire

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Sorocaba 2023 in green livery, photo taken at shops of Sorocaba, in 1969. Green was the first colour of this series. One of a batch of five Locos supplied in 1945. Sergio Martire

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A depot full of G.E. V8 electric locomotives, with the first FEPASA livery, at the Campinas station. A FEPASA worker is by the side of the #6379 locomotive. This photo was shot by Cid José Beraldo, in January 25, 1977.

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Fepasa 6371, builders number 12451 from 11/1939, was originally numbered 381, then to 371, and finally 6371. Seen in the last livery of Fepasa. Photo taken in Presidente Altino, main shop of Fepasa in Sao Paulo. Sergio Martire

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A passenger train in Jundiaí being pulled by a Vanderléia (6355) with the first FEPASA livery. Note that the locomotive is somewhat dirty; this would be considered a terrible sacrilege during the golden age of Companhia Paulista. Photo by Ivanir Barbosa, from Jundiaí SP, in June 1977.

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Paulista 357, built by GE-Brasil in 1967, seen here brand new, in at Campinas depot of former Cia Paulista de Estradas de Ferro, Fepasa and now Ferroban. SM

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Former CB No 2151-bd#34360-9/62 C-C ,gauge 1.600mm.Photo taken in 1992 in Sao Paulo, Luz depot -All locos of this class were scrapped.

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U6B 3049 bears the name of central below the RFFSA name. Photo taken in Cruzeiro-SP, on the main line of MRS, from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, in March 1999. Sergio Martire

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U8B 3147 in San Luiz do Maranhão from Cia Ferroviaria do Nordeste, this is the company that took over the lines in north of Brasil. Sergio Martire

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U9B 745, one of ten such Locos built late 1958 for Cia Paulista. Photo by Ivanir Barbosa.

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U10B 2220 in San Luiz do Maranhão from Cia Ferroviaria do Nordeste, this is the company that took over the lines in north of Brasil. Sergio Martire

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Cia Siderurgicia National, UM10B number 1952 built in 1961 in a batch of four Locos. Seen in red livery. Near the depot in Volta Redonda-RJ.

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Cia Siderurgicia National, UM10B number 1960 built in 1975 in a batch of 11 Locos. Seen in yello livery. Inside the depot in Volta Redonda-RJ. Sergio Martire

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UM10B 953 from Aços Minas Gerias, one of three Brasillian built UM10B's built in 1979. Photo was taken in Ouro Branco in Minas Merais, on the line of the Vitoria a Minas. Sergio Martire

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A General Electric U12B diesel-electric locomotive 2317 with the RFFSA livery, but still keeping the old NOB logo. Photo shot by Eduardo Prevedello Bento, from São Paulo SP, in March 3, 1996.

br-fep3203.jpg (41717 bytes) A General Electric U12B diesel-electric locomotive, 3203 the second livery of Fepasa. Photo taken in Campinas main workshops. Sergio Martire
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U12B 2325 from Novoeste, picture taken in Bauru. Sergio Martire

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Estrada de Ferro Sorocabana, one of their five U18C's built in 1958, numbered in the 3501 series. The photo was taken in Sorocaba, the main workshop for the old Sorocabana railroad, in 1970. Sergio Martire

fep-3862.jpg (58720 bytes) U20C 3862 is seen brand new in May 1975, in the dark blue Fepasa livery. Picture by Cid J Beraldo.
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U20C 3834 is seen near the port of Santos. The Loco is in red livery, the second color for Fepasa. Built in Brasil in mid 1970's. The 38xx series Locos are the metre gauge number series. Sergio Martire

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U20C 3850 is seen on the depot in Sao Paulo. The Loco is in grey livery, the final livery for Fepasa. Built in Brasil in mid 1970's. The 38xx series Locos are the metre gauge number series. Sergio Martire

ferro3835.jpg (32617 bytes) Ferroban U20C 3835 (with 3842 behind). (Ferroban is the new owner of old Fepasa lines). The loco is seen just after its rebuild by Alstom on August 19, 1999 at Ferroban's facilities at Campinas, Sao Paulo. Hermes Y. Hinuy
fbn-7804.jpg (92467 bytes) Ferroban U20C 7804 (Ferroban is the new owner of old Fepasa lines). The loco is seen just after its rebuild by MPE on April 25, 2001 at Ferroban's facilities at Campinas, Sao Paulo. Hermes Y. Hinuy
novo2649.jpg (38745 bytes) U20C 2649 from Novoeste, picture taken in Bauru. Sergio Martire
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A fuel train pulled by three G.E. U20 locomotives; the front and rear machines are from Novoeste, while the one located in the middle is from the former FEPASA. Photo probably shot in the Bauru N.O.B. switchyards, by Nílton José Gallo, from Bauru SP.

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Ferrovia Centro-Atlântica S/A has 7.080 Km of line covering the states of Sergipe, Bahia, Goiás, Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and Distrito Federal. FCA is linked to the main Brazilian railways and to important sea and river ports, with a direct access to the Ports of Salvador (BA), Aratu (BA), Vitória (ES) and Angra dos Reis (RJ), in addition to those of Pirapora (MG) and Juazeiro (BA) in São Francisco River.

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MRS U23 3315 in "Logistica" livery and RFFSA U23 3382 seen in red livery. REDE received some U23's from GE US and some ones from GE Brasil- In the 90's REDE decided to change the red color for a new one - gray and yellow or yellow gray ,and painted a number of locos all over Brasil, from north to south, since red was the official color. Some railroads painted in red but with the old names of the railroad, (see the U12 at Bauru marked NOB and U6B marked Central). Upon sale the new owners changed in some cases the colours. So the U23C had the following colours, Red for Rede Ferroviaria Federal, grey and yellow for Rede and blue and yellow for MRS Logistica.

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RFFSA 3920, one of ninety U23C's built in 1972. Seen in Sao Paulo on 4/5/80. Photo by Deane Motis

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C30-7A, 7203 on of seven locally built locally in Brasil. They are operated by Fepasa (now Ferroban) on the broad gauge (1600mm) lines. Photo taken in 1995 at Campinas by Sergio Martire

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Brand new Dash-9's 9005 and 9009 at GE plant in Campinas, C44-9W diesel-electric G.E. locomotive. FerroNorte purchased 50 of these 4,400 HP, D.C. machines. The first 16 arrived March 1999. Sergio Martire

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A brand new 4400 HP General Electric Dash-9-44CW-M diesel-electric locomotive, #803, with the new E.F. Carajás livery. Photo originally published at the General Electric locomotive catalogs; copy courtesy of Hermes Yoiti Hinuy, from São Paulo SP.

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The Carajas C30-7 were ordered and numbered from 300 to 341. A passenger train in the rain forest, at the Pará state, north of Brasil. Due to the lack of highways in this region, passenger transportation is quite a success! Photo originally published at Revista Ferroviária.

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The Carajas C30-7 were since rebuilt then as series 360 to ?? (3600HP). Now they are known as C36-8's Photo taken in the city of Maraba in the Km 738 of the line. Sergio Martire

f-u26c-406.jpg (56513 bytes) Picture of EVFM U26C 406, four of the original six have since since been sold to Ferronorte. Photo by Hermes Yoiti Hinuy.
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A second hand U26 diesel-electric locomotive of FerroNorte, #703, bought from EFVM. In 1998 four were sold to FerroNorte, which was just starting its operations. So they needed to be converted for use in broad gauge. The locomotive still kept its original livery only the badge was changed. Photo taken at the Triagem Paulista station by Ricardo Frontera, in June 1999.

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A train of an ore train crossing the E.F. Carajás bridge over the Tocantins river. Photo supplied by Usiminas Mecânica, the company that built the steel structure of this bridge.

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BB40-8 1001, the first of four such Locos built in 1991 by GE do Brasil. A second batch of two followed shortly afterwards. Photo taken at Vitoria main shop of Vitoria a Minas. Sergio Martire

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BB40-9 1105, one of the first batch of twelve Locos, built in Brasil. Photo taken at the yard of the main shop in Vitoria. Sergio Martire

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A massive BB40-9 from on the Vitoria a Minas line is seen Drumont during a fuel stop for the locos. These metre gauge locomotives are designed from the type C40-9W, but these are actually a BB40-9W, as it is equipped with 4 trucks of two axles (B). E.F. Vitória a Minas has ten locomotives of this kind in this particular order, numbered from 1113 to 1122. Note the extremely small fuel tanks, due to the bogie arrangement. Sergio Martire

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Latest order for fifteen US built BB40-9's in now being completed, new 1129 is seen at Governador Valadarez in July 2000. Photo taken by Fernando Schmidt

efvm1129r.jpg (109258 bytes) Latest order for fifteen US built BB40-9's in now being completed, new 1129 is seen at Governador Valadarez in July 2000. Rear view, note the radiator core is slightly thicker on the later model. Photo taken by Fernando Schmidt


fcc5101.jpg (68287 bytes) D5101, the first of four 1676mm gauge U5B's of 600hp supplied by GE in late 1962. Photo by Mauricio Rodríguez
fcc16004.jpg (54734 bytes) Chilean "Shovel Nose" D16004 (ex D7004) is seen in a recently ex works condition. One of the first order of twelve such Locos built by GE in 1954. Fitted with ALCO engines. Photo by Mauricio Rodríguez
fcc16005.jpg (18713 bytes) Chilean "Shovel Nose" D16005 (ex D7005) is seen at Temuco with a train bound for Santiago. Photo by Hermann Neidhart in Fern Express magazine 59.


colu-605.jpg (26708 bytes) U20C 605 is one of ten U20C's, narrow gauge of 914m built in 1964.
col-963.jpg (38912 bytes) U10B number 0963, one of twenty eight U10B's built by Babcock & Wilcox (Spain) in 1973.
col-u20s.jpg (45641 bytes) A pair of U18C's built in 1984 are seen on a freight train. Public rail services are operated by Sociedad Colombiana de Transporte Ferroviario SA (STF), which took over operations in 1992 when FNC ceased to run rail services. It handles large volumes of goods, both for import and export.
col-1002.jpg (63000 bytes) 1002, one of the four B36-7's supplied new to the Cerrejon Coal Project in mid 1983. Numbered as  1001-1004 (builders numbers 43294-43297). Locos are fitted with 7-FDL-16 of 3980hp. Standard 1.435m gauge, B-B. GE photo.
cerrejon1007.jpg (45748 bytes) 1007, one of second batch of four C36-7's supplied new in 1984. The "Carbocol" line is 150 km long, from the Cerrejón coal mine in the Guajira peninsula, the northern tip of Colombia, to Puerto Bolívar (formerly called Portete). It carries coal for export exclusively, two 120 car sets are used. The line has been in operation since 1986, generally four trains a day run.
car-1012.jpg (45606 bytes) 1012 (and 1011) are seen at Houston, Texas en route to Colombia. Both are ex Norfolk Southern C36-7's overhauled in the US. Note the bullet proof glass and small windows, due to rebel activity in the area where the trains run. Photo by Robert Pierce, from X2200 South magazine.

Costa Rica

costa-82.jpg (61363 bytes) After more than two decades of service GE engine #82 is being used for "parts". On the back, also rests engine's #136 shell. That electric engine was part of a group of ten 50-cycle Group (Alsthom, 1981), dual voltage locomotive 25 kv. 60-cycle/15 kv, 20 cycle single phase A.C. Rodolfo Zuniga
crica-83.jpg (56922 bytes) 83, one of 10 US built U11B's built in 1979. Fitted with the Caterpillar D398 engine of 1100hp. Narrow gauge,1.067m. Photo from Locomotoras Diesel (II).
costa-86.jpg (62885 bytes) 86 in a spur at Orotina on the Pacific branch of Costa Rica's railroad system. Once the electrified (catenary) Pacific branch of the system was taken down in 1998 these engines (just four remaining of an original pack of 10 engines) now haul freight from the Caldera port to San Jose, the country's capital. Rodolfo Zuniga
costa-89.jpg (53248 bytes) Engine #89 taking a rest (and its crew, too!!) at Orotina before heading to San Jose with approx. 550 tons. of freight.. and this single engine train can barely make it on the 1.8% grade ahead. Rodolfo Zuniga


gua-803.jpg (45821 bytes) 803, one of two U8B Locomotives built in 1960. This was found to be in relatively good condition, having seen little use as traffic declined before closure. And is likely to still be in use. Operations now have been awarded to the Compania Desarrolladora Ferroviaria SA, to restore rail operations.
gua-917.jpg (45330 bytes) 917, one of 18 Spanish built U10B's built in 1971. Fitted with the Caterpillar D398 engine of 1050hp. Narrow gauge,914mm. Photo from Locomotoras Diesel (II).
gua803a.jpg (84967 bytes) U8B 803, seen again in year 2000, now in grey and yellow livery. Operations are now run by Railroad Development Corporation
gua-916.jpg (70587 bytes) 916, one of the Spanish built U10B's in the new grey and yellow livery, seen in year 2000, operations are now run by Railroad Development Corporation


hon-610.jpg (23265 bytes) United Fruit Co 610 is one twelve U6B's of 1.067m gauge built in 1967.


fnm9164.jpg (164728 bytes) B23-7 9164 is seen at Oriental, with train 102 from Mexico Buenavista - Veracruz, the Loco was removed here and returned to Mexico City on the balancing train. 29 November 1996
fnm-10016.jpg (121271 bytes) B23-7 in ex works condition at Veracruz with train 51 to Mexico Buenavista. The Loco working as far as Orizaba. 28 November 1996
fnm1-01.jpg (117772 bytes) B23-7 1-01 in ex works condition at Oriental on 27 November 1996. A small batch of eight Locos in this special number series, built for "Servicio Multimodal Transistmico" (a dedicated intermodal service) between Coatzacoalcos - Salina Cruz (across the Isthmus of Mexico). However the service never ran.
fnm-461.jpg (128365 bytes) FNM C30-7 461 on northbound express from Guadalajara to Nogales is seen at Costilla. 18 November 1996. Originally built (or intended to be built) as FNM 11333. The 460-463 batch coming from the 11132-11335 batch of orders.
fnm-14011.jpg (139334 bytes) FNM 14011 is seen at Ahuacaltan about one hundred miles into its long northbound journey with train 3 from Guadalajara - Nogales. Rebuilt from U30C Locos in Mexico, upgraded to Dash-7 standard. 17 November 1996.
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Super 7 14526 is parked at Apizaco with another Loco. 29 November 1996.

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FNM General Electric designed Super-7MP 15020 is seen on the fuel racks at Guadalajara depot in the early morning sunshine. The FNM have 34 of these new Loco's, built in 1994. 17 February 1996.

fmex4506.jpg (108578 bytes) Ferromex 4506, an AC4400CW built in 1999. Locos are used mainly on Iron Ore (taconite) trains between Manzanillo, Colima and Felipe Pescador. Maintained by GE at San Luis Potosi, SLP shops.
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Ferrosur C44-9 4409, GE factory picture.

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TFM 2602, an AC4400CW built in 1998. Locos work between Nuevo Laredo, TAMPS and Mexico City. Maintained by GE at San Luis Potosi, SLP shops.

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The 39 E60C Electrics (EA001-EA039) of 6000hp were built in 1982/3, and it was not until mid 1990's that they actually entered service. Only working for a few years, before new companies taking over freight services preferred new Diesels.


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Ferrocarril del Pacifico U10B number 5, narrow 1.067m gauge, on of six built in 1964. Pictured at Managua by Mike Lehman in 1982.


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52, one of 10 U23B's supplied to Peru Southern Copper. Numbered as 50-59 (builders numbers 40362 - 40371. Fitted with a 7-FDL-12 engine of 2490hp. Standard gauge B-B, built 5-11/75. GE photo.


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Four small 25 ton locomotives arrived in 1954. All of them still remain in service in 2001. Here 201 is seen shunting 1505 at Peñarol workshops. Marcelo Benoit

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409 is the only survivor class 400. Recently, the green livery has been changed blue. Two batches of the Bo-Bo 44T were built from 1951-54 by GE at Erie. Builders numbers 31118-31120 (1951) - 401 to 403 and 32135-32141 (1954) - 404 to 410. Fitted with twin V8 Caterpillar D-17000 of 190 hp at 1000 rpm each. In service from: Dec. 1951 (401-403); Sep. 1954 (404-410). 402 is stored for spare parts. Photo Tabare Bordach

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AFE 1519 “shovel Nose” Loco at Montevideo on train 1205, the 18.00 departure to 25 de Agosto. One of about ten Locos still in use, out of the original batch of forty-seven supplied from 1952-55. Currently normally at least one Loco can be found on commuter trains from Montevideo to 25 de Agosto, a two hour journey for the 64 kilometres.  2 November 1999.

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"Shovel Noses" 1530 and 1505 on two of the commuter trains to 25 do Augosto. Is there anywhere else in the world where "Shovels" work trains like these? Picture taken on 31 May 2000. In service at January 2001: 1505-1506-1515-1519-1525-1530-1545-1547 Awaiting major repair: 1539, Stored for spare parts:  1512-1544. Photo Marcelo Benoit

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Ten C18-7i's were supplied by GE in 1993, actually being built by GE in their Montreal factory in Canada. The Co-Co C18's work freight on the lines from Montevideo to Rivera, Rio Branco and Minas. They also go to San José with special passenger trains and sometimes reach Mercedes or Fray Bentos. 2010 is seen here on a depot. Tabare Bordach

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2003 is seen with a special passenger train on the line to Minas, the class are quite often used on excursion trains. Fitted with an 8-FDL engine of 2000hp. Locos were built by GE at Montreal, numbers are 4757-01 to 4757-10. Marcelo Benoit