Saturday, July 2, 2016

Southern Pacific U25B

Seen in Houston, Texas, in 1972. "The GE U25B was General Electric's first independent entry into the United States domestic Diesel-electric locomotive railroad market for heavy production road locomotives since 1936. From 1940 through 1953, GE participated in a design, production, and marketing consortium (Alco-GE) for diesel-electric locomotives with the American Locomotive Company. Starting in 1956 GE launched its Universal Series of diesel locomotives for the export market. The U25B was the first attempt at the domestic market since its termination of the consortium agreement with Alco."

A total 478 of this Bo-Bo type with a GE FDL-16 prime mover rated at 2,500 hp were built between April 1959 and February 1966 of which 68 went to SP.


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