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GE C30-7i and C36-7i Road Freight Locomotives

This is the beginnings of the 4rail.net future huge C30-7i and C36-7i page. For now you can find a lot of information on the types but the roster pictures of almost all units will be added later.

Eesti Raudtee C36-7i numbers 1517 and 1538 at Tarto, Estonia
Picture above: The crew member starts the C36-7i unit 1517 at Tartu, Estonia for use on the heavy freight from Russia. Probably this will be another huge oil or gas tank train. Picture by John McKey.

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Technical Details

  C36-7i of Eesti Raudtee (Estonian Railways)
Eesti Raudtee C30-7i number 1570 at Kehra station, Estonia
Eesti Raudtee C36-7i unit 1529 at Narva yard, Estonia
An Eesti Raudtee C36-7i led Tank train near Tapa, Estonia
Eesti Raudtee C36-7i numbers 1517 and 1538 at Tarto, Estonia

The formidable American heavy C36-7i freight locomotives started a new moders era for the Estonian Railways (EVR) in 2002. The ex. Missouri Pacific / UP and Conrail units were regauged for 5' and received upgraded electronics, thus the letter i in their type. Locomotives were shipped to Estonia, where they have served well in various assignments from occasional local switching to multiple unit use in the heavy international freight trains. In the early years when the Eesti Raudtee (EVR) was owned by the American Ed Burkhart much of the traffic was Russian imports passing to Estonian ports. During the last few years the Russia has invested itself to ports and capacity aid from the neighboring countries is no longer needed in a large scale. Many consists today are export products of either Estonia or Russia so there is traffic both ways. At this point you have to remember, that while Estonia is part of the European Union, it is curiously still separated from the union with a Russian track width of 5' (1520mm) instead of the "normal gauge" 4' 8,5" (1435mm). This makes it difficult for the Estonian industries to rationally import and export good by rail to EU countries, so the eastern direction is the only rails can serve well.

Currently EVR has a substantial surplus of heavy freight locomotives, these are of the types C36-7i, C30-7i and 2Te116. There is also occasional criticism towards the American locomotives with their huge weight and rigid bogies destroying infrastructure. So the 2Te116 from Russian seems to be the number one choise to use to preserve the track and switches, while the C3x's serve as a surplus power. Probably this will finally lead to the withdrawal of the both C36-7i and C30-7i, which will be replaced with one of ther modern diesel locos from Western Europe or Russia.


C36-7i of Eesti Raudtee (EVR)
-> Builder: General Electric  

-> Type: C36-7i, original units built as C36-7  
-> Original users: Union Pacific railroad and Missouri Pacific (as a part of UPRR)
-> Usage: heavy freight locomotive for all uses, heavy road freights and down all the way to occasional local switching work at junctions.  

   
Built by: General Electric in September to November 1985 for MoPac and UP
Units imported and refurbished: 57, 2002 (some sources quote the 1558 as a C36-7i, but it has all the characteristics of the smaller C30-7i)  
Unit numbers: 1501 - 1557
Power: 2800 kW (3750 Hp)
Effect: 438 kN, 96 klbs
Usage: General freight locomotive, although at home with the heaviest freights is often used for road switching and even local switching.

-> Production dates: 1985, refurbished 2002    
-> Numbers imported and refurbished: 57 units in 2002    
-> Gauge: 1520 mm (5'), originally 1435 mm (4' 8.5") 

-> Users: Eesti Raudtee (the Estonian Railways)
-> Seen: Estonian rail networks  
-> Operators outside Europe: a few units might survive in museums in the U.S.A.    
-> Energy Source: Diesel fuel   
-> Engine: GE 7FDL16, 4-cycle
-> Power transmission: electric, generator type GE GTA24
-> Track motors: DC, GE 725AF
-> Power output: 2800 kW (3750 Hp)    

-> Tractive Effort: 438 kN, 96 klbs   
-> Air brakes: Westinghouse
-> Braking effort on traction motors: dynamic brakes can be used    
-> Wheel arrangement: Co'Co'    

-> Electronics: rebuilt in 2002  
-> Safety Systems:  


-> Maximum operational speed where possible:  125 km/h (70 mph)   
-> Multiple unit operation capability: seen often in pairs  

-> Length: 20,42 m, 67'3"     
-> Heigth: m   
-> Width: 3,05 m, 10'2.25"     
-> Weight: 166 - 190,5 tons, (366-420 000 lbs) originally   
-> Axle weight max: 27,6 - 32 metric tons (divided evenly from the original weight), too heavy for a great majority of the European track





 Estonian Gallery with dozens of the C36-7i pictures...
 Old Estonian Loco Roster Page with C36-7i pictures and info...

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  C30-7i of Eesti Raudtee (Estonian Railways)
Eesti Raudtee C30-7i number 1570 at Kehra station, Estonia
Eesti Raudtee C36-7i in the old depot in the center of Tallinn, Estonia




The American medium heavy C30-7i freight locomotives started a new moders era for the Estonian Railways (EVR) in 2002. The ex. Conrail units were regauged for 5' and received upgraded electronics, thus the letter i in their type. Locomotives were shipped to Estonia, where they have served well in various assignments from occasional local switching to multiple unit use in the heavy international freight trains. In the early years when the Eesti Raudtee (EVR) was owned by the American Ed Burkhart much of the traffic was Russian imports passing to Estonian ports. During the last few years the Russia has invested itself to ports and capacity aid from the neighboring countries is no longer needed in a large scale. Many consists today are export products of either Estonia or Russia so there is traffic both ways. At this point you have to remember, that while Estonia is part of the European Union, it is curiously still separated from the union with a Russian track width of 5' (1520mm) instead of the "normal gauge" 4' 8,5" (1435mm). This makes it difficult for the Estonian industries to rationally import and export good by rail to EU countries, so the eastern direction is the only rails can serve well.

Currently EVR has a substantial surplus of heavy freight locomotives, these are of the types C36-7i, C30-7i and 2Te116. There is also occasional criticism towards the American locomotives with their huge weight and rigid bogies destroying infrastructure. So the 2Te116 from Russian seems to be the number one choise to use to preserve the track and switches, while the C3x's serve as a surplus power. Probably this will finally lead to the withdrawal of the both C36-7i and C30-7i, which will be replaced with one of ther modern diesel locos from Western Europe or Russia.


C36-7i of Eesti Raudtee (EVR)
-> Builder: General Electric  

-> Type: C30-7i, original units built as C30-7  
-> Original users: Conrail and its followers
-> Usage: heavy freight locomotive for all uses, heavy road freights and down all the way to occasional local switching work at junctions.  

   
Built by: General Electric
Unit numbers: 1558 - 1580?
Power: 2240 kW (3000 Hp)
Effect: 408/438 kN, 90/96 klbs
Usage: General freight locomotive, although at home with the heavy freights is often used for road switching and even local switching.

-> Production dates: 1975 - 1984, refurbished 2002    
-> Numbers imported and refurbished: 57 units in 2002    
-> Gauge: 1520 mm (5'), originally 1435 mm (4' 8.5") 

-> Users: Eesti Raudtee (the Estonian Railways)
-> Seen: Estonian rail networks  
-> Operators outside Europe: a few units might survive in museums in the U.S.A.    
-> Energy Source: Diesel fuel   
-> Engine: GE 7FDL16 or 7FDL16, 4-cycle
-> Power transmission: electric, generator type GE GTA11
-> Track motors: DC, GE 752

-> Air brakes: Westinghouse
-> Braking effort on traction motors: dynamic brakes can be used    
-> Wheel arrangement: Co'Co'    

-> Electronics: rebuilt in 2002  
-> Safety Systems:  


-> Maximum operational speed where possible:  125 km/h (70 mph)   
-> Multiple unit operation capability: seen often in pairs  

-> Length: 20,42 m, 67'3"     
-> Heigth: 4,57 m   
-> Width: 3,05 m, 10'2.25"     
-> Weight: 162,8 - 190,5 tons, (366-420 000 lbs) originally   
-> Axle weight max: 27,1 - 32 metric tons (divided evenly from the original weight), too heavy for a great majority of the European track




 Estonian Gallery with a lot of the C30-7i pictures...
 Old Estonian Loco Roster Page with C30-7i pictures and info...

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Technical parts Closeups

  C30-7i / C36-7i Technical parts Closeups


   

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C36-7i Roster of Eesti Raudtee

  C36-7i number 1500 of Eesti Raudtee
Eesti Raudtee C36-7i number 1500 stored in the Tallinn center, Estonia

Seen stored on the locomotive line during the recession, the first in roster C36-7i of Eesti Raudtee unit is seen with the exhaust stack covered at Tallinn center old railyard in 2009.

Pictures by John McKey.

 

Eesti Raudtee C36-7i number 1500 stored in the Tallinn center, Estonia

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  C36-7i number 1501 of Eesti Raudtee
Eesti Raudtee C36-7i number 1501 stored in the Tallinn center, Estonia

Another unit stored on the locomotive line during the recession, the number 1501 C36-7i of Eesti Raudtee unit is seen with the exhaust stack covered at Tallinn center old railyard in 2009.

Pictures by John McKey.

 

Eesti Raudtee C36-7i number 1501 stored in the Tallinn center, Estonia

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  C36-7i number 1502 of Eesti Raudtee
Eesti Raudtee C36-7i number 1502 stored in the Tallinn center, Estonia

Here the cover was made of a fertilizer sack and all the latches covered with duct tape. EVR C36-7i number 1502 shares the silent life during the worst of recession with its sister locos on the long line in Tallinn center.

Pictures by John McKey.

 

 

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  C36-7i number 1515 of Eesti Raudtee
Eesti Raudtee C36-7i number 1515 stored in the Tallinn center, Estonia

Eesti Raudtee EVR recession stored GE C36-7i

Picture by John McKey.

 

Eesti Raudtee C36-7i number 1515 stored in the Tallinn center, Estonia

 


The view from the longer hoods side.

Picture by John McKey.

   

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  C36-7i number 1516 of Eesti Raudtee
Eesti Raudtee stored locos in Tallinn center, Estonia

One in the long line of stored locomotives the EVR C36-7i unit 1516 seems to lead the parade. These units were found during the recession right in the middle of Tallinn, well seen from the parlament. If you look at the picture carefully, you can actually see the tower belonging to the parlament building in the background.

Picture by John McKey.

 

Eesti Raudtee C36-7i number 1516 stored in the Tallinn center, Estonia


The side view of the same unit.

Picture by John McKey.

Eesti Raudtee C36-7i number 1516 stored in the Tallinn center, Estonia
And the EVR unit 1516 seen from the lside of the longer hood.

Picture by John McKey.

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  C36-7i number 1529 of Eesti Raudtee
Eesti Raudtee C36-7i unit 1529 at Narva yard, Estonia

EVR C36-7i unit 1529 is seen here at the Narva yard right next to the Estonian - Russian border. Heavy locomotives are needed here to handle the huge unit trains of which many stop at the Estonian side to wait for the running slot on the single track Russian side.

C36-7i unit here can both handle Estonian national long distance freight and when need arises do some local switching. This unit certainly has enough horsepower for any switching work!

Picture by John McKey.

 

Eesti Raudtee C36-7i unit 1529 at Muuga, Estonia


The same unit seen earlier on the Muuga, Tallinn departing bridge just running over the high way linking Tallinn with the eaastern parts of the Estonia. The track also diverges east after running along the river a few kilometers south.

Muuga is the most important harbor in Estonia and can handle large quantitites of just about any commodity.

Picture by John McKey.

   

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C30-7i Roster of Eesti Raudtee


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