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4rail.net - BNSF Locomotives

Welcome to the BNSF locomotives page! Currently this page to covers most of the types in use now or recently at the company and more are added regularly.

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BNSF freight lead by B40-8W number 535, Southwest U.S.A.
  The rare General Electric manufactured B40-8W unit 535 lead manifest waits for orders to proceed somewhere in the semidesert of the Southwestern U.S.A. Picture by Gerry Putz.


Created for 4rail.net by John McKey, Pictures by Gerry Putz, John McKey, Ilkka Siissalo and Hannu Peltola.




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Also in this sectionNS ES40DC number 7579 with manifest, Eastern U.S.A.
Norfolk Southern Gallery brings you pictures of the iron horses for this huge class 1 railroad.


BNSF ES44Dc locos speeding across the desert, Southwest U.S.A.
BNSF galleryhas hundreds of pictures of BNSF rolling stock all around the U.S.


CSX AC4400CW number 5122 leading autracks, Maryland, U.S.A
CSX gallery houses a multitude of locomotive types from the U.S. East. Or maybe you could take a look at the
CSX locomotive page.

UP SD70M is leading an intermodal train near Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A
The largest RR in U.S. also has the largest locomotives fleet of 8100+ units.


Amtrak Acela number 2010 at Princeton junction, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Amtrak Gallery and Amtrak info page have almost all locomotive types and EMus of the company.

Central Oregon & Pacific GP38-3 numbers 2066, 2060 and 2061 lead a hopper train through Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A,
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BNSF ES44C4 number 6619 in California, U.S.A.

BNSF Railway, based in Fort Worth, Texas has about 52'000 kilometers / 32'500 miles of track being served by 7100+ own locomotives. The TOP3 most common models are C44-9W (~1790 units), SD70MAC (~780) and three ES44 variants little over 700 units in each fleet. Special to BNSF of these is the ES44C4, an AC locomotive with the automatically raising middle axle on both bogies helping with the added friction where the track can take the stress. The average age of the locomotive fleet is just under 16 years. Currently the company is ordering more GE ES44C4 and Caterpillar-EMD SD70ACe models.

Below we have provided you a list of the technical details for each model. Every detail is verified from several sources, but if you find something that looks incorrect, please notify us.

 BNSF Locomotives

BNSF ET44C4 numbers <3892 and 3894 at Cajon Pass, California, U.S.A.

BNSF ET44C4 number 3894 at Cajon Pass, California, U.S.A.

GE ET44C4 Locomotives (Tier 4)
Latest diesel exhaust generation of General Electric is called "ET" for Evolution Technology. Thse come in two flawors, ET44AC for six AC motor powered axles and ET44C4 for 4 AC powered axles. ET44C4 is basically very close to what the ES44C4 has to offer, just with slightly more advanced technologies installed. Of these two models BNSF Railway has decided to buy the 4 powered axle version, ET44C4, for now. For recognition, ET has a large radiator much like the AC6000 had, plus an extra height cabinet just front of the radiator grilles.

Units built: 160+ for BNSF    
Unit numbers
: 3839 - 3999... may have som gaps
Maximum allowed speed
: 120 km/h (75 mph)  
Power
: 3280 kW (4400 Hp), start 880 kN (198'000 lbf)
Power systems
: diesel-electric AC locomotive, A1A'A1A', GE B13 track motors
Usage
: main freight corridor's fast freight and generic freight for BNSF


  
Detailed information on BNSF ET44C4... 



BNSF ES44C4 number 6619 in California, U.S.A. GE ES44C4 Locomotives
These locomotives feature an interesting combination of newer research and development and traditional and tried building. They can raise their middle axle slightly when additional traction is needed. The middle axle of each bogie is not powered, while the others next to it have AC motors. Just 4 powered axle saves the operator BNSF costs without sacrificing too much traction.

Units built: 674+ for BNSF    
Unit numbers
: 6508 - 7182
Maximum allowed speed
: 120 km/h (75 mph)  
Power
: 3280 kW (4400 Hp), start 880 kN (198'000 lbf)
Power systems
: diesel-electric AC locomotive, A1A'A1A', GE B13 track motors
Usage
: main freight corridor's fast freight and generic freight for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF ES44C4... 



BNSF ES44AC loco 5876 somewhere in the miodwest U.S.A. GE ES44AC Locomotives
Though BNSF was earlier focused on DC traction, it also ordered several batches of ES44AC locos. The numbers are limited, so you won't see these too often.

Units built: 724 for BNSF    
Unit numbers
: 5718-5747, 5748-5837, 5844-6449
Maximum allowed speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)  
Power
: 3280 kW (4400 Hp), start 827 kN (186'000 lbf)
Power systems
: diesel-electric AC locomotive, Co'Co'
Usage
: power requiring freight for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF ES44AC... 



BNSF ES44 number 7777 leading a mixed freight, Southwest U.S.A. GE ES44DC Locomotives
If you are visiting southern areas, this locomotive now seems to be among the most common you come across. Often it is seen at the point of the train (of course in pictures you actually see best what is in the front :).

Units built: 721 for BNSF    
Unit numbers
: 7200 - 7920
Maximum allowed speed
: 120 km/h (75 mph)  
Power
: 3280 kW (4400 Hp), start 814 kN (183'000 lbf)
Power systems
: diesel-electric DC locomotive, Co'Co'
Usage
: all freight for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF ES44DC... 




BNSF C44-9W number 4997 ready to lead a heavy manifest to Tehachapi from Bakerfield California GE C44-9W Locomotives
Literally thousands of this locomotive type are in use for the railroads in North America. C44-9W is also one of the most often seen for use at BNSF too, even with ES44 and ET44 series gaining more and more ground.

Units built: 1797 for BNSF and predecessor ATSF  
Unit numbers
: 600 - 699, 700 - 799, 960 - 1123, 4000 - 4199, 4300 - 5532
Maximum allowed speed
: 120 km/h (75 mph)  
Power
: 3280 kW (4400 Hp), start 632 kN (142'000 lbf)
Power systems
: diesel-electric DC track motors locomotive, Co'Co'
Usage
: generic freight locomotive for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF C44-9W... 


 


GE rebuilt AC44C4M Locomotives (ex. C44-9W)

  Detailed information on BNSF C44-9WT0 / AC44C4M... 

BNSF ES44DC number 7629, C41-8W number 944 and sisters on bridge in Topock, Arizona, U.S.A.
GE C41-8W Locomotives
Enhanced version of the C40-8W BNSF also inherited some of this GE built type.

Units built or upgraded from C40-8W: 25 for BNSF predecessor ATSF  
Unit numbers: 927 - 951
Maximum allowed speed: 113 km/h (70 mph)  
Power: 3083 kW (4135 Hp), start 483 kN (108'600 lbf)
Power systems: 
diesel-electric DC track motors locomotive, Co'Co'
Usage: generic freight locomotive for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF C41-8W... 
BNSF C40-8W unit 871 helping the rear of a train in Barstow, California, U.S.A.
GE C40-8W Locomotives
Preceding the thousands wide fleet of BNSF C44-9Ws this slightly less powerful but still formidable locomotive paved the way for its cousin.

Units built: 127 for BNSF predecessor ATSF  
Unit numbers: 800 - 926, 800 - 866 sold to Canadian National
Maximum allowed speed: 113 km/h (70 mph)  
Power: 3000 kW (4000 Hp), start 483 kN (108'600 lbf)
Power systems: 
diesel-electric DC track motors locomotive, Co'Co'
Usage: generic freight locomotive for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF C40-8W... 
BNSF freight lead by B40-8W number 535, Southwest U.S.A.
GE B40-8W Locomotives
In the early 1990 BNSF predecessor Santa Fe still ordered many new four axle diesels for its use. B40-8W was one of the most advanced.

Units built: 83 for BNSF predecessor ATSF in early 1990s
Unit numbers: 500 - 582
Maximum allowed speed: 113 km/h (70 mph)  
Power: 3000 kW (4000 Hp), start 305 kN (68'500 lbf)
Power systems: 
diesel-electric DC track motors locomotive, Bo'Bo'
Usage: generic freight locomotive for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF B40-8W... 
BNSF B40-8 number 8626 in Barstow, California, U.S.A.
GE B40-8 Locomotives
In late 1980s BNSF predecessor Santa Fe ordered 40 of these long living locomotives.

Units built: 40 for BNSF predecessor ATSF in early 1990s
Unit numbers: 8600 - 8639
Maximum allowed speed: 113 km/h (70 mph)  
Power: 3000 kW (4000 Hp), start 305 kN (68'500 lbf)
Power systems: 
diesel-electric DC track motors locomotive, Bo'Bo'
Usage: generic linghter locomotive for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF B40-8... 
EMD SD70ACe-P4 demonstrators, U.S.A.
EMD SD70ACe-P4 Locomotives
The latest product development at EMD-Caterpillar has produced 6 axle AC locomotive with outermost 4 axles powered. These are in the real life tests now.

Units built: 2 in 2013, 8 more expected in 2013 - 2014
Unit numbers: (EMD) 1211 and 1212 -
Maximum allowed speed: 113 km/h (70 mph)  
Power: 3205 kW (4300 Hp), start unknown kN (unknown lbf)
Power systems: 
diesel-electric AC track motors locomotive, B1'1B'
Usage: locomotive tested on BNSF


  Detailed information on EMD SD70ACe-P4... 

BNSF SD70ACe number 9120 hauling coal at Powder River Basin, Colorado, U.S.A.
EMD SD70ACe Locomotives
Current production unti of the EMD, hundreds of SD70ACes are found all over the railroads networks, but especially on the heaviest duties like hauling caol here in Wyoming.

Units built: 450 for BNSF
Unit numbers: 8749-8799, 9000-9158, 9160-9999
Maximum allowed speed: 113 km/h (70 mph)  
Power: 3205 kW (4300 Hp), start 850 kN (191'500 lbf)
Power systems: 
diesel-electric AC track motors locomotive, Co'Co'
Usage: generic heavy freight locomotive for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF SD70ACe... 
BNSF SD70MAC number 8846 leading a col train in Powder River Basin, Wyoming, U.S.A.
EMD SD70MAC Locomotives

A true classic with clear design lines the BNSF (ex BN and ATSF) SD70MAC locomotives were technological masterpieces when new and are still handling heavy loads.

Units built: 769 for BNSF and its predecessors BN and ATSF (Santa Fe)
Unit numbers: 8800–8875, 8877-8989, 9400–9499, 9504–9999
Maximum allowed speed: 113 km/h (70 mph)  
Power: 2980 kW (4000 Hp), start 780 kN (175'500 lbf)
Power systems: 
diesel-electric AC track motors locomotive, Co'Co'
Usage: generic heavy freight locomotive for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF SD70MAC... 
BNSF SD40-2 number 6832 at Bakersfield, CA, U.S.A.
EMD SD40-2 Locomotives

The EMD SD40-2 ones ruled the road freights. Today the fleet is being slowly replaced by new builds or refurbished units. Some other class 1 roads also have rebuilding programs and some units might end there for their second life.

Units built: 1022 were ordered by BNSF predecessors ATSF and BN in early 1970s and 1980s
only a few remain in service.
Unit numbers: ATSF 5020-5192, 5200-5213, BNSF 6xxx, 7xxx and 8000s to 8180
Maximum allowed speed: 105 km/h (65 mph)  
Power: 2400 kW (3000 Hp), start 410 kN (92'000 lbf)
Power systems: 
diesel-electric DC track motors locomotive, Co'Co'
Usage: generic freight /road switcher locomotive for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF SD40-2... 

 


EMD SD32ECO Locomotives
BNSF is a rebuilt locomotive based on SD45-2. The main upgrade is repalcement of the 16 cylinder 710G3A-16 with fuel injection and turbocharging added 710G3B-T2-12 engine.

Units built: 3
Unit numbers: 1350-1352
Maximum allowed speed: 105 km/h (65 mph)  
Power: 2350 kW (3150 pp), start 410 kN (92'000 lbf)
Power systems: 
diesel-electric EMD D77 DC track motors locomotive, Co'Co'
Usage: generic road locomotive for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF SD32ECO... 

BNSF GP60M number 117 in Barstow, CA, U.S.A.
EMD GP60M Locomotives
63 GP60M locomotives were built for Sant Fe fast freights just before the merger with BN. All the units were originally in a cool warbonnet red-silver livery.

Units built: 63
Unit numbers: 100 - 163, units 142, 144, 148 and 152 wrecked and scrapped
Maximum allowed speed: 105 km/h (65 mph)  
Power: 2830 kW (3800 Hp), start 243 kN (54'700 lbf)
Power systems: 
diesel-electric DC track motors locomotive, Bo'Bo'
Usage: generic road locomotive for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF GP60M... 
 
EMD GP60B Locomotives
BNSF GP60 number 8709 in Barstow, CA, U.S.A.


EMD GP60 Locomotives
40 GP60 locomotives with an almost 'standard' body were originally manufactured BNSF Railway predecessor ATSF. Since, some more have joined the fleet.

Units built: 40 +
Unit numbers: 168 - 169, 170 (ex GP60B with SD40-2 cab), 8700 - 8739
Maximum allowed speed: 105 km/h (65 mph)  
Power: 2830 kW (3800 Hp), start 243 kN (54'700 lbf)
Power systems: 
diesel-electric DC track motors locomotive, Bo'Bo'
Usage: generic road locomotive for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF GP60... 

BNSF GP39-2 number 2963 in Barstow, CA, U.S.A.
EMD GP39-2 Locomotives
Some of the 249 built GP39-2 models survive at BNSF non heavy assignments.

Units built: 249 total
Unit numbers: 2953, ex. BN 2700-2739, ex. ATSF 3600-3705
Maximum allowed speed: 105 km/h (65 mph)  
Power: 1720 kW (2300 Hp), start 243 kN (54'700 lbf)
Power systems: 
diesel-electric DC track motors locomotive, Bo'Bo'
Usage: generic switcher /road switcher locomotive for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF GP39-2... 
BNSF GP39M number 2810 at Bakersfield, CA, U.S.A.
EMD GP39M Locomotives
Almost 200 GP30 units were rebuilt to use on lighter lines by Burlington Northern. Many of these distinctive shaped locos still survive. The GP39M was rebuilt by Morrison Knudsen, thus the letter M.

Units rebuilt from GP30: 65 by Morrison & Knudsen
Unit numbers: in 2800 - 2899 range
Maximum allowed speed: 125 km/h (78 mph)  
Power: 1720 kW (2300 Hp), start 270 kN (60'500 lbf)
Power systems: 
diesel-electric dash 2 level DC track motors locomotive, Bo'Bo'
Usage: lighter generic / road switcher locomotive for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF GP39M... 
 
EMD GP38-2 Locomotives
BNSF GP38 number 22145 at Bakersfield, CA, U.S.A.
EMD GP38 Locomotives
Over 700 GP38 units were originally built and some, if few, survive unrebuilt.

Units: 65 were delivered to ATSF in 1970
Unit numbers: - 2214 - (original numbers were 3500 - 3560)
Maximum allowed speed: 105 km/h (65 mph)  
Power: 1490 kW (2000 Hp), start 275 kN (61'000 lbf)
Power systems: 
EMD 16-645 main engine, DC track motors, Bo'Bo'
Usage: lighter generic / road switcher locomotive for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF GP38... 
BNSF GP35u number 2551 switching at Bastow, CA, U.S.A.
EMD GP35u Locomotives
Around 180 GP35/GP35u locomotives ended up to use at BNSF through mergers, most from the Santa Fe.

Units: <180
Unit numbers: - 2551 - (original numbers were 1300–1460 (ATSF) and 978–999 (CB&Q))
Maximum allowed speed: 105 km/h (65 mph)  
Power: 1860 kW (2500 Hp), start 270 kN (60'500 lbf)
Power systems: 
EMD 16-645D3 main engine, D57 DC track motors, Bo'Bo'
Usage: lighter generic / road switcher locomotive for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF GP30u... 
BNSF GP30u number 2409 in Bastow, CA, U.S.A.
EMD GP30u Locomotives
85 GP30 locomotives were upgraded by Santa Fe Cleburne, Texas to GP30u.

Units: ?
Unit numbers: 1200–1284
Maximum allowed speed: 126 km/h (78 mph)  
Power: 1680 kW (2250 Hp), start 280 kN (63'375 lbf)
Power systems: 
EMD 16-567D3 main engine, D77 DC track motors, Bo'Bo'
Usage: lighter generic / road switcher locomotive for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF GP35/GP35u... 

BNSF SW1500 number 3410 switching in Barstow, California, U.S.A.
EMD SW1500 Locomotives
One of the most successful end cab switcher models many SW1500s ended up to BNSF through Burlington Northern or St Louis and San Francisco Railway.

Units for the operator: 70, now likely most retired
Unit numbers: 34xx
Maximum allowed speed: 105 km/h (65 mph)  
Power: 745 kW (1000 Hp), start 275 kN (62'000 lbf)
Power systems: 
diesel-electric DC track motors locomotive, Bo'Bo'
Usage: generic switcher locomotive for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF SW1500... 

BNSF NRE built 3GS21 Genset at Oakland, California, U.S.A.
NRE 3GS21B Locomotives
Often using the base of the old GP or SD locomotive as base building a loco with new technology on top of it will be cheaper than a totally new one. This locomotive with three truck diesels to power it is one of the forerunners of a new generation of the high tech equipment.

Units for the operator: 72
Unit numbers: 1220 - 1292
Maximum allowed speed: 113 km/h (70 mph)  
Power: 3 x 524 kW => 1570 kw (2100 Hp), start 358 kN (80'386 lbf)
Power systems: 
diesel-electric D77 or D78 DC track motors locomotive, Bo'Bo'
Usage: generic switcher / road switcher locomotive for BNSF


  Detailed information on BNSF 3GS21B... 
 


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General Electric Locomotive Types

  GE ES44C4 of BNSF
BNSF ES44C4 number 6619 in California, U.S.A.

BNSF ES44C4s first were delivered as a 40 locomotive trial batch locomotives in 2010. Obviously a great success due to fewer mowing parts, less parts to be kept in storage and less need for maintenance this new AC model has now gained a lot of ground. So much that over 1000 are now in traffic! After all, railroadsing is play of logistics, volumes, economy and technology, economy driving this change.

The pricing from GE for ES44C4 model is said to be the same as for ES44DC model. No new orders for DC model have recently been issued by BNSF. While ES44C4 is highly popular with BNSF, it reamins to be seen when the other railroads, if at all, will change to ordewr this model instead of the older technology.

ES44ACs feature an interesting combination of new research and development and traditional and tried building. They can raise their middle axle automatically when additional traction is needed. The middle axle of each bogie is not powered, while the others next to it have AC motors.

Technical details for the ES44C4
-> Type: ES44C4, new generation Evolution Series 4400 hp A1A'A1A' locomotive with 4 powered axles
-> Builder: General Electric through GE Transportation
-> Usage: heavy diesel-electric freight locomotive, main freight corridors' fast freight for BNSF


-> Operators: so far only BNSF
-> Seen: mostly Southwestern U.S.A. and Midwest
-> Production dates: 2010 -    
-> Numbers built: 1000+ for BNSF  
-> Numbers in use: 1000+
-> Unit numbers: 6508 - 8281 -  

-> Energy Source: diesel fuel    
-> Engine type: Cooper Bessemer 4-cycle GEVO 12
-> Power output: 3280 kW (4400 Hp)  
-> Tractive Effort: 880 kN (198'000 lbf) start   
-> Powered axles: 4 out of 6 (middle axles don't provide traction)
-> Alternator: GYA30A
-> Traction motors: GE B13B2B
-> Brakes: electric and air  
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): unknown  
-> Wheel arrangement: A1A'A1A'    
-> Wheel diameter: 1067 mm as new
   
-> Maximum operational speed: 120 km/h (75 Mph)      

-> Gauge: 1435 mm
-> Length: 22,3 m (73'2")
-> Heigth: 4,73  m (15'6 7⁄32")
-> Width: 3,12 m (10'2 53⁄64")  
-> Weight: 195 metric tons (~430'000 lbs) 
-> Max axle weight: 32,5 / 48,75 metric tons (~71'600/107500 lbs)

-> Train control systems: US standard
-> Multiple operations capacity with: standard U.S. compatibility  
-> Couplers: knuckle coupler     

-> Notes:  
-- The ES44C4 today seems to be the favorite for most BNSF new orders

///

   The ES44C4s provide the same services as their older counterparts ES44DCs and C44-9Ws. On the left all units are here serving the fast intermodal freights, something where the speed of train and the locomotives true power are crucial. The ES44C4 has an incredibly high numbers on adhesion, while at the same time delivering easier and less costly maintenance. Pictures by Gerry Putz.

  The extra cylinder and lever to raise the middle axle automatically when needed are easy to spot. For once GE delivers ease of use to locomotive spotters too. Picture by Gerry Putz.

 

BNSF ES44C4 number 6619 in California, U.S.A.
BNSF ES44C4 number 6619 bogie details, U.S.A.

BNSF ES44C4 number 6619 in California, U.S.A.

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  GE ES44AC of BNSF
BNSF ES44Ac number 6217 and SD70ACe number 9090 are leading a coal train through S-curve in Powder River Basin, Colorado, U.S.A.

The Locomotive type most often remaining unseen in the South and Southwest seems to be the General Electric evolution series ES44AC. Many of these locomotives today run where a huge amount of power is need: the heaviest coal trains from Midwest.

Late 2014 there is a rumor that BNSF would also get a batch of preproduction ES44AC-Tier4s from GE Transportation. GE wishes to test all its products thoroughly before these are taken into wider use. This might mean anywhere between 10 to 50 units. We will see...

Technical details for the ES44AC
-> Type: ES44AC, new generation evolution series 4400 hp Co'Co' locomotive with 6 powered axles using AC track motors
-> Builder: General Electric trough GE Transportation
-> Usage: generic heavy diesel-electric freight locomotive


-> Operators: BNSF, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, CSX, Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific and a number of other operators
-> Seen: all over the U.S. for BNSF
-> Production dates: 2010 -    
-> Numbers built: over 725 for BNSF  
-> Numbers in use: 724
-> Unit numbers: 5718 - 5747, 5748 - 5837, 5844 - 6218, 6220 - 6449

-> Energy Source: diesel fuel    
-> Engine type: Cooper Bessemer 4-cycle GEVO 12
-> Power output: 3280 kW (4400 Hp)  
-> Tractive Effort: 815 kN (183'000 lbf) start   
-> Powered axles: 6 out of 6
-> Alternator: GYA30A
-> Traction motors: GE B13B2B
-> Brakes: electric and air  
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking):  
-> Wheel arrangement: Co'Co'    
-> Wheel diameter: 1067 mm as new

-> Maximum operational speed: 113 km/h (70 Mph)      

-> Gauge: 1435 mm
-> Length: 22,3 m (73'2")
-> Heigth: 4,73  m
-> Width: 3,12 m   
-> Weight: 196 metric tons (~432'000 lbs) 
-> Max axle weight: 33 metric tons

-> Train control systems:
-> Multiple operations capacity with: standard U.S. compatibility  
-> Couplers: semiautomatic knuckle coupler     

-> Notes:  
--

 

BNSF ES44AC loco 5876 somewhere in the miodwest U.S.A.
BNSF ES44AC loco 5876 somewhere in the miodwest U.S.A.


   

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  GE ES44DC of BNSF
BNSF ES44DC unit 7397 leading a stack freight, Arizona, U.S.A.

The locomotive the GE Transportation ES44C4 replaces comes from the same ES44 family, sharing much of the parts, except the electrical parts and track motors. While the DC versions of the locomotives are generally less powerful than their AC counterparts, they are also cheaper. The added power only plays role with a heavy load and relative high speeds, where the ACs can excel.

The ES44DC is a very often seen locomotive of the BNSF railway. It is used for fast running intermodal trains as well as on the quite ordinary manifests. If you are looking for a patterns, maybe this type is less common in the North, for now, maybe because its enhanced larger radiators are most needed in the Southern heat.

This model replaced the famous GE Transportation C44-9W, which is basically very much like the ES44DC, only older and less refined. The ES44DC in its turn has now been replaced by ES44C4.

Technical details for the ES44DC
-> Type: ES44DC, new generation evolution series 4400 hp Co'Co' locomotive with 6 powered axles using DC track motors
-> Builder: General Electric trough GE Transportation
-> Usage: generic heavy diesel-electric freight locomotive


-> Operators: BNSF, Canadian National, CSX Transportation
-> Seen: all over the U.S. for BNSF
-> Production dates: 2010 -    
-> Numbers built: over 721 for BNSF  
-> Numbers in use: 721
-> Unit numbers: 7200 - 7920

-> Energy Source: diesel fuel    
-> Engine type: Cooper Bessemer 4-cycle GEVO 12
-> Power output: 3280 kW (4400 Hp)  
-> Tractive Effort: 630 kN (142'000 lbf) start   
-> Powered axles: 6 out of 6
-> Alternator: GYA30A
-> Traction motors: GE 752AH
-> Brakes: electric and air  
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking):  
-> Wheel arrangement: Co'Co'    
-> Wheel diameter: 1067 mm as new

-> Maximum operational speed: 113 km/h (70 Mph)      

-> Gauge: 1435 mm
-> Length: 22,3 m (73'2")
-> Heigth: 4,73  m
-> Width: 3,12 m   
-> Weight: 188,7 metric tons (~416'000 lbs) 
-> Max axle weight: 31,5 metric tons

-> Train control systems:
-> Multiple operations capacity with: standard U.S. compatibility  
-> Couplers: semiautomatic knuckle coupler     

-> Notes:  
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BNSF C44-9W number 4919 with trailers, Walapai, Arizona, U.S.A.
BNSF ES44Dc locos speeding across the desert, Southwest U.S.A.

BNSF ES44 number 7777 leading a mixed freight, Southwest U.S.A.

BNSF ES44DC unit 7550 and C44-9W 5500 at Bakerfield, California, U.S.A. BNSF ES44DC number 7478 is waiting for tasks, rear view, Northwest U.S.A.

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  GE C44-9W of BNSF
BNSF C44-9W number 4997 ready to lead a heavy manifest to Tehachapi from Bakerfield California

By sheer number C44-9W still is the most common BNSF locomotive for today, though for years not manufactured any more. Some of thousands of locomotives are now being built to C44-9WT0 models with substantial modernizations adding significantly to locomotive life. This brings BNSF semimodern motive power cheapar than the new models would do while utilizing the parts that can still be of use.

Technical details for the GE C44-9W
-> Type: C44-9W , ninth generation 4400 hp Co'Co' locomotive with 6 powered axles using DC track motors
-> Builder: General Electric trough GE Transportation
-> Usage: generic heavy diesel-electric freight locomotive


-> Operators: BNSF,
-> Seen: all over the U.S. for BNSF, most common in the North
-> Production dates: 1993 - 2010    
-> Numbers built: for BNSF  
-> Numbers in use:
-> Unit numbers:

-> Energy Source: diesel fuel    
-> Engine type: 7FDL16 4 cycle GE engine
-> Power output: 3280 kW (4400 Hp)  
-> Tractive Effort: 630 kN (142'000 lbf) start on 25%    
-> Powered axles: 6 out of 6
-> Alternator: GYA30A
-> Traction motors: GE 752AH
-> Brakes: electric and air  
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): not known  
-> Wheel arrangement: Co'Co'
-> Trucks: Hi-Adhesion   
-> Wheel diameter: 1067 mm as new

-> Maximum operational speed: 119 km/h (74 Mph)      

-> Gauge: 1435 mm
-> Length: 22,5 m (73'8")
-> Heigth: 4,73  m
-> Width: 3,12 m   
-> Weight: 181,4 metric tons (~400'000 lbs) 
-> Max axle weight: 30,2 metric tons

-> Train control systems:
-> Multiple operations capacity with: standard U.S. compatibility  
-> Couplers: semiautomatic knuckle coupler     

-> Notes:  
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BNSF C44-9W number 4903 and a sister C40-8W are leading a stacks train at Maine, Arizona, USA
BNSF C44-9Ws 728 and 5468 in the snow in Colorado, U.S.A.

BNSF C44-9W number 4919 with trailers, Walapai, Arizona, U.S.A.

BNSF C44-9W number 5113 at Bakersfield, U.S.A. BNSF C44-9W number 4693 at Bakersfield, U.S.A.

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  GE AC44C4M of BNSF
BNSF C44-9Ws 728 and 5468 in the snow in Colorado, U.S.A.

By sheer number C44-9W still is the most common BNSF locomotive for today, though for years not manufactured any more. Some of thousands of locomotives are now being built to C44-9WT0 models with substantial modernizations adding significantly to locomotive life. This brings BNSF semimodern motive power cheaper than the new models would do while utilizing the parts that can still be of use. The new model is also called sometimes AC44C4M.

The first unit to go through upgrade in Mexico was #616. AC level control equipment were added, the units received new ES44C4 style trucks where the middle axle can be raised for added traction (the middle axle does not have track motor). For recognition there is a large AC cabinet behind the firemans side and also other smaller locomotive body changes have been made.


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Technical details for the GE C44-9W
-> Type: C44-9W , ninth generation 4400 hp Co'Co' locomotive with 6 powered axles using DC track motors
-> Builder: General Electric trough GE Transportation
-> Usage: generic heavy diesel-electric freight locomotive


-> Operators: BNSF,
-> Seen: all over the U.S. for BNSF, most common in the North
-> Production dates: 1993 - 2010    
-> Numbers built: for BNSF  
-> Numbers in use:
-> Unit numbers:

-> Energy Source: diesel fuel    
-> Engine type: 7FDL16 4 cycle GE engine
-> Power output: 3280 kW (4400 Hp)  
-> Tractive Effort: 630 kN (142'000 lbf) start on 25%    
-> Powered axles: 6 out of 6
-> Alternator: GYA30A
-> Traction motors: GE 752AH
-> Brakes: electric and air  
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): not known  
-> Wheel arrangement: Co'Co'
-> Trucks: Hi-Adhesion   
-> Wheel diameter: 1067 mm as new

-> Maximum operational speed: 119 km/h (74 Mph)      

-> Gauge: 1435 mm
-> Length: 22,5 m (73'8")
-> Heigth: 4,73  m
-> Width: 3,12 m   
-> Weight: 181,4 metric tons (~400'000 lbs) 
-> Max axle weight: 30,2 metric tons

-> Train control systems:
-> Multiple operations capacity with: standard U.S. compatibility  
-> Couplers: semiautomatic knuckle coupler     

-> Notes:  
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BNSF ES44C4 number 6619 bogie details, U.S.A.


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