• Rebuilt Alocs with newer electrical systems

  • Discussion of General Electric locomotive technology. Current official information can be found here: www.getransportation.com.
Discussion of General Electric locomotive technology. Current official information can be found here: www.getransportation.com.

Moderators: AMTK84, MEC407

  by Engineer Spike
 
What was GE trying to do a few years ago when it rebuilt an Alco with a newer electrical system? Did they really think that there would be enough companies interested in upgrading Alcos vs. new GE units?

  by SRS125
 
They mostley did expairments and used older Alcos as test beds for outher upcomeing projects.
  by Allen Hazen
 
Back around the beginning of the 1990s, GE rebuilt an M630 (ex-BCR, I think) with the control system, etc, used on the C30-7S rebuilds: I think it was sent ot Mexico to demonstrate.
At that time there were still a good number of Alco/MLW units on mexican rails, and the NdeM went for the C30-7S idea in a big way. It was not unthinkable that they would start a simioar program of rebuilding/updating their Alco/MLW units.
GE Transportation's web site has a section on "locomotive enhancements"-- things they will sell to upgrade older locomotives. Some of them seem to be offered for Alcos!