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KCS 2820 Retro Belle.jpg
KCS #2820 post-rebuild with a "Retro Belle" paint job
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD)
AAR wheel arr. B-B (UIC: Bo'Bo' )
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Prime mover EMD 8–710G3A–T2
Cylinders V8
Transmission Diesel-electric
Performance figures
Power output 2,150 hp (1,600 kW)

The EMD GP22ECO is a 2,150 hp (1,600 kW) B-B diesel-electric locomotive rebuilt by Electro-Motive Diesel. Initially EMD built two GP22ECO demonstrators, one based on a GP9 and one based on a GP40,[1] but thus far all orders have been for conversions based on EMD GP40 and EMD GP40-2 series locomotives. The rebuild involves replacing the existing prime mover with an EPA Tier-II-compliant turbocharged V8 710G3A, with Electronic fuel injection. The prime mover is mated to an AR10 alternator for traction power, a CA6 alternator for control power, and a computerized control system. Applying this to a 6-axle locomotive, results in a SD22ECO. Some 6-axle locomotives could alternately be converted into a SD32ECO, using a 3,150 hp (2,350 kW) V12 instead.

When applied to GP40 or GP40-2 series locomotives this conversion does not alter the external appearance of the locomotive, although the conversion of the GP9-based demonstrator required extensive changes to the long hood. The GP22ECO offers customers a 'factory' upgrade of existing locomotives.

Advertised benefits[edit]

Advertised benefits include:

  • EPA Tier-II compliance.
  • Fuel savings up to 25%.
  • Lube oil savings up to 50%.
  • Upgradeable software can be tuned for reduced emissions or improved fuel efficiency.
  • Microprocessor control offers diagnostics, wheel slip control, and optimal wheel/rail adhesion.
  • 184-day maintenance cycle instead of 92-day.
  • 15,000 MWh overhaul cycle.
  • Reduced maintenance expense due to use of standard 710 prime mover.
  • Automatic Engine Start Stop system keeps locomotive ready without wasting fuel.


  1. ^ Trains Magazine, July 2008, p. 24

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