Bombardier HR-616

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Bombardier HR-616
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
Order number4944
Serial numberM6118-01 to M6118-20
Build dateFebruary–August 1982
Total produced20
 • UICCo′Co′
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Wheel diameter40 in (1.0 m)
Minimum curve21°
WheelbaseBetween truck centers:
54 ft 6 in (16.61 m)
Truck wheelbase:
11 ft 2 in (3.40 m)
Length69 ft 11 in (21.31 m)
Width10 ft 3 in (3.12 m)
Height15 ft 5 in (4.70 m)
Loco weight390,000 lb (180 t)
Fuel typeDiesel
Fuel capacity2,000 US gal (7,600 l)
Lubricant cap.330 US gal (1,200 l)
Coolant cap.300 US gal (1,100 l)
Sandbox cap.56 cu ft (1.6 m3)
Prime moverAlco 251E
RPM range400 - 1100
Engine typeV16 4-stroke diesel
AspirationMechanically-assisted turbocharger
GeneratorGE GTA11P
Cylinder size9 in (23 cm) diameter × 10 12 in (27 cm) stroke
Loco brakeStraight air, Dynamic
Train brakes26-L air
Performance figures
Maximum speed65 mph (105 km/h)
Power output3,000 hp (2.2 MW)
Tractive effortContinuous: 74,000 lbf (329 kN)
OperatorsCanadian National Railway
ClassMF-30c (later MF-32a)
LocaleNorth America
DispositionMost scrapped, some stored.

The Bombardier HR616, also known as the MLW HR616, was a 6 axle, 3,000 horsepower (2.2 MW) freight locomotive manufactured in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Twenty were built for Canadian National Railway in 1982, numbered 2100–2119, with 2100–2103 being temporarily renumbered as Bombardier 7000–7003, and rated at 3,200 hp (2.4 MW)[1] for demonstration of the new model on Canadian Pacific Railway in 1983. After the demonstration, they were returned to CN and reverted to their original 2100–2103 numbers.

The model designation stood for HR - High Reliability, 616 - 6 axles, 16 cylinder engine. Contrary to its designation however, the HR616 suffered from poor reliability,[citation needed] plagued by many of the electrical and mechanical issues of its M-Line predecessors.[citation needed] One notable feature was the HR616 debuted the CN designed "Draper Taper" cowl car body as well as #2119 was the first to feature a desktop style control stand. The locomotives were retired from CN's fleet in the mid to late 1990s (2105 was first due to wreck damage suffered near London, Ontario), with some scrapped and others sold to National Railway Equipment (NRE). Some are still existent, albeit in poor condition, stored by NRE at Silvis, Illinois.

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  1. ^ Marre & Pinkepank, (1989). p.171


  • Marre, Louis A; Jerry A. Pinkepank (1989). The Contemporary Diesel Spotter's Guide. Milwaukee: Kalmbach Publishing Company. pp. 171–173. |ISBN 0-89024-088-4
  • Canadian Trackside Guide 1990. Ottawa, Ontario: Bytown Railway Society, Inc. pp. 1–12.