AAR wheel arr. C-C
4 ft ( 8 in 1⁄ 2 1,435 mm) standard gauge
40 in (1,016 mm)
70 ft 8 in (21.54 m)
3,900–4,500 US gal (15,000–17,000 l; 3,200–3,700 imp gal)
Prime mover 7FDL-16
70 mph (113 km/h)
3,900 hp (2,900 kW)
GE C39-8 is a 6-axle diesel-electric locomotive model built by GE Transportation Systems between 1984 and 1987. It is part of the GE Dash 8 Series of freight locomotives.
A total of 161 examples of this locomotive were built for two North American railroads:
Conrail and Norfolk Southern Railway.
Technical [ edit ]
The C39-8 is powered by a 3,900 horsepower (2,900 kW)
V16 7FDL-16 diesel engine driving a GE GMC187A2 main alternator. The power generated by the main alternator drove 6 GE 752AG traction motors, each with a gear ratio of 83:20 and connected to 40-inch (1,016 mm) wheels which allowed the C39-8 a maximum speed of 70 mph (110 km/h).
Depending on customer options, the C39-8 carried between 3,900 to 4,500 US gal (14,763 to 17,034 L; 3,247 to 3,747 imp gal) of diesel fuel, 360 to 400 US gal (1,363 to 1,514 L; 300 to 333 imp gal) of lubricating oil, and 380 to 420 US gal (1,438 to 1,590 L; 316 to 350 imp gal) of coolant. Like most North American diesel locomotives, the C39-8 uses normal water for cooling.
The C39-8 has a maximum tractive effort of 108,600 lbf (483,000 N) at 10.8 mph (17.4 km/h).
Original owners [ edit ]
GE C39-8 owners
Norfolk Southern 114
8550,8551 former GE demonstrators set up for short hood forward operation. 8552-8663 set up for long hood forward operation. All units have been retired.
"C39-8E (Enhanced) built in carbody similar to the
GE C40-8. All have been retired.
After Conrail split in 1999, 13 units went to Norfolk Southern to become NS 8200-8212 and are no longer in service with NS, 9 units went to
CSX to become CSXT 7480-7488 and have since been retired.
BHP Billiton 4
CM39-8 locomotives were built for Mount Newman Mining by A Goninan & Co Bassendean, Western Australia to replace the aging C636/M636 units in 1988. All 4 locomotives have been withdrawn from service.
As of April, 2016, former Norfolk Southern 8211 and 8212 (née Conrail 6017 and 6021) are in service with those numbers on the Pennsylvania Northeastern, Lansdale, PA.
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
McDonnell, Greg (2008). Locomotives: The Modern Diesel and Electric Reference. Erin, Ontario: Boston Mills Press. ISBN 978-1550464931.
Solomon, Brian (2003). GE Locomotives: 110 Years of General Electric Motive Power. St. Paul, MN, USA: MBI Publishing. ISBN 9780760313619.
Solomon, Brian (2010). Modern Locomotives: High Horsepower Diesels 1966–2000. New York: Crestline. ISBN 978-0785826811.
Withers, Paul (2007). Norfolk Southern Locomotive Directory 2006-2007. Withers Publishing. ISBN 1-881411-49-4.
"NS C39-8" . Retrieved . August 28, 2007
"NS C39-8E" . Retrieved . August 28, 2007
"Conrail Cyclopedia" . Retrieved . August 28, 2007
"CSX Photo Archives". Archived from the original on September 29, 2007 . Retrieved . August 28, 2007
"Greenbrier Hotel to use two locomotives for private luxury train". Archived from the original on June 26, 2011 . Retrieved . June 24, 2011