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Passing Trains (1973).jpg
SCL #1799 in 1973.
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder GE Transportation Systems
Model U36B
Build date January 1969 – December 1974
Total produced 125
AAR wheel arr. B-B
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Prime mover GE FDL-16
Performance figures
Power output 3,600 hp (2.7 MW)
Locale eastern and southeastern United States

GE U36B was a diesel-electric locomotive produced by General Electric beginning in 1969. The U36B was GE's 3,600 hp (2.7 MW) answer to the power race with EMD. Only 3 railroads bought this locomotive.


Major purchasers of U36Bs were Auto-Train Corporation and Seaboard Coast Line, which hosted most Auto-Train Corp. traffic. In 1976 four U36Bs that were built by GE for Auto-Train Corporation, which had purchased 13 earlier, were instead sold and delivered to Conrail due to Auto Train's financial difficulties. These units, built to Seaboard Coast Line specifications, were originally fitted with Blomberg trucks; when Conrail purchased them, the railroad asked GE to replace the trucks with AAR Type B instead.

Original owners[edit]

Owner Quantity Numbers Notes
Auto-Train Corporation 13 4000-4012
Conrail 4 2971–2974 intended as Auto-Train Corporation 4013-4016
Seaboard Coast Line Railroad 108 1748–1855 1813 originally numbered 1776 (1st)


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