Short Line Overhauls GP30 to Boost Traction

Indiana Northeastern is upgrading one of its GP30 locomotives to improve its traction, Trains magazine reported on its website.

The former Reading Lines unit is being given new power assemblies and electrical upgrades.

Railroad officials told the magazine that the work is designed to avoid the wheel slippage that can occur when the locomotive begins pulling a heavy train.

EMD introduced the GP30 in 1961 and gave it a unique “skyline casing” along the cab and car body.

Operating 105 miles of track in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, Indiana Northeastern has two GP30s on its motive power roster.

The overhaul work is being done at the railroad’s shop in Hudson, Indiana. It previously did mechanical work in a one-stall facility in Hillsdale, Michigan.

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