Samiksha Jaiswal

EMD G26

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Power type  Diesel-electric
AAR wheel arr.  C-C
Build date  1969
UIC class  Co-Co
EMD G26
Builder  General Motors Electro-Motive Division (USA), General Motors Diesel (GMD), Canada Clyde Engineering, Australia
Gauge  1,435 mm (4 ft 8 ⁄2 in), South Korea 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in), Indonesia, Tasmania, Queensland 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 ⁄8 in), Chile

The G26 is a General Motors diesel-electric locomotive built in the USA by Electro-Motive Diesel for export and in Australia by Clyde Engineering under licence. The G26 was developed to increase traction capacities on the tracks which supported lesser axle loadings. They were intended for main line freight and passenger traffic.

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Rail companies using the G26 locomotives in the past or present include Australian Railroad Group, Freight Australia, Croatian Railways, Serbian Railways, PT Kereta Api in Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran Railways, Israel Railways, Korail, ONCF in Morocco, and others.

Australia

The Victorian Railways purchased 24 G26C locomotives built in Australia by Clyde Engineering, called the X class. They are now operated by Pacific National and QR National.

Queensland Rail purchased 102 GL26C-2 locomotives in 1970, locally built by Comeng for Clyde Engineering, and known as the 2100 class. Ten of the 2100 class have since been sold to FCAB, Chile.

Tasrail in Tasmania, operates 4 GL26C locomotives formerly of Queensland Rail. Known as the 2050 class. And two G26C locomotives known as the D class which are due to be retired late in 2014.

Former Yugoslavia

The JŽ 664 locomotives were originally acquired by the Yugoslav Railways; after the breakup of Yugoslavia the class were split between Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia.

Brazil

Serie 4500 Some units were made for the Rede Ferroviária Federal, Brazilian Federal Network, to operate at southern Brazil metre gauge (1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)) lines and now, after destatization at operation on ALL- América Latina Logística, Latin America Logistic. Were made by EMD at Illinois. Have flexicoil trucks.

Hong Kong

Kowloon-Canton Railway purchased 3 G26 CU locomotives(No.60,61 and 62) in the 1970s. These three-engine were leased to Mass Transit Railway Corporation in 2007 due to the merge of railway network.

Engine No.60 was named "Peter Quick", the CEO of KCRC during the 1980s.

Turkey

86 G26CW-2 purchased by the Turkish Railways TCDD in 1989. These locos received road numbers DE22001 to DE22086.

South Korea

Korean National Railroad purchased 10 G26CW locomotives in 1969, numbered 6301-6310. Primarily used in passenger service, all were withdrawn from the roster by the end of the 1990s.

References

EMD G26 Wikipedia


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