81 General Electric

Engine history

The White Pass & Yukon Route diesel engine #81 was build original for the United States Army Transportation by General Electric at their Erie, PA plant. Then the engine was used at the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad for test. In 1973 the USA #3000 was sold the White Pass as their #81. After their operation as Skagway switcher, the engine was sold to the "Cia de Desarrollo Bananero de Guatemala" railroad in Bandegua (length of 102 Km) as their #314.

Data

Number Builder Builder No. Year HP Traction Pwr. Remarks
81 General Electric GE 32933   800 Starting 45,600
Continuous 22,000
ex. USA 3000

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USA TC 3000 Durango

The GE 3000 as United States Army test engine stand here at Durango, CO, beteen test runs. Original image from Boerries Burkhardt Collection

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USA TC 3000 Durango

June 7, 1960 at Durango , Colorado, Multi Gauge Test Engine 3000 of the United States Army wait for another run on the Colorado narrow gauge line. Boerries Burkhardt Collection

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General Electric 81, ex. USA 3000

The engine was repainted into the White Pass colors here at Skagway shops

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GE 81 switching at Skagway docks

This great image from Dave Grandt shows the GE 81 main work. The engine was used only for switching service at Skagway.

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GE 81 at Skagway

Skagway switcher. Boerries Burkhardt Collection.

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