GP30 No. 3006

As of September 1994

This unit is nearly in as-delivered configuration.  I photographed it in Colorado Springs, where it was serving as the yard switcher and local power.

I shot both ends.  Why I didn't take photos of the sides is a mystery that I cannot to this day solve...

Rio Grande's GP30s came in two groups, as shown in this table.

Number Range Date Purchased Comments
3001 - 3013 Apr-May 1962 Nos. 3001, 3002 later received large Rio Grande herald.
3014 - 3028 Jan-Feb 1963 Nos. 3014, 3027 later received large Rio Grande herald.  Nos. 3021-3028 downgraded to B-unit status in 1972.

Specific information for individual units may be found on the Rio Grande Modeling & Historical Society's GP30 page.

Notice the photo and comments to the right...

All features are as delivered, with the following exceptions:
  • Mars light has been replaced by a Pyle Gyralite.
  • Plows were installed on GP30s between 1966 and 1969 (ish).
  • Stripes were repainted sometime in 1960s; originally the yellow stripes were wider than the black.




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