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T.L. VanSlyke, local chairman of Div. 624, was running the 6717 and a train of empties to the East Decker coal tipple to await an automated loading.

Burlington Northern bought a large number of these (one source says 186 total) 3,000 hp. General Electric locomotives in the late 1960s-early 1970s, many of which worked in the Powder RIver Basin hauling unit coal trains. The U30C was among GE's most successful 'Universal-Line' designs, a type that originated with the U25B in 1959. The U30C was aimed a competing with EMD's successful SD40/SD40-2 line, also rated at 3000 hp. The U30C, as its designation implies, is a C-C type, or in layman's terms it has two six-wheel trucks with all wheels powered. It uses standard GE equipment: 16 cylinder 7FDL diesel engine (derived from the Cooper-Bessemer design) ; and GE752 traction motors. By Brian Solomon
Depicted Railroad
Equipment, Locomotive U30C no. 5343
Builder, locomotive General Electric
Creator Description Richard Cook went to work for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers as a photographer in 1968, retiring as editor of the "Locomotive Engineer" newspaper and director of public relations of the BLE on March 31, 1985. Just prior to his retirement, he was made an honorary member of the BLE, an honor bestowed on a dozen or so individuals in the BLE's 144-year history. The Railway & Locomotive Historical Society recognized him for lifetime achievement in photography in 1992. His obituary in the Cleveland "Plain Dealer" told of his achievements: "He became a professional photographer, managing editor of a photography magazine, railroad switchman, a union chromicler, an author and illustrator of six books about railroading, and, as a result, a respected historian of the industry."
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