Former Conrail locomotives move to third acts in Estonia, Ukraine

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EVR Cargo No. 1566 at the Tapa shops in June 2011. It is a former Conrail C30-7A No. 6577.
Keith Fender
Locomotive No. 1564 rebuilt as Operail C30-M (Ex-Conrail No. 6565) seen at the Tapa shops in October 2018.
TALLIN, Estonia — Former Conrail GE C30-7A locomotives are being given a radical rebuild with new bodywork and Caterpillar engines in a shop in Estonia.

The modernized locomotives, designated C30-M, feature a 2,080 horsepower Caterpillar 3512C HD diesel engine with a new driving cab part way along the cut down hood. The frames and trucks from the original locomotives are retained in the rebuilding process.

The engineering design work for the rebuild has been undertaken by Czech company CZ Loko which specializes in rebuilding, although normally old Czech or Soviet designs. The first three C30-M locos were rebuilt for Operail's own use in late 2018.

Estonian government-owned rail freight company Operail inherited the former U.S. Class I operated diesel locomotives. They were imported from the U.S. in 2002 and 2003.

In late January 2019, Operail signed a contract to lease two rebuilt C30-7As to Ukrainian mining and metal manufacturing firm SCM Group so some of the former Conrail locos will now be operating in Ukraine as well as Estonia.

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