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History: The AC6000CW is a 6,000-horsepower (4,500 kW) diesel electric locomotive built by GE Transportation Systems. This locomotive, along with its direct competitor the EMD SD90MAC, is among the most powerful single-engined diesel locomotives in the world. The only diesel locomotive to surpass them is the dual-engine 6,600-horsepower (4,900 kW) EMD DDA40X. Just a little over 300 GE AC6000CWs were built for CSX, UP, SP and for BHP Billiton, an Australian mining company.
The GE AC6000CW was developed around the same time as both the C44-9W and the AC4400CW in the mid-1990s, and shares a number of components as well as visual appearance with them. General Electric worked in conjunction with renowned engine manufacturer Deutz-Motoren Werke Mannheim (MWM) of Germany to design and construct the 6,250 hp (4,660 kW) 7HDL engine for the locomotives. Due to several issues with this engine, the second run for UP was actuality delivered with the older, proven 7FDL engine, rated for 4,400 hp (3,300 kW). CSX later re-powered several of their AC6000CX with the more environmental-friendly GEVO-16 engine; these units are capable of 5,800 hp (4,300 kW) but are rated at 4,600 hp (3,400 kW) and classified as CW46AH.
The concept of a powerful single locomotive to haul a train was appealing on the paper, but revealed not to be successful, partly because of the technical issues encountered by these engines, and as well because actually two or more locomotives are globally more reliable in case one fails.
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Item created by: Alain LM on 2018-05-12 02:25:53. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-05-12 02:58:33
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