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D&H GE U23B D&H #2304 shows the final paint scheme before the Guilford takeover. This locomotive is shown at Mechanicville, NY in October 1982. Photo taken from a Bill Mischler 35mm slide. Used by permission.

D&H GE U23B One of the D&H contributions to the American Bicentennial was the unit #1776, shown here on the ready track at Rouses Point, NY. The U23B was delivered as #2312 and later renumbered to 1776 for the bicentennial. It was later renumbered back to its original number.
Photograph John W. Cook, © June 1975.

D&H U23B #2311 Know by railfans as the 'Grey Ghost', at a time when the predominant color in the D&H was blue, someone decided to use the surplus grey paint at Colonie, and #2311 is the result. At Oneonta, NY in October 1981. Reproduced from a Bill Mischler slide ©copyright. Used by permission.


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Locomotive Numbers

GE - U23B (Class GRF-23)

Road Number (1): Road Number (2): Road Number (3): Road Number (4): Builder: Builder Number: Date Built: Date Retired/Sold:
301 2301     GE 36803 8/1968 Sold, 6/1983
302 2302     GE 36804 8/1968 Sold, 6/1983
303 2303     GE 36805 8/1968 Sold, 6/1983
304 2304     GE 36806 8/1968 Sold, 6/1983
305 2305     GE 36807 8/1968 Sold, 6/1983
306 2306     GE 36808 8/1968 Sold, 6/1983
307 2307     GE 36809 8/1968 Sold, 6/1983
308 2308     GE 36810 8/1968 Sold, 6/1983
309 2309     GE 36811 9/1968 Sold, 6/1983
310 2310     GE 36812 9/1968 Sold, 6/1983
311 2311     GE 36813 9/1968 Sold, 6/1983
312 2312 1776 2312 GE 36814 9/1968 Sold, 6/1983
313 2313     GE 36815 9/1968 Sold, 6/1983
314 2314     GE 36816 9/1968 Sold, 6/1983
315 2315     GE 36817 9/1968 Scrapped 1971
316 2316     GE 36818 9/1968 Sold, 6/1983

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Locomotive Specifications:

Engine: FDL-12
Trucks: B-B
Truck Type: AAR-B
Fuel (gals.): 3,000
Sand(CuFt): 60
Weight(lbs): 242,000
Horsepower: 2,250
Traction Motors: GE 752
Tractive Effort:  
Gearing: 74:18
 

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Locomotive Information:

These locomotives were originally numbered 301 - 316, but were later renumbered 2301 - 2316. These were the original U23Bs and were the only ones with radiator fairings. The U23Bs were factory built with the nose Gyralite signal light.

2312 was repainted 1776 for the Bicentenary and named E.W. McCrea.

2311 was painted in an all grey scheme (the only D&H loco to be so painted) with a blue lightning stipe and known by railfans as the "'Grey Ghost".

All locos went to Guilford for the Maine Central - for some time they retained their D&H paint scheme, but with MEC logos.


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