Friday, February 28, 2014

Union Pacific DDA40X #6930

Union Pacific DDA40X #6930 at the Illinois Railway Museum on May 23, 2004

Union Pacific #6930 is a DDA40X built by EMD in 1970. There were a total of 45 of these locomotives built between 1969 and 1971, and Union Pacific was the only owner of them. They were called Centennials, due to their introduction 100 years after the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. A Centennial is nearly 100 feet long, and is powered by two 20 cylinder engines producing a total of 6600 horsepower. Centennials are still the largest and most powerful diesel locomotives in the world. #6930 made its last trip on March 12, 1985, and was donated to the Smokey Hill Railway & Historical Society of Shawnee Mission, Kansas in August 1985.  In October 1991 it was traded to the Illinois Railway Museum. #6930 is one of 14 surviving Centennials; one other survivor, #6936, is still owned by Union Pacific and is operated on special occasions.

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