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American freight locos rebuilt in Estonia

AMERICAN manufactured diesel locos, once used in the USA, are being completely rebuilt in Estonia for use there and also in Ukraine. 

Estonian state-owned rail freight company Operail inherited the former US Class 1-operated diesel locos which were imported during 2002/03 when the business was run by private company Baltic Rail Services – trading as Eesti Raudtee. 

EVR Cargo No. 1566 at Tapa depot on June 30, 2011. As new the loco was Conrail C30-7A No. 6577 and also worked for CSX as No. 7107. It worked for NorfolkSouthern as No. 8124 prior to export. KEITH FENDER

In total, 58 GE-built C36-7 ex-Union Pacific locos, plus 19 ex-Conrail GE C30-7A locos, were overhauled in the USA and exported to Estonia, re-gauged to 1520mm, and used to replace old Soviet-built designs in 2002/2003. 

Within a few years the company was sold back to the Estonian Government, renamed EVR Cargo, and now operates under the name Operail.

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