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General Electric U26C
South African class 34-000, New Zealand Railways class DX and Kenya Railways classes 93 and 94
South Africa | 1971 | 392 produced
Transnet 34-064 in September 2015 in Bloemfontein
Transnet 34-064 in September 2015 in Bloemfontein
Col. André Kritzinger

The U26C is a six-axle variant of the Universal Series designed for Cape and meter gauge. Despite the "26" in the designation, most of the machines were 2,750 hp, with only those delivered to Kenya having just 2,610 hp. The 255 South African locomotives of classes 34-000, 34-400, 34-500 and 34-900 make up the largest part. Two of the New Zealand locomotives were rebuilt in 1993 and 2006 to class DXR with 3,000 hp

VariantSAR 34-000NZR DXrebuilt NZR DXRKenya, Brazil
Built1971-19801972-19751993, 20061977-1987
ManufacturerGeneral Electric
Axle configC-C 
Gauge3 ft 6 in (Cape gauge)3 ft 3 3/8 in (Meter gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length58 ft 11 15/16 in55 ft 6 in57 ft 5 in
Wheelbase46 ft 4 in
Fixed wheelbase11 ft 10 in
Service weight249,343 lbs214,950 lbs231,485 lbs200,620 lbs
Adhesive weight249,343 lbs214,950 lbs231,485 lbs200,620 lbs
Axle load41,557 lbs35,825 lbs38,581 lbs33,444 lbs
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed62 mph65 mph75 mph
Starting effort61,148 lbf58,226 lbf54,404 lbf
EngineGE 7FDL-12
Engine typeV12 diesel
Fuel1,427 us gal (diesel)1,199 us gal (diesel)1,981 us gal (diesel)
Engine output2,749 hp (2,050 kW)3,004 hp (2,240 kW)2,615 hp (1,950 kW)
Power Plant
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
GE Universal
last changed: 02/2023

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