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Prototype Information:

Introduced by GE as a competitor to the EMD SD40 and SD40-2, the U23C and U30C locomotive chassis’ were one of GE’s earliest locomotive successes. Nicknamed “U-Boats”, these units were used in multiple services, pulling coal trains, general freight, and even as a test-power unit for the Department of Transportation’s subway car experiments in Colorado.

Model Information:

Last produced in 1991, the GE U30C from Kato is being reworked to modern specification, with a redesigned DCC friendly mechanism and a new detailed underframe which allows the locomotive to be fitted with body mounted, fully automatic magnetic knuckle couplers.

Model Features:

  • Locomotives feature directional white LED headlights and illuminated preprinted numberboards
  • Powerful Kato mechanism powered by a 5-pole flywheel motor and featuring a 9 3/4" minimum turning radius - great for hauling sets such as the Kato N Mixed Freight Train Set.
  • Re-designed body shell to equip the locomotive with body mounted KATO magnetic knuckle couplers.
  • DCC friendly and ready for drop in decoder installation.
  • Smooth rolling blackened metal wheels.
  • Optional untinted clear headlights and numberboards available for using DCC boards with tinted LEDs.

Available Paint Schemes; click for higher resolution images

Santa Fe

Union Pacific

Burlington Northern

BN "Bicentennial"

Department of Transportation

Current Models

Item # Description
Road Number
176-0931 N GE U23C* Santa Fe "Warbonnet"
176-0932 N GE U23C* Santa Fe "Warbonnet"
176-0933 N GE U30C Union Pacific "We can handle it"
176-0934 N GE U30C Union Pacific "We can handle it"
176-0935 N GE U30C Burlington Northern
176-0936 N GE U30C Burlington Northern
176-0937 N GE U30C BN "Bicentennial"
176-0938 N GE U30C Department of Transportation
* Santa Fe owned only U23C’s, which had minor cosmetic differences to the U30C. Models will share the same body shell across all versions. Prices are estimated and subject to change
Kato USA, Inc. 100 Remington Road Schaumburg, IL 60173