U30B Survivors

WP's fleet of General Electric U30Bs had been in storage for almost a year when the merger was approved by the I.C.C. on September 14, 1982. On November 30 the Burlington Northern-Western Pacific power pool came to an end. This forced the return to service of five of the stored U30B’s.

Nineteen units had been built for WP and numbered 751-769 in 1967-1969. The 765 was wrecked in 1971 and subsequently scrapped. The remaining 18 units were renumbered in 1972 to 3051-3069. As built they were equipped with GE traction motors, mounted on trade-in EMD trucks.

In February 1983 the five units that had been pressed back use were removed from service and returned to storage with the others, first at Stockton, California, then at Portola, California, and later at Salt Lake City, Utah. In September 1983 they were all sent to Omaha, Nebraska to be stripped of usable parts and retired. The 3051 was spared the scrappers torch when it was donated to the Feather River Rail Society in Portola, California.