GE's 45-Ton Off-Center Cab

Stockton Terminal & Eastern at Stockton, California on 10 August 1972 (Matt Herson photo)


General Electric produced two types of off-center cab locomotives from 1935 to 1941: 45-ton and 60-ton. Because they were driven by a single large engine (rather than two small engines used in center cab models), it was necessary to move the cab further back on the frame. It should be noted that 45-ton off-center cab loco did not employ side-rod trucks as found on the standard GE 45-tonner. Production of the 45-ton off-center cab models stopped at nine units, with all of them going directly to the U.S. Army Quartermasters Corps or Pacific Overseas Air Technical services.

Spotting Features:

Although they were very similar in outward appearance, there were several features that differentiated the two GE off-center models from each other, as well from other manufacturers.

  1. No front-end walkway
  2. Handrails protrude from sides of engine hood
  3. Narrow shutter on each side of long hood
  4. No shutter at front of long hood
  5. Ladder-type steps

GE 45-Ton Off-Center Cab Locomotive Specifications:

  • Horsepower: 300/340
  • Engine: Cooper-Bessemer ENL6
  • Total length: 31'-3"
  • Truck wheelbase: 6'-0"
  • Bolster center: 17'-3'
  • Wheel size: 34"
  • Fuel: 150 gal.

* * * Roster and Credits * * *


Serial Nmbr

Bld date

Owners (in order)
13161 10/41 U.S. QMC #4503
U.S. Army 7194
District of Columbia #1
Koehring Company no #
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13162 10/41 U.S. QMC #4504
U.S. Army 7195
Walter H. Wilms Co. no#
Stockton Terminal & Eastern #11
Levin Metals #11
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13163 10/41 U.S. QMC #4505
U.S. Army #?
Bettendorf Co. #?
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13164/td> 10/41 U.S. QMC #4506
U.S. Air Force 7206
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13165 10/41 U.S. QMC #4546
U.S. Army 7427
Phillips Petroleum #7427
Texas Tank Car Works #7427
Hollis & Eastern #7427
Railroad Maintenance & Construction #7427
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13166 10/41 Pacific Overseas Air Service 7428
U.S. Army 7428
Port of Olympia #5
Pan American Engineering #?
Canadian Forest Products #95/300
West Coast Transmission #300
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13167 11/41 U.S.QMC #4548
U.S. Army 7429
Pacific Overseas Air Service #7429
Port of Olympia #4
Consolidated Rock Products #1833
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13168 11/41 U.S.QMC #4548
U.S. Army 7430
Canadian Car & Foundry #110
Great Lakes Paper #123
Zalev Brothers #123
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13169 11/41 U.S.QMC #4511
U.S. Army 7431
Birmingham Slag #DE7
Vulcan Materials #2264
Spartan Materials #2264


Reference sources & Credits:
  • Critters, Dinkys and Center Cabs by Jay Reed
  • The Second Diesel Spotters Guide by Jerry A. Pinkepank
  • Locomotive Encyclopedia (1950-1952) by Simons-Boardman
Formatted by: R.Craig

Revised: 24 April 2020 / New: 8 April 2020


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