In 1982-1983, Nacionales de México purchased 39 new 6,000-horsepower E60C electric locomotives from GE.
They were intended for use on a new double-track electric line, but economic conditions
prevented completion of the project. In 1994, 28 of the locomotives went into operation
on a shortened version of the electric line, but six of these were soon wrecked. Eleven more
were stored indoors at Tlalnepantla, Estado de México. When the electric line was privatized in 1997,
the 22 running E60C's passed to TFM; but the catenary was soon removed for increased
veritcal clearance, and most of TFM's E60C's have been sold
to power plants in the USA. The eleven stored at Tlalnepantla were sold by the
government to a firm called Petromarin. In September 1999, they were moved to two
storage sites in southern Texas, where they are again for sale. These locomotives are
still brand-new. They have never moved under their own power since they left GE!
This series of photos was taken at Mercedes and La Feria, Texas, USA, on a dark,
rainy October 10, 2000, by Jorge Luna Helú.
Note: As of late January
2001, the E60C's previously stored at La Feria had been moved to a spur between
McAllen and Mission.
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photos in this series, click here.
Photo © 2000
Jorge Luna Helú