Great Northern Railway Historical Society

Hustle Muscle

The GNRHS is proud to own the first production EMD SD45, former Great Northern SD45 #400 'Hustle Muscle'. It is kept in operating condition and sees occasional use at conventions and special events.

History

GN 400 'Hustle Muscle' was the first 3600 h.p. turbo-charged 20 cylinder 645E3 production model EMD SD45 diesel electric locomotive built.

GN 400 was delivered in May 1966 to the Minneapolis Junction Roundhouse in St. Paul, MN and was christened 'Hustle Muscle' by the Great Northern Railway. In 1970, this locomotive became Burlington Northern 6430. In September 1973 '6430' underwent Class One repairs at Livingston, Montana and was repainted in cascade green. At the request of numerous railfans and employees, '6430' retained its 'Hustle Muscle' nickname.

In 1986, '6430' was retired and donated to the Great Northern Railway Historical Society. In 1989, '6430' was repainted to its original GN 400 paint scheme at Grand Forks, ND. GN 400 was then stored at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, MN.

In mid-December 2000, GN 400 made the trip from Duluth to St. Paul. It was on display at the BNSF Northtown Diesel Shop (Minneapolis, MN) and is now located at its permanent home at the MTM Jackson Street Roundhouse in St. Paul, MN.

In 2006 our big SD45 received a great new paintjob at the Wisconsin & Southern shop in Horicon, Wisconsin.

Locomotive Data

Detailed data on 'Hustle Muscle' can be found in the GN 400 Datasheet courtesy of Ron Erickson, and the SD-45 diagram.

Historic Photos

GN 400 as delivered without 'Hustle Muscle' lettering thumb
GN 400 as delivered without 'Hustle Muscle' lettering
GN 400 at Wenatchee, WA in 1969 thumb
GN 400 at Wenatchee, WA in 1969
BN 6430 still in GN paint at Denver, CO May 24, 1972 thumb
BN 6430 still in GN paint at Denver, CO May 24, 1972
BN 6430 in BN colors at Cicero, IL September 22, 1976 thumb
BN 6430 in BN colors at Cicero, IL September 22, 1976

Hustle Muscle today

'Hustle Muscle' is on indefinite custodial loan to the Minnesota Transportation Museum. GN 400 is kept at MTM's Jackson Street Roundhouse located in St. Paul, MN, and is in operating condition. She is normally kept indoors but does see occasional use on caboose rides, events and conventions. See the Hustle Muscle in Action page for some of her past appearances.

For the 2015 and 2016 season 'Hustle Muscle' will be operating on a regular basis on the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Ry. in Osceola, WI. Grab this opportunity to see this unique locomotive in action and get onboard to ride behind 'Hustle Muscle' Great Northern style!

MTM - Jackson Street Round House, St. Paul, MN July 21, 2007 thumb
MTM - Jackson Street Round House, St. Paul, MN July 21, 2007
MTM - Jackson Street Round House, St. Paul, MN July 21, 2007 thumb
MTM - Jackson Street Round House, St. Paul, MN July 21, 2007
MTM - Jackson Street Round House, St. Paul, MN July 21, 2007 thumb
MTM - Jackson Street Round House, St. Paul, MN July 21, 2007
MTM - Jackson Street Round House, St. Paul, MN July 21, 2007 thumb
MTM - Jackson Street Round House, St. Paul, MN July 21, 2007

 

 

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