EMD SD38

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EMD SD38
NS3809.jpg
Norfolk Southern #3809.
Specifications
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderGeneral Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
ModelSD38
Build dateMay 1967 – October 1971
Total produced53
AAR wheel arr.C-C
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Fuel capacity3,200 US gal (12,000 l; 2,700 imp gal)
Prime moverEMD 645E
CylindersV16
Power output2,000 hp (1.5 MW)
Career
 
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EMD SD38
NS3809.jpg
Norfolk Southern #3809.
Specifications
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderGeneral Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
ModelSD38
Build dateMay 1967 – October 1971
Total produced53
AAR wheel arr.C-C
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Fuel capacity3,200 US gal (12,000 l; 2,700 imp gal)
Prime moverEMD 645E
CylindersV16
Power output2,000 hp (1.5 MW)
Career

The SD38 is a 6-axle diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between May 1967 and October 1971. It had an EMD 645 16-cylinder engine generating 2,000 horsepower (1.5 MW), compared to the turbocharged EMD 645E3 V-16 engine that produced 3000 horsepower. The SD38 had the same frame as the SD39, SD40 and SD45. 52 were built for American railroads, one was built for Canadian railroads, four were exported to a mining firm in Jamaica and seven were exported to a mining firm in Venezuela. The SD38 was succeeded by an Dash 2 version called the EMD SD38-2.

Original Owners[edit]

RailroadQuantityRoad numbersNotes
Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad3861-863
Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad5250-254To Grand Trunk Western 6250-6254; 253 and 254 still in service as Reading and Northern Railroad Nos. 2003 and 2004
Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway6650-655650 and 654 no longer in service, 651-653, and 655 sold to DMIR in 1992/1993.
Kaiser Bauxite45101-5104Jamaica/Now called Noranda Bauxite Limited (NBL)
McCloud River Railroad336-38Still in service by MCR as of December 2005, Builder No. 34880-34882
Orinoco Mining Company71021–1027Venezuela
Penn Central356925-6959All went to Conrail with same #'s. When Conrail broke up, 21 went to Norfolk Southern (Some rebuilt to slugs, rest retired), 13 to CSX (All but two retired), and 1 to the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railway (Operational).
RFFSA (Brazil)453601-3645SD38M - 34 units in service

An M version of SD38 was built for the Brazil Federal Railways (RFFSA - Rede Ferroviária Federal S. A.).

Forty of a passenger version, the SDP38, were built for the Korean National Railways.

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