EMD SD38-2

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EMD SD38-2
LLPX SD38-2 2808.jpg
LLPX 2808 in February 2005
Specifications
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD), General Motors Diesel, Canada
Build date 1972 – 1979
Total produced 88
AAR wheel arr. C-C
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver diameter 3 ft 4 in (1.02 m)
Wheelbase 43 ft 3.5 in (13.195 m) between bolsters; 13 ft 7 in (4.14 m) in each truck
Length 68 ft 10 in (20.98 m)
Width 10 ft 3.125 in (3.13 m) over handrail supports
Height 15 ft 7.25 in (4.75 m) over cooling fan guard
Locomotive weight 368,000 lb (166 t)
Fuel capacity 3,200 or 4,000 U.S. gallons (12,100 L or 15,100 L)
Prime mover EMD 16-645E
Aspiration Roots-blown
Cylinders V16
Power output 2,000 hp (1,500 kW)
Career
Locale North America, South America

The EMD SD38-2 is a six-axle diesel locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD) from 1972 to 1979. EMD built 83 of these medium road-switchers, which were used in both yard and mainline roles. Part of the EMD Dash 2 line, the SD38-2 was an upgraded SD38 with modular electronic control systems, HT-C trucks, and many other detail improvements. The locomotive's power was provided by an EMD 16-645E 16-cylinder engine, which could generate 2000 horsepower (1,500 kilowatts). These units were constructed with either 3200 or 4000 U.S. gallons (12,100 L or 15,100 L) fuel tanks and were available with or without dynamic brakes. It shared the same 64-foot-8-inch (19.71 m) frame as the SD40-2 and SD45-2, which gives it a length over couplers of 68 feet 10 inches (20.98 m).

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Main generator: AR10E1-D14 generator-alternator
Traction motors: 6 × D77/78 DC
Standard gearing: 62:15

Original owners[edit]

Railroad Quantity Road numbers Notes
BC Hydro 3 382-384 To Southern Railway of British Columbia, same numbers
Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad 13 870-879, 890-892 870, 872, 876, 879 and 890 to Union RR, 50-54 (?/01); to EJ&E, 671-675 (11/01); 873 to LTEX, 873 (stored as of late '06); 877 to EJ&E, 670 (3/01); 891 to EJ&E, 669 (?/81); 892 to DM&IR, 215 (3/86); 871, 874, 875 all scrapped due to wrecks in the 1980s. 878 remains on B&LE rails as the last SD38-2 on the roster, as of 5-01-07.
Chicago and Illinois Midland Railway 6 70-75 To Union Pacific Railroad, 2800–2805; to UPY, 800-805
Chicago and North Western Railway 10 6650-6659 To Union Pacific, 2806–2815; to UPY, 806-815
Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway 5 209-213
Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway 13 656-668 All units still active, some upgraded to Dash 3 specs.
Jari Railway 2 10-11 Export, Brazil
Louisville and Nashville Railroad 5 4500-4504 To Seaboard System Railroad, 4500-4504; to CSX Transportation, 2450–2454
McCloud River Railroad 1 39 To Union Pacific, 2824; to UPY, 824 (yard service in Los Angeles)
Northern Alberta Railway 4 401-404 Built by GMDD; to Canadian National Railway, 5700-5703; renumbered 1650-1653
Orinoco Mining Company 5 1028–1032 Export, Venezuela
Reserve Mining 9 1237–1245 To GATX, same numbers; to LLPX, 2808 still with LLPX; 2801–2809 to Iowa Interstate Railroad, 150-157
St. Louis - San Francisco Railway 4 296-299 To Burlington Northern Railroad, 6260-6263; to BNSF Railway, same numbers
Southern Pacific Railroad 6 2971–2976 To Union Pacific, 2830–2835; to UPY, 830-835
United States Steel 1 1 To Cyprus-Amax, same number
Yankeetown Dock 3 20-22 22 to Cyprus-Amax, same number

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