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).
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.