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Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
Model GP39
Build date June 1969 - July 1970
Total produced 23
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Prime mover EMD 645E3
Engine type V12 diesel engine
Cylinders 12
Performance figures
Power output 2,300 hp (1.72 MW)
Locale United States

The EMD GP39 is a 4-axle diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between June 1969 and July 1970. The locomotive's power was provided by a turbocharged EMD 645E3 12-cylinder engine which generated 2,300 hp (1.72 MW)[1][2]

23 examples of this locomotive model were built for American railroads.[3]

Burlington Northern Railway later rebuilt GP30, GP35, and GP40 locomotives that it classified as GP39s, but they were not built as such by GM/EMD. Twenty of the original 23 were built for the Chesapeake & Ohio, while the other buyers were Kennecott Copper (2) and Atlanta & St. Andrews Bay (1).


  1. ^ Marre, Louis A. & Pinkepank, Jerry A. (1989). The Contemporary Diesel Spotter's Guide. Waukesha, WI: Kalmbach Books. ISBN 0-89024-088-4. LCCN 88083625. OCLC 19959644. 
  2. ^ Pinkepank, Jerry A. (1973). The Second Diesel Spotter’s Guide. Milwaukee, WI: Kalmbach Publishing Company. ISBN 0-89024-026-4. 
  3. ^ Sarberenyi, Robert. EMD GP39 Original Owners. Retrieved on August 27, 2006

External links[edit]

Media related to EMD GP39 locomotives at Wikimedia Commons