Norfolk Southern #3809.
hp (1.5 MW)
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 a Canadian railroad, four were exported to a mining firm in Jamaica and seven were exported to a mining firm in Venezuela. The SD38 was succeeded by a Dash 2 version called the EMD SD38-2.
Original Owners [ edit ]
Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad 3
Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad 5
To Grand Trunk Western 6250-6254; 253 and 254 still in service as Reading and Northern Railroad Nos. 2003 and 2004
Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway 6
650 sold to CITI Rail in 2011, 654 sold to Hartwell railroad in 2011, 651-653, and 655 sold to
DMIR in 1992/1993.
Kaiser Bauxite 4
Jamaica/Now called Noranda Bauxite Limited (NBL)
McCloud River Railroad 3
36 & 38 on MCR property as of July 2017, 37 Now On
Dakota Southern RailwayBuilder No. 34880-34882
Orinoco Mining Company 7
Penn Central 35
All 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) 45
SD38M - 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 in May-July 1967. The units were numbered 6351-6390.
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