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Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
Model SD38AC
Build date June – October 1971
Total produced 15
 • AAR C-C
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Fuel capacity 3,200 US gal (12,000 l; 2,700 imp gal)
Prime mover EMD 645E
Engine type V16 diesel engine
Cylinders 16
Performance figures
Power output 2,000 hp (1,500 kW)
Locale North America

An EMD SD38AC is a 6-axle diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between June and October 1971. It was basically an SD38 with an AR10 alternating current alternator instead of the SD38's normal direct current generator. It produces 2,000 horsepower (1,500 kW) from a 16-cylinder EMD 645E roots blown prime mover. It came equipped with or without dynamic brakes. This locomotive shared the same common frame with the SD39, SD38, SD40 and SD45. The SD38AC is basically the transition engine between the SD38 and the SD38-2. 15 examples of this model were built; 6 for B&LE, 8 for DMIR and one for BC Hydro.

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Railroad Quantity Road numbers Notes
Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad 6 864-869 864 wrecked near Conneaut, OH (mid 1970s); 865 to DM&IR 200 (early 1990s); 869 to DM&IR 869 (?/2002); 866 (rebuilt to SD38-3 and repainted in early 2000s (decade)), 867 (rebuilt and repainted in early 2000s (decade)). 866, 867, and 868 remain on home rails as of 5-01-07.
Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway 8 201-208 204, to LTEX (8/03), scrapped at Proctor (5/04); 208, stored (7/03), to LTEX (4/28/04
BC Hydro 1 381


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