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Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderGeneral Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
Build dateJune – October 1971
Total produced15
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Fuel capacity3,200 US gal (12,000 l; 2,700 imp gal)
Prime moverEMD 645E
Engine typeV16 diesel engine
Performance figures
Power output2,000 hp (1,500 kW)
LocaleNorth America

An EMD SD38AC is a 6-axle road switcher 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.

Original owners[edit]

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


  • Pinkepank, Jerry A. (1973). The Second Diesel Spotter's Guide. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Kalmbach Publishing. ISBN 978-0-89024-026-7.
  • Sarberenyi, Robert. EMD SD38, SD38AC, and SDP38 Original Owners. Retrieved on August 27, 2006

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