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EMD GP38AC Diesel Electric Locomotive
The EMD GP38AC is a 4-axle diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between February 1970 and December 1971. It was basically a GP38 with an AR10 alternator instead of the GP38's normal generator.

261 examples of this model were built; railroads that purchased this model include CP, DT&I, GTW, GM&O, IC, LV, L&N, N&W, SLSF, SOU and Pacific Power and Light.

Many were upgraded to full GP38-2 status with the Dash 2 modular electrical cabinet.

Original Buyers

Railroad: CP Rail
Quantity: 21
Road numbers: 3000-3020

Railroad: Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad
Quantity: 14
Road numbers: 210-217

Notes: 215 renumbered 209, 216 renumbered 208, 217 renumbered 207; to Grand Trunk Western Railroad 6207-6214
215-220 To Grand Trunk Western Railroad 6215-6220

Railroad: Grand Trunk Western Railroad
Quantity: 12
Road numbers: 5800-5811

Railroad: Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad
Quantity: 13
Road numbers: 721-733

Notes: To Illinois Central Gulf Railroad 9540-9552

Railroad: Illinois Central Railroad
Quantity: 20
Road numbers: 9500-9519

Railroad: Lehigh Valley Railroad
Quantity: 4
Road numbers: 310-313

Notes: To Conrail 7656-7659

Railroad: Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Quantity: 30
Road numbers: 4020-4049

Notes: To Seaboard System Railroad 6241-6270 then to CSX

Railroad: Norfolk and Western Railway
Quantity: 60
Road numbers: 4100-4159

Notes: To Norfolk Southern. All have either been retired, scrapped, or rebuilt.

Railroad: Pacific Power & Light Company
Quantity: 1

Railroad: Southern Railway
Quantity: 56
Road numbers: 2823–2878

Notes: To Norfolk Southern. All but 3 have either been retired, scrapped, or rebuilt.

Railroad: St. Louis – San Francisco Railway
Quantity: 30
Road numbers: 633-662

Notes: 651 wrecked, remaining to Burlington Northern Railroad 2110-2138 and later to BNSF. Some of them were rebuilt as GP38-3R or GP39-3

EMD GP38AC Overview
Type and origin
Power type: Diesel-electric
Builder: General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
Model: GP38AC
Build date: February 1970 - December 1971
Total produced: 261
​ • AAR B-B
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Locale: United States

See also:


EMD Diesel-Electric Locomotives

EMD GP38-2

Diesel - Electric Locomotives


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Burlington Northern Santa Fe No. 2116, an EMD GP38AC.

By terry cantrell - originally posted to Flickr as BNSF 2116, CC BY-SA 2.0,

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