Classic Streamliners - TRAINCYCLOPEDIA
Norfolk Southern EMD SD38 No. 3809 and NS MT6 slug No. 978 at Buckeye Yard in Columbus, Ohio.
By MeRyan - IMG_2677, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16971733
EMD SD38 Diesel-Electric Locomotive
The 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 64516-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.
Railroad: Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad
Railroad: Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad
Railroad: Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway
Railroad: Kaiser Bauxite (Jamaica)
Railroad: McCloud River Railroad
Railroad: Orinoco Mining Company (Venezuela)
Railroad: Penn Central
Railroad: RFFSA (Brazil)
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.
EMD SD38 Overview
Type and origin
Power type: Diesel-electric
Builder: General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
Build date: May 1967 – October 1971
Total produced: 108
• AAR C-C
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 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
Power output: 2,000 hp (1.5 MW)
Purchases through our Merchant Links and Store help to defray the costs of operating the non-profit Classic Streamliners website, and at no additional cost to you. All of the staff at Classic Streamliners are unpaid volunteers who have all devoted thousands of hours of their own time to bring the site into fruition. We would like to sincerely thank all those who have already helped support this worthy cause. For more information click HERE.
Text: wikipedia.org. Images: Public Domain; http://www.commons.wikimedia.org (unless otherwise specified) and 17 U.S. Code § 107 fair use. References: Lewis, Robert G. The Handbook of American Railroads. New York: Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation, 1951, 2nd Edition 1956. Site Map Contact webmaster HERE.