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EMD SD38AC Diesel-Electric Locomotive
The 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.

Original owners

Railroad: Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad

Quantity: 6
Road numbers: 864-869
Notes: 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.

Railroad: Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway

Quantity: 8
Road numbers: 201-208
Notes: 204, to LTEX (8/03), scrapped at Proctor (5/04); 208, stored (7/03), to LTEX (4/28/04

Railroad: BC Hydro

Quantity: 1
Road numbers: 381

EMD SD38AC Overview
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 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 engine
Cylinders: 16
Performance figures
Power output: 2,000 hp (1,500 kW)
Locale: North America

See also:


EMD Diesel-Electric Locomotives

Diesel-Electric Locomotives


 CCGX EMD SD38AC No. 5202 leading CEMR Freight Into Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 13 2017.

By Taylorover9002 - I took a photo of the train passing., CC BY-SA 4.0,​

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