EMD GP38

Penn Central GP38 road switchers were turned over to Conrail and became part of the CR 7600-7939 series. Conrail's impressive fleet of EMD GP-38's could be found almost anywhere, from yard and local duty to hauling mainline freights.

Built between January 1966 and December 1971, Penn Central's 270 2,000hp 16 cylinder-powered units were assigned series 2010-2014 (CR reassigned to 7670-7674) and 7675-7939.  Of PRSL's original order of 15 GP38's, Conrail's inherited 10 units were reassigned from PRSL 2000-2009 to CR series 7660-7669. 

For more information about CR 7635, Conrail's GP35 turned GP38, read the "Conrail Rebuilt a GP35 into a GP38" Conrail Fact.

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BOEL crosses the East Branch of the Westfield River in Huntington, MA. on Aug. 1, 1981. This is the only crossing of the East branch, as it heads north from here, whereas the railroad follows the West branch in a northwesterly direction. That matched set of PC black GP38's immediately caught my eye.
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One of BOEL's crew is taking in the fresh air as the train assaults the grade through Bancroft, MA.
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BLR173's herd of four axles continue pounding upgrade at Bancroft, MA. They've been working hard enough that there are few unburned hydrocarbons to be seen.
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BH-15 with Allentown Vans headout climbs out of the "HOLE" at East Penn Jct. (CP-Burn) Auburn Street Allentown, Pa
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A dusting of snow is on the ground as OISE-3 leans into the elevation as it accelerates north
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An unlikely pair of EMD's powers CCRU-1 charging upgrade out of Allentown on the Reading Line
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CR GP38 7600 (rebuilt from CSX 2095), shown in F R E S H quality blue at Rose St. in Altoona, PA on December 18th, 1993. Sorry for the distorted angle when I scanned the photo! Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.
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CR 7635 was perhaps the rarest locomotive on the CR roster. The 7635 was an experiment, using the body of a GP35 and rebuilt into a GP38. The unit would frequent the Conway area and on 9/19/1994 it was being used in a helper set on the Fort Wayne Line to the West of Conway. The 7635 & 8230 are shoving hard on the rear of PIPR at Homewood, PA.
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The one-and-only GP35m rebuild, rebuilt from GP35 CR/PC/PRR 2363, is seen in the yard at West Brownsville, PA on 6/30/1988.
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Former LV 312 was second out on westbound empties at Harrisburg, PA on 11/1/80. Unit was renumbered to NS 2883 at the split, then was rebuilt 2/2006 at Juniata into GP38-2 NS 5627.
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Former PRSL GP38 2000 (CR 7660) awaits service with GP9 7479 (ex-EL 1261) and ex-PC SD45 6238 outside the Juniata locomotive shops in August, 1977.
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Conrail GP38 7660 is seen on an eastbound WPCA-31X at Albion, NJ on 1/30/1982
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CR GP-38 7660 (ex-PRSL 2000) assists pulling mixed freight through Abrams yard on a cool day in February, 1977.
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Former PRSL GP-38 2000 (CR 7660) pulls freight through Abrams yard on a cool February day in 1977.
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CR GP-38 7660 (ex-PRSL 2000) assists pulling mixed freight through Abrams yard on a cool day in February, 1977.
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Former PRSL GP38 2000, soon to be CR 7660, pauses at Abrams yard on a cool day in February, 1977.
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Former PRSL GP-38 2001 leads a quartet of mixed CR power through Abrams yard in early February, 1977.
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Former PRSL GP-38 2001 (CR 7661) leads sister-unit 2007 (CR 7668), GP9 7157 and C425 2423 through Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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A quartet of mixed CR power, led by PRSL GP-38's 2001 and 2007, rumbles through Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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PRSL GP-38 2001 (soon to be CR 7661) leads a quartet of mixed CR power at Abrams in early February, 1977.
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PRSL GP38 2001 (CR 7661) leads sister-unit 2007 (CR 7668), GP9 7157 and C425 2423 into Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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PRSL GP-38 2001 leads a quartet of mixed CR power through Abrams yard in early February, 1977.
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The crew of PRSL GP-38 2001 (CR 7661) makes a change by the Abrams yard office in February, 1977.
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A four axle foursome takes a breather at Abrams yard on February 12, 1977. Former PRSL GP-38 2001 (CR 7661) rests in the lead, while sister-unit 2007 (CR 7667), GP9 7157, and C425 2423 follow with a line of mixed freight.
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From the cab of Conrail GP38 7662 on WPCA-31, we see Winslow Junction tower on the Amtrak Atlantic City Line on 1/8/1984
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A trio of former PRSL GP38's get their train together. All are property of Conrail now, and that also explains the EL RS-3 4th out in the consist.
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PRSL GP-38 2003 (CR 7663) follows PC GP30 2227, SD45 6070 (ex-EL 3605), and PC GP30 2210 as they shake the ground going through Abrams yard.
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One of the ex PRSL GP-38s that was easy to identify since it had no dynamic brakes.
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Former PRSL 2005 is on the point of a southbound freight near Wilmington, DE on 9/17/83.  It would be retired by Conrail on 4/3/84, and sold to BAR 93, later rebuilt as BAR 353, then sold to Watco as WAMX 3825.
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PRSL GP-38 2005 rests at the Bethlehem engine terminal.
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PRSL GP-38 2005 is leaning a bit at the Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.
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PRSL GP38 2005 (CR 7665) rests with ex-RDG GP35 3635 at the Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.
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CR 7665, 2255, 2218, and 2241 lead a southbound freight at "HOLLY" interlocking, just north of Wilmington, DE, on 9/17/83. The interlocking had been reconfigured in the late 70's by Amtrak to make the inside tracks (2 & 3) the high-speed passenger tracks (and give them the straight route), opposite of the way that the PRR had originally built it to run the outside tracks (1 & 4) for passenger.
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Former PRSL GP-38 2007 (CR 7667) lies second in a quartet of power pulling mixed freight into Abrams yard on a cool day in February, 1977.
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Former PRSL GP-38 2007 (CR 7667) in a quartet of mixed power at Abrams on a cool February day.
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Former PRSL GP38's 2001 and 2007, CR GP7 7157, and PC C424 2423 pause with their mixed freight by the Abrams yard office in February, 1977.
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With my railfan buddy also capturing the moment, former PRSL GP-38 2007 (CR 7667) took a rest at Abrams in a quartet of mixed power in February, 1977.
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CR GP-38 7668 (ex-PRSL 2008) and GP-9B 3826 work Morrisville yard in March, 1979.
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PRSL GP-38 2008 (CR 7668) working at the former Reading Lines Wayne Junction engine terminal on Day 2 of the Septa Transit Union workers strike in March, 1977.
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Conrail GP38 7669 is seen on a snow extra sent out to clear the line after a blizzard on 2/12/1983
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ELOI passes the Agway that was in the old Canisteo Station. The only thing that remains in this view today is a single track. The old station and second track are long gone.
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Conrail GP38 7690 is trailing on OIEN at Hershey, PA on 9/7/1992
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Occasionally an especially heavy train would get a push from Pittsfield over the hill, with the pushers sometimes going as far as Chester. Here's a set coming back over the top, headed to Pittsfield for another try later in the day.
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The helper set we saw earlier from a distance now rolls under the bridge at the Berkshire Summit.
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Conrail GP-38 #7697 leads a northbound through the mill at Triechlers, PA. October 1987.

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Former PC 7698 rests on a siding at Shiremanstown, PA on 8/13/1986.
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A 1981 view of the turntable are behind the Juniata E&M shop shows CR 6670 (ex-EL 3639) and CR 7706 (ex-PC 7706) along with a pair of unidentified CR pups.
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CR GP38 7707 at JLS in Altoona, PA on March 20th, 1995.

Photo by Terry Nardella, collection of Steve Ondik.

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A pair of EMD's roll across Rockville Bridge.

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