EMD GP38-2 - Page 2

The most populated series on the EMD side of the CR roster were the 223 GP38-2's inherited from Penn Central. Conrail also purchased 115 brand new GP38-2's between 1977 and 1979. The entire roster filled the 7940 to 8281 block. The four-axle units churned out 2,000hp and were regulars in all types of service.

Equipped with plows on both ends, several were cleared for use at the PP&L Strawberry Ridge, PA power plant (8040 and 8064) and others were equipped with bi-directional cab arrangements (8154 and 8162). The PC GP38-2s were built without anti-climbers. Conrail's 8163 froward order included the anti-climbers. A small handful of other subtle differences can be found when comparing the different orders such as the fuel spout revision, nose ventilation lovers, an additional latch to the control compartment door, etc.

CR 8003 Summerdale, PA 1986

Conrail GP38-2 8003 is seen at Overview from the old Iron Bridge in 1986.

CR 8008 Rochester, NY 7/1977

A GP38-2 leads a pair of F units on an Eastbound intermodal train.

CR 8015 Rutherford, PA 8-27-1983

Former PC 8015, along with CR 2787 and others, is seen here at Rutherford, PA on 8/27/1983.

CR 8019 Almond, NY 3/8/1980

A leased MK unit puts out a lot of smoke on a Westbound climbing the grade out of Hornell on the line to Meadville. That last unit is a DIT NdeM U-25-B that was rebuilt at Hornell.

CR 8019 Binghamton, NY 4-21-1977

PC GP-40 3076 leads CR GP-38-2 8019 at Binghamton, NY in April, 1977.

CR 8024 Sparrow Bush, NY 11/1977

CR 8024 leads CR 6725, still in LV paint, on MC-97 at Sparrow Bush NY in Nov of 1977.

CR 8025 Middlefield, MA 10/18/82

Westbound SPSE rounds the big horseshoe curve between MP 128 and MP 129 on Oct. 18, 1982. This location, about halfway around the curve at mile 128.5, is known as the "art colony", in reference to the ruins of a rather modernistic house and grounds in the woods to the north of the railroad. I've heard several stories regarding the place, but space here doesn't allow, and I'm not sure of the veracity of them.

CR 8025 on SPSE Middlefield, MA 10/18/82

Westbound SPSE rounds the big horseshoe curve between MP 128 and MP 129 on Oct. 18, 1982. This location, about halfway around the curve at mile 128.5, is known as the "art colony", in reference to the ruins of a rather modernistic house and grounds in the woods to the north of the railroad. I've heard several stories regarding the place, but space here doesn't allow, and I'm not sure of the veracity of them.

CR 8028 Iona Island, NY 12/78

SEWA-9 proceeds south across the timber trestle on the restored track one side @ Inoa Island. The track was swung over to facilitate the contruction of a new concrete bridge on the track two side.

CR 8031 Howells Jct NY 6-77

CR GP38-2 8031, CNW GP30 809 & CR GP40 3006 lead NY74 at Howells Jct NY in 6-77.

CR 8032 Conway, PA 8-19-1978

Late in the day at Conway in August, 1978, CR SDP-45 6677 (ex-EL 3646) leads ex-RDG GP-35 3641 as they wait for assignment alongside GP-38-2 8032.

CR 8033 Rochester, NY 7/1977

5 units from 3 builders and 2 RRs power a train working Goodman Street yard. The GT unit was a leaser.

CR 8034 Altoona, PA 3-17-1979

The last in a line of five blue units, GP-38-2 8034 joins the pounding through Altoona on the way to the Curve in March, 1979.

CR 8037

CR 8037 is seen still in PC black at a unknown location in Aug of 1984.

CR 8041 Dover, DE 3/28/98

CR 8041 is seen at Dover, DE on 3/28/98.

CR 8042 and 6396 West Fairview, PA 1992

Conrail GP38-2 8042 is seen with SD40-2 6396 at the south end of Enola Yard in West Fairview, PA in 1992.

CR 8042 Marysville, PA 6-18-1977 (1)

CR U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504) follows former PC GP38-2 8042 in a four unit lashup crossing Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.

CR 8042 Marysville, PA 6-18-1977 (2)

With former PC NW-2 9159 behind, CR GP38 7832 follows U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504) and GP38-2 8042 as they head across Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.

CR 8042 Marysville, PA 6-18-1977 (3)

CR GP38-2 8042 leads U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504), GP38 7832, and NW-2 9159 across Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.

CR 8042 Marysville, PA 6-18-1977 (4)

Former PC GP38-2 8042 leads U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504), GP38 7832, and NW-2 9159 across Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.

CR 8042 Marysville, PA 6-18-1977 (5)

Former PC GP38-2 8042 leads U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504), GP38 7832, and NW-2 9159 across Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.

CR 8045 and 6508 Westbound near Caln, PA 5/87

CR 8045 and 6508 lead a westbound on 2 track through Caln, PA on 6/5/87, shot from the old US 30 overpass between "CALN" and Coatesville. Today, only the two outermost tracks remain.

CR 8045 Enola, PA 1986

Conrail GP38-2 8045 is seen at the fuel and sanding facilities in Enola Yard in 1986.

CR 8045 Sunbury, PA 10/1995

WHNO-06 is en route to Shamokin Dam, PA when it was shot with CR GP38-2s 8045, 8095, and an unknown 8000-series trailer. Shot in Sunbury, PA 10/1995

CR 8047 Cresson, PA 6-17-1984

Former PC 8047 at Cresson, PA on 6/17/1984.

CR 8048 Clearfield, PA 3-31-1986

Former PC 8048 is seen at Clearfield, PA on 3/31/1986.

CR 8050 at Lock Haven, PA 10/1995

GP38-2 8050 starts to head down to the Hammermill Paper Co. @ Lock Haven, PA 10/95

CR 8050 leads WDBR-2 Waterloo, IN 5-29-1996

Conrail local train WDBR-2 with the 8050 for power at Waterloo, IN on May 29, 1996. The train was on its way to Kendallville to service some local industries.

CR 8050 Waterloo, IN 7-1996

Westbound Conrail freight led by the 8050 at Waterloo, IN in July 1996

CR 8051 at Cresson, PA

Conrail GP38-2 8051 is seen leading a westbound freight into MO interlocking in Cresson, PA in 1986. Too bad we don't have a better view of those cool El Rexene and DuPont Alathon plastic covered hoppers that are on the head end of the train.

CR 8051 at Mill Hall, PA

WHLH-02 is shifting the Croda Chemical Co. in Mill Hall, PA.

CR 8051 at Mill Hall, PA 9/1995

CR GP38-2 8051 shifts the Ag Center in Mill Hall, PA , 9/1995

CR 8051 with WHLH-02 at Mill Hall, PA

Conrail GP38-2 8051 is switching at Mill Hall, PA back in 9/1995. Cabin 24011 sits in the background.

CR 8053 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

While CR SD38's 6925 and 6935 work the hump, former PC GP38-2 8053 rests with C425 2444 on this overcast August day at Conway in 1977.

The autorack with new 1977 Buick Electras gives a historical perspective.

CR 8054 at Avis Steel 12-95

CR GP38-2 8054 is shifting Avis Steel on a very cold day in 12/1995

CR 8054 at Avis, PA 12/1995

WHNE-04 with GP38-2 8054 is going by the JS 2 MP 12/1995

CR 8054 at Avis, PA 12/1995

Another shot of GP38-2 8054 shifting at Avis Steel at the old Beech Creek RR shops. 12/1995

CR 8054 at Lester, PA 5/98

CR 8054 is seen at Lester, PA in May of 1998.

CR 8054 on WHNE-04

Conrail GP38-2 8054 is in charge of local WHNE-04 as it heads through Jersey Shore, PA in 12/1995.

CR 8054 with WHNE-04 at Avis, PA

WHNE-04 with GP38-2 8054 is shifting Avis Steel in Avis, PA. That's the old Beech Creek RR shops in the left background. 12/1995

CR 8054, CR 8093, CR 8267, CR 6499 Horseshoe Curve 1990

I forget now if this was a light engine movement or just a weird consist for lugging freight around Horseshoe Curve, but in 1990 I caught GP38-2s 8054, 8093, and 8267, SD40-2 6499, and it appears others rounding the Curve from a parking lot vantage point. It is interesting that in 1990 the view is tree-free and I was recently reading that after much money and effort it is again tree-free in late 2016.

CR 8057 Johnstown, PA 6-15-1986

Former PC 8057 is seen at Johnstown, PA on 6/15/1986.

CR 8059 and CR 8060 at Phillipsburg, PA

Conrail GP38-2s 8059 and 8060 is seen at Phillipsburg, PA in 1982.

CR 8060 Gallitzin, PA 5/28/1978

Looks like an Eastbound train of ore hoppers exiting one of the tunnels at Gallitzin.

CR 8061

CR 8061 is on a yard job working Rose Yard in Altoona, PA.

CR 8061 Bethlehem, PA 8-6-1977

Former PC GP-38-2 8061, GP-9B 3812, and a trio of D&H units at the Bethlehem engine terminal in August, 1977.

CR 8062 Osceola Mill, PA 8-23-1993

8062 8-23-93 Osceola Mill, PA. Collection of Kris Klemick

CR 8064 leads a westbound "hospital move" of other units through Union Furnace PA. 9/84

A westbound hospital extra climbs upgrade across the Little Juniata River, west of Union Furnace, PA on 9/7/84. GP38-2 No. 8064 leads an assortment of Geeps, switchers, and "Dewitt Geeps," all headed for the happy scrap yard in the sky.

CR 8066 and light power move ENG201 at Mapleton on the Pittsburgh Line, 10/91

Pittsburgh Line - Mapleton, Pennsylvania, USA
October 20, 1991
GP38 8066 on ENG201
A whole mess of Big Blue four motors rolls westward along the Juniata River on the former PRR main line. For my money, Conrail blue beats Pennsy Brunswick green any day!
Photo by Don Kalkman III

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