EMD GP38-2 - Page 6

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 8148

CR 8148 and 8149 at Piqua yard Ft. Wayne, IN in this undated photo. Jay Williams photo, Chris Howe collection

CR 8148 11-98 Ft. Wayne, IN

CR 8148 11-98 Ft. Wayne, IN CRHS Collection

CR 8148 at Bethlehem PA

Still in PC paint, CR 8148 is seen at Bethlehem PA.

CR 8149

Conrail GP38-2 8149 at Decatur, IN on April 17, 1995

CR 8149

CR 8149 sits at Piqua yard Ft. Wayne, IN in this undated photo. Jay Williams photo, Chris Howe collection

CR 8149 and 8144

Conrail GP38-2's 8149 and 8144 on the WDFW local at Decatur, IN on April 17, 1995.

CR 8149 on FWEL-5 Leesburg, IN

FWEL-5 with 8149, 8146, and 8145 at Leesburg, IN on June 15, 1996. This train always ran push-pull, as you'll see in the next shot

CR 8150 at Morrisville, PA in 1981

Conrail GP40-2 3298, and GP38-2s 8185 and 8158 (ex-PC 8158) are at Morrisville, PA in 1981.

CR 8151 Gallitzin, PA 8-4-1979 (1)

CR GP38-2 8151 leads U23B's 2719, 2748, and 2781, and a GP into the tunnels at Gallitzin in August, 1979.

CR 8151 Gallitzin, PA 8-4-1979 (2)

CR GP38-2 8151 leads U23B's 2719, 2748, and 2781, and a GP into the tunnels at Gallitzin in August, 1979.

CR 8151 Gallitzin, PA 8-4-1979 (3)

CR GP38-2 8151 leads U23B's 2719, 2748, and 2781, and a GP into the tunnels at Gallitzin in August, 1979.

CR 8151 Gallitzin, PA 8-4-1979 (4)

CR GP38-2 8151 leads U23B's 2719, 2748, and 2781, and a GP into the tunnels at Gallitzin in August, 1979.

CR 8157 GP38-2

CR 8157 at the Juniata shops. Steve Ondik collection.

CR 8160 - GP38-2 at Steelton, PA

Former PC 8160 and GP10 CR 7569 are shifting cars at Franklin Street in Steelton, PA on 6/20/1982.

CR 8161 - GP38-2 at Johnstown, PA

Former PC 8161 is seen at Johnstown, PA on 4/17/1988.

CR 8162 Idles in Cockeysville MD, 4/78

A Conrail GP38-2 sits near the north end of the former Northern Central in Cockeysville, Baltimore County. Some of this line would go on to become Baltimore's Central Light Rail Line, and while this section is still currently owned by the Maryland Transportation Agency, the light rail line curves away a few blocks south of this location.

CR 8171 on WSAN-01 5-27-99

Conrail local train WSAN-01, which was based out of nearby Ansonia, OH, at Union City, OH on May 27, 1999

CR 8175 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980

Former RDG GP-35 3627 leads 1977-built GP-38-2 8175 as they pull a container train through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

CR 8178 Newark, NJ 2-15-1982

CR GP-38-2 8178 and GP-40-2 3310 lead a quartet of blue power rolling through Newark, NJ in February, 1982.

CR 8179 Altoona, PA 7-24-1978

Waiting for clearance, CR GP-38-2 8179 leads a quartet of black and blue units at Altoona in July, 1978.

CR 8180 is leading a S/B freight through Bayview Yard, 1/15/84

Seen from the Orangeville engine terminal, GP38-2-8180 is leading a S/B freight through Bayview Yard. 1:41PM on 1/15/84 in East Baltimore, MD.

CR 8181 - GP38-2 at Brownsville, PA

CR 8181 rests in the yard at Brownsville, PA on 3/19/1989.

CR 8183 Binghamton, NY 5/26/1979

A set of GP-38-2s cross the Chenango River after delivering a coal train.

CR 8184 Duncannon, PA 3/79

Five Thousand Horsepower is all it takes to move an empty GRM-3 through "View" Interlocking. Note: View Tower in the background.

CR 8184 et al, at Salisbury Mills, NY. on 7/25/87. (1)

OIBU soars across Moodna viaduct at Salisbury Mills, NY. on the former ERIE Souther Tier line on a grungy July 25, 1987. Even this view is not full-frame, see #2.

CR 8184 et al, at Salisbury Mills, NY. on 7/25/87. (2)

Cropped section of the headend of OIBU on Moodna viaduct at Salisbury Mills, NY. on July 25, 1987. Scanned from a medium format transparency, the road numbers of all the locomotives are legible with a 10x loupe. From right to left they are 8184, 8062, 6394, 6416, 6419.

CR 8185 at Morrisville, PA in 1981

Conrail GP40-2 3298, and GP38-2s 8185 and 8158 (ex-PC 8158) are at Morrisville, PA in 1981.

CR 8187 - GP38-2 at Brownsville, PA

CR 8187 rests in the yard at Brownsville, PA on 3/19/1989.

CR 8191

CR 8191 Note the numberboard font. CRHS Collection

CR 8193 Altoona, PA 7/3/1978

A freshly painted GP-38-2 leads a Westbound out of Altoona.

CR 8193 at Charlton, MA. on 3/17/88

Once the Amtrak train has passed, SPL223 departs CP 57 in Charlton, MA.

CR 8195 at Lima, OH

CR 8195 at NS tower in Lima, OH - CRHS Collection

CR 8198 at Ashtabula, Ohio 7/18/90

Engineer Bob Stowers is at the throttle of Conrail 8198 as it pulls Conrail Local "CEICO" back towards Conrail's AY yard near mp 127.9 on track number one. Ashtabula, Ohio

CR 8200 GP-38 Cuyahoga Falls 10-92

The Motor yard to Akron train waits for a westbound to clear before entering CSX trackage rights from this point, Broad Blv in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, to South Akron yard. Conrail opted to run on CSX for several miles and remove part of the former PC line from Hudson to Akron in the early 90's before pulling out of the Akron market altogether.

CR 8200 GP-38-2 Youngstown 06-86

A lone Conrail GP-38-2 has a string of empty P&LE hoppers in tow (and a cabin car) on the Youngstown Line. The rusty, dead end double track line to the left was the Erie main, and it crossed this ex PC line under that first bridge in the background at "Valley Street" tower, the base of which can still be seen in this photo. This had been the EL main through Brier Hill and downtown Youngstown. A connection was built near Hubbard, Ohio for trains to access the former EL off the Youngstown Line and serve Sharon and Meadville, Pa.

CR 8201 - GP38-2 at Brownsville, PA

CR 8201 resting at Brownsville, PA on 7/24/1988.

CR 8201 at Ashtabula, Ohio 6/21/90

Conrail 8201 leads Westbound Conrail Local "CEICO" @ the CP 127.9 Signals on track#1, Ashtabula, Ohio

CR 8210 west Hershey 08061985

A pair of GP 38's have a local in hand passing Hershey Park. The aroma of chocolate here is overwhelming-as if that's a bad thing!!

CR 8212

CR 8212 is on the rear of a loaded ballast train at Hollidaysburg, PA on 8/28/93.

CR 8213-PYSE Haworth NJ 9/82

CR 8213 & 6315 are seen leading PYSE north on the River Line at Haworth NJ in Sept of 1982.

CR 8215 in Hinsdale, MA. on 7/23/83. (1)

GP38-2 8215 leads a gaggle of four-axles on ballast train BKI-177 nearing the Rt. 8 overpass in Hinsdale, MA. at 16:30 on July 23, 1983.

CR 8220 - GP38-2 at Harrisburg, PA

CR 8220 is seen with CR 8099 and another GP at Maclay St. Harrisburg, PA on 7/15/1984.

CR 8220 on WILI-50 at Crestline, OH

In what was a rare move by this time, CR 8220, 8223(patched as PRR 5361), and another GP38-2 leads local train WILI-50 straight across the diamond on the newly rerouted main track for the PRR Ft. Wayne line past long closed Crest Tower on May 29, 1999. In the background you can see the signal bridge that stood over the original alignment of the Ft. Wayne line, which used to go right next to the old passenger platform, which is to my left in the photo. The train, which originated in Lima, OH was on its way to Mansfield, OH to switch a customer. Chris Howe photo

CR 8221 and CR 1968 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail GP38-2 8221 and B23-7 1968 are seen on a westbound freight at Horseshoe Curve in 1982.

CR 8223 - GP38-2 at Cresson, PA

CR 8223 is seen at Cresson, PA on 11/20/1983.

CR 8224, 2927, 2620, 2284 and 2368 on the point of a southbound coal train crossing the Gunpowder River. 1/80

Its New Year's day 1980 as a S/B Conrail coal train is crossing the Gunpowder River on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. GP38-2-8224, U33B-2927, U25B-2620 & GP35s-2284, 2368 are on the point. 1:30PM on 1/1/80 in Chase, MD.

CR 8225 on RR241 at Bucyrus, OH

Conrail RR-241 led by 8225 on the ex PRR Crestline to Chicago mainline at Bucyrus, OH on June 25, 1996.

CR 8227 Allentown, Pa 8-1994

CR 8227 is on the point of ALHB at CP-BURN in Allentown, Pa 8/1994

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