Surviving GP38-2s

The most populated series on the EMD side of the CR roster were the 223 inherited GP38-2's from Penn Central. Conrail also purchased 115 brand new GP38-2's between 1977 and 1979. The entire roster filled the 7940-8281 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 (8040-8064) and others were equipped with bi-directional cab arrangements (8154-8162). The PC GP38-2's were built without anti-climbers while the Conrail ordered units, 8163 forward, were. 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.

In 1999, the fleet was divided between Norfolk Southern and CSX. Those assigned to NS were renumbered into the 5257-5393 series, while CSX allocated units became 2717-2814.

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Rear view of BRC 580 (ex NS 5366/CR 8232) building a train in the yard at Clearing.
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CR 8191, soon to become NS 5348, is at Cumberland, MD on 7/3/99.
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CSAO WPCA51 on Beesley Secondary.
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CSX GP38-2's 5290 (CR 8090) and 5307 (CR 8123) take a rest at Morrisville on 5/29/2016.
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GP38-3 CSXT 2009 was rebuilt from CSXT 2784/CR 8215.
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CSXT 2020 is seen at Cumberland, MD on 6/11/12. Unit is ex CSXT 2734/CR 8093/PC 8093 and was recently rebuilt to a GP38-3 by CSX.
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CSXT 2020 is seen at Cumberland, MD on 6/11/12. Unit is ex CSXT 2734/CR 8093/PC 8093 and was recently rebuilt to a GP38-3 by CSX.
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Former CR 8043 is seen at Elsmere, DE on 3/19/2012.
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Former CR 8043 is seen on D729-05 at Elsmere DE on 4/5/12.
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Former CR/PC 8043 is at JLS in Altoona, PA on 10/7/00, on display at Railfest as part of a "before & after" comparison showing their ongoing refurbishment of some CSX (ex CR) GP38-2's at the time.
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Former CR 8043 is seen on EB CSX D729-16 at Elsmere, DE on 1/16/15.
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Former CR 8043 is seen on EB CSX D729-16 at Elsmere, DE on 1/16/15.
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Former CR 8045/PC 8045 is at Cumberland, MD on 6/29/02.
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Former CR 8053 is seen on CSX D775-21 at Elsmere DE.
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Former CR 8055 is seen on Q370-11 at Newark DE on 11/12/12.
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Former CR 8065 is seen at Paulsboro NJ on 12/2/10.
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Former CR 8065 is seen at Paulsboro, NJ on 1/15/2011.
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Former CR 8065 is seen at Paulsboro NJ on 5/17/13.
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Former CR 8065 is seen at Paulsboro NJ on 5/17/13.
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CSX 2725 (ex-CR 8065) on lease to the NYSW switches cars in Ridgefield Park, NJ 3/9/2008
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CSX 2725 (ex-CR 8065) and CSX 2732 (ex-CR 8087) drag some gons west on the NYSW at Ridgefield Park, NJ 7/12/2009
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Former CR 8072/PC 8072 is at Cumberland, MD on 3/22/00.
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Former CR 8075 is at Cumberland, MD on 3/22/00.
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Former CR/PC 8075 is at Cumberland, MD on 2/28/00.
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The CSX New Castle to Willard local has one of the 4 GP38-2's left in CR blue leading 12-28-08. Too bad the sun wasn't out. She looks pretty good considering- I shot the CR 8076 in fresh CRQ paint back in August 1997.
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Another shot of that CSX 2730/ CR 8076.
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Former CR 8082 is seen on the SMS at Bridgeport NJ on 8/9/10. Note the pilot has been cut to operate in third rail territory.
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Former CR 8082 is seen on the SMS at Bridgeport NJ on 8/9/10. Note the pilot has been cut to operate in third rail territory.
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A head on view of former CR 8082 is seen on the SMS at Bridgeport NJ on 8/9/10. Note the pilot has been cut to operate in third rail territory.
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Former CR/PC 8082 is at Cumberland, MD on 12/6/99.
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CSX 2732 (ex-CR 8087) and NS 5279 (ex-CR 8073) on lease to the NYSW switch cars in Ridgefield Park, NJ 6/6/2009
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Former CR 8094 is seen at Paulsboro NJ on 7/11/09.
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Former CR 8094 is seen at the CSAO Pavonia Enginehouse in Camden, NJ on 10/18/2009. Photo taken from the NJ Transit River Line during the 2009 CRHS convention.
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Former CR 8094 & SMS' SW-9 438 are seen at Paulsboro NJ on 8/1/12.
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Former CR 8094 is at Stoney Creek, PA on 4/21/01.
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Former CR 8095 leads B705-14 west at Point of Rocks, MD on 10/14/17.
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Former CR 8095 is seen on B705-14 at Point of Rocks, MD on 10/14/17.
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Former CR 8095 is seen on B705-14 at Point of Rocks, MD on 10/14/17.
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Former CR 8098 is at Cumberland, MD on 11/3/00.
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CSXT GP38-2 (CR 8098) takes a rest from working local traffic in Fairburn, GA on November 17, 2015.
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CSXT GP38-2 2737 (CR 8098) runs a local through Union City, GA on December 7, 2015.
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CSXT GP38-2 2737 (CR 8098) runs a local through Union City, GA on December 7, 2015.
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CSXT GP38-2 2737 (CR 8098) runs a local through Union City, GA on December 16, 2015.
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CSXT GP38-2 2737 (CR 8098) runs a local through Union City, GA on December 16, 2015.
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Former CR 8104 leads another ex-Conrail GP38-2 on a local at Elsmere, DE on 4/4/2008.
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Former CR 8107 is seen as the trailing unit on Q702 at Elsmere, DE on 8/16/2008.
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Former CR 8107 is seen on Q702-16 at Feltonville PA on 8/16/08.
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Former CR 8109 is at Reading, PA on 4/22/01.
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Awaiting yard assignment, CSXT GP-38-2 2744 (CR 8115) rests at Fairburn, GA on January 31, 2015.

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