Surviving GP38s - Page 2

Penn Central GP38 road switchers were turned over to Conrail and became part of the CR 7600-7939 series. The impressive fleet could be found almost anywhere, from yard and local duty to hauling mainline freights. 270 of them were built new for the Penn Central in the late 1960's and early 70's. Big blue inherited 4 GP38AC's from the Lehigh Valley (LV 310-313), along with 15 straight GP38's from the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines (PRSL 2000-2014)

In the early 1980's Conrail had a large number of locomotives in storage. At the same time, Conrail was looking to invest in a rebuild program that would place currently stored, beaten and bruised locomotives back to work. Conrail GP35 #2363 had been retired on February 11, 1981 and was sitting in storage awaiting final disposition when it was selected as the first candidate for the proposed rebuild program. It was hauled into the Juniata Locomotive shops and released on November 29, 1984 as GP38 #7635.

The unit was downgraded from 2,200hp to the standard GP38 2,000hp. A paper air filter box was added behind the central air intake ahead, and the dynamic brakes were removed as evidenced by the blanking out of the blister (which was also cut short to accommodate the paper air filter). The original GP35 class lights were replaced with the FRA-approved 'bug-eyes' typically found on newer EMD locomotives. The GP35 turbocharger was removed and two more exhaust stacks were added.

The experiment was not determined to be economically viable and the unit became the only such rebuilt locomotive on the system. CR GP38 7635 was finally retired on June 11, 1997.

In 1999, the fleet was divided between Norfolk Southern and CSX. Those assigned to NS were renumbered into the 2880-2957 series (2881-2884 are the former LV GP38AC's). A current rebuild program at NS is underway and many of the GP38's are being rebuilt into 700 series RP-E4C road slugs with cabs and full height long hoods designed to operate with GP40-2 mothers. CSX allocated units became 1943-1998.

NS 2922 (CR 7746)

Former CR 7746 is seen at Altoona, PA on 6/16/16. This was one of only a few straight 38's that got repainted NS. It also has survived not being rebuilt into a slug.

NS 2927 (CR 7879)

Former Conrail GP38 7879 is seen behind the Juniata Shops on 7/7/2007. In Feb of 2010, unit was rebuilt to NS 713, a RP-E4C.

NS 2928 (CR 7880)

Former Conrail GP38 7880 sits behind the Juniata Shops on 7/7/2007. In Nov of 2009, unit was rebuilt to NS 709, a RP-E4C.

NS 2929 (CR 7881)

Former CR 7881 is at Reading, PA on 4/22/01.

NS 2930 (CR 7882)

Former Conrail GP38 7882 is seen sitting behind the Juniata Shops in Altoona, PA on 7/7/2007. In Nov of 2009, unit was rebuilt to NS 710, a RP-E4C.

NS 2930 (CR 7882)

Former Conrail GP38 7882 is in line behind the Juniata Shops on 7/7/2007. In Nov of 2009, unit was rebuilt to NS 710, a RP-E4C.

NS 2930 (CR 7882)

Former CR 7882 is seen in the deadlines at Altoona on 5/24/2008.

NS 2931 (CR 7883)

Former Conrail GP38 7883 is seen in the deadlines behind the Juniata Shops on 7/7/2007. In March of 2010, unit was rebuilt to NS 714, a RP-E4C.

NS 2931 (CR 7883)

Former CR/PC 7883 is at West Brownsville, PA on 8/2/99.

NS 2932 (CR 7884)

Former CR 7884 is at Hagerstown, MD on 10/1/99.

NS 2937 (CR 7890)

Former Conrail GP38 7890 awaits her fate behind the Juniata Shops on 7/7/2007. In May of 2010, unit was rebuilt to NS 716, a RP-E4C.

NS 2943 (CR 7889) - "The Spirit of Conrail"

The beautiful "Spirit of Conrail" basking in some sweet morning sun outside of JBS.  Thanks goes out to NS and many members of the CRHS for making this shot possible.

NS 2943 (CR 7899)

Former Conrail GP38 7899 is seen during better days at Morrisville, PA on 3/27/2001. She now sits behind the Juniata Shops to be rebuilt or cannibalized for parts.

NS 2943 (CR 7899)

A front view of NS 2943(ex CR, nee PC 7899), the Spirit of Conrail, at the historic Juniata shops in Altoona, PA on Oct. 26, 2008. In Oct of 2009, unit was rebuilt to NS 708, a RP-E4C.

NS 2943 (CR 7899)

A side view of NS 2943 at Juniata Shops, Altoona, PA on Oct. 26, 2008

NS 2947 (CR 7906)

Former CR 7906 is seen at Chattanooga, TN on 7/17/03.

NS 2951 (CR 7913)

Former Conrail GP38 7913 is seen behind the Juniata Shops on 7/7/2007. In March of 2009, unit would was rebuilt to NS 702, a RP-E4C.

NS 2951 and NS 2937

Former CR 7913 and CR 7890 are seen among a sea of blue GP38's and other stored power at Altoona, PA on 5/24/2008.

NS 2952 (CR 7914)

NS 2952, ex CR 7914, sits at the reduction center in New Haven, IN back in November 2000. Richard Heine photo, Chris Howe collection

NS 2953 (CR 7917)

Former Conrail GP38 7917 awaits her fate behind the Juniata Shops on 7/7/2007. In April of 2009, unit was rebuilt to NS 703, a RP-E4C.

NS 2954 (CR 7924)

Former CR 7924 heads up a row of retired GP38s at Enola, PA 11/12/2005. In May of 2009, unit was rebuilt to NS 704, a RP-E4C.

NS 2954 (CR 7924)

Former Conrail GP38 7924 is behind the Juniata Shops on 7/7/2007. In May of 2009, unit was rebuilt to NS 704, a RP-E4C.

NS 2954 (CR 7924)

Former CR 7924 is at Bethlehem, PA on 4/22/01.

NS 5629 (NS 2936/CR 7889)

Former NS 2936/CR 7889/PC 7889 is on 34A at Enola, PA on 5/5/2013.

NS 5630 (CR 7702)

NS 5630 is seen on CSAO CA-11 at Bridgeport, NJ on 11/7/18. Unit is ex NS 2894/CR 7702/PC 7702 and was rebuilt by NS to a GP38-2 and was released from JBS in March of 2006.

NS 5637 (CR 7873)

NS 5637 is seen on WB NS 34A at Wyomissing, PA on 3/25/16. Unit is ex NS 2925/CR 7873/PC 7873 and was rebuilt by NS to a GP38-2 and was released from JBS in April of 2006.

NS 5637 (CR 7873)

NS 5637 is seen at Enola, PA on 8/26/17. Unit is ex NS 2925/CR 7873/PC 7873 and was rebuilt by NS to a GP38-2 and was released from JBS in April of 2006.

NS 5640 (CR 7939)

NS 5640 is seen on 10N at Huntingdon, PA on 6/15/18. Unit is ex NS 2957/CR 7939/PC 7939 and was rebuilt by NS to a GP38-2 and was released from JBS in May of 2006.

NS 5642 - Fairport Harbor, Ohio - July 15, 2008

Former CR GP38 #7868 is seen backing a couple of cars into Lyondell Chemical's Equistar plant in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. After the split, #7868 became NS GP38 #2923 and was then rebuilt to GP38-2 #5642.

NS 5643 (CR 7691)

NS GP38-2's 5643 (CR GP38 7691; rebuilt by NS to GP38-2), 5359 (CR 8214) and 5064 (ex-SR), and GP40-2 3038 (CR 3347) late in the day at Abrams yard on August 24, 2014.

NS 5643 (CR 7691)

NS GP38-2's 5309 (CR 8126) and 5643 (CR GP38 7691; rebuilt by NS to GP38-2) face to face at Abrams yard on August 24, 2014.

NS 5643 (CR 7691)

NS GP38-2's 5309 (CR 8126) and 5643 (CR GP38 7691; rebuilt by NS to GP38-2) face to face at Abrams yard on August 24, 2014.

NS 5643 (CR 7691)

NS GP38-2 5643 (CR GP38 7691; rebuilt by NS to GP38-2) at Abrams yard on August 24, 2014.

NS 5643 (CR 7691)

NS GP38-2's 5643 (CR GP38 7691; rebuilt by NS to GP38-2) and 5359 (CR 8214) at Abrams yard on August 24, 2014.

NS 5643 (CR 7691)

NS 5643 is seen on EB NS 33A at Lebanon, PA on 1/10/15. Unit is ex NS 2886/CR 7691/PC 7691 and was rebuilt by NS to a GP38-2 and was released from JBS in May of 2006.

NS 5645 (CR 7711)

NS 5645 is seen at West Fairview, PA on 8/9/08. Unit is ex NS 2900/CR 7711/PC 7711 and was rebuilt by NS to a GP38-2 and was released from JBS in June of 2006.

NS 5646 (CR 7914)

NS 5646 is seen at West Fairview, PA on 8/9/08. Unit is ex NS 2952/CR 7914/PC 7914 and was rebuilt by NS to a GP38-2 and was released from JBS in June of 2006.

NS 5648 (CR 7897)

NS 5648 is seen on EB NS 93M at Wyomissing, PA on 2/24/15. Unit is ex NS 2941/CR 7897/PC 7897 and was rebuilt by NS to a GP38-2 and was released from JBS in June of 2006.

NS 5651(ex CR 7881) 5650(ex CR 7934)

NS rebuilt GP38's 5651(ex NS 2929, ex CR 7881, nee PC 7881) and 5650(ex NS 2955, ex CR 7934, nee PC 7934) lead train 38Z west of Butler, IN on August 13, 2006. These two engines are currently(2009) based in Bryan, OH and used in local train service.

NS 5664 (CR 7736)

Former NS 2913/CR 7736 is seen on H50 at Newark DE on 10/19/10.

NS 5664 (CR 7736)

Former NS 2913/CR 7736 is seen on H50 at Newark DE on 10/19/10.

NS 5664 (CR 7736)

Former NS 2913/CR 7736 is seen on is seen on 33A at Marysville PA on 4/7/12.

NS 5664 (CR 7736)

NS 5664 is seen on EB NS 33A at Lebanon, PA on 1/10/15. Unit is ex NS 2913/CR 7736/PC 7736 and was rebuilt by NS to a GP38-2 and was released from JBS in Sept of 2006.

NS 5664 (CR 7736)

NS 5664 is seen at Enola, PA on 8/26/17. Unit is ex NS 2913/CR 7736/PC 7736 and was rebuilt by NS to a GP38-2 and was released from JBS in Sept of 2006.

NS 702 (NS 2951/CR 7913)

Former NS 2951/CR 7913 is seen at Enola. Units has been rebuilt to a RP-E4C road slug.

NS 703 (NS 2953/CR 7917)

Former NS 2953/CR 7917 is seen after being rebuilt to a RP-E4C road slug. Unit is seen on 36A at Newark DE on 9/3/09 and is mated to NS 3021.

NS 703 (NS 2953/CR 7917)

Former CR 7917 is seen after being rebuilt to a RP-E4C road slug. Unit is seen on 36A at Newark DE on 9/3/09 and is mated to NS 3021.

NS 703 (NS 2953/CR 7917)

Former NS 2953/CR 7917 is seen leading H50 at Newark DE on 8/17/10.

NS 703 (NS 2953/CR 7917)

Former NS 2953/CR 7917 is seen on 36A at Newark DE on 11/30/10.

NS 703 (NS 2953/CR 7917)

Former NS 2953/CR 7917 is seen on NS 36A at Newport, DE on 3/11/14.

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