EMD GP38AC

Conrail inherited 4 EMD GP38AC's from the Lehigh Valley (LV 310 - 313), assigning them series 7656-7659.

Built between February 1970 and December 1971, EMD's GP38AC included an AR10 alternator instead of the normal generator.

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SENH crests the west slope grade in Hinsdale, MA. on July 18, 1981 with an eclectic lash-up featuring one of the two ex LV GP38AC's still wearing Cornell red and another U23-C.
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N5C cabin car 23007 tucked in behind the power is a sure indication this is SENH. Also a good look at that U23-C as the train tops the grade in Hinsdale center, MA. on July 18, 1981.
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Conrail GP38AC 7656 (ex-LV 310) is seen at Altoona, PA in 1982.
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CR GP-38-2 8251 leads GP38AC 7656 (ex-LV 310) and a U-boat down Horseshoe Curve in March, 1981.
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CR GP-38-2 8251 leads GP38AC 7656 (ex-LV 310) and a U-boat down Horseshoe Curve in March, 1981.
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Former LV GP38AC 310 in Cleveland, OH. in March, 1982. Kind of surprising that CR allowed a couple each of the "Anthracite Roads", including E-L and RDG, units to retain their original owners identity for so long. (Photo by Allen W. Clum w/permission)
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Top off the tank and point her towards Sayre....well, maybe not. This former Lehigh Valley GP38AC gets fuel at Collinwood on an unusually nice day for February in NE Ohio. A somewhat cluttered scene with poles, hoses, and even that fire extinguisher, but that's everyday railroading at these kind of locations. One of only 4 of these on Conrail, this unit is actually heading west this day, away from ex Lehigh Valley rails. Ex LV units were always nice to catch as they added a lot of color to the multitudes of ex Penn Central black engines. CR 7657 is ex LV 311, and the good news is she's still with us as NS GP38-2 5516.
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Former LV 311 is seen at Fairport, NY in the winter of 1980-1981. Date is approximate. This unit would later be rebuilt as NS 5516.
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Conrail GP38AC No. 7657 and sister pull a coal train through the dumper at Ashtabula Harbor, in August 1995. The 7657 is an ex Lehigh Valley unit. Doug Davidson photo with permission
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CR 7657 leads a freight at Allentown PA in the early 1980s. Note the freshly painted slug set in the consist.
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A trio of four axle GPs lead an westbound empty UFS coal train through Duncannon PA.

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Nice roster shot of GP38AC 7658 at Kingston, NY. in July, 1981 by Joe Quinn, with permission.
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One of only four LV GP-38AC's, CR 7658 (ex-LV 312) assists in pusher duty with SD45 6160 at Altoona in August, 1977.
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The last of CR's 4 unit "fleet" of GP38AC's, the 7659 leads a herd of various 4 axles, including 4 U23B's and a GP30, on SBSE coming up on MP 129 in Becket, MA. on Oct. 8, 1983.

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