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Penn Central 
Locomotive Photo Archive - the GP38


Web page recast by Jim Fuhrman, from an original developed by Jim Hebner
Jim Six researched the Penn Central roster of EMD GP38 locomotives and
with the help of Bob Grahm, Warren Calloway, and Tom Haagth, pieced
together a comprehensive roster of 280 PENN CENTRAL GP38s. Charted here is
a complete listing of all 280 Penn Central GP38s and their visual spotting
features, along with the 223 PC GP38-2 types. For the GP38s, there are are six different versions, determined by selections of controls, cab type, air filter and implementation of dynamic brakes.   None of the extended front versions are available as HO plastic models and would thus require kitbashing to represent..
The 7675-7737 series matches the old Atlas/Con-Cor GP38.
The three series in bold below are the group of those locomotives that the new Atlas factory painted PC GP38 matches.
The 7940-8162 series GP38-2 units can be modeled using the Athearn blue box kits.

PENN CENTRAL GP38 Roster[1]
Road Numbers Built  Controls Cab Type Air Filter Dynamics? Fuel Tank
2000-2004 [2] 1967 dual extended front oil-bath no dynamic
2600 gal
2005-2009 [2] 1969 dual extended front paper no dynamic 2600 gal
2010-2014 [3] 1970 dual extended front paper no dynamic 3200 gal
7675-7737 1969-71 single standard oil-bath equipped 2600 gal
7738-7814 1969-71 single standard paper equipped 2600 gal
7815-7824 1969-71 dual extended front paper equipped 2600 gal
7825-7903 1969-71 single standard paper equipped 2600 gal
7904-7907 1969-71 dual extended front paper no dynamic 3200 gal
7908-7939 1969-71 single standard paper equipped 2600 gal
7940-8162 [4] 1972-73
single
standard
paper
equipped

NOTES:
[1] The above summary from 1978 Conrail diagram book p.122-123
[2] 2000-2009 were ex-Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines
[3] 2010-2014 were ordered as PRSL but delivered as PC
[4] 7940-8162 are GP38-2 

These photos were found at the Conrail Cyclopedia:

 Thumbnail Road
No.

REMARKS

LOCATION
& DATE

PHOTO BY

pc7862 thumbnail 7862 Survived on roster to CR 7862. Retired by 1995, possibly earlier. Built 1970.
 
unknown  Vic Mailloux
pc7880 thumbnail  7880 Still in original Penn Central logo and paint two years after the Conrail merger.
 
Croxton, NJ
9-11-78
 Bob Dobrowolski
pc7888 thumbnail  7888 Conrail did slap on a maintenance assignment sticker onto the cab, otherwise no other sign of CR.
Painsville, OH
2-27-82 
 Roger Durfee
PRSL 2002 thumbnail  2002 Extended cab version of the GP38
 Camden, NJ
3-26-76
Robert S. Waller Collection 
CR 7885 thumbnail  7885 Still in its CR stencils, resting with GP38-2 PC 8073
Danbury, CT
8-27-77
 Joe Testagrose Collection

Original page by Jim Hebner, revised by Jim Fuhrman
Original page was posted as: http://lib2.clark.cc.oh.us/pc/hebnerj@clark.cc.oh.us Link no longer active




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