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EMD GP39 2

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Power type  Diesel-electric
Build date  1974 – 1984
AAR wheel arr.  B-B
Model  GP39-2
Total produced  239
EMD GP39-2

Builder  General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD)

The EMD GP39-2 is a 4-axle diesel locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between 1974 and 1984. 239 examples of this locomotive were built for American railroads. Part of the EMD Dash 2 line, the GP39-2 was an upgraded GP39. The power for this locomotive was provided by a turbocharged 12-cylinder EMD 645E3 diesel engine, which could produce 2,300 horsepower (1,720 kW).

Unlike the original GP39, which sold only 23 examples as railroads preferred the reliable un-turbocharged GP38, the GP39-2 was reasonably successful, ascribed to its better fuel economy relative to the GP38-2 which became of more interest in the energy-crisis 1970s, and to its better performance at altitude.

Original Owners

The GP39-2 sold to five railroads and two industrial operators:


EMD GP39-2 Wikipedia