EMD GP38-2

Originally Lehigh Valley #314-325, to D&H #7314-7325, later renumbered to D&H #220-231 by Guilford. All went to CP Rail, and all but #7316 and #7321 survive on the CP Rail roster today.

Unit #7312 is has been named “B.C. O'Brien” by CP Rail and has been repainted into D&H Lightning Stripes in the Ogden shops.

D&H GP38-2 #7324, showing its former LV colors, sits in Mechanicville, NY on November 23, 1986. The Garbely Publishing Company collection

D&H (now CP) #7312 leads a D&H run-through train over Conrail in Aldene, NJ on July 2, 1992. The Garbely Publishing Company collection

A Note on GP38-2 Paint Schemes:

Consensus is that every locomotive had the "potential" to be a bit different. That having been said, it seems there are 3 basic paint schemes during the dwindling years of the D&H.

  1. On arrival 1976, all units were painted in Lightning Stripe, series #7314-7325. Paint was applied over former LV red and tended to weather, fade, or come off in sheets very quickly.

  2. Once re-shopped, some units were painted Altschul blue with yellow lettering, white numberboards with black numbers, large yellow shield under cab window each side, yellow zebra stripes on both ends, a small shield on nose in middle of stripes, a yellow stripe on side of walkways, black handrail stanchions with yellow rail, and yellow vertical railings by steps. Undercarriage was black.

  3. In the 1978 re-shopping, some came out with yellow noses and a large yellow shield on the nose. No stripes on either end. Balance of paint job as #2 above.

  4. In 1977, as a one-off scheme, #7325 was seen with an all-blue body, silver trucks, no yellow safety stripe, and large yellow shield on nose. Fuel tank was blue. Balance of paint job as #3 above.

Delaware & Hudson Railway
EMD GP38-2 Roster (Class ERS-20)
No.ModelBuilderSerialBuiltRetiredNotesPhotos
7314GP38-2EMD7386-111/1972N/ABuilt as LV #314, to D&H on 4/1/1976, to Guilford
#220, to CP #7308
7315GP38-2EMD7386-211/1972N/ABuilt as LV #315, to D&H on 4/1/1976, to Guilford
#221, to CP #7304, rebuilt by CP Ogden shops
6/1993
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7316GP38-2EMD7386-311/1972scrap
1993
Built as LV #316, to D&H on 4/1/1976, to Guilford
#222. Blue with yellow stripes, small nose shield,
no rear shield. Assigned GTI #222, wrecked at
Nineveh in a head-on with pusher power on
12/7/1983. Loaded into a gondola at Colonie by CP
and scrapped 1993.
7317GP38-2EMD7386-411/1972N/ABuilt as LV #317, to D&H on 4/1/1976, to Guilford
#223, to CP #7303, rebuilt by CP Ogden shops
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7318GP38-2EMD7386-511/1972N/ABuilt as LV #318, to D&H on 4/1/1976, to Guilford
#224, to CP #7305, rebuilt 1994
7319GP38-2EMD7386-611/1972N/ABuilt as LV #319, to D&H on 4/1/1976, to Guilford
#225, to CP #7306
7320GP38-2EMD7386-711/1972N/ABuilt as LV #320, to D&H on 4/1/1976, to Guilford
#226, rebuilt by M-K in Mountain Top, PA in
3/1990, to CP #7307
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7321GP38-2EMD7386-811/1972scrap
1993
Built as LV #321, to D&H on 4/1/1976, to Guilford
#227
7322GP38-2EMD7386-911/1972N/ABuilt as LV #322, to D&H on 4/1/1976, to Guilford
#228, rebuilt by M-K in Mountain Top, PA in
3/1990, to CP #7309
7323GP38-2EMD7386-1011/1972N/ABuilt as LV #323, to D&H on 4/1/1976, to Guilford
#229, to CP #7310
7324GP38-2EMD7386-1111/1972N/ABuilt as LV #324, to D&H on 4/1/1976, to Guilford
#230, to CP #7311, rebuilt by CP Ogden shops
9/1993
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7325GP38-2EMD7386-1211/1972N/ABuilt as LV #325, to D&H on 4/1/1976, to Guilford
#231, rebuilt by M-K in Mountain Top, PA in
3/1990, to CP #7312
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EMD GP38-2 Data
Engine16-cylinder 645
TrucksB-B
Truck TypeBlomberg B
Fuel (gals.)
Sand (cu. ft.)
Weight (lbs.)265,000
Horsepower2,000 hp
Traction Motors
Tractive Effort
Gearing62:15
 
D&H 7315 (CP 7304)  7304, a "Calgary rebuild" shows the start of the CP influence on the D&H locomotives with the horns being moved from the cab roof to the 'regular' CP position, in front of the front radiator fan. 7304 is shown at Saratoga Springs on a wintry day in February 1993.  Bill Mischler photo

D&H 7315 (CP 7304)
7304, a "Calgary rebuild" shows the start of the CP influence on the D&H locomotives with the horns being moved from the cab roof to the 'regular' CP position, in front of the front radiator fan. 7304 is shown at Saratoga Springs on a wintry day in February 1993. Bill Mischler photo

D&H 7317 (CP 7303)  Post CP Rail takeover "Riot of Colours". This photo shows D&H GP 38-2 7303, a "Calgary" rebuild with small cab shield and YELLOW side lettering, CP Rail SD40-2 778 (SOO) in the new "Double Flags" scheme, GATX SD40-2 2007 (on lease to CP, and soon to be owned by them) in original owner UP colours, and out of picture is CP Rail (SOO) SD40-2 748, heading for Kenwood Yard, Albany, NY in early 1995.  Jim Odell Collection

D&H 7317 (CP 7303)
Post CP Rail takeover "Riot of Colours". This photo shows D&H GP 38-2 7303, a "Calgary" rebuild with small cab shield and YELLOW side lettering, CP Rail SD40-2 778 (SOO) in the new "Double Flags" scheme, GATX SD40-2 2007 (on lease to CP, and soon to be owned by them) in original owner UP colours, and out of picture is CP Rail (SOO) SD40-2 748, heading for Kenwood Yard, Albany, NY in early 1995. Jim Odell Collection

D&H 7317 (CP 7303)  Photograph of D&H GP38-2 #7303 passing.  Photograph by Ken Buckman

D&H 7317 (CP 7303)
Photograph of D&H GP38-2 #7303 passing. Photograph by Ken Buckman

D&H 7320  Photograph of D&H GP38-2 #7320 passing.  Photograph by Ken Buckman,

D&H 7320
Photograph of D&H GP38-2 #7320 passing. Photograph by Ken Buckman,

D&H 7320 (CP 7307)  Before you get a little confused, the photograph shows unit #7307, which originally started life as Lehigh Valley #320, becoming D&H #7320, then Guilford #226, then rebuilt, repainted and renumbered to D&H #7307 by CP. This is one of several units that CP painted into the lightning stripe before all units were mandated to be painted in CP red. GP38-2 #7307 lays over at Buffalo's SK Yard in February, 1992.  Transferred from CD by John Reay.

D&H 7320 (CP 7307)
Before you get a little confused, the photograph shows unit #7307, which originally started life as Lehigh Valley #320, becoming D&H #7320, then Guilford #226, then rebuilt, repainted and renumbered to D&H #7307 by CP. This is one of several units that CP painted into the lightning stripe before all units were mandated to be painted in CP red. GP38-2 #7307 lays over at Buffalo's SK Yard in February, 1992. Transferred from CD by John Reay.

D&H 7324
D&H GP38 #7324 leads two NYS&W SD45s on eastbound BUME between Hornell and Gang Mills, NY in the scenic Canisteo valley. This line has been extensively rebuilt and singled but in April 1991 when this photo was taken the line was still displaying its Erie heritage with double track and semaphores. Photo by John Reay.

D&H 7325 (CP 7312)  7312 is named for D&H Road Foreman Bernie O'Brien (B.C. O'Brien) and is shown basking in the late afternoon sun at Kenwood Yard, Albany, NY in late October 1990.  Photo by Neil C. Hunter.

D&H 7325 (CP 7312)
7312 is named for D&H Road Foreman Bernie O'Brien (B.C. O'Brien) and is shown basking in the late afternoon sun at Kenwood Yard, Albany, NY in late October 1990. Photo by Neil C. Hunter.