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Landmark Locomotives - The GP39-2

By January 24, 2013

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EMD's GP39-2 was the forgotten middle child between the hugely popular GP38-2 and GP40-2 models. The GP39-2 offered a fuel efficient locomotive well suited to light mainline duties. Many of the units, the oldest of which are now hitting their 39th birthday, are still hard at work.

CSX aquired its fleet of 20 GP39-2s from the Reading, but not via Conrail but the D&H.
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Although only purchased by a few roads, mergers and sales have placed these unique locomotives in every corner of the United States. And they've worn everything from Santa Fe blue and yellow to D&H lightning stripes.

Atlas has produced an affordable model in HO scale, and there are conversion shells available in N scale. With the plethora of GP38 and GP40 models on the market, you could also kitbash a GP39 or GP39-2 in many scales. Get more of the history of these locomotives in the latest locomotive profile.


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