After the posting of the Penn Central GP38 #7675 project in P.C.C.M. 28G on March 1, 2017
http://newyorkcentrallayout.blogspot.com/2017/03/pccm-28g-dispatch-of-train-ls-1.html fellow modeler ATJOE1972 offered some noteworthy comments on the Penn Central GP38 fleet. With that info and a little more research I found this spread sheet online
|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.|
|Road Numbers||Built||Controls||Cab Type||Air Filter||Dynamics?||Fuel Tank|
|2000-2004 ||1967||dual||extended front||oil-bath||no dynamic||2600 gal|
|2005-2009 ||1969||dual||extended front||paper||no dynamic||2600 gal|
|2010-2014 ||1970||dual||extended front||paper||no dynamic||3200 gal|
|7815-7824||1969-71||dual||extended front||paper||equipped||2600 gal|
|7904-7907||1969-71||dual||extended front||paper||no dynamic||3200 gal|
As I began to further explore both the PC and NYC I considered repainting the NYC 2933 into a more prototypical PC GP38-2. Now this was blasphemous as never before had a NYC engine that I painted been stripped and repainted for the PC. So I did what I did best when confronted with a modeling project that I was not fully committed to. I procrastinated. But ultimately I put the engine into a four unit consist and, well...the rest is history.
The subject of this blog entry, New York Central GP38-2 #2933 is in the #2 position of this four unit consist. This lash up ran extremely well and was a big factor in the repainting of NYC #2933. Sharp eyed modelers will note that the paper air filter box on the 2933 is in the wrong position. Something else to fix. All of the below units were painted over the past 7 years.
The four unit lash up looks pretty cool on the Empire City viaduct. The PC units are all pretty accurate but as you know the NYC unit is not. The 7675 was the first GP38 purchased by the PC and it features oil bath air filters. You can see it does not have the paper air filter box behind the cab. This info was pointed out by ATJOE1972 and the above chart shows that standard cab GP38s 7675 - 7737 were so equipped.
Seven years ago NYC GP38-2 #2933 was OK. The should I paint it or leave it alone question has been mulled over for several years. Below we can pretty much hear 1/87th scale PC Ralph saying 'John, it's a no brainer'
So NYC GP38-2 #2933 became the first ever custom painted NYC unit to be stripped and painted for the Penn Central. How prototypical is that! It is now Penn Central #8038
A four unit lash up of PC GP38-2s and a GP-38 run light on the lower level of Empire City.
Penn Central four pack on a priority freight thru Empire City. How cool is that!!!! All units painted by the N.Y.C.T.L. Paint Shop.
Thanks for reading!!!!