The EMD GP39 is a 4-axle road switcher diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between June 1969 and July 1970. The locomotive's power was provided by a turbocharged EMD 645E3 12-cylinder engine which generated 2,300 hp (1.72 MW)[1][2]

Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderGeneral Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
Build dateJune 1969 - July 1970
Total produced23
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Prime moverEMD 645E3
Engine typeV12 diesel engine
Performance figures
Power output2,300 hp (1.72 MW)
LocaleUnited States

23 examples of this locomotive model were built for American railroads.[3]

Burlington Northern Railway later rebuilt GP30 and GP35 locomotives that it classified as GP39s, but they were not built as such by GM/EMD. Twenty of the original 23 were built for the Chesapeake & Ohio, while the other buyers were Kennecott Copper (2) and Atlanta & St. Andrews Bay (1).


  1. Marre, Louis A. & Pinkepank, Jerry A. (1989). The Contemporary Diesel Spotter's Guide. Waukesha, WI: Kalmbach Books. ISBN 0-89024-088-4. LCCN 88083625. OCLC 19959644.
  2. Pinkepank, Jerry A. (1973). The Second Diesel Spotter's Guide. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Kalmbach Publishing. ISBN 978-0-89024-026-7.
  3. Sarberenyi, Robert. EMD GP39 Original Owners. Retrieved on August 27, 2006

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