I chose #4813 because the photos I have of it, show it to be a well used unit that will be an excellent modeling project. Also, I had researched to do #4824 and found that the B&O 4800s were just as accurate to the Athearn kit as the C&O 4800s. Since I need more B&O then C&O units, I put #4824 on the back burner and used the kit for this project. Also, the kit I have is a dummy, so I needed an odd numbered unit to stick with my odd/even number scheme for dummies/powered units. I know for sure that units #4805, 4807, 4809, 4813, and 4815 never got Chessie paint. Others may have escaped Chessie colors too.
The Athearn kit best matches these 4800 series GP38's. The kit is actually a GP38-2, a variation of the GP38 that Chessie did not own. The B&O and C&O 3800 series did not come with the paper air filter that the 4800's did. This caused alot of variation in the 3800's, including cutting the dynamic break blister to make the paper air filter fit. The paper air filter is the box on the roof just behind the cab. It was original equipment on the 4800 series.
#4813 became CSX #2113 and was retired on Jan 22, 1996. Some GP38's did not get repainted, only renumbered into CSX colors. These were some of the last Chessie paint survivors in CSX. #2113 was sold to Helm Atlantic leasing and remumbered #116. It has since been sold to Rail Link (Ottawa Valley Railway) and wears #2002 for them today.
Below are Dean Heacock pics of #4813.
Notice that #4824 made it through the entire Chessie Era in B&O Blue.
This is evident by the pic of it in B&O Blue with a CSX number.
Below is a pic of my GP38 in the
Below are two finished pics of the unit. Click on
the Athearn GP38
link to see how I built this unit.