HO Scale: EMD GP38-2 - DCC Ready - Burlington Northern

Athearn Genesis

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Athearn Genesis HO Scale: EMD GP38-2 - DCC Ready - Burlington Northern


  • All-new LED lighting

  • Rubber MU hoses for durability

The effort continues to enhance Athearn Genesis models per customer requests and feedback. There has been a lot of activity behind the scenes; we’re excited to include new features often requested, to the GP38-2 and upcoming Genesis models.


  • Phase I with widely spaced radiator fans and chicken wire radiator grilles

  • Late coupler cut levers with loops painted white

  • Front and rear early drop steps

  • 81” nose with ratchet brake

  • Green or Black anti-glare patch on nose per protoype era

  • BN-style early battery box doors

  • #2078, 2079, 2082 feature illuminated beacon with effect on DCC+Sound

  • Early Dash-2 cab with louvers

  • Welded cab side panels with arm rests

  • Leslie S-3L-R air horn

  • Firecracker antenna

  • Small firecracker end of train (EOT) antenna

  • Sunshades with long tracks

  • Early ECAFB

  • Standard Dash-2 ribbed blower housing

  • Early inertial air intake grilles

  • Standard range dynamic brake

  • Early flush exhaust

  • Chicken wire radiator grilles

  • Widely spaced radiator fans

  • Curved radiator fan grab iron

  • Short walkway duct extension

  • Underframe mounted bell

  • Detailed 3,600 gallon fuel tank with vertical sight glass

  • Salem air filter with piping

  • Blomberg-M trucks with rubber springs and Hyatt bearings

  • Speed recorder


  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run

  • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with 21-pin NEM connector

  • Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more

  • Accurately-painted and –printed paint schemes

  • Coupler cut levers

  • MU hoses

  • Trainline hose

  • See through cab windows

  • Full cab interior

  • Walkway tread

  • Fine-scale Celcon handrails for scale appearance

  • Windshield wipers

  • Lift rings

  • Wire grab irons

  • Detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, & breather pipes

  • Sander lines

  • McHenry scale knuckle couplers - Kadee compatible

  • Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision machined flywheels, and multi-link drivetrain

  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth & quiet operation

  • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow

  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track

  • LED Lighting for realistic appearance

  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power

  • Packaging securely holds for the model for safe storage


By the early 1970s, many first generation diesels were reaching the end of their service lives. The most common replacement locomotive became the GP38-2. EMD began production of the 16-cylinder, non-turbocharged, 2000 horsepower locomotive in 1972. Unlike the GP38’s prime mover, which drove a generator to supply power to the traction motors, the GP38-2s prime mover drove an alternator which produced AC electrical current that was rectified to DC to power the four traction motors. Another major change for the GP38-2 was the introduction of the “Dash 2” modular electrical cabinet. For more than 40 years, the GP38-2 has worked main line freights, locals, switching jobs, yard service, helpers, snow fighting trains, and hump power. Many remain in service today.

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