HO Scale: EMD GP38-2 - DCC & Sound - BNSF 'Wedge'

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Athearn Genesis HO scale GP38-2 - DCC & Sound - Burlington Northern Santa Fe 'Wedge'


    • Illuminated front & rear ditch lights
    • Updated body with no class lights or numberboards
    • Blanked cab headlight; headlight moved to nose per prototype
    • 4-stack liberated exhaust
    • Etched cab mirrors
    • Nose vent
    • Spare knuckles on rear pilot
    • Built out cab doors
    • Retrofitted with E-bell
    • Electronic parking brake
    • Former BN unit
    • Phase I body with widely-spaced fans & chickenwire grills
    • Early dynamic brakes
    • RS3L Horn on long hood
    • RV style air conditioners positioned per prototype
    • No cab armrests
    • Large & small Sinclair antennas on ground planes
    • Separate modeler-installed retention tank included in poly bag*
    • Front & Rear MU receptacles with MU cables
    • Blomberg-M trucks
    • Former BN unit
    • Phase Ia body with closely-spaced fans & chickenwire grills
    • Early dynamic brakes
    • RS3L Horn on long hood
    • Large & small Firecracker antennas
    • Two separate modeler-installed RV style air conditioners included (these were added at a later date)
    • Separate modeler-installed retention tank included in poly bag*
    • Front & Rear MU receptacles with MU cables
    • Blomberg-M trucks
    • Former TP&W unit
    • Phase II body with closely-spaced fans & corrugated grills
    • Pointed anticlimber
    • Extra jacking pads
    • No dynamic brakes
    • Bracket-mounted RS3L horn on long hood
    • “BNSF green” air conditioner
    • Setup as RCL unit with illuminated strobe light and appropriate warning labels (with flashing effect DCC+Sound version)
    • Extensive cab antennas: 4 separate antennas on individual ground planes
    • Retention tank
    • Front & Rear MU receptacles with MU cables
    • Blomberg-B trucks outer brake shoes removed brake shoes


      • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
      • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with both 8- and 9-pin 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
      • Standard cabs include sliding windows
      • Walkway tread
      • Fine-scale Celcon handrails for scale appearance
      • See through dynamic brake fans on locomotives equipped with dynamic brakes
      • Windshield wipers
      • Lift rings
      • Wire grab irons
      • Detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, breather pipes, and retention tanks
      • Sander lines
      • McHenry scale knuckle couplers - Kadee compatible
      • Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision machined flywheels, and multi-link drivetrain for trouble free operation
      • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation
      • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
      • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on Code 70, 83, and 100 rail
      • Incandescent bulbs for realistic appearance
      • Bidirectional constant lighting so headlight brightness remains constant
      • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
      • Packaging securely holds for the model for safe storage
      • Replacement parts available
      Sound equipped models also feature:
      • Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami decoder
      • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
      • Some functions are limited in DC
      • Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
      • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
      • Slow speed control
      • Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unity only horn, bell, and lights
      • Lighting effects such as alternating ditch lights, Gyralight where prototypically accurate
      • Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes
      • CV chart included in the box


      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 engine in 1972. Unlike the GP38's engine 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 the past 40 years, the GP38-2 has worked main line freights, locals, switching jobs, yard service, helpers, snow fighting trains, and hump power. Many remain service today.

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