HO Scale: EMD GP38-2, Phase II - DCC Ready - Union Pacific

Athearn Genesis

SKU Road Number Price Qty
ATHG65361 2299 $ 129.99 Sold Out
ATHG65362 2312 $ 129.99 Sold Out
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Athearn Genesis HO Scale: GP38-2 - UP - Sound Ready


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.

Union Pacific Features:
  • All road numbers
    • Former Mopac repaints
    • Lettering placement per prototype
    • Phase II body with Q fans & corrugated grills
    • Angled air filter box
    • Mopac 4-stack exhaust with spark arrestors
    • Late battery box doors
    • RS3L low profile horn mounted per prototype
    • Firecracker antenna
    • Rectangular vent on cab side
    • Cab side mirrors
    • 88" nose with ratchet brake
    • Pointed front anticlimber, rear drop step
    • Extra jacking pads
    • 3600 gallon fuel tank
    • EMD low plows front & rear
    • One pilot mounted "Hot" MU receptacle front & rear
    • Blomberg-M trucks
  • #2299 & 2312:
    • Underframe mounted bell
  • #2294 & 2304:
    • Hood side mounted bell
    • MoPac North Little Rock style lettering


    • New roadnames
    • Phase Iaa: close radiator fan spacing; chickenwire grilles
    • MU hoses
    • Front and rear drop steps
    • Deck mount MU stand with single receptacle
    • Early battery box doors
    • Cab mounted dual sealed beam headlight with glare shield unless noted
    • Early ECAFB
    • Standard ribbed blower housing
    • Standard raised exhaust unless noted
    • Curved radiator fan grab iron
    • Short walkway duct extension
    • Frame mounted bell unless noted
    • Salem air filter
    • Speed recorder
    • Minimum radius: 18"
    • 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


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