HO Scale: EMD GP38-2 - DCC Ready - Santa Fe

Athearn Genesis

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Athearn Genesis HO Scale: GP38-2 - ATSF - 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.

ATSF Features:
  • All road numbers
    • Repainted ex-TP&W units
    • Billboard "Santa Fe" lettering placement, nose logo placement, & warning labels per prototype road number
    • Phase 1d body with close fans & corrugated grills
    • Santa-Fe style rear end with no class lights or number boards
    • Angled air filter box
    • Late battery box doors
    • ATSF antenna details- Communication and EOT antennas on ground planes
    • Vapor AC
    • Rectangular vent on cab side
    • Medium & small cab mirrors per prototype
    • 88" nose with ratchet brake & ATSF lowered headlights
    • Pointed front anticlimber, rear drop step
    • Extra jacking pads
    • 2600 gallon fuel tank
    • Late coupler cut levers
    • 2 walkway-mounted "Dummy" MU receptacles & 1 pilot mounted "Hot" receptacle front & rear
    • ATSF style spare knuckle boxes on trucks
    • Blomberg-B trucks with removed outer brakes
  • #2370:
    • Front weed cutter plow
    • K-3 horn on bracket
  • #2374:
    • Front EMD low plow
    • K-3 horn on bracket
  • #2375, 2379:
    • Front EMD low plow
    • RS3L low profile horn on bracket
  • 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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