Built by EMD from November of 1972 through June of 1979, the SD38-2 was essentially the six-axle version of the smaller GP38-2 that featured numerous electronic upgrades. Designed for slow, heavy-haul freight operations, EMD hoped that the higher tractive effort and electrical upgrades in -2 line would attract more buyers than the predecessor SD38, which only sold 53 units to North American railroads.
Unfortunately, the newer model fared only marginally better with a total of 90 units being sold worldwide. Although sales were less than anticipated, the SD38-2 proved to be a reliable workhorse with many of these locomotives remaining in hump yard or local service today.
The Rivet Counter™ series SD38-2 is the definitive HO Scale model of EMD’s unique non-turbocharged six-axle locomotive. Our model combines smooth operating performance with unparalleled railroad, road number, and era-specific details™. Not to mention, Rivet Counter models come equipped with industry-leading LED lighting features right out of the box.