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HO Scale - GP39-2 - Burlington Northern #2710

SKU: ATHG65522
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In the decade between 1974 and 1984 , EMD produced the GP39-2 for seven North American railroads. The basic design followed most four axle road diesel switchers for the time. Borrowing improvements from the GP38-2 and GP40-2 designs, this mid-horsepower road switcher utilized a turbocharged 12-cylinder EMD 645E3 diesel engine for it’s prime mover. With 4 fewer cylinders, the smaller engine provided a distinctive long hood on the phase II and phase III bodies, where the clean room/engine compartment doors were set back from the cab further than predecessor locomotives.

Sensitivity to fuel economy in the 1970s justified the GP39-2 in the locomotive market. It also laid the ground work for EMD to start exploring locomotive designs that utilize engines with larger piston displacement yet possess fewer cylinders. This approach has become the foundation to modern locomotive technology.


  • Phase IIb GP39-2
  • Early exhaust silencer
  • Welded cab side panels with armrests
  • Early hinged BN battery box doors w/ single louver
  • Leslie S-3 horn offset on cab right
  • Large and small firecracker antennas on cab
  • Illuminated Western Cullen beacon, effect w/ DCC+Sound
  • Sunshade on conductor side only
  • 3-Pane all weather cab window on engineer side
  • 88” nose with ratchet brake
  • Front anticlimber, rear drop step
  • 3600 gallon fuel tank
  • Spare knuckles on rear pilot
  • BN hose catch pockets on rear pilot
  • Rectangle builder’s plates
  • Blomberg-M trucks with leaf springs


    • 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 here at Athearn! We are excited to introduce some new, often requested features, to the GP39-2 and other upcoming Genesis models.


    • 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

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