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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 locomotive in 1972. Unlike the GP38's prime mover, 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 more than 40 years, the GP38-2 has worked main line freights, locals, switching jobs, yard service, helpers, snow fighting trains, and hump power. Many remain in service today. Product Item #: G68179


  • Phase I with widely spaced radiator fans and chicken wire radiator grilles
  • Late coupler cut levers with loops painted white
  • Front and rear early drop steps
  • 81 nose with ratchet brake
  • Green or Black anti-glare patch on nose per protoype era
  • BN-style early battery box doors
  • #2078, 2079, 2082 feature illuminated beacon with effect on DCC+Sound
  • Early Dash-2 cab with louvers
  • Welded cab side panels with arm rests
  • Leslie S-3L-R air horn
  • Firecracker antenna
  • Small firecracker end of train (EOT) antenna
  • Sunshades with long tracks
  • Early ECAFB
  • Standard Dash-2 ribbed blower housing
  • Early inertial air intake grilles
  • Standard range dynamic brake
  • Early flush exhaust
  • Chicken wire radiator grilles
  • Widely spaced radiator fans
  • Curved radiator fan grab iron
  • Short walkway duct extension
  • Underframe mounted bell
  • Detailed 3,600 gallon fuel tank with vertical sight glass
  • Salem air filter with piping
  • Blomberg-M trucks with rubber springs and Hyatt bearings
  • Speed recorder


  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
  • DCC-ready features Quick Plugª 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


  • Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound
  • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
  • Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
  • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
  • Precision slow speed control
  • Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unit only horn, bell, and lights
  • Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes
  • CV chart included in the box

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