HO GP38-2 Phase 1a w/DCC & Sound DT&I by ATHEARN


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.


  • Front and rear MU hose catch boxes
  • Trainline hoses
  • Late coupler cut levers
  • Standard stepwells without pilot face corner notches
  • 81" low nose with CNW style gong bell
  • Sunshades with track
  • Nathan M3 air horn
  • Non dynamic brake
  • Spark arrestors
  • 2,600 gallon fuel tank
  • Blomberg-b trucks
  • Era: Early 1970s - early 1980s


  • Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami decoder
  • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
  • Some functions are limited in DC
  • Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
  • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
  • Slow speed control
  • Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unity only horn, bell, and lights
  • Lighting effects such as alternating ditch lights, Gyralight where prototypically accurate
  • Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes
  • Reviews

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