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 GP38-2's 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 in service today.
- Fully assembled and ready for your layout
- Accurate painting and printing
- Genesis drive with dynamically balanced five pole skew wound motor and dual flywheels for trouble-free operation
- All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation
- All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
- Bi-directional constant lighting so headlight brightness remains consistent
- Prototype specific details applied
- Separately applied wire grab irons, handrails, windshield wipers, metal lift rings and more
- Machined RP25 profile metal wheels
- McHenry scale knuckle couplers installed
- Minimum radius: 18"
- Soundtraxx Tsunami2® Sound and DCC factory installed