Athearn Genesis GP38-2W

Advance reservations are due by Feb 15/2012 for the all-new Genesis GP38-2W in the Canadian National scheme. If you do not reserve by the due date, you will miss out!

In January 1972, EMD unveiled its “Dash-2” line, which heralded improvements in reliability and control systems. Previous model numbers were carried over, but with a “-2” suffix added to denote the improved model; the GP38 would become the GP38-2. In the original GP38, the diesel engine drove a generator to supply power to the traction motors, although an alternator was later offered as an option (the “GP38AC”). In the GP38-2, the 16-645E engine would drive an AR-10 alternator, with the AC electrical current from the alternator rectified to DC current to power four D77 traction motors on the trucks. Another major change was the “Dash-2” modular electrical cabinet, which sought to improve reliability and ease of maintenance. By the early 1970s, many of the locomotives from Baldwin, Fairbanks-Morse and Alco were considered obsolete and in need of replacement. Even the venerable EMD GP7s and GP9s were reaching the end of their service lives. The most common engine to replace them was the GP38-2.

Without Sound – 179.98 / With Sound – 279.98

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Key Features

All-new tooling
Soundtraxx Tsunami factory installed (in units with sound)
All-new Canadian safety cab with interior
Operating Canadian “Lampshade” style ditch lights
Inertial filter intake snow shields
Long hood with correct louvers and recessed brakewheel
Dual vertical headlight and multi-class lights on long hood end
Canadian-style “ribbed” front anticlimber
Canadian ladder-style stepwells
“Horizontal” style ECAFB
GP38-2(W) short blower housing
Close-spaced 48” radiator fans
Cab mounted bell
Sinclair “ice skate” radio antenna
Relocated Nathan K-3 horn with separate, wireform air supply conduit
Square PAF box on non-dynamic housing
Front and rear snow plows with white “v” stripe
Dual “Salem” air filters w/ piping
3200 gallon fuel tank
Dual-end sanding lines
Single-panel “chicken wire” style radiator intake grills
McHenry scale knuckle spring couplers
Separately applied wire grab irons
Window glazing
Operating headlights utilizing microbulbs