PREORDER Athearn ATHG71714 HO Genesis GP38-2, GTW #5853

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AthearnSKU: ATHG71714

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Detailed Information


  • Ex-Rock Island
  • Mid/Late Phase
  • Large anticlimber
  • 3600 gallon fuel tank
  • Xenon Strobe
  • M-3 Horn
  • Small EMD front plow
  • Blomberg B trucks
  • Firecracker antenna
  • 88” Nose with removed class lights

After the demise of the Rock Island in 1980 many of their locomotives were sold to other railroads. The GTW purchased some of these GP38-2’s and painted them into this catchy red and blue scheme. Our models represent the pre-ditch light era.


  • Large GT logo. Long hood mounted horn
  • white Xenon beacon (operational with DCC)
  • all-weather window.
  • Large GT logo. Long hood mounted horn
  • white Xenon beacon (operational with DCC)
  • all-weather window.
  • OLS with small GT logo
  • cab mounted horn
  • white Xenon beacon (operational with DCC)
  • all-weather window.


    • Coupler cut levers
    • Flexible rubber MU hoses
    • Flexible rubber trainline hose
    • See-through cab windows
    • Full cab interior
    • Walkway tread
    • Windshield wipers
    • Lift rings
    • Wire grab irons
    • Sander lines
    • Fine-scale Celcon handrails for scale appearance
    • Detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, & breather pipes
    • McHenry® scale knuckle couplers - Kadee® compatible
    • 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
    • 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
    • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
    • Minimum radius: 18”


    • Duplicated look and feel of “In Service” equipment
    • Faded base colors matched to the prototype
    • Perfect starting point for adding grime and rust


    • 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


      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 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.



    DCC: Ready/21-Pin NEM
    SOUND: Ready
    Axles: 6
    LIGHTED: LED Lighting
    Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years
    Is Assembly Required: No

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