Athearn HO GP38-2 w/DCC & Sound, CPR/Beaver Logo #4513

AthearnSKU: ATHG71802


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Detailed Information


  • DCC: Equipped
  • SOUND: Tsunami2
  • Axles: 4
  • LIGHTED: LED Lighting
  • Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 Years
  • Is Assembly Required: No


  • Mid-production version
  • Corrugated grilles
  • 88 nose with anticlimber
  • 2600 gal fuel tank
  • All-weather window on engineers side
  • Blomberg B style trucks
  • Non-dynamic brake housing w/angled paper air filter box

TP&W bought these GP38-2s brand new in 1977. They eventually were repainted into Santa Fe colors after the merger in 1984.



  • As delivered paint. Weed-cutter style front plow
  • Rear MU cable catch bracket
  • 3 chime Leslie horn
  • single Sinclair roof antenna.


  • As delivered paint. Weed-cutter style front plow
  • Rear MU cable catch bracket
  • 3 chime Leslie horn
  • single Sinclair roof antenna.


  • Revised later paint scheme. EMD style short plow
  • larger numbers on cab
  • TP&W on the nose
  • painted out rear class lights
  • plain rear pilot
  • 3 chime Leslie horn
  • and single Sinclair roof antenna.


  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
  • 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
  • Coupler cut levers
  • Flexible rubber MU hoses
  • Flexible rubber 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 bulbs for realistic appearance
  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
  • Packaging securely holds model for safe storage


  • Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes
  • CV chart included in the box


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 GP38s 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.

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