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Model Train Specials

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Athearn #G40605 HO GP38-2 w/DCC & Sound, MP #2117- WITH SOUND

Athearn #G40605 HO GP38-2 w/DCC & Sound, MP #2117- WITH SOUND
  • Manufacture: Model Train Specials
  • Category: Diesel Locomotive
  • Number: G40605
  • Scale: HO
  • Price: $239.99
HO GP38-2 w/DCC & Sound

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.

Key Features

    All-new tooling
    Soundtraxx Tsunami factory installed
    EMD "notched" stepwells
    Round flush "shotgun" exhaust stacks
    SP light package
    Dual Gyralight operates in both directions using DCC
    SP "L" window
    SP four-hole jacking pads
    Late extended-range dynamic brakes with resistor grid details, and square PAF box
    SP-style tall snowplow
    SP-style walkway toolbox w/ additional tall handrail stanchion
    88" nose w/ brakewheel
    New Single-Speed 48" "Q"-Fans
    Cab roof A/C unit
    Radio antenna with ground plane and conduit
    Late corrugated radiator intakes
    Front anticlimber, drop step on rear
    Dual "Prime" air filters w/ piping
    Late looped coupler lift bars
    Late ECAFB (welded)
    Brake wheel
    All-new Nathan P-3 horn on bracket w/ "staggered" chimes
    3600 gallon fuel tank
    Single-end sanding lines
    Lift-off type under-cab access door
    Late battery box door with long louvers
    McHenry scale knuckle spring couplers
    Separately applied wire grab irons
    Etched radiator fan grills
    Window glazing
    Operating headlights utilizing microbulbs


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