Athearn Genesis HO GP38-2, D&S/Black/White #2001


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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 mainline freights, locals, switching jobs, yard service, helpers, snow fighting trains, and hump power. Many remain in service today.


  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
  • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with both 8- and 9-pin connector
  • Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more
  • Accurately-painted and –printed paint schemes
  • Coupler cut levers
  • MU hoses
  • 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
  • Incandescent bulbs for realistic appearance
  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
  • Packaging securely holds for the model for safe storage


  • Phase Ia body with closely-spaced fans & chickenwire grills
  • No dynamic brakes
  • Whip antenna
  • Leslie RS3L horn on number board
  • Small 1700 gallon fuel tank with angled sight glasses*
  • Front & rear footboards
  • Rerail frog (not shown)
  • Blomberg-M trucks

The Durham & Southern railroad ran from Dunn to Durham, North Carolina. The railroad later became part of the Seaboard Coast Line railroad. In December of 1972, the D&S ordered 4 EMD GP38-2 locomotives, numbers 2000-2003, which came painted in the road’s attractive black & white scheme. Later, D&S 2000 was repainted into a dazzling red, white & blue scheme to celebrate the nation’s bicentennial. #2000:

  • Painted in Bicentennial scheme

* Due to motor location/fuel tank mounting limitations on the underframe, we could not mount the fuel tank as far forward as on the prototype.