Athearn Genesis HO GP38-2 w/DCC & Sound, BNSF/Wedge #2079


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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


  • Illuminated front & rear ditch lights
  • Updated body with no class lights or numberboards
  • Blanked cab headlight; headlight moved to nose per prototype
  • 4-stack liberated exhaust
  • Etched cab mirrors
  • Nose vent
  • Spare knuckles on rear pilot
  • Built out cab doors
  • Retrofitted with E-bell
  • Electronic parking brake


  • Former BN unit
  • Phase I body with widely-spaced fans & chickenwire grills
  • Early dynamic brakes
  • RS3L Horn on long hood
  • RV style air conditioners positioned per prototype
  • No cab armrests
  • Large & small Sinclair antennas on ground planes
  • Separate modeler-installed retention tank included in poly bag*
  • Front & Rear MU receptacles with MU cables
  • Blomberg-M trucks

On a large mainline railroad such as the BNSF, there is still a home for smaller, reliable, utilitarian locomotives that can fill in on branch line, secondary or transfer assignments. The GP38-2 is the perfect locomotive for these assignments. The units running on BNSF have widely varying histories, making them all the more interesting to watch.

* Installation of the retention tank on locomotives with the 3600 gallon fuel tank may interfere with truck swivel on tight radius curves; we elected to leave installation up to the modeler.


  • Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound
  • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
  • Full DCC functions available when operated in DCC mode
  • 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
  • CV chart included in the box