Athearn Soo Line GP38-2 Phase 1 Rd #4511 ATHG40717

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 service today.

Key Features: Phase Ia Ex-Milwaukee Road Operating Prime-Stratolite beacon when used with DCC Detailed 1,700 gallon fuel tank with vertical sight glass EMD low snowplow Front and rear early drop steps MU stand Early Dash-2 battery box doors Class lights with gasket Riveted cab side panels with arm rest on left side Leslie RSL-3L-R3 air horn with low-profile manifold Large Sinclair "ice skate" antenna Early ECAFB Early inertial air intake grilles Standard range dynamic brake Early flush exhaust Chicken wire radiator grilles Closely spaced radiator fans Curved radiator fan grab iron Spare
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