HO GP38-2 w/DCC & Sound, EMD Lease/OLS #788

Detailed Information


  • Built as Penn Central
  • Lighted class lights
  • Lighted number boards
  • Correct horn per road number
  • Short fuel tank
  • Sinclair antenna

After their initial lease expired, many CR GP38-2’s were returned to EMD which in turn leased them back to other railroads. While quite a few were simply patched, a batch got the full “EMD Lease” paint treatment. During the 1990’s, these could be found on just about any railroad. #788 was painted into a very unique Operation Livesaver scheme.


  • Ex-CR #7988
  • mid phase w/ chicken wire grilles
  • Operation Lifesaver
  • Leslie 3-chime horn
  • front small EMD plow
  • rear “Weedcutter” plow
  • unique scheme
  • Ex-CR #8013
  • mid phase w/ chicken wire grilles
  • 4-stack exhaust
  • Nathan 3-chime horn
  • front small EMD plow
  • rear “Weedcutter” plow
  • black fuel/air tanks
  • small cab numbers
  • Ex-CR #8025
  • mid phase w/ chicken wire grilles
  • Nathan 3-chime horn
  • front “Weedcutter” plow
  • maroon fuel/air tanks
  • large cab numbers
  • named “The Kristen”


  • Operating Class Lights
  • Operating Number boards


  • Coupler cut levers
  • MU hoses
  • Trainline hose
  • See-through cab windows
  • Full cab interior
  • Walkway tread
  • Windshield wipers
  • Lift rings
  • Wire grab irons
  • Sander lines
  • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with 21-pin NEM connector
  • Fine-scale Celcon handrails for scale appearance
  • Detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, & breather pipes
  • Body-mounted McHenry® operating scale knuckle couplers
  • Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision machined flywheels, and multi-link drivetrain for trouble free operation
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation
  • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
  • LED Lighting for trouble free operation
  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
  • Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more
  • Accurately-painted and –printed paint schemes
  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
  • Packaging securely holds the model for safe storage
  • Minimum radius: 18” — Recommended radius: 22”

    • Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound
    • Dual cube speakers for optimal sound quality
    • 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


    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 in service today.


    DCC: Equipped
    SOUND: Tsunami2
    Axles: 6
    LIGHTED: LED Lighting
    Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years
    Is Assembly Required: No

    HO GP38-2 w/DCC & Sound, EMD Lease/OLS #788



    Due Early February, 2024

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