HO GP38-2 w/DCC & Sound, UP #2022

Detailed Information


  • Newly tooled roof conduit and coupler levers
  • Lighted class lights
  • Lighted number boards
  • Leslie 3-chime horn
  • Xenon beacon
  • Large fuel tank
  • Firecracker antenna
  • Truck mounted re-railers

UP’s initial order for GP38-2’s in 1974 for 40 units (#2000-2039) ushered a new batch of road switchers for the carrier. This first order included the common regular EMD steps, Beacon, Canvas style sun shades, and large front EMD plow. UP went back the following year and ordered 20 more. The second batch had switcher steps which gave them a distinct different look. By the late 1970’s, UP started to adopt a larger font name on the sides of their locomotives. One of the most notable detail changes was the horn being moved to the front roof of the cab and a piping conduit running along the roof of the unit. We have added this feature including UP’s modified coupler levers on both ends and the pilot mounted lifting lugs. These were originally assigned to the pacific north west, but could be found all over the system. Most of these are still earning revenue for UP today.


  • 1980’s repaint
  • larger lettering along the hood
  • numbers on the cab
  • regular EMD steps
  • 1980’s repaint
  • larger lettering and numbers along the hood
  • UP shield on the cab
  • regular EMD steps
  • 1980’s repaint
  • larger lettering and numbers along the hood
  • UP shield on the cab
  • switcher style EMD steps


  • 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, UP #2022



    Due Early February, 2024

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