HO GP38-2 w/DCC & Sound, NS #5280

Detailed Information


  • Lighted class lights
  • Lighted number boards
  • Leslie 3-chime horn
  • Forward and rear ditch lights
  • Short fuel tank
  • Sinclair antenna
  • Small front EMD plow

After the split of Conrail in 1999, both CSX and NS received former CR GP38-2’s as part of the deal. NS began to patch them into their number series. Some also received full repaints while keeping their CR features such as small EMD front plow, front and rear ditch lights, and cab signal box. Another unique feature were the original installed class lights on both ends, when most railroads had theirs removed.


  • Ex-CR #8077
  • mid phase w/ chicken wire grilles
  • drop steps on both ends
  • squared paper air filter box
  • rear “weedcutter” plow
  • 4 stack exhaust
  • Blomberg M trucks
  • Ex-CR #8100
  • mid phase w/ chicken wire grilles
  • drop steps on both ends
  • squared paper air filter box
  • standard 2 stack exhaust
  • Blomberg M trucks
  • Ex-CR #8166
  • late phase w/ corrugated grilles
  • front anticlimber and rear drop step
  • rear “weedcutter” plow
  • angled paper air filter box
  • flush 2 stack exhaust
  • Blomberg B trucks


  • 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, NS #5280



    Due Late January, 2024

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