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Athearn Genesis - HO Scale - EMD GP38-2 - DCC w/Sound - Soo Line (SOO) #4500 - ex-MILW "Bandit" Scheme, Black/Orange/White (SKU 141-65401)

Available On: April 1, 2016


Introduced in 1972 as an update to the GP38, this second generation EMD diesel went on to become the most successful diesel of this generation and numerous units remain in service today. While numbers dwindle with Class I roads, these dependable workhorses have gone on to second, third and even fourth owners in some cases. There are few applications and few types of cargo that have not been hauled by the venerable GP38-2. With units being rebuilt all the time, examples of this fine locomotive will remain in service for years to come.

The Athearn Genesis model of this prototype is completely new from the ground up and features modular tooling to allow an unprecedented amount of variation and detail on individual units. Locomotives will feature road specific details, and in some cases, come with additional detailing parts for different eras of operation.


  • Phase Ia: close radiator fan spacing and chickenwire grilles
  • MU hoses
  • Front and rear drop steps
  • Deck mount MU stand with single receptacle
  • Early battery box doors
  • Cab mounted dual sealed beam headlight unless noted
  • Early ECAFB
  • Standard ribbed blower housing
  • Standard raised exhaust unless noted
  • Curved radiator fan grab iron
  • Short walkway duct extension
  • Frame mounted bell unless noted
  • Salem air filter
  • Speed recorder
  • Minimum radius: 18"
  • DCC Ready

DCC w/Sound Features:

  • Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami sound
  • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
  • Some functions are limited in DC
  • Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
  • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
  • Slow speed control
  • Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup
  • Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes

Road Number Specific Features:

  • Paint schemes based on prototype photos
  • Trainline hoses
  • All weather window engineer side
  • 2000 Gallon Fuel Tank
  • Blomberg-B trucks
  • Inertial intake grill with single top rib
  • Beacon cab center
  • Era: Early 1970s - early 1980s

$269.98 US