Available Items

85-2039-0

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel (DCC Ready)
  • Canadian National

85-2039-1

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Canadian National

85-2040-0

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel (DCC Ready)
  • Canadian National

85-2040-1

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Canadian National

85-2041-0

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel (DCC Ready)
  • Canadian National

85-2041-1

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Canadian National

85-2042-0

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel (DCC Ready)
  • Chessie

85-2042-1

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Chessie

85-2043-0

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel (DCC Ready)
  • Chessie

85-2043-1

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Chessie

85-2044-0

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel (DCC Ready)
  • Chessie

85-2044-1

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Chessie

85-2045-0

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel (DCC Ready)
  • Conrail

85-2045-1

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Conrail

85-2046-0

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel (DCC Ready)
  • Conrail

85-2046-1

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Conrail

85-2047-0

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel (DCC Ready)
  • Conrail

85-2047-1

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Conrail

85-2048-0

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel (DCC Ready)
  • Long Island

85-2048-1

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Long Island

85-2049-0

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel (DCC Ready)
  • Long Island

85-2049-1

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Long Island

85-2050-0

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel (DCC Ready)
  • Long Island

85-2050-1

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Long Island

85-2051-0

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel (DCC Ready)
  • Southern Pacific

85-2051-1

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Southern Pacific

85-2052-0

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel (DCC Ready)
  • Southern Pacific

85-2052-1

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Southern Pacific

85-2053-0

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel (DCC Ready)
  • Southern Pacific

85-2053-1

HO Scale MTH HO GP38-2 Diesel With Proto-Sound 3.0
  • Southern Pacific

All New HO GP38-2 Diesel Locomotives Now Shipping

December 15, 2015 - M.T.H. Electric Trains has begun shipping its HO GP38-2 Diesel Locomotive, including all five new roadnames announced earlier this summer. You can learn more about all the offerings by clicking on the brochure link below:

Click HERE to see the interactive 2015 HO GP38-2 Diesel Brochure.

These limited production releases can be ordered through any M.T.H. Authorized Retailer.

Historical Background

Produced from 1972 to 1986, the GP38-2 helped inaugurate Electro-Motive’s “Dash-2” series of locomotives and became one of EMD’s all-time best sellers. With over 2200 engines sold throughout North America, rare was the railroad that did not roster these reliable, second-generation EMD workhorses.

Building on the success of the GP38 introduced in 1966, the Dash-2 model looked almost identical on the outside but incorporated a host of internal upgrades that lowered exhaust emissions and improved reliability, ease of maintenance, and tractive effort. Most significant was the replacement of the maze of hard-wired circuits, switches, interlocks, and relays — which had characterized first-generation diesels and had been the source of many of their service issues — with modular, solid-state electronics. Other improvements toughened the pistons, rings, and bearings of the 2000-horsepower, non-turbocharged model 645 prime mover.

The result was an engine so hard working and dependable that it became as common on American railroads as the F-unit was in the 1950s and ‘60s. Trains magazine recognized this in 1982 by designating B&O GP38 #3802 (a pre-Dash-2 model) as the All American Diesel; the engine resides today in the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, repainted in its 1982 Chessie System colors. Many GP38-2s have soldiered on for more than three decades and remain in service today on short lines and regional railroads.

This accurately modeled GP38-2 joins our economically priced Ready2Rail lineup in eight prototypical paint schemes. While Ready2Rail locomotives have fewer added-on details than standard M.T.H. motive power, Proto-Sound 3.0 versions feature the same versatile electronics and prototypical sounds found in every Proto-Sound 3.0 engine. In command mode, you can operate this second-generation stalwart with any other DCC- or M.T.H. DCS-equipped models. With the DCS system, you can create a lashup with just a few keystrokes, combining one or more GP38-2s with other Proto-Sound 3.0 first-, second-, or third-generation diesels — and run them all from a single throttle just like the prototype.

product features

  • Intricately Detailed ABS Body
  • Metal Chassis
  • Authentic Paint Scheme
  • Metal Wheels and Axles
  • RP25 Metal Wheels
  • (2) #158 Scale Kadee Whisker Couplers
  • Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
  • Directionally Controlled Constant Voltage LED Headlight
  • Powerful 5-Pole Precision Flywheel Equipped Skew-Wound Balanced Motor
  • Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
  • Operates On Code 70, 83 and 100 Track
  • 1:87 Scale Proportions

    DCC Features:

     

  • Headlight
  • Bell
  • Whistle/Horn
  • Start Up/Shut Down
  • Rear Coupler
  • Front Coupler
  • Engine Sounds On/Off
  • Sound Volume
  • Ditch Lights Auto/On/Off
  • Forward Signal
  • Reverse Signal
  • Grade Crossing Signal
  • Cab Light On/Off
  • Extended Start Up
  • Extended Shut Down
  • Rev Up
  • Rev Down
  • Coupler Slack Sound
  • Coupler Close
  • One-Shot Doppler
  • Feature Reset
  • Idle Sequence 1
  • Idle Sequence 2
  • Idle Sequence 3
  • Brakes Auto/Off
  • Cab Chatter Auto/Off
  • Clickety-Clack Auto/Off
  • Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring: Freight Yard Proto-Effects
  • Unit Measures:8” x 1 3/8” x 2.5”
  • Operates On 18" Radius Curves