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HO GP38-2 Locomotive, BNSF #2081

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HO GP38-2 Locomotive, BNSF #2081

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HO GP38-2 Locomotive, BNSF #2081

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  • 4-stack exhaust
  • Small and large Sinclair antennas
  • Etched cab side mirrors
  • 3600 gallon fuel tank
  • Blomberg-M trucks

Once the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe railroads merged in 1996, several new paint schemes were attempted, including variations on the Superfleet and Great Northern schemes. After some deliberation, BNSF 2099 was repainted in 1996 into what would be known as the “Heritage I” scheme. Being that it was the first unit painted, it exhibited a major difference from later repaints in that it had a silver underframe- future units in this scheme, other than the Dash 9-44CWs, would have green underframes.


  • Early body / wide fans
  • headlight on cab
  • Early body / close fans
  • headlight on cab
  • silver underframe
  • Early body / close fans
  • headlight on nose


  • 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.

    Product Specifications

    Sub Brand GENESIS
    Lighting LED
    Sound Ready
    Reporting Mark BNSF
    Axles 6
    Era 1991-2009
    Prototype Manufacturer EMD
    Scale HO
    DCC Ready/21-Pin NEM