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HO GP38-2 Locomotive, CWWR #817

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HO GP38-2 Locomotive, CWWR #817

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HO GP38-2 Locomotive, CWWR #817

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  • Lighted class lights
  • Lighted number boards
  • Leslie 5-chime horn
  • Dual Xenon beacons
  • Small fuel tank
  • “weedcutter” front plow
  • Late phase body with Q fans
  • Corrugated grilles
  • 88” Nose

The Chehalis Western was a Weyerhaeuser-owned class III shortline based out of Chehalis WA. The railroad originally ran from Chehalis to Ruth WA, once Milwaukee Road trackage. The primary commodity was logs and other wood products. They purchased a four new GP38-2’s from EMD in 1981. Operations ceased in 1992, and the locos were sold off for further service on Golden Triangle Railroad and De Queen and Eastern Railroad.


  • 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

    DCC Ready/21-Pin NEM
    Reporting Mark CWWR
    Scale HO
    Lighted LED
    Sound Ready
    Era 1971-1990, 1991-2009
    Prototype Manufacturer EMD
    Axles 6
    Sub Brand GENESIS