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20-20455-1

MTH 20-20455-1 - GP38-2 Diesel Engine "Boston & Maine" w/ PS3 (Hi-Rail Wheels)

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  • Road Name: Boston & Maine
  • Road Number: 200, 203, 206
  • Product Line: Premier
  • Scale: O Scale
  • Release: Aug. 2015
  • Intricately Detailed ABS Body
  • Die-Cast Truck Sides, Pilots and Fuel Tank
  • Fixed Die-Cast Pilots
  • Metal Chassis
  • Metal Handrails and Horn
  • Moveable Roof Fans
  • Metal Body Side Grilles
  • Detachable Snow Plow
  • (2) Engineer Cab Figures
  • Authentic Paint Scheme
  • Metal Wheels, Axles and Gears
  • Kadee Compatible Coupler Mounting Pads
  • Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
  • Directionally Controlled Constant Voltage LED Headlights
  • Lighted Cab Interior
  • Illuminated Number Boards
  • Lighted Marker Lights
  • (2) Precision Flywheel-Equipped Motors
  • Operating Smoke Unit
  • Onboard DCC Receiver
  • Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
  • Proto-Scale 3-2 3-Rail/2-Rail Conversion Capable
  • 1:48 Scale Proportions
  • Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring: Freight Yard Proto-Effects
  • Unit Measures:15 1/2" x 2 3/4" x 4"
  • Operates On O-31 Curves
Diesel 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

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 (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.

While our Premier model is not the only O gauge version of this second-generation stalwart, it offers the best combination of detail, realism, and performance of any 1/48 scale GP38-2. Added-on detail parts include windshield wipers, metal see-thru body grilles, lift rings, metal grab irons and handrails, and see-thru rooftop fan housings, as well as brake cylinders, air pipes, and swing hangers on our super-detailed Blomberg trucks. And in command mode with the DCS system, you can create a lashup combining one or more GP38-2s with other Proto-Sound 3.0 first- or second-generation power - and run them all from a single throttle just like the prototype.


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