Atlas N scale Electro-Motive Division GP38 diesel locomotive

A new run of N scale Electro-Motive Division GP38 diesel locomotives is now available from Atlas Model Railroad Co. The Master Line models are offered in two versions. Silver series models have a factory-installed speaker, while Gold series locomotives have a dual-mode ESU LokSound Select sound decoder.

The prototype. Electro-Motive Division produced the GP38 from January 1966 to December 1971. During that time, 733 units were built for railroads in the United States (706), Canada (21), and Mexico (6).

Our sample is decorated as Norfolk Southern (NS) no. 5642, feature the railroad’s eye-catching “Training First Responders” scheme. The unit was built as Penn Central GP38 no. 7868 in January 1971. The four-axle road unit retained its road number when it went to Conrail in 1976. In the early 1990s, the GP38 was repainted in a special scheme for Conrail’s Philadelphia Division.

Norfolk Southern acquired the GP38 when Conrail’s assets were split between NS and CSX in the late 1990s. The railroad renumbered the locomotive 2923. According to the online resource, the 2923 was one of 73 former GP38s and GP38ACs that were rebuilt to GP38-2 standards at NS’s Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona, Pa., between January 2005 and June 2007. The rebuilt units became part of Norfolk Southern’s 5601 through 5673 series.

The 2923 was rebuilt in May 2006. Among the upgrades made during the rebuild included a rooftop air conditioner, extended-range dynamic brakes, cab signals, and Locomotive Speed Limiters. The rebuilt locomotive also received a new cab and short hood; the long hood was retained.

During the rebuild the 2923 was renumbered 5642 and painted in the railroad’s Thoroughbred paint scheme. The Training First Responders scheme was applied in November 2015.

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