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Athearn Genesis HO EMD GP39-2 DC, BN #2708, ATHG40930

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MSRP: $169.98


HO GP39-2 PHASE IIB, BN Burlington Northern #2708

Athearn Item #: ATHG40930


  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
  • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with both 8- and 9-pin connector
  • Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more
  • Accurately-painted and -printed paint schemes
  • Coupler cut levers
  • MU hoses
  • Trainline hose
  • See through cab windows
  • Full cab interior
  • Walkway tread
  • Fine-scale Celcon handrails for scale appearance
  • Windshield wipers
  • Lift rings
  • Wire grab irons
  • Detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, & breather pipes
  • Sander lines
  • McHenry scale knuckle couplers – Kadee compatible
  • Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision machined flywheels, and multi-link drivetrain
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth & quiet operation
  • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on Code 55, 70, 75, 80, 83, and 100 rail
  • Incandescent bulbs for realistic appearance
  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
  • Packaging securely holds for the model for safe storage

Burlington Northern Specific Features:

  • All road numbers
    • Phase IIb GP39-2
    • Early exhaust silencer
    • Welded cab side panels with armrests
    • Early hinged BN battery box doors w/ single louver
    • Leslie S-3 horn offset on cab right
    • Large and small firecracker antennas on cab
    • Flashing (in DCC) Western Cullen beacon on cab
    • Sunshade on left side only
    • 3-Pane all weather cab window on right side
    • 88″ nose with ratchet brake
    • Front anticlimber, rear drop step
    • 3600 gallon fuel tank
    • Spare knuckles on rear pilot
    • BN hose catch pockets on rear pilot
    • Rectangle builder’s plates
    • Blomberg-M trucks with leaf springs
    • Era 1981-1987+

The EMD GP39-2 is a 4-axle diesel locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between 1974 and 1984. 239 examples of this locomotive were built for American railroads. Part of the EMD Dash 2 line, the GP39-2 was an upgraded GP39. The power for this locomotive was provided by a turbocharged 12-cylinder EMD 645E3 diesel engine, which could produce 2,300 horsepower (1,720 kW).

Unlike the original GP39, which sold only 23 examples as railroads preferred the reliable un-turbocharged GP38, the GP39-2 was reasonably successful, ascribed to its better fuel economy relative to the GP38-2 which became of more interest in the energy-crisis 1970s, and to its better performance at altitude.

As with every Athearn Genesis release, the level of prototypical detail is nothing short of spectacular. Each individual model comes fully assembled and is meticulously crafted to match the prototype that was researched to create it.