Product Review ScaleTrains HO SD38-2 Locomotive SP – Heavy Duty Switch Engine!
The EMD SD38-2 was a 2000 horsepower normally aspirated locomotive, similar in appearance to the more common 3000 horsepower turbocharged SD40-2. The main spotting differences are that the SD38-2 only has two radiator fans in the rear, where the SD40-2 has three, and it has an air filter box on the roof similar to the 4-axle GP38-2.
While GP38-2s and SD40-2s were popular with railroads and produced in large numbers, fewer than 100 SD38-2s were built.
Southern Pacific’s SD38-2s were built in 1973. SP bought six units, numbered 2971 to 2976. These locomotives were ordered specifically for use as switchers in the West Colton yard, and they spent most of their careers there. These locomotives were still in service at the time of the the Union Pacific merger in 1996.
This model train runs well and is loaded with detail.
As usual, after the unboxing, Dan evaluates the model’s packaging, prototype accuracy, paint & detail, and how well it operates and conforms to applicable standards.
If you’re a fan of the Southern Pacific, Electro-Motive diesels, or just like trains in general, be sure to check out this review!
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