ScaleTrains Rivet Counter (HO) EMD SD38-2, BC Hydro /As Delivered Yellow - DCC/Sound
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ScaleTrains Rivet Counter (HO) EMD SD38-2, BC Hydro /As Delivered Yellow - DCC/Sound

ScaleTrains Rivet Counter | HO scale (1:87) | Diesel Locomotives

EMD SD38-2, BC Hydro /As Delivered Yellow

DCC & Sound Equipped (ESU-LokSound 5 decoder with “Full Throttle”)

Item Number Road Number Stock Status
SXT33111 # 382 not in stock
SXT33113 # 383
SXT33115 # 384 not in stock

The Rivet Counter™ series SD38-2 is the definitive HO Scale model of EMD’s unique non-turbocharged six-axle locomotive. The model combines smooth operating performance with unparalleled railroad, road number, and era-specific details™. Not to mention, Rivet Counter models come equipped with industry-leading LED lighting features right out of the box.

$305.89 $355.99 -14.07%
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In the event of a warranty issue, we will assist with your claim to respective manufacturer.


We ship world wide with Canada Post. Cost will be provided at checkout. Free pick-up in store.


Store Policy: All sales are final. We do not take any item in return or exchange for any reason.

The Prototype:

Built by EMD from November of 1972 through June of 1979, the SD38-2 was essentially the six-axle version of the smaller GP38-2 that featured numerous electronic upgrades. Designed for slow, heavy-haul freight operations, EMD hoped that the higher tractive effort and electrical upgrades in -2 line would attract more buyers than the predecessor SD38, which only sold 53 units to North American railroads.

Unfortunately, the newer model fared only marginally better with a total of 90 units being sold worldwide. Although sales were less than anticipated, the SD38-2 proved to be a reliable workhorse with many of these locomotives remaining in hump yard or local service today.

  • Era: Early 1970s 
  • Series 382 to 383, built 12/72
  • Road numbers 382 and 383 
  • Series 384 built 8/74
  • Road number 384 
    • 3,200-gallon fuel tank with fuel fillers, vertical gauge, round gauge in tank and angled breather pipe
  • Fully-assembled
  • Multiple road numbers
  • Operating LED ground lights on both sides of locomotive*
  • Operating LED front and rear tricolor flush-mounted with raised gasket class lights**
  • Printed and LED lighted number boards*
  • Front and rear EMD-style low pilot plow with multiple unit (MU) hose doors and grab irons
  • 3-hose multiple unit (MU) hose clusters with silver gladhands
  • Semi-scale coupler buffer equipped with durable metal semi-scale Type E knuckle couplers
  • Straight uncoupling levers with retrofitted switchman grab handles
  • As-delivered pilot faces with no lifting slots
  • Deck mounted multiple unit (MU) receptacle
  • "Tall" stepwells with see-through steps
  • Front and rear early small deck extension
  • Handrail set with inward facing end rail mounting brackets and chain
  • Standard front and rear drop steps
  • Scale sectioned treadplate detail on walkways
  • Rectangle walkway lights mounted between sandbox clean out doors (non-operating)
  • 81” low short hood with wheel handbrake and left-hand side hot water cab heater louver vents
  • Bolted battery box doors with narrow louvers
  • Early cab sub-base doors with early hinges
  • Standard EMD headlight in number board housing
  • Dash 2 cab with 11-bolt (top and bottom) window panels and hot water heater louvers on right front
  • Detailed cab interior with separate floor, rear wall, seats, and standard AAR control stand
  • No cab vents
  • Sliding cab side windows
  • Tall clear wind wings mounted fore and aft of cab side window on right side of cab
  • Home made cab sunshade right cab side only
  • Lost wax brass cast Leslie Supertyfon RS-3L-R horn on number board housing
  • Motorola ASP-16 “Firecracker” antenna mounted on the cab roof
  • Accurate hood door and long hood detail
  • Early electrical cabinet "zig-zag" seam, further from rear of cab
  • Early “stand-off” ECAFB 
  • Intermediate inertial air intake grills with top drip rail
  • Dual tall exhaust stacks
  • Non-dynamic brake housing with batten strip
  • See-through dynamic brake intakes with resistor grid detail
  • Square PAF (Paper Air Filter) housing
  • “Chicken-wire” radiator intake grilles
  • See-through standard 48” radiator fan housings with fan blades visible inside
  • Curved radiator fan grab iron
  • Underbody frame rail with separate plumbing and traction motor cables
  • Detailed HT-C trucks with Hyatt bearing caps, early center axle snubbers, sanding lines and brackets, and D-77 traction motor and air duct details
  • Dimensionally accurate truck centers
  • Speed recorder mounted to first axle left front
  • Forward facing handbrake chain mount for Flexicoil trucks
  • Tall jacking pads with holes (early)
  • Aft engineer’s side sidesill notch
  • Tab-mount EFCO
  • Frame-mounted steel bell
  • Salem air filter (accordion style)
  • Factory-applied wire grab irons, wire lift rings, windshield wipers, trainline hoses with silver gladhands, sand hatch covers, and more
  • Motor with 5-pole skew wound armature
  • Dual flywheels
  • All-wheel drive
  • All-wheel electrical pick-up
  • Directional LED headlights
  • Printing and lettering legible even under magnification
  • Operates on Code 70, 83 and 100 rail
  • Packaging safely stores model
  • Minimum radius: 18”
  • Recommended radius: 22”
  • DCC & sound equipped locomotives also feature
    • ESU LokSound 5 DCC & Sound decoder with “Full Throttle”
    • Two (2) cube-type speakers
    • Non-Turbo EMD 16 Cylinder 645E3 prime mover
    • ESU designed “PowerPak” with two super capacitors***
    • Operates on both DC and DCC layouts
  • DC/DCC & sound ready locomotives also feature
    • Operates on DC layouts
    • DCC ready with 21-pin connector

* Lighting features operate when using an ESU decoder with appropriate programming while operating using DCC

** Class lights illuminate in white color only in DC operation.  Access and changing colors an ESU decoder with appropriate programming while operating using DCC

***“PowerPack” feature only compatible with appropriately programmed ESU decoders operating on a DCC layout

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