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Release Date: Jun 7, 2013

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The four-axle, 2,000 horsepower GP38-2 road switcher was part of EMD’s Dash 2 series of locomotives in the 1970s, and is now available for Train Simulator in BNSF ‘pumpkin’ and BN green liveries.

More than 2,200 GP38-2 locomotives were built by General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division in the USA and General Motors Diesel in Canada between January 1972 and July 1986, designed for use as a road switcher but equally adaptable to hauling trains on the mainline.

The GP38-2 worked across the entire USA for many now fallen flag railroads and current Class 1 railroads, as well as in Canada, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. As a part of General Motors’ ‘Dash 2’ locomotive category, the model was an upgrade to the earlier GP38, with new CTC controls, equipped radios and dynamic brakes some of the new features.

Such was the popularity and reliability of the GP38-2s, many can still be seen on railroads around the USA, mainly working freight yards but with some a common sight on passenger services, particularly as double-headed units.

The GP38-2 for Train Simulator is available in BNSF ‘pumpkin’ orange and black livery and Burlington Northern green livery. Features of the model include dynamic braking and cab lighting.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the BNSF GP38-2 on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam.

Also included are scenarios specifically for the Marias Pass route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).


Three scenarios for the Marias Pass route:
  • BNSF GP38-2 Engineer Training
  • Essex Work Train
  • Shelby Second Trick
More scenarios are available on Steam Workshop online and in-game. Train Simulator’s Steam Workshop scenarios are free and easy to download, adding many more hours of exciting gameplay. With scenarios being added daily, why don’t you check it out now!

Click here for Steam Workshop scenarios.

Key Features

  • GP38-2 in BNSF ‘pumpkin’ orange and black livery and Burlington Northern green livery
  • Dynamic braking
  • Cab lighting
  • Quick Drive compatible
  • Scenarios for the Marias Pass route
  • Download size: 193mb

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor:Processor: 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (3.2 GHz Core 2 Duo recommended), AMD Athlon MP (multiprocessor variant or comparable processors)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB with Pixel Shader 3.0 (AGP PCIe only)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X 9.0c compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
    • Graphics:Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required
    • Additional:Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 4, 2014
This is definitely a great road switcher for TS2015. I got this back at the National Train Day sale on Steam and it's great. You get a BNSF and BN livery along with rollingstock in those liveries. Three scenarios come in it. One tutorial then two standard then one of the standard is provide again as career. I love this pack alot and it is a great complement to Marias Pass or any other routes.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 30, 2014
The GP-38 is one of my all-time favorite locos. Although I mostly see Norfolk Southerns in my hometown, I've come to adore the BN/BNSF liveries as well.
This DLC seems to be of higher quality than some of the other sets that I've downloaded lately. Although there aren't any flashing ditchlights, the headlights (and the beacon light on the BN livery) work perfectly. Driving the GP-38 at night is as much a joy as in the daytime, since the headlights cast plenty of light. Truthfully, I wish some of the other content developers would follow suit, and fix this particular issue on their own locomotives.
From what I remember as a kid, the engine sounds are accurate. I used to enjoy listening as the GP-38 ramped up before getting on down the line after it finished its swticher duties.
Although this loco is underpowered when compared to icons like the SD40, SD70, it's still a pleasure to operate. I don't know how BN did things back in the day, but I remember seeing NS consists being lead by 4 of these locos on a regular basis. Although they never quite got to the length of today's trains, they did haul some impressive consists.
All in all, I'm glad I got this DLC. I highly reccomend it, especially if you're a BN/BNSF fan. I mainly got this to round out my BN/SF collection for Marias Pass and my upcoming purchase of the new Stevens Pass route. I'm coming to find that I enjoy operating the GP-38 every bit as much as I do the larger loco's in my stable.
Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: January 2, 2015
great model, just wish that the horn, bell, and engine sounds were louder
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