The GP39-2 was offered by EMD as a fuel-efficient alternative to their very popular GP38-2 model. This efficiency resulted from the use of a turbocharged 12-cylinder 645E3 diesel engine, as opposed to the non-turbocharged 16-cylinder prime mover in the GP38-2. The use of a turbocharger increased the horsepower output from 2,000 to 2,300 horsepower with four fewer cylinders. One other benefit of the turbocharger is improved operation at higher altitudes where thin air causes normally aspirated diesels to lose power and produce excess smoke. The largest original fleet of GP39-2s was assembled by the Santa Fe who, over the course of seven years, acquired a total of 106 units.
* NMRA 8-pin plug for DCC
* Five-pole skewed armature motor with dual flywheels
* Separately applied handrails and end railings
* Matching cabooses available separately
* Locating dimples for grab irons
* True scale dimensions with accurate details
* Realistic die-cast underframes
* Equipped with AccuMate(R) Couplers
* 2,600 or 3,600-gallon fuel tank
AccuMate(R) couplers are made under license from AccuRail, Inc.