Athearn ATHG31607 G2 Dash 9-44CWL w/DCC & Sound, CN #2500, HO

AthearnSKU: ATHG31607

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Delivered in 1996-97, this was the first (and only) order of BNSF Dash 9-44CWs to wear the GN-inspired “Heritage I” scheme. Many are still in service today and can be seen on trains across the system. BNSF 1050 is unique in that it received yellow BNSF initials on its long hood, as opposed to the standard green initials.

BNSF Railway FEATURES:

 • 2010+ appearance for present day operations

• Different art per era appropriate changes

• Angled engine compartment hood profile

• Early ‘tabbed’ dynamic brake intake panels

• Late style dynamic brake exhaust fascia

• Modified hood section under exhaust

• #1050 Primed for Grime with Heritage 1 body colors and Heritage 2 logo on long hood

BNSF’s 5000-5169 series Dash 9s were the company’s last order for Dash 9-44CWs before changing to ordering strictly ES series GEVOs from GE. The last Dash 9 deliveries took place from March of 2004 through August 2004 and are still in service today.

BNSF Railway FEATURES:

• Late ‘smooth’ dynamic brake intake panels

• Split power assembly doors on top of engine compartment

 • Angled engine compartment hood profile

• Late style dynamic brake exhaust fascia

 • Modified hood section under exhaust

• Differing air conditioners per 2010+ research photographs

• Long PTC ‘skate’ antenna included in poly bag for 2016+ operations

 • Late supplier foundry casting on truck side frames

• Modeler-applied air dryer included in poly bag (was added to the units later in life; consult photos).

The Chicago & Northwestern RR Dash 9-44CW locomotives were the first production order of Dash 9s from GE with delivery beginning in late 1993. C&NW initially came without A/C units and a roof vent but were later modified to have A/C. Our models depict the As-Delivered configuration for the C&NW modelers who depict this great railroad right up to the C&NW/UP merger.

Chicago North Western FEATURES:

• Prototypically accurate appearance

• As-delivered features • CNW roof vent

 • Unmodified hood

• A/C cabinet w/out A/C vents and components per as-delivered detail

• Curved engine compartment hood profile

 • Early ‘tabbed’ dynamic brake intake panels

 • Early style dynamic brake exhaust fascia

• 8613 & 8646 Early-delivery units with 40” wheels and reinforced trucks

• 8701 Late-delivery unit with 42” wheels and GE Hi-Adhesion sideframes

One of Union Pacific’s hallmarks is their eclectic collection of motive power. However, the venerable Dash 9 of the time was ordered in few numbers by the UP - only 40 to be exact. Here we have 4 of those examples depicted late in their careers; repainted “lightning stripe” scheme, yellow frame stripe and wings on the nose. These unique repaints have many nuances; chiefly, they do not feature the American flag on their flanks.

Union Pacific FEATURES: • Repainted lightning stripe scheme for 2012+ appearance

• Original UP ordered units in 9700 series (rather than ex -CNW or -SP)

• Varying paint schemes per repaint detail, including different placement of the “lighting stripe” and Union Pacific shields, as well as varying warning labels per prototype

• Curved engine compartment hood profile

• Early ‘tabbed’ dynamic brake intake panels

 • Early style dynamic brake exhaust fascia

• Various A/C cabinets based on prototype photos

• Modified power assembly hood doors on top of engine compartment with added hinges

BC Rail only purchased 4 of the Dash 9-44CWL locomotives. What makes the CWL version of the Dash 9 unique is that these units were built with the Canadian-style safety cab that utilized the 4-piece windshield. All other Dash 9s purchased by BC Rail were the more traditional 2-piece windshields. We have depicted theses units to be As-Delivered for the BC Rail modeler.

BC Rail FEATURES:

• BCOL As-delivered appearance

 • Canadian style safety cab with 4-piece front windshield

• Canadian style anti-climbers

 • BCOL style walkway with continuous etched snow grates

• BCOL rock lights operate with ditch lights

• Curved engine compartment hood profile

• Early ‘tabbed’ dynamic brake intake panels

 • Late style dynamic brake exhaust fascia

• Operating class lights

Also ordering the Dash 9-44CWL was Canadian Pacific, with a quantity of 23  of the unique locomotives. These units differ from the BC Rail units with slight hood variations and different snow grates in the walkway.

Canadian National FEATURES:

 • Canadian style safety cab with 4-piece front windshield

• Canadian style anti-climbers • Operating class lights

• CN style walkway with multi-piece etched snow grates

• Curved engine compartment hood profile

 • Early ‘tabbed’ dynamic brake intake panels

 • Early style dynamic brake exhaust fascia

The last stand of the standard cabs for Norfolk Southern was the Dash 9-40C. With the completion of this order for 125 units from GE, all subsequent orders were mandated by the FRA to be built with the wide safety cab. These units are offered in the Thoroughbred paint scheme for operations up to 2018, when the Dash 9-40C units were the first to be used as cores for the AC44C6M rebuild program at NS’s Juniata facility and at GE in both Erie and Fort Worth.

Norfolk Southern FEATURES:

 • Thoroughbred paint scheme for 2013-2014 to 2018 appearance

 • Each road number decorated different per repainted status

• Curved engine compartment hood profile

• Early ‘tabbed’ dynamic brake intake panels

• Vertical mounted struts mounted on sideframes with 40” wheels per prototype

• 8777: Early dynamic brake exhaust fascia

 • 8820 & 8855: Late dynamic brake exhaust fascia

SOUND EQUPPED MODELS ALSO FEATURE

• Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound

• Dual cube speakers for optimal sound quality

• Sound units operate in both DC and DCC

• Full DCC functions available when operated in DCC mode

 • Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC

• All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode

• Precision slow speed control

• Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unit only horn, bell, and lights

• Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes PROTOTYPE SPECIFIC INFORMATION Built by GE from 1993 until 2004, the Dash 9-44CW and its variants were the definitive North American mainline freight locomotives of their time, with an impressive 3668 total units built. Constructed for US railroads from coast to coast, the units were also ordered by Canadian roads, and significant export orders went to Australia and Brazil. The new Athearn Genesis 2.0 Dash 9-44CW is equally as impressive as its prototype, with a host of railroad specific details. From the Canadianspecific Dash 9-44CWL version with its 4-window cab to the CNW units with their unique roof vents, these models take the Genesis 2.0 line to new heights. Standard on all models are Athearn’s superior paint colors, researched from the prototypes to be As Close to Real as it Gets.

DASH 9 SERIES LOCOMOTIVE FEATURES:

• Fully-assembled and ready-to-run

• DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with 21-pin NEM connector

• Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more

• Accurately –painted and –printed paint schemes

• Coupler cut levers • Flexible rubber MU hoses for durability

• Flexible rubber 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 all popular brands of track

• LED lighting for realistic appearance

 • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power

• Packaging securely holds model for safe storage

BRAND NEW GENESIS 2.0 TOOLING! GENESIS 2.0 FEATURES: By integrating and pioneering some of the latest model advancements in the industry, Athearn is redefining model fidelity with Genesis 2.0

• Etched, see-through walkway steps

• Illuminated number boards

 • Illuminated ground lights on front trucks

 • Illuminated front and rear walkway lights

• Illuminated class lights (where applicable)

 • Animated roller bearing caps

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