Pre-Order | Next Shipment June 2024
Brand Logo
4.1 out of 5 Customer Rating

HO Dash 9-44CW Locomotive with DCC & Sound, UP #9696

Item No.
Athearn - ATHG31662
Pre-Order | Next Shipment June 2024
Brand Logo
4.1 out of 5 Customer Rating

HO Dash 9-44CW Locomotive with DCC & Sound, UP #9696

Item No.
Athearn - ATHG31662
Product $369.99
Add Ons
Estimated Total: $369.99

HO Dash 9-44CW Locomotive with DCC & Sound, UP #9696

Item No.
Athearn - ATHG31662
4.1 out of 5 Customer Rating
Product $369.99
Add Ons
Estimated Total: $369.99
RC Club points earned on this item shown at checkout.
Selected Store

Product Details


  • Patched and renumbered former CNW units
  • Patch, logo placement, and “burn marks” per prototype road #
  • Nathan K3LA horn
  • “Primered” replacement engine compartment doors

In 1995, Union Pacific purchased the Chicago and Northwestern and integrated the operation with its own. Re-painting of the recently acquired locomotives took place slowly, especially for the newer units (like the Dash 9s) whose paint jobs were only 1-2 years old at the time of the merger. Therefore, patched and renumbered CNW locomotives continued to operate on the UP system for many years.


  • “Primered” replacement air conditioner
  • “replacement” equipment door from a UP-painted loco, medium-height snowplow
  • UP logos on sides of nose
  • burn marks on engine compartment
  • ghost outline of original CNW road number (8632)
  • large snowplow
  • UP logos on side equipment doors
  • medium snowplow
  • lasted in CNW paint until at least 2018


  • As-delivered 1994 paint scheme
  • Modeler-installed GPS dome included for later-era operations
  • Leslie RS3L horn
  • Large snowplow

Built in July and August of 1994, this group of 40 units were the only original Dash 9-44CWs ordered by Union Pacific. The units are still on the active roster along with the former CNW and SP units, and are used in all types of mainline service.


  • Illuminated ground lights above front trucks, front and rear walkway lights, and number boards
  • Etched, see-through walkway steps


  • Coupler cut levers
  • MU hoses
  • Trainline hose
  • See-through cab windows
  • Full cab interior
  • Walkway tread
  • Windshield wipers
  • Lift rings
  • Wire grab irons
  • Sander lines
  • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with 21-pin NEM connector
  • Fine-scale Celcon handrails for scale appearance
  • Detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, & breather pipes
  • Body-mounted McHenry® operating scale knuckle couplers
  • Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision machined flywheels, and multi-link drivetrain for trouble free operation
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation
  • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
  • LED Lighting for trouble free operation
  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
  • Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more
  • Accurately-painted and –printed paint schemes
  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
  • Packaging securely holds the model for safe storage
  • Minimum radius: 18” — Recommended radius: 22”


  • Duplicated look and feel of “In Service” equipment
  • Faded base colors matched to the prototype
  • Perfect starting point for adding grime and rust


  • 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
  • CV chart included in the box


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 Athearn Genesis Dash 9-44CW is equally as impressive as its prototype, with a host of railroad specific details. From Canadian National’s unique “tear drop” windows to the early body details on Southern Pacific and Santa Fe, these models take the Genesis line to new heights. Standard on all models are Athearn’s superior paint colors, reliable Genesis drive and LED lighting for years of trouble free operation.

Product Specifications

Reporting Mark UP
DCC Equipped
Lighting LED
Sound Tsunami2
Era 1991-2009, 2010-Present Day
Prototype Manufacturer EMD
Axles 6
Scale HO