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.
- 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
- Sound version features onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound
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.