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.
- 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)
- 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.