MTH - HO Scale - GE Dash 9-44CW - DCC Ready - Canadian National (CN) #2610 - Black/Red/White/Yellow (SKU 507-8022910)
Available On: August 1, 2015
For the first six decades of the diesel era, the main goal of locomotive design was higher horsepower. Introduced in 1993, GE’s 4400 hp Dash 9 and its AC-motored sibling, the AC4400CW, were three times as powerful as a typical firstgeneration diesel and had 10% more horsepower than their immediate predecessor, the Dash 8. A couple years later, GE and then EMD introduced 6000 hp engines, the first single-unit diesels to equal the power of the last and best steamers. But what was thought to be a breakthrough turned out to be a flop. By the late 1990s, North American railroads had rejected the 6000 hp concept and concluded that the 4300-4400 hp diesel was the Goldilocks locomotive — not too big, not too small, but a versatile, just-right building block for multiple-unit lashups. The horsepower race was over. The Dash 9, accordingly, turned out to be a bestseller. More than 3600 engines were sold by the end of production in 2004, and most are still hauling freight today.
The Dash 9 was the last and best of GE’s third-generation diesels, the generation in which computers were integrated into nearly every locomotive function, from engine management to traction control to spotting and reporting maintenance issues. Instead of looking at dials and gauges, a modern engineer monitors computer screens. The Dash 9’s successor, today’s GE Evolution Series, helped usher in the diesel era’s fourth generation: still 4400 hp, but a 21st century “green machine” with a much smaller carbon footprint.
The Dash 9 exemplified the modern locomotive at the turn of the 20th century, with microprocessors ensuring that its 4400 horses were working as efficiently and as often as possible. It rode on GE’s brand-new HiAdTM trucks (for high adhesion), with computerized wheelslip control. Also new was a split cooling system that reduced temperatures and prolonged engine life. The Dash 9’s wide-nosed North American cab, an option on earlier diesels, was standard equipment, solidifying the new look in road diesels.
Before its merger into BNSF in 1995, the Santa Fe specified a unique notch on the side of its Dash 9 cab roofs for clearance reasons, particularly at its York Canyon, New Mexico coal loadout. Known as a gull wing cab roof, this feature was carried over into subsequent BNSF Dash 9 orders, and is accurately rendered on the Santa Fe, transition period, and BNSF models.
While this new model is not the first HO replica of the Dash 9, it may be the best. From the shock absorbers and brake lines on its HiAd trucks, to its windshield wipers, MU hoses, and metal grilles, The MTH Dash 9 is loaded with accurate, added-on detail parts. Proto-Sound 3 models include flashing ditch lights; smooth performance from a three-scale-mileper-hour crawl to full throttle; “cruise control” for steady speeds regardless of curves, switches and grades; built-in decoders for DCC and the M.T.H. Digital Command System (DCS); remote uncoupling anywhere on the layout; and a full range of sounds recorded from actual prototype engines.
- Intricately detailed ABS body
- Diecast metal chassis
- Metal handrails and horn
- Metal body side grilles
- Detachable snow plow
- (2) engineer cab figures
- Authentic paint schemes
- RP-25 metal wheels and metal axles
- (2) Operating Kadee compatible Remote Controlled Proto-Couplers installed & (2) #158 Scale Kadee whisker couplers inluded in box
- Pick up or drop off a cut of cars or an entire train anywhere on your layout by opening the front or rear coupler remotely, using a DCC or DCS controller
- Prototypical Rule 17 lighting
- Directionally controlled constant voltage LED headlights
- Lighted cab interior
- Illuminated number boards
- Operating ditch lights
- Powerful 5-Pole precision flywheel equipped skew-wound balanced motor
- Locomotive speed control in scale MPH increments
DCS/DCC versions include nnboard 28 function DCC receiver w ProtoSound 3 with the Digital Command System featuring Freight Yard Proto-Effects
- DCC Ready versions include onboard NMRA Compliant 8-Pin DCC decoder plug
- DCS/DCC 3E versions are three rail versions of the model limited to use on HO Scale 3 Rail layouts like Marklin
- Operates On Code 70, 83 and 100 track
- 1:87 scale proportions
- Unit measures: 10 9/16” x 1 7/16” x 2 3/16”
- Operates On 18” radius curves
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