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Athearn adds new diesels and bi-level cars to HO scale Genesis line

By Cody Grivno | May 18, 2021

General Electric AC4400CW and Electro-Motive Division SD90MAC diesels join Genesis 2.0 line; Surfliner bi-level intercity cars added to Genesis range

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Computer rendering of an HO scale Electro-Motive Division SD90MAC diesel locomotive
Computer rendering of an HO scale Electro-Motive Division SD90MAC diesel locomotive
This computer rendering shows some of the features on the brakeman’s side of the HO scale Electro-Motive Division SD90MAC diesel locomotive Athearn recently announced in its Genesis 2.0 line.

Athearn made a big splash recently by announcing three newly tooled HO scale models for its Genesis family of products. A General Electric AC4400CW and an Electro-Motive Division SD90MAC will be added to the Genesis 2.0 product line. Surfliner bi-level intercity cars will be in the original Genesis line.

The SD90MAC is based on an early production prototype that had a 16-710G3-ES diesel engine. The engine compartment is different than that on the SD90MAC-H Athearn previously released. The six-axle road unit will have see-through steps and light-emitting-diode lighting, including illuminated number boxes and ground lights. The model will be offered with and without a SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound decoder.

Computer rendering of an HO scale General Electric AC4400CW
The HO scale General Electric AC4400CW diesel locomotive recently announced by Athearn will have see-through steps; separate, factory-applied parts; and light-emitting-diode lighting.

The General Electric AC4400CW will have see-through steps; separate, factory-applied detail parts; and Genesis 2.0 lighting functions.

The final products announced were Surfliner bi-level intercity cars. The models, which will be offered with and without sound, will have prototype-specific details to match the era of the paint scheme as well as interior and exterior lighting. Sound-equipped models will have cube-type speakers and a decoder similar to that used on Genesis-series cabooses. The cab cars will have horn and bell sound effects; additional sound effects are being planned.

“We are very excited by these releases, as they were all highly requested by our fans,” said James Wiggin, associate brand manager for Athearn Trains.

Road names, additional details, pricing, and release dates will be announced in the coming months. Customers with road name suggestions, prototype photos, and additional information are encouraged to contact Athearn via e-mail at athearn-productsuggestions@athearn.com.

For updates on all three projects, visit athearn.com.

Athearn Genesis HO scale Surfliner bi-level intercity cars
Rounding out Athearn’s new product announcements were Surfliner bi-level intercity cars. The models will have paint-scheme-specific details; prototype light and sound effects; and illuminated interiors.

One thought on “Athearn adds new diesels and bi-level cars to HO scale Genesis line

  1. I for one am VERY happy to see Athearn announce Surfliner cars as they are a hole in the spectrum of HO scale and have been for years. I eagerly await announcement of their actual availability.

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