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Athearn HO scale General Electric Dash 9-44CW

By Cody Grivno | December 12, 2022

Newly tooled Genesis-series model is offered in six paint schemes

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Arriving in hobby shops now is the Athearn HO scale General Electric Dash 9-44CW diesel locomotive. The newly tooled model features a variety of railroad-specific details.

Road names offered on the first run of the six-axle road locomotive are Canadian National (red, white, and black with “wet noodle” herald); Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (warbonnet); BNSF Ry. (warbonnet); Fortescue Metals Group (white, blue, and yellow); Norfolk Southern (black); and Southern Pacific (scarlet and gray with “speed” lettering). The HO scale General Electric Dash 9-44CW is offered in three to four road numbers per paint scheme.

Features on the Genesis-series model include etched-metal see-through walkway steps; illuminated number boxes, ground lights above front trucks, front and rear walkway lights, and illuminated marker lights (where applicable); and rotating roller-bearing caps. Other details on the road unit are flexible rubber m.u. and trainline hoses; Celcon handrails; factory-installed and painted wire grab irons; a detailed cab interior; separate, factory-applied wire grab irons and windshield wipers; and a detailed fuel tank with fillers, gauges, and breather pipes.

The Athearn HO scale General Electric Dash 9-44CW features all-wheel drive and electrical pickup and a Genesis driveline with a five-pole skew-wound motor, machined flywheels, and a multi-link drivetrain. The model is fitted with McHenry scale couplers and RP-25 contour metal wheels.

Direct-current models with a 21-pin NEM connector sell for $259.99. Versions with a dual-mode SoundTraxx Tsunami 2 sound decoder and dual cube speakers are priced at $349.99. Product Review videos showcase the latest new items from manufacturers of products in Z, N, HO, S, O, and large scales. In the videos, you can watch locomotives in action, take a close-up look at details on freight cars, see kit components, and much more.

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