I bought it with the Geep and, once home, put it on the layout. It ran like a dream. It actually ran better than my Athearn SD40-2 I got second-hand from another friend, which runs really slow, but runs well.
The Dash has enough pull to haul 15 free rolling boxcars, including a heavyweight boxcar. While still second hand and all, the fact that it still had the original box, it looks amazing, and was a complete shock to me.
If you want a tough locomotive that’s built to last and look good doing so, the Spectrum Dash 8-40C is the best option in my book.
The MRSP is $140.