MTH - HO Scale - GE Dash 9-44CW - DCS/DCC w/Sound - Santa Fe (ATSF) #629 - Red Warbonnet Scheme (SKU 507-8023041)
Available On: August 1, 2015
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.
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