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N Scale - Dream Designs - Unknown - Locomotive, Diesel, GE C44-9W - Burlington Northern Santa Fe - 709

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N Scale - Dream Designs - Unknown - Locomotive, Diesel, GE C44-9W - Burlington Northern Santa Fe - 709


N Scale - Dream Designs - Unknown - Locomotive, Diesel, GE C44-9W - Burlington Northern Santa Fe - 709


Stock Number Unknown
Brand Dream Designs
Manufacturer Kato
Body Style Kato Diesel Engine C44-9W
Prototype Locomotive, Diesel, GE C44-9W (Details)
Road or Company Name Burlington Northern Santa Fe (Details)
Reporting Marks BNSF
Road or Reporting Number 709
Paint Color(s) Silver, Red, Yellow
Print Color(s) Red
Paint Scheme Warbonnet
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness Ready
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype GE Transportation
Model Variety C44-9W
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Years Produced 1993–2004
Scale 1/160


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Model Information: The C44-9W model was introduced by Kato in 1997. Later, in 2005, Kato introduced the AC4400CW, which shares the same mechanism. Further revisions occurred in 2007 and 2009. Both models differ only in minor shell details. Some versions of these models feature operating ditch lights which work by means of using fiber-optic style total internal refraction to channel light from the lightboard LED's to various points on the shell.

These are modern, split-frame, dual-flywheel mechanisms with shells that sport operating knuckle couplers and trucks that sport low-profile blackened wheels. They run smooth and quiet and can pull 30+ cars each.

DCC Information: They are DCC-Ready and accept the Digitrax DN163K1C decoder

Prototype History: The GE C44-9W is a 4,400 hp (3,281 kW) diesel-electric locomotive built by GE Transportation Systems of Erie, Pennsylvania. Keeping in tradition with GE's locomotive series nicknames beginning with the "Dash 7" of the 1970s, the C44-9W was dubbed the Dash 9 upon its debut in 1993. It is also referred to as Dash 9-44CW. The design has since proven popular with North American railroads, although some railroads, like CSX, preferred its AC equivalent, the AC4400CW.
Mode than 2,500 units have been sold to all major railroads, with BNSF being the largest buyer by far with 1697 units.
Because of more stringent emissions requirements that came into effect in the United States on January 1, 2005, the Dash 9-44CW has been replaced in production by the GE ES44DC (GEVO).

From Wikipedia
Read more on American-Rails.com

Road Name History: The BNSF Railway (reporting mark BNSF) is one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America, second to the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) (its primary competitor for Western U.S. freight), and is one of seven North American Class I railroads. It has 48,000 employees, 32,500 miles (52,300 km) of track in 28 states, and over 8,000 locomotives. It has three transcontinental routes that provide high-speed links between the western and eastern United States. BNSF trains traveled over 169 million miles in 2010, more than any other North American railroad.[2] The BNSF and UP have a duopoly on all transcontinental freight rail lines in the Western U.S. and share trackage rights over thousands of miles of track.

According to corporate press releases, the BNSF Railway is among the top transporters of intermodal freight in North America. It also hauls bulk cargo. For instance, the railroad hauls enough coal to generate roughly ten percent of the electricity produced in the United States.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, the railroad is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

The creation of BNSF started with the formation of a holding company, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation on September 22, 1995. This new holding company then purchased the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (often called the "Santa Fe") and Burlington Northern Railroad, and formally merged the railways into the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway on December 31, 1996. On January 24, 2005, the railroad's name was officially changed to "BNSF Railway," using the initials of its original name.

In 1999, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the Canadian National Railway announced their intention to merge and form a new corporation entitled North American Railways to be headquartered in Montreal, Canada. The United States' Surface Transportation Board (STB) placed a 15-month moratorium on all rail mergers, which ended this merger.

On November 3, 2009, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway announced it would acquire the remaining 77.4 percent of BNSF it did not already own for $100 per share in cash and stock - a deal valued at $44 billion. The company is investing an estimated $34 billion in BNSF and acquiring $10 billion in debt. On February 12, 2010, shareholders of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation voted in favor of the acquisition.

Read more on Wikipedia. A very nice booklet "History and Legacy" is available on BNSF official website.


Item created by: gdm on 2017-02-13 16:56:09. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-08-26 09:02:51

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