GE Dash 9-44CW
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The GE C44-9W is a 4,400 hp (3,281 kW) road switcher 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.
Part of GE's "Dash 9" series of locomotives, the Dash 9-44CW shares its frame, HiAd trucks, 16-cylinder 7FDL engine, and 752AH-31 traction motors with the GE Dash 9-40CW. But while the more common 9-44CW offers 4,400 horsepower (3,300 kW), software in the 9-40CW's engine-governing unit restricts its power output to 4,000 horsepower (3,000 kW).
The design has since proven popular with North American railroads, although some railroads, like CSX and Canadian Pacific, preferred its AC equivalent, the AC4400CW. 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.
Many North American railroads have ordered the C44-9W. They were originally ordered by Chicago & North Western Railway, Santa Fe, BNSF, CSX, Southern Pacific, Canadian National Railway, BC Rail, and Union Pacific Railroad. Norfolk Southern purchased the very similar Dash 9-40CWs.
BNSF Dash 9 #4723 is featured as a drivable locomotive in Microsoft Train Simulator and the actual Dash 9 has stickers on its cab noting this, and Dash 9s are also featured as drivable locomotives in RailWorks 3 and Trainz Simulator.
Norfolk Southern also is experimenting with converting their Dash 9-44CW units to A.C. the first unit, (8900) is still being tested. As of November 2015, the rebuild have been officially classified as an AC44C6M.
|Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway||100||599-665, 667-699||All now in service with the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway.|
|BC Rail||14||4641-4654||4641-4644 are model C44-9WL|
|BNSF Railway||1697||700-799, 960-1123, 4000-4199, 4300-5532||700-799 are currently being converted to AC44C4Ms. 5530-5532 were originally warranty protection units 5841-5843;|
|Canadian National Railway||228||2500-2522WL, 2523-2727CW||2500-2522 are model C44-9WL, 2523-2696 are model C44-9CW, 2697-2726 are operated by Illinois Central|
|Chicago and North Western Transportation Company||130||8601-8730||All have been repainted or patch-renumbered into the Union Pacific Railroad's rosters.|
|CSX||53||9000-9052||All units still in service that are on the active roster. Three of the units: 9018, 9043, and 9049 were sold to GECX in late 2017. The rest are still on CSX's roster as of September 2018.|
|Estrada de Ferro Carajás (Brazil)||67||801-867||model C44-9WM|
|Ferrovia Norte do Brasil S/A(Brazil)||50||9001-9050||model C44-9WM|
|Fortescue Metals Group, Western Australia||15||001-015||Fitted with ECP brakes from New York Air Brake|
|General Electric (testbed)||1||905|
|Pilbara Rail, Western Australia||72||7043-7050, 7053-7098, 9404-9409, 9428-9436, 9470-9472(re-numbered to 9401-9403)|
|Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway||11||404-414|
|Southern Pacific Railroad||101||8100-8200||All have been repainted into the Union Pacific locomotive rosters. The last patched SP C44-9W was #9647, and was repainted in December 2014.|
|Union Pacific Railroad||270||9564-9834||9564-9664 are ex Southern Pacific
9665-9700/9740-9834 are ex Chicago and Northwestern
9700-9739 are original
UP 9707 wrecked.
|GE Capital Leasing (GECX)||3||9018, 9043,9049||Units are former CSX, which were on lease to Norfolk Southern Railway, until Late January 2019.|
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- "GE Dash 9-44CW (D9-44CW) Nos. 8889-9978". 27 September 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
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- Dash 9-44CW Railpage
- Freight Trains. Modern Marvels. History Channel. 15 March 2008.