Athearn G83055 – GE ES44AC Southern Pacific (SP) 796 – HO Scale

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NEW FEATURES:

  • All-new LED lighting
  • Rubber MU hoses for durability

Since 2005, railroads have been unveiling heritage schemes on their locomotives. This has inspired the model railroad and railfan community to create many “what-if” and heritage paint schemes of their own. We have enjoyed seeing these realistic interpretations of what could have been and have decided to create some of our own. We are proud to announce a new line of legendary railroad paint schemes from the past-with a modern twist-starting with our Genesis ES44AC.

Introducing “Legendary Liveries”—where inspiration becomes reality.

SP FEATURES:

  • Antenna Dome
  • Large front snowplow
  • Nose door without window
  • High number boards
  • 3-window cab side windows
  • Desktop control stand
  • Sunshades
  • Salem air filter
  • Nathan P3 air horn on bracket
  • Rear brake wheel
  • Hi-adhesion trucks
  • Low rear sand filler
  • High rear vertical headlight

First appearing on the road’s F3 units, the Black Widow scheme is one of SP’s most iconic. Many enthusiasts long for this historical paint scheme to return into the heritage program.

CB&Q FEATURES:

If the Hill roads had never merged, you could see one of these CB&Q GEVOs on the rails today, rushing freight “Everywhere West”.

ATSF FEATURES:

The classic SuperFleet Warbonnet scheme lives on—as if the Santa Fe had never died.

AMTK, ATSF, CB&Q FEATURES:

  • Antenna Dome
  • Narrow front snowplow
  • Nose door with window
  • High number boards
  • 4-window cab side windows
  • Desktop control stand
  • Sunshades
  • Salem air filter
  • Rear brake wheel
  • Hi-adhesion trucks
  • High rear sand filler
  • Low rear vertical headlight

Affectionately known as the “Pepsi Can” scheme, our Amtrak ES44ACs wear this popular paint scheme that appeared on the road’s Dash 8-32BWH locomotives.

CHESSIE & WM FEATURES:

  • Antenna Dome
  • Large front snowplow
  • Nose door without window
  • High number boards
  • 3-window cab side windows
  • Desktop control stand
  • Sunshades
  • Different styles of air horns as appropriate to the prototype road
  • Rear brake wheel
  • Steerable trucks
  • Low rear sand filler
  • High rear vertical headlight

One of the most eye-catching paint schemes and iconic logos of the 1970s era was the Chessie system’s outline of the C&O’s famous “Chessie” the kitten logo. The Chessie System did not own any locomotives or other rolling stock, persé; equipment would be placed on the roster of one of the integrated railroads. While all three companies shared a common paint scheme, actual ownership of the equipment was denoted by the reporting marks C&O, B&O, or WM.

Some enthusiasts wish for a CSX heritage program that would resurect the classic Chessie System paint scheme. As far as “Legendary Liveries” is concerned, the cat is back, pulling coal out of the Appalachians again!

WM FEATURES:

Picture this modern GEVO, wearing WM’s famous Circus scheme, waiting to depart Hagerstown with yet another coal train. That is the inspiration behind this model. This is another classic scheme enthusiasts would love to see resurected. Initially applied to 2nd generation diesels by the WM in the 1960s, the classy lines look right at home on a modern GEVO.

BN FEATURES:

  • Antenna Dome
  • Large front snowplow
  • Nose door with window
  • High number boards
  • 4-window cab side windows
  • Desktop control stand
  • Sunshades
  • Salem air filter
  • Nathan P3 air horn
  • Rear brake wheel
  • Hi-adhesion trucks
  • High rear sand filler
  • Low rear vertical headlight

What if Grinstein Green had never happened? BN’s Cascade Green scheme looks right at home on this modern ES44AC. Trains Magazine in 2012 posted a “Trains of Thought” entitled “BNSF: It’s time for heritage locomotives” diving into the possible heritage paint schemes of the railroad. The BN in Cascade Green was a natural fit. We were inspired by the artist’s rendition but decided to get creative with our own version.

LOCOMOTIVE FEATURES:

  • Illuminated ditch lights
  • Low or high front headlight per prototype
  • Tinted cab windows
  • Large antenna dome
  • Small GPS dome
  • See through dynamic brake intakes
  • Two dynamic brake exhaust vents with wide spacing and flush housing
  • Short auxiliary cab rear left-side doors
  • Right side forward electrical cabinet with X-Panel
  • Nathan K5HL horn
  • Engine compartment side grab irons
  • Flush radiator compartment doors
  • Hand brake panel grille
  • Flush heat exchanger housing and top radiator grilles
  • 5000-gallon fuel tank
  • Era: 2005+
  • Minimum radius: 18”
  • Recommended radius: 22”

GENESIS DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE FEATURES:

  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
  • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with 21-pin NEM connector
  • Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more
  • Accurately-painted and –printed paint schemes
  • Coupler cut levers
  • MU hoses
  • Trainline hose
  • See through cab windows
  • Full cab interior
  • Walkway tread
  • Fine-scale Celcon handrails for scale appearance
  • Windshield wipers
  • Lift rings
  • Wire grab irons
  • Detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, breather pipes, and retention tanks
  • Sander lines
  • McHenry scale knuckle couplers – Kadee compatible
  • Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision machined flywheels, and multi-link drivetrain for trouble free operation
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation
  • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
  • LED Lighting for trouble free operation
  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
  • Packaging securely holds the model for safe storage
  • Replacement parts available

PROTOTYPE INFO:

In 2002, GE released the first of a new series of locomotives that would replace the popular Dash-9 series. The ES44DC and ES44AC, commonly called GEVOs for General Electric Evolution series, were designed to meet the stricter diesel locomotive emissions standards imposed by the EPA Tier II regulations. To meet the new standards, GE developed the 12-cylinder GEVO 12 engine. Both the bore and stroke were increased to produce the same 4400 horsepower as the older 7FDL16 16-cylinder engine. The new engine drives an alternator producing AC current that is rectified to DC current. On the ES44DC, this powers the traction motors. On the ES44AC, the DC current is “chopped” back into AC to power the traction motors. The two models share a common 73’ 2” frame and external appearance.

The ES44DC and ES44AC external details have changed with almost every year’s new orders. These models are of the early version produced in 2005 and 2006 and include the nose door on the left side, two widely-spaced dynamic brake vents, X-panels on the electrical cabinet, side grab irons on the long hood and flush-mounted top radiator grilles and radiator compartment doors.

Athearn HO Scale
GE ES44AC
Road Name: Southern Pacific (SP)
Road Number: 796

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Weight 2.40625 lbs
Dimensions 14.5 × 6.5 × 3 in
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