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Canadian National Railway No. 2202 at London, Ontario, June 26, 2011. Photo by James Heinrich.

Canadian National Railway No. 2202 at London, Ontario, June 26, 2011.  Photo by James Heinrich.

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GE Dash 8-44CW Diesel-Electric Locomotive
The GE C44-8W is a 4,400 hp (3,280 kW) road switcher diesel-electric locomotive built by GE Transportation Systems of Erie, Pennsylvania. It is part of the GE Dash 8 Series of freight locomotives. They are considered to be pre-production Dash 9s with the inner workings of the Dash 9 in an extended Dash 8 carbody as well as having the GE Hi-Adhesion trucks. They are numbered 9000-9052. The first three were originally supposed to be the last order of Dash 8s for CSX thus having the smaller Dash 8 carbody. They have been de-rated to 4000 horsepower and are now designated C40-9W.

In keeping in GE tradition of giving nicknames to its locomotive series beginning with the "Dash 7" of the 1970s, the C44-8W was dubbed the "Dash 8" upon its debut. The design has since proven popular with North America railroads.

GE Dash 8-44CW Overview
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder GE Transportation Systems
Model Dash 8-44CW
​ • AAR: C-C
 • UIC: Co′Co′
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
Trucks: GE HiAd
Wheel diameter: 42 in (1.067 m)
Length: 73 ft 2 in (22.30 m)
Width: 10 ft 3 in (3.12 m)
Height: 16 ft 0 in (4.88 m)
Locomotive weight: 425,000 lb (193,000 kg), or 212.5 tons (189.7 long tons; 192.8 t)
Fuel capacity: 5,000 US gal (19,000 l; 4,200 imp gal)
Prime mover: GE 7FDL16
Engine type: 45°, four stroke cycle
Aspiration: Turbocharged
Alternator: GE GMG197
Traction motors: DC GE 5GE752AH
Cylinders: V16
Transmission: diesel electric with silicon diode rectifiers
Performance figures
Power output: 4,400 hp (3,280 kW)
Tractive effort Continuous: 105,640 lbf (469.9 kN),
Tractive effort Starting: 142,000 lbf (631.6 kN)
Locale: North America

See also:

GE Transportation

GE Diesel-Electric Locomotives

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