BNSF C44-9W No. 5518 at the Port of Long Beach, California, February 4, 2005.
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Classic Streamliners - TRAINCYCLOPEDIA
GE Dash 9-44CW
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 No. 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.
The BNSF AC44C4M is a GE C44-9W rebuilt with AC traction motors and an A1A-A1A wheel arrangement. The internal controls are similar to those of the newer GE ES44C4.
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.
Owner: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Owner: BC Rail
Owner: BNSF Railway
Owner: Canadian National Railway
Owner: Chicago and North Western Transportation Company
Owner: CSX Transportation
Owner: Estrada de Ferro Carajás (Brazil)
Owner: Ferrovia Norte do Brasil S/A (Brazil)
Owner: Fortescue Metals Group, Western Australia
Owner: General Electric
Owner: Pilbara Rail, Western Australia
Owner: Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway
Owner: Southern Pacific Railroad
Owner: Union Pacific Railroad
Owner: GE Capital Leasing (GECX)
GE C44-9W Overview
Type and origin
Power type: Diesel-electric
Builder: GE Transportation Systems
Build date: 1993–2004
• AAR: C-C
• UIC: Co′Co′
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge; 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm), Brazil
Trucks: GE HiAd
Wheel diameter: 42 in (1,067 mm)
Length: 73 ft 8 in (22.45 m)
Width: 10 ft 3 in (3.12 m)
Height: 16 ft 0 in (4.88 m)
Locomotive weight: 425,000 lb (192,800 kilograms), 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: four stroke cycle V16 diesel engine
Alternator: GE GMG197
Traction motors: GE 5GE752AH DC traction motors
Transmission: diesel electric with silicon diode rectifiers,
Maximum speed: 74 mph (119 km/h)
Power output: 4,400 hp (3,281 kW)
Tractive effort: Continuous: 105,640 lbf (469.9 kN),
Starting: 142,000 lbf (631.6 kN)
Locale: North America, Brazil, Australia
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