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Athearn Genesis HO G62643 GP9, Erie Lackawanna #1260 (DCC and Sound Equipped)
Athearn Genesis HO G62643 GP9, Erie Lackawanna #1260 (DCC and Sound Equipped)
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In January 1954 EMD upgraded its product line with the 567C engine, D12B generator, and D37 traction motors. The GP7 became the 1,750 horsepower GP9. The GP9 marked the end of the car body freight locomotive (there were 3,808 F7s built). Externally, the first GP9s were little changed from the last GP7s. Later versions would change the louver arrangements and the last versions would come without the frame skirting. The GP9 came with all of the fuel tank, steam generator, and dynamic brake options as the GP7 including "torpedo boats". There were also GP9Bs built for Pennsylvania (40) and Union Pacific (125). Production lasted until December 1959, although 13 additional units were built in Canada after 1959, the last one in August 1963. There were 3,444 GP9s built for U.S. railroads, 646 for Canada, and 15 were exported to South America. Five railroads purchased over 300 GP9s each. These were Chesapeake & Ohio (363), Canadian National (349), Illinois Central (348), Southern Pacific (328), and Norfolk & Western (306). Union Pacific and Pennsylvania also had over 300 GP9s when the GP9Bs are included. Pennsy had 270 GP9s and 40 GP9Bs and UP had 219 GP9s and 125 GP9Bs. Other railroads wHO Gbought more than 100 GP9s include Canadian Pacific (200), Baltimore & Ohio (194), Northern Pacific (176), New York Central (164), Milwaukee Road (128), and Nickel Plate Road (107).