Athearn Genesis HO G69797 ES44AC, Union Pacific (PTC) #5449 (DCC and Sound Equipped)

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Athearn Genesis HO G69797 ES44AC, Union Pacific (PTC) #5449 (DCC and Sound Equipped)
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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.

New for the ES44AC model, LED Lighting
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"
Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
Non-sound QuickPlug equipped with NEM 21-pin DCC plug
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
Bidirectional constant lighting so headlight brightness remains constant
Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
Packaging securely holds for the model for safe storage
Replacement parts available

SOUND EQUIPPED MODELS ALSO FEATURE:
Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound
Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
Full DCC functions available when operated in DCC mode
Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
Excellent Slow speed control
Operating lighting functions with F5 and/or F6
Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unit only horn, bell, and lights
Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes
CV chart included
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