The Bachmann O Scale GE Dash 9 Diesel Locomotive Union Pacific models the General Electric Transportation Systems Division C44-9W Dash 9 diesel locomotive. In the mid 1990s General Electric replaced its very successful Dash 8 model series with the newer Dash 9. Like the Dash 8 the Dash 9 had a microprocessor equipped engine control unit and modular construction. The Dash 9 also had improved high adhesion trucks with microprocessor controlled wheelslip. Like the Dash 8 the newer model series had the GE 7FDL prime mover with electronic fuel injection. General Electric Company had pioneered diesel locomotive technology in the 1920s, partnered with American Locomotive Company in the 1940s-50s, and by the late 1950s had launched its own line of diesel locomotives. Ever improving technology has enabled GE to overtake long-time diesel locomotive sales leader ElectroMotive Division.
Road Name and History:
Union Pacific Railroad: This railroad is a big part of 19th Century US history, and is still an important part of the economy today. Legislation creating the Union Pacific was signed by President Abraham Lincoln- UP would be the eastern end of the first transcontinental railroad. In one of the most important events of the 19th Century the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869. Celebrations were tough on the Union Pacific, where mismanagement, waste, and corruption made the company anathema to many Americans. Excellent leadership first under Jay Gould and then E. H. Harriman propelled this lagging railroad into a premier US railroad. Mr. Harriman's philosophy of pumping cash back into the railroad worked wonders, and the Union Pacific became a very successful railroad throughout the 20th Century. The merging during the 1980s and 1990s of key Western railroads Missouri Pacific, Chicago & North Western, and Southern Pacific (among many more) has positioned this huge railroad to be one of the two megasystems operating in the Western US.
Travel Tip: US Highway 30 (The Lincoln Highway) follows the Union Pacific Railroad Overland Route all across Nebraska. Closely paralleling Interstate Highway 80, you will find almost constant train action on this very busy main line.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Navigates 0-31 curves.
Length: 17.75" Height: 3.875"