The Lionel O Scale GE Dash 9 Diesel Road Switcher Locomotive BNSF models the General Electric Transportation Systems Division 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.
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BNSF Railway: In 1996 two Western railroad giants, the Burlington Northern and The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, merged to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway. The new railroad became the second largest railroad in the United States. With routes all over the West, and trackage rights on certain Union Pacific lines, the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway became one of the two Western US powerhouses. In 1970 James Hill's dream of merging the Great Northern, Northern Pacific, and Burlington Railroads into super railroad Burlington Northern came true. Cyrus Holliday of Santa Fe's dream of a railroad to the Pacific had long been realized. The new BNSF (Shortened name of Burlington Northern & Santa Fe) exceeded both founder's dreams. Now a part of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway,BNSF Railway continues to be one of North America's most successful railroads.
Model Trains since 1900.