The Lionel O Scale GE Dash 9 Diesel Locomotive Southern Pacific 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.
Road Name and History:
Southern Pacific Railroad: Southern Pacific started as a land holding company in 1865. Under the direction of Collis Huntington, SP absorbed the original western end of the first transcontinental railroad,Central Pacific. The Southern Pacific grew into a major Western railroad, with routes extending from California to New Orleans and Portland, OR, by 1900. SP was by far the dominant rail carrier in California, where their alleged heavy-handed policies incurred public wrath. Also around 1900 the Southern Pacific came under the control of E. H. Harriman who also controlled the Union Pacific. Natural merger partners, the Supreme Court broke the two rail giants apart in 1913. In 1932 Southern Pacific gained access to St. Louis by gaining control of the Cotton Belt. Once a Western railroad powerhouse, an aborted merger with Santa Fe in the 1980s left the carrier weak. In 1988 it was purchased by Rio Grande Industries, which also owned the Denver & Rio Grande Western. Operating under the name Southern Pacific, the merged company struggled to find its footing until rescued by Union Pacific in 1996. E. H. Harriman's dream had at last come true.
Historic Fact: In the early 20th Century Southern Pacific successfully kept the US Bureau of Reclamation from turning Lake Tahoe into a giant reservoir.
Minimum curve radius 0-31
Length: 16 1/2"