GE AC4400CW

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GE AC4400CW
CSX209inNNVA.jpg
CSX AC4400CW #209 in Newport News, Virginia, next to a former C&O coal tower.
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder GE Transportation Systems
Model AC4400CW
Build date 1993 – 2004
Total produced 2,598
Specifications
AAR wheel arr. C-C
Wheel diameter 42"
Wheelbase 13'-2"
Length 73'-2"
Height 15'-6"
Locomotive weight 426,000lbs
Traction motors 6
Performance figures
Power output 4,400 hp (3,300 kW)
Tractive effort 145,000lbs
Career
Operator(s) Various, see table
Locale North America

The GE AC4400CW is a 4,400 horsepower (3,300 kW) diesel-electric locomotive that was built by GE Transportation Systems between 1993 and 2004. It is similar to the Dash 9-44CW, but features AC traction motors instead of DC, with a separate inverter per motor. 2,598 examples of this locomotive were produced for North American railroads. As a result of more stringent emissions requirements that came into effect in the United States on January 1, 2005, the AC4400CW has been replaced by the GE ES44AC.

As of 2005, every Class I railroad with the exceptions of Norfolk Southern and Canadian National owns at least one AC4400CW. These units quickly gained a reputation as powerful freight haulers, especially in heavy-haul applications.

The AC4400CW was the first GE locomotive to offer an optional self-steering truck design, intended to increase adhesion and reduce wear on the railhead. This option was specified by Canadian Pacific, Cartier Railway, CSX, Ferromex, Ferrosur, and KCS.

CP AC4400CW #9560 and CP SD40-2 #6029 head west towards the NS Elkhart Yard, 2009.
GE AC4400CW KCSM 4567 near Caltzonzin Station

Design variations[edit]

CSX ordered many of its AC4400CW locomotives with 20,000 lb (9,100 kg) extra weight to increase tractive effort. These same units were also modified in 2006-2007 with a "high tractive effort" software upgrade.[1] CSX has redesignated these modified units from CW44AC to CW44AH. Union Pacific ordered many of their AC4400CW's with Computerized Tractive Effort software, giving them the designation of AC4400CW-CTE. This software was carried on from their AC4400s and is now standard on Union Pacific ES44AC's.

Operators[edit]

AC4400CW current owners, as of August 21, 2006, include:

Railroad Qty Notes
Union Pacific 1338 many from Southern Pacific and Chicago & North Western
CSX Transportation 615 CSX designation CW44AC, or CW44AH with HTE software
BNSF 121 5600-5717, 5838-5840
Canadian Pacific 438 9751, 9758, 9777, and 9782 were used in the 2010 film Unstoppable, and retain the "caution stripe" painted snowplows from their movie liveries, Number 8500-8580, 8600-8655, 9500-9683, 9700-9740,

9750-9784, 9800-9840

Cartier Railway 17
Cerrejón 5 10010-10014
Ferromex 75
Ferrosur 38
Kansas City Southern 175
Quebec, North Shore and Labrador 12 Numbered 415 to 426

References[edit]

  1. ^ Potter, Jay (November 2006), CSX's mountain climbers, Trains