GE Dash 9-44CW

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GE Dash 9-44CW
BNSF Dash 9-44CW 5518.jpg
BNSF Dash 9-44CW #5518 at the Port of Long Beach
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder GE Transportation Systems
Model Dash 9-44CW
Build date 1993–2004
AAR wheel arr. C-C
UIC classification Co′Co′
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm), Brazil
Trucks GE HiAd
Wheel diameter 42 in (1,067 mm)
Length 73 ft 2 in (22.30 m)
Width 10 ft 3 in (3.12 m)
Height 16 ft 0 in (4.88 m)
Locomotive weight 425,000 lb (192,800 kilograms)
or 212.5 short tons (189.7 long tons; 192.8 t)
Fuel capacity 5,000 US gal (19,000 l; 4,200 imp gal)
Prime mover GE 7FDL16
Engine type four stroke cycle diesel engine
Aspiration Turbocharged
Alternator GE GMG197
Traction motors GE 5GE752AH DC traction motors
Cylinders V16
Transmission diesel electric with silicon diode rectifiers,
Performance figures
Power output 4,400 hp (3,281 kW)
Tractive effort Continuous: 105,640 lbf (469.9 kN),
Starting: 142,000 lbf (631.6 kN)
Operator(s) Various, see table
Locale North America, Brazil, Australia

The GE C44-9W is a 4,400 hp (3,281 kW) diesel-electric locomotive built by GE Transportation Systems of Erie, Pennsylvania. Keeping in tradition with GE's locomotive series nicknames beginning with the "Dash 7" of the 1970s, the C44-9W was dubbed the Dash 9 upon its debut in 1993. The design has since proven popular with North American railroads. Because of more stringent emissions requirements that came into effect in the United States on January 1, 2005, the Dash 9-44CW has been replaced in production by the GE ES44DC.

Many North American railroads have ordered the C44-9W. They were originally ordered by Chicago & North Western Railway, Santa Fe, BNSF, CSX, Southern Pacific, Canadian National Railway, BC Rail, and Union Pacific Railroad. Norfolk Southern purchased the very similar Dash 9-40CWs.

BNSF Dash 9 #4723 is featured as a drivable locomotive in Microsoft Train Simulator and the actual Dash 9 has stickers on its cab noting this, and Dash 9's are also featured as drivable locomotives in RailWorks 3 and Trainz Simulator.

Original owners[edit]

Railroad Quantity Road numbers Notes
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway 100 600-699 Most now in service with the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway. Some have been patch-renumbered or relabeled.
BC Rail 14 4641-4654 4641-4644 are model C44-9WL
BNSF Railway 1697 700-799, 960-1123, 4000-4199, 4300-5532 5530-5532 were originally warranty protection units 5841-5843;
Canadian National Railway 228 2500-2522WL, 2523-2727CW, 2958CW 2500-2522 are model C44-9WL, 2523-2696 are model C44-9CW, 2697-2726 are operated by Illinois Central
Chicago and North Western Transportation Company 130 8601-8730 Most have been repainted or patch-renumbered into the Union Pacific Railroad's rosters. Two Dash 9 locomotives, #8646 and #8701, remain in service on the UP with full C&NW paint and reporting marks. One more in C&NW paint is still in service but is patched by UP.
CSX 53 9000-9052 Some removed from service
Estrada de Ferro Carajás (Brazil) 67 801-867 model C44-9WM
Ferrovia Norte do Brasil S/A(Brazil) 50 9001-9050 model C44-9WM
Fortescue Metals Group, Western Australia 15 001-015 Fitted with ECP brakes from New York Air Brake
General Electric (testbed) 1 905
Pilbara Rail, Western Australia 72 7043-7050, 7053-7098, 9404-9409, 9428-9436, 9470-9472(re-numbered to 9401-9403)[1][2]
Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway 11 404-414
Southern Pacific Railroad 101 8100-8200 All have been patch-renumbered or repainted into the Union Pacific locomotive rosters
Union Pacific Railroad 40 9700-9739


  1. ^ Oberg, Leon (2010). Locomotives of Australia 1850s-2010s. Kenthurst: Rosenberg Publishing. pp. 420–421. ISBN 9781921719011. 
  2. ^ Dash 9-44CW Railpage
  • Freight Trains. Modern Marvels. History Channel. 15 March 2008.