PROTOTYPE AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Athearn has upgraded the Genesis DDA40X to Genesis 2.0 standards and will be offering them in several versions including — for the first time — one of the two air raid siren-equipped versions. We are offering versions representing the full spectrum of changes across their service lives. Some of the features include smoke lifters, strobe lights, beacons, different horn locations, early and late electrical cabinets and early and late anti-climbers. Concurrent with this release we are announcing a new run of RTR UP’s 8000 series “Fast 40” SD40-2’s (ATH71202, ATH72103, ATH72104, ATH72105), which were commonly seen operating with the Centennials in high speed freight service.