HO Scale: EMD GP9 - DCC Ready - Iowa Interstate

Athearn Genesis

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Athearn Genesis HO Scale: GP9 - DCC Ready - Iowa Interstate

In 1949, EMD introduced the GP7. The basic design followed most diesel switchers with the addition of a short hood instead of an end-cab. The hoods were also full height to better accommodate the diesel engine and mechanical and electrical components.

In 1954 EMD upgraded the GP7 to become the 1,750 horsepower GP9. Externally, the first GP9s were virtually unchanged from the last GP7s. Later versions would include different louver arrangements and the last ones would come without the frame skirting. The GP9 was availalbe with all of the fuel tank, steam generator, and dynamic brake options as the GP7 including "torpedo boats."

IAIS FEATURES:

The Iowa Interstate railroad acquired a motley collection of GP9s in 1985-86. Several of the geeps were former WP units that had been acquired by UP. Although they were repainted into yellow and grey, it is unlikely that they turned a wheel in revenue service for UP. The IAIS never did get around to repainting all of them, but they did manage to get almost 10 years’ worth of good service from the veteran units. All units:

  • Phase II GP9s
  • Former WP units
  • Leslie 3-chime horn on long hood
  • Winterization hatch
  • Large UP style armrests
  • No footboards or hose holders on pilots
  • Large front & rear MU stands

#300:

  • Firecracker antenna
  • Cut fuel tank skirts
  • Patching & fading to depict the in-service look of this unit, including outline of former UP logo on nose
  • Used on the IAIS from 1985 to 1995. Donated to the Western Pacific RR museum in Portola, CA, where it is now preserved

#306:

  • Sinclair antenna
  • Intact fuel tank skirts
  • Patching & fading to depict the in-service look of this unit
  • Used on the IAIS from 1985 to 1994. Donated to the Western Pacific RR museum in Portola, CA, where it is now preserved

LOCOMOTIVE FEATURES:

  • Front and rear MU catch boxes with footboard
  • MU hoses
  • Trainline hose
  • Coupler cut levers
  • Drop steps unless noted
  • MU stands
  • "Nub" style walkway tread
  • Bell located behind the right front step
  • Fine-scale handrails for scale appearance
  • Wire grab irons
  • Lift rings
  • Windshield wipers
  • Full cab interior
  • See through cab windows
  • Etched metal radiator intake grilles and fan grilles
  • Two exhaust stacks and plates
  • Air tanks mounted below sill unless noted
  • Detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, breather pipes, and retention tanks
  • Blomberg-B trucks with appropriate bearing caps
  • Sander lines
  • Speed recorder unless noted
  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
  • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with both 8- and 9-pin connector
  • Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more
  • Accurately-painted and -printed paint schemes
  • Body mounted McHenry operating scale knuckle couplers
  • Genesis driveline with 5-pole skew wound motor, precision machined flywheels, and multi-link drivetrain for trouble free operation
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation
  • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
  • Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
  • Incandescent bulbs for realistic appearance
  • Bidirectional constant lighting so headlight brightness remains constant
  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
  • Packaging securely holds for the model for safe storage
  • Replacement parts available
  • Minimum radius: 18"

SOUND EQUIPPED MODELS ALSO FEATURE:

  • Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound
  • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
  • Full DCC functions available when operated in DCC mode
  • Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
  • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
  • Excellent Slow speed control
  • Operating lighting functions with F5 and/or F6
  • Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unit only horn, bell, and lights
  • Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes
  • CV chart included


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