ATSF Dash 9-44CW Specifications
Welcome to the Santa Fe Dash 9-44CW Specifications web page. Here one can read
about the background history of how General Electric's Dash 9 locomotive came
to be found in Warbonnet colors, take a look at some of Santa Fe's
big GE Dash 9s in action, as well as read the specifications sheet of these
last big GE locomotives purchased by the Santa Fe.
In the latter half of 1993, the economic progress of the country was looking quite good, and so Santa Fe placed an order with the General Electric company for its latest C-C type locomotive. GE responded by delivering 50 units of their 4,400 horsepower Dash 9-44CW. The locomotives were placed within the Santa Fe roster from 600 to 649.
After some teething problems, mostly excess metal flash on the trucks, Santa Fe was convinced the new Dash 9s were working out, so the railway placed another order. General Electric started delivery this order beginning in August 1994, which was placed in the Santa Fe roster from 650 to 699. This order differed only slightly from the first order in the fact that these locomotives were on a modified Hi-Ad truck. For the entire Dash 9 order, the even numbered locomotives were fitted as lead pacesetters, and the old numbered locomotives were designated as trailing pacesetters, used for distributed power configurations.