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Athearn Genesis ATHG64145, HO EMD GP9, Standard DC, UP #217


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Athearn Genesis HO EMD GP9, Standard DC Version
Union Pacific #217

Athearn Item #ATHG64145

UP Features:

Arriving in 1954, these GP9s are part of a group of 40 units that lacked dynamic brakes. They were mainly assigned to the flatlands on the eastern parts of the UP. Most lasted into the early 1980s. All units:

  • Phase I GP9s
  • “We Can Handle It” slogan
  • Dual headlights
  • Winterization hatch
  • Leslie S3L horn on bracket
  • Large UP style armrests
  • Etched cab mirrors
  • Canvas sunshade on fireman’s side
  • All weather window on engineer’s side
  • Western-Cullen or strobe beacon (flashes on DCC/sound version)
  • Era mid 1970s+

#206, #216, #217:

  • As-delivered cut levers
  • Footboards

Locomotive Features:

  • Front and rear MU catch boxes with footboard
  • Trainline and MU hoses
  • Coupler cut levers
  • Drop steps unless noted
  • MU stands
  • “Nub” style walkway tread
  • Bell placement & type per prototype
  • Fine-scale handrails for scale appearance
  • Wire grab irons
  • Lift rings
  • Windshield wipers
  • See through cab windows and full cab interior
  • Etched metal radiator intake grilles and fan grilles
  • 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 LED lighting so headlight brightness remains constant
  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
  • Packaging securely holds the model for safe storage
  • Replacement parts available
  • Minimum radius: 18”

Prototype History

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 available with all of the fuel tank, steam generator, and dynamic brake options as the GP7, including “torpedo boats.”