GE Dash 8-44CW

The GE C44-8W is a 4,400 hp (3,280 kW) diesel-electric locomotive built by GE Transportation Systems of Erie, Pennsylvania. It is part of the GE Dash 8 Series of freight locomotives. They are considered to be pre-production Dash 9s with the innards of it but trapped in an extended Dash 8 carbody as well as having the trucks. They are numbered 9000-9052. The first three were originally supposed to be the last order of Dash 8s for CSX thus having the smaller Dash 8 carbody.[1] They have been derated to 4000 horsepower and are now designated C40-9W.[2]

GE Dash 8-44CW
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderGE Transportation Systems
ModelDash 8-44CW
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
TrucksGE HiAd
Wheel diameter42 in (1.067 m)
Length73 ft 2 in (22.30 m)
Width10 ft 3 in (3.12 m)
Height16 ft 0 in (4.88 m)
Loco weight425,000 lb (193,000 kg)
or 212.5 short tons (189.7 long tons; 192.8 t)
Fuel capacity5,000 US gal (19,000 l; 4,200 imp gal)
Prime moverGE 7FDL16
Engine type45°, four stroke cycle
AlternatorGE GMG197
Traction motorsDC GE 5GE752AH
Transmissiondiesel electric with silicon diode rectifiers,
Performance figures
Power output4,400 hp (3,280 kW)
Tractive effortContinuous: 105,640 lbf (469.9 kN),
Starting: 142,000 lbf (631.6 kN)
LocaleNorth America

In keeping in GE tradition of giving nicknames to its locomotive series beginning with the "Dash 7" of the 1970s, the C44-8W was dubbed the "Dash 8" upon its debut. The design has since proven popular with North America railroads.

See also


  1. "Why didnt The CSX Get Any C44-9W's". Discussion. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  2. "CSX Motive Power". Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  • McDonnell, Greg (2008). Locomotives: The Modern Diesel and Electric Reference. Erin, Ontario: Boston Mills Press. ISBN 978-1550464931.
  • Solomon, Brian (2003). GE Locomotives: 110 Years of General Electric Motive Power. St. Paul, MN, USA: MBI Publishing. ISBN 9780760313619.
  • Solomon, Brian (2010). Modern Locomotives: High Horsepower Diesels 1966–2000. New York: Crestline. ISBN 978-0785826811.

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