HO Scale: EMD GP9 - A & B Units - DCC Ready - Union Pacific

Athearn Genesis

SKU Road Number Price Qty
ATHG64143 206 $ 169.99 Sold Out
ATHG64146 224 $ 169.99 Sold Out
ATHG64144 216 $ 169.99 Sold Out
ATHG78100 143 $ 169.99 Sold Out
ATHG78101 168 $ 169.99 Sold Out
ATHG64145 217 $ 169.99 Sold Out
ATHG78102 170 $ 169.99 Sold Out
ATHG78103 201 $ 169.99 Sold Out
ATHG78104 130B $ 169.99 Sold Out
ATHG78105 158B $ 169.99 Sold Out
ATHG78106 177B $ 169.99 Sold Out
ATHG78107 190B $ 169.99 Sold Out
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Athearn Genesis HO Scale: GP9 - DCC Ready - Union Pacific

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."

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:

  • Different slogan on each side of cab per prototype
  • Early coupler cut bar
  • Appropriate MU stand per prototype
  • Full skirts above fuel tank
  • MU catch boxes with footboards
  • Front and rear early Pyle headlight
  • Dynamic brake
  • Winterization hatch
  • 1,200 gallon fuel tank
  • 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


  • Modified cut levers
  • No footboards
  • Alternate spacing of “Union Pacific” lettering on long hood

#130B, #158B, #177B, AND #190B:

  • Blank number boards per prototype practice

Union Pacific Railroad tallied 219 EMD GP9s by the mid 1950s. Interested in a version built without control cabs, they placed an order with EMD for GP9B locomotives. All GP9B locomotives were built in the United States between February, 1954, and December, 1959. UP was the single largest owner of the GP9B, with a total of 125 units on the roster. The units were numbered 130B-204B and 300B-349B.

      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"

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