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Date: 07/31/20 08:35
New Athearn Announcements
Author: bigmc83

Looks like the new locomotive is the Dash 9 in the Genesis 2.0 line.  I get that it opens the doors for AC units and rebuilds, but seems like ScaleTrains beat them to the punch on this one.  

http://www.athearn.com/newsletter/073120/04-GEN_Dash%209%20Series_073120.pdf

-Sean



Date: 07/31/20 09:06
Re: New Athearn Announcements
Author: Matt_Gidley

True; day late and a dollar short.  Can;t wait for the ScaleTrains though.



Date: 07/31/20 09:08
Re: New Athearn Announcements
Author: hartrick24

If Athearn makes the 4 bay 9 with the cab and 4 ditch lights working, I'm in...a lot in..

Steve H...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/31/20 11:09 by hartrick24.



Date: 07/31/20 09:26
Re: New Athearn Announcements
Author: mcdeo

Not fully seeing it, but it looks like Athearn did not do the see through radiator grills. I know competition is a good thing, but I'm leaning towards ST for the win. However, my thought is, Athearn could be better at more releases of as mentioned similar frame options for more variations. Time will tell. Great time for some very detailed models for sure. 

Mike ONeill
Parker, CO
Colorado Photos



Date: 07/31/20 10:29
Re: New Athearn Announcements
Author: g-spotter1

Yaaaay, another dash-9.....Its all good, but Scaletrains nailed them already, and for much lower cost.  I guess I'll pick up a couple, if I can find enough difference in what I already have......Gotta keep these guys in business.



Date: 07/31/20 11:44
Re: New Athearn Announcements
Author: Athearn_Trains

RE the Canadian rock lights, yes, they'll all be operable.

RE the grills,  they are see-through.

RE the price, that's MSRP. Many dealers offer discounts. Please support your local dealers and your favorite online retailers. 



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/31/20 11:49 by Athearn_Trains.



Date: 07/31/20 12:03
Re: New Athearn Announcements
Author: ARandall70

mcdeo Wrote:
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> Not fully seeing it, but it looks like Athearn did
> not do the see through radiator grills. I know
> competition is a good thing, but I'm leaning
> towards ST for the win. However, my thought is,
> Athearn could be better at more releases of as
> mentioned similar frame options for more
> variations. Time will tell. Great time for some
> very detailed models for sure. 

I don't share the enthusiasm for the see through radiator grills on the ST models. IMO ST didnt capture the look of the prototype very well. That being said, I did purchase 7 ST units so far and ordered several more. 

I look forward to the Athearn release. I, like some others, wanted an AC4400, but I applaud Athearn for doing versions different than what ST has done or announced. 



 






Date: 07/31/20 12:06
Re: New Athearn Announcements
Author: TCnR

Looks like the game is the different cab styles, something that other Companies could do as well.
Yep, that's a lot of money.



Date: 07/31/20 12:14
Re: New Athearn Announcements
Author: brfriedm

If they had just went with the AC4400W out of the gates, this would of been a different story but the Scale Trains units are incredibly nice and this makes no sense. and yes, Scale Trains has openly stated they plan on doing AC4400W's and the current rebuilds. either way I wish Athearn the best of luck in this project.

Bruce



Date: 07/31/20 12:35
Re: New Athearn Announcements
Author: dal3294

ScaleTrains units aren't all that in my eyes, the ones I bought have the rear pilots all bent, same problem on the new GEVOs. If Athearn doesn't have warped shells or bent pilots I'm all in on their version.



Date: 07/31/20 13:10
Re: New Athearn Announcements
Author: mcdeo

I know putting scale screens onto locomotives basically negates the see through effect. But like the tunnel motors (plus GP15-1 and MP15AC) and 70ACe's, having that see through effect is kind of neat. Won't please everyone all the time and I'd agree the look has to be balanced with the options. I know IM and ST GEVO Tier 4's are an ongoing debate on which screens/see through options look better or not. 

And I'll watch the upcoming video, but currently the data sheet says: "Etched, see-through walkway steps" and no mention of the radiator section. Not that it needs to. Also the frame looks like the cube speakers are awful close to the see through section. I'll know in a few hours, so all is good. 

Now...to go find more money for model train stuff. I liked some of the cars announced, so Athearn will be getting more of my earnings. 

Mike ONeill
Parker, CO
Colorado Photos



Date: 07/31/20 13:54
Re: New Athearn Announcements
Author: 1976

Just be glad you all get a one time break from the constant GP7/9 announcements.



Date: 07/31/20 18:45
Re: New Athearn Announcements
Author: electromac

brfriedm Wrote:
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> If they had just went with the AC4400W out of the
> gates, this would of been a different story but
> the Scale Trains units are incredibly nice and
> this makes no sense. and yes, Scale Trains has
> openly stated they plan on doing AC4400W's and the
> current rebuilds. either way I wish Athearn the
> best of luck in this project.
>
> Bruce

I second the AC4400CW, or the Tier3 Gevo with the 4 bay windows.
The newer cab .....



Date: 07/31/20 18:51
Re: New Athearn Announcements
Author: KV1guy

Never thought we'd go from no one making Tophats (besides OMI) to two manufacturers making them.  But I'll stick with my ST's locos.



Date: 08/01/20 07:18
Re: New Athearn Announcements
Author: Flameout

ARandall70 Wrote:
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> mcdeo Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Not fully seeing it, but it looks like Athearn
> did
> > not do the see through radiator grills. I know
> > competition is a good thing, but I'm leaning
> > towards ST for the win. However, my thought is,
> > Athearn could be better at more releases of as
> > mentioned similar frame options for more
> > variations. Time will tell. Great time for some
> > very detailed models for sure. 
>
> I don't share the enthusiasm for the see through
> radiator grills on the ST models. IMO ST didnt
> capture the look of the prototype very well. That
> being said, I did purchase 7 ST units so far and
> ordered several more. 
>
> I look forward to the Athearn release. I, like
> some others, wanted an AC4400, but I applaud
> Athearn for doing versions different than what ST
> has done or announced. 
>
>
>
>  
The grills on the model pictured look terrible.



Date: 08/02/20 19:55
Re: New Athearn Announcements
Author: MC6853

dal3294 Wrote:
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> ScaleTrains units aren't all that in my eyes, the
> ones I bought have the rear pilots all bent, same
> problem on the new GEVOs. If Athearn doesn't have
> warped shells or bent pilots I'm all in on their
> version.

I've seen this comment a few times online... Which Dash-9s have this problem? All I know is my single ST Dash-9 (one of the NS C40-9 standard-cabs) does not have this issue...



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