HO Scale ES44AC & ES44DC Locomotives
HO Scale ES44AC Locomotives The GE Evolution Series ES44AC locomotive represents an incredible combination of power, performance and efficiency. Originally designed to meet US EPA Tier 2 emissions, the ES44AC locomotive utilizes a 12-cylinder GE Evolution Series engine with 4-stroke combustion technology to maintain horsepower, reduce emissions, and lower fuel consumption compared to GE’s predecessor 16-cylinder FDL engine. From 2005 to 2015, the ES44AC became GE’s standard North American locomotive and a compelling platform for others worldwide. All North American Evolution Series locomotives are equipped with Nathan-Air chime K5HL-R2 "Evolution" airhorns, and later models are equipped with a Graham-White 373 Electronic Bell. The Evolution Series was named as one of the "10 Locomotives That Changed Railroading" by Trains Magazine. It was the only locomotive introduced after 1972 to be included in that list. The Evolution Series are some of the best-selling and most successful freight locomotives in United States history. The ES44AC (Evolution Series, 4400 HP, AC Traction) replaced the AC4400CW model in the GE catalog. Every Class 1 railroad in North America has ordered these locomotives. Even short lines such as Iowa Interstate ordered them to handle traffic growth from new ethanol plants. 100 lease units were acquired by CityRail/CREX for use as lease units by the class 1 railroads if their own locomotive(s) needed to spend time in the shop. The InterMountain ES44AC faithfully reproduces the prototype and is road name and sometimes road number specific with painting and details. The model features many separately applied brass wire, etched metal, and plastic details. All are Ready-to-Run. Some details may be included for installation by the modeler.-Non-Sound are equipped with an ESU LokPilot DCC decoder.
-Sound units are equipped with an ESU LokSound Select DCC decoder.
-DC only customers may reserve models with a dealer as "DC only" (non-sound). Note that some lighting functions may not operate correctly or at all when a locomotive is converted to DC only. Our 2018 and all future ES44 releases feature drive improvements including:
Note: Depending on where you live in the US, you could see Ferrosur and Ferromex Locomotive either leading or part of a BNSF, UP and even CSX and NS. So if you want to add variety on your layout, consider adding these two railroads.
Ferrosur Railroad Information (2000 to 2011)
Company History: Ferrosur was formed in 2000 with the combination of the two southern most concessions from the split up of Ferrocarril Nacionales de Mexico (FNM.) It runs from Mexico City southeast to Veracruz, Coatzacoalcos, Puebla and Oaxaca, Mexico. It is the third largest of the FNM spinoffs with 972 miles of track (putting it between Dakota Minnesota & Eastern and Montana Rail Link in relative size.) The company was controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. In 2005, Ferrosur was sold to the parent company of Ferromex. Kansas City Southern de Mexico petitioned to have the merger blocked but in 2011, the Mexican government permitted it. However, as of this writing, Ferrosur continues to have its own identity.
Ferromex was launched in 1989 to take over the largest of the concessions from the privatization of FNM. This 5,375 mile line (between C&O and B&O in relative size,) has three main north-south routes: Mexicali and Nogales down along the Pacific Coast to Guadalajara and on to Mexico City; Ciudad Juarez (just across the border from El Paso) south to Mexico City; and Pedras Negras (across from Eagle Pass, TX) south to Mexico City. There is a major intersecting route from Ojinga (Presidio, TX) to the port of Topolobampo. Other braches connect to ports on both the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico. The company is owned by mining giant Grupo Mexico (Union Pacific has significant holdings in that company.) In 2005, that company bought Ferrosur but it would be six years before the two would be allowed to merge. Many of their operations have been combined but as of this writing, Ferrosur continues to have a separate identity.
Mexico is a country between the U.S. and Central America that's known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. Ancient ruins such as Teotihuacán and the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá are scattered throughout the country, as are Spanish colonial-era towns. In capital Mexico City, upscale shops, renowned museums and gourmet restaurants cater to modern life.