The GE C44-8W, or Dash 8, is an older style locomotive. It is becoming rare, but it can still be seen occasionally. There are two versions of the Dash 8 that determine how much horsepower each locomotive has - the C40-8W (pictured here) has 4000 horsepower while the C41-8W has 4100 horsepower. The features on this locomotive make it easily recognized:
1. Trucks - the Dash 8 does not have the high adhesion trucks whereas other locomotives, like the AC6000 (above), do.
2. The Wing-shaped air intakes have a different look than those on other locomotives, like the Dash 9. In fact, the overall look of the rear section is completely different from all other locomotives.
3. The shape of the fuel tank/air tank combination also look different than other locomotives.
Look at features 1, 2, and 4 on the Dash 9 to see how they differ from the noted features on the Dash 8.
The GE C44-9W was dubbed the Dash-9 upon making its debut in 1993. This locomotive, which is similar to the AC6000 in appearance, is most commonly seen under the BNSF name, but it can also be seen under the UP name (rarely). The Dash-9 can be identified by:
1. "wing-shaped" air intakes.
2. High Adhesion trucks (3 axles) - also found on the AC4400 and AC6000.
3. GE wide cab.
4. GE characteristic angular fuel tanks - two air tanks on the right side (for the braking system).
The GE ES44AC is another locomotive among GE's "Evolution Series" of locomotives. It is the replacement for the AC4400. Besides BNSF, UP also owns many ES44ACs, who refers to these locomotives as the C45ACCTE. Norfolk & Southern, CP Rail, and CSX are also owners of the ES44AC, 200 of which were purchased by CSX. It is rather difficult to tell an ES44AC apart from an ES44DC, but the spotting features of the ES44AC are:
1. Smaller fuel tanks - like on the Dash 8.
2. GE wide cab.
3. The side "slits" on the ES44AC are somewhat different than those on the ES44DC.
4. Look at the top of the air intake closest to the middle section of the locomotive - there is a small "hump" just on top of it.
5. Different detail than that of the ES44DC behind the top of the cab.
Along with the EMD SD70M, the GE C45ACCTE, also known as the GEVO, is one of the most commonly seen UP locomotives. The design of the GEVO makes it easily mistaken for the AC6000CW, ES44DC, and the Dash 9. However, the air tanks on the right side of an AC6000CW are smaller and are positioned differently. But there are two features that make the C45ACCTE distinctive:
1. Look at the detail behind the top of the cab - the GEVO is the only locomotive that has this look.
2. Look also at the rear section of the locomotive - the C45ACCTE has the air intakes of the ES44DC and the side "slits" of the Dash 9. It would make you think that the C45ACCTE is a cross between an ES44DC and a Dash 9.
The GE AC6000 is the probably the second largest and second most powerful locomotive (after the EMD DDA40X). It gets its name from its massive 6000 horsepower engine, which allows one unit (another name for a diesel locomotive) to pull longer and heavier trains whereas smaller locomotives such as the AC4400 need more than one unit to pull really long trains. It is a very large and very long locomotive...probably the largest and longest of any other diesel locomotive! Its design however is similar to the Dash 9 and the AC4400 in appearance. An AC6000 can easily be identified by:
1. Extra large air intakes.
2. The position and overall look of the air tanks.
3. 3 axle trucks.
Besides these features, the AC6000 also has a large AC equipment box on the left side.
The GE B32-8WH, also called the Dash 8-32BWH, is a really rare locomotive, seen only under the Amtrak name. Amtrak operates several B32s, some with different paint schemes. For example, locomotive units #2051 and #507 are B32-8WHs, except #507 has a different paint scheme (click here to see a picture of #507). The B32-8WH in the picture is Amtrak California unit #2051. B32-8WHs are basically the same thing as the Dash 8 except:
1. B32-8WHs have 2 axle trucks - regular Dash 8s have 3 axle trucks.
2. B32-8WHs do not have the usual "air tank/fuel tank" combination on the right side, as the picture shows.
- See videos of #2051 and #2052 on the videos page.