For more than 20 years, the General Electric C44-9W, the most popular locomotive of GE’s Dash 9 series, has maintained a dominating presence on North American main lines. The prototypes were only a couple years old when Kato released its first HO scale Dash 9, reviewed in the September 1996 Model Railroader
. This latest release features roadname-specific details to accurately model the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific (ex-SP) prototypes. The direct-current (DC) version we tested has an upgraded mechanism that’s easy to convert to Digital Command Control (DCC). The model is also available with a factory-installed ESU LokSound Select dual-mode decoder.