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PREORDER Athearn ATHG83178 ES44AC w/DCC & Sound, BNSF w/PTC Primer #5789, HO

MSRP: $329.98
FDT Low Price: Preorder for $0.01 down. $280.98plus freight charged at shipment.
Item Number: ATHG83178
Manufacturer: Athearn

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Detailed Information


  • Nose door with window
  • Low number boards
  • 3-window cab side windows
  • Desktop control stand
  • Salem air filter
  • Rear brake wheel
  • Low rear sand filler
  • High rear vertical headlight


#8700 & #8717

  • As delivered configuration with steerable trucks

#8703, #8714, #8723, #8727

  • 2010’s verison with Hi-Ad trucks
  • PTC Antennas


  • All units feature new BNSF style cab roof antennas
  • Antenna Dome
  • PTC antenna in polybag
  • Variety of in-service details per protype road number
  • Narrow front snowplow
  • Nose door with window
  • High number boards
  • 4-window cab side windows
  • Desktop control stand
  • Sunshades
  • Salem air filter
  • Rear brake wheel
  • Hi-adhesion trucks
  • High rear sand filler
  • Low rear vertical headlight



  • This unit suffered damage in late 2011/early 2012. This model features “primered” nose and hood doors and “replacement” electrical cabinets


  • Silver “replacement” plow


  • Replacement Nathan K3LA horn


  • Replacement Nathan K3LA horn


  • Unique paint colors to represent in-service appearance
  • Different colored “replacement” equipment doors per prototype road number
  • PTC Antennas
  • Large front snowplow
  • Nose door without window
  • High number boards
  • 3-window cab side windows
  • Desktop control stand
  • Sunshades
  • Salem air filter
  • Rear brake wheel
  • Hi-adhesion trucks
  • Low rear sand filler
  • High rear vertical headlight



  • Primered “replacement” hood doors on conductor’s side
  • along with scorch marks


  • Illuminated ditch lights
  • Low or high front headlight per prototype
  • Tinted cab windows
  • Large antenna dome
  • Small GPS dome
  • See through dynamic brake intakes
  • Two dynamic brake exhaust vents with wide spacing and flush housing
  • Short auxiliary cab rear left-side doors
  • Right side forward electrical cabinet with X-Panel
  • Nathan K5HL horn
  • Engine compartment side grab irons
  • Flush radiator compartment doors
  • Hand brake panel grille
  • Flush heat exchanger housing and top radiator grilles
  • 5000-gallon fuel tank
  • Era: 2005+
  • Minimum radius: 18”
  • Recommended radius: 22”


  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
  • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with 21-pin NEM connector
  • Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, field measurements, photographs, and more
  • Accurately-painted and –printed paint schemes
  • Coupler cut levers
  • MU hoses
  • Trainline hose
  • See through cab windows
  • Full cab interior
  • Walkway tread
  • Fine-scale Celcon handrails for scale appearance
  • Windshield wipers
  • Lift rings
  • Wire grab irons
  • Detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, breather pipes, and retention tanks
  • Sander lines
  • McHenry scale knuckle couplers - Kadee compatible
  • 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
  • LED Lighting for trouble free operation
  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
  • Packaging securely holds the model for safe storage
  • Replacement parts available


  • Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound
  • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
  • Full DCC functions available when operated in DCC mode
  • Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
  • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
  • Excellent Slow speed control
  • Operating lighting functions with F5 and/or F6
  • Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unit only horn, bell, and lights
  • Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes
  • CV chart included


In 2002, GE released the first of a new series of locomotives that would replace the popular Dash-9 series. The ES44DC and ES44AC, commonly called GEVOs for General Electric Evolution series, were designed to meet the stricter diesel locomotive emissions standards imposed by the EPA Tier II regulations. To meet the new standards, GE developed the 12-cylinder GEVO 12 engine. Both the bore and stroke were increased to produce the same 4400 horsepower as the older 7FDL16 16-cylinder engine. The new engine drives an alternator producing AC current that is rectified to DC current. On the ES44DC, this powers the traction motors. On the ES44AC, the DC current is “chopped” back into AC to power the traction motors. The two models share a common 73’ 2” frame and external appearance.

The ES44DC and ES44AC external details have changed with almost every year’s new orders. These models are of the early version produced in 2005 and 2006 and include the nose door on the left side, two widely-spaced dynamic brake vents, X-panels on the electrical cabinet, side grab irons on the long hood and flush-mounted top radiator grilles and radiator compartment doors.


DCC: Equipped
SOUND: Tsunami2
Axles: 6
Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years
Is Assembly Required: No

"Primed for Grime" #Ready2Rust- what does that mean?

Simply put, we at Athearn have given you a head start at weathering locomotives and freight cars.

We’ve taken the time to research locomotives and other rolling stock from actual photographs.

We’ve faded the body and lettering colors, added patches, applied new reporting marks and the like.

"Primed for Grime" models will be available in our Genesis, Ready to Roll and Athearn–Roundhouse lines.

Whenever you see our new "Primed for Grime" logo you’ll know that you are getting a little help from us here at Athearn.

Please share with the entire Athearn community your work! Tips, tricks, or just neat looking models can be a part of the Athearn online social movement. Be sure to hashtag your photos to be displayed below with "#Ready2Rust" somewhere in the photo caption on Instagram or Twitter.

To browse all of our "Primed for Grime" models to be delivered, searching the website with the hashtag, "#Ready2Rust" will pull all the "Primed for Grime" models into the search results for easy browsing.

Athearn Trains is a division of Horizon Hobby, Inc. For more than twenty years, Horizon Hobby has been an innovator in the field of fun, developing model railroad and RC products, as well as providing distribution services for hobby retailers.


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