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Athearn Genesis HO SD45-2 with DCC Ready CSX ex CRR #8970
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Athearn Genesis HO SD45-2 with DCC Ready CSX ex CRR #8970

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DCC Ready


  • All-new LED lighting
  • Rubber MU hoses for durability
  • Models equipped with DCC+Sound will have the new 645E3 20-cylinder prime mover recording by SoundTraxx

The effort continues to enhance Athearn Genesis models per customer requests and feedback. There has been a lot of activity behind the scenes; we’re excited to include new features often requested, to the SD45-2 and upcoming Genesis models.



  • EMD large style snow plow
  • Firecracker antenna
  • Leslie RS5L horn air horn
  • Nose mounted headlight
  • Small anticlimber
  • “Chickenwire” radiator grilles


  • Patched per road number, ex- Clinchfield units
  • Cab mounted headlight
  • Small anticlimber
  • Standard height Intertial hatch, exhaust stack, fan housings
  • Whip radio antenna
  • Leslie RS5L horn air horn
  • Long hood mounted bell


    • Safety tread on walkways
    • Fine-scale handrails for scale appearance
    • Factory applied wire grab irons
    • Windshield wipers
    • See through cab windows
    • Detailed and painted cab interior
    • Sliding side cab windows
    • Metal lift rings
    • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run
    • DCC-ready features Quick Plug™ plug-and-play technology with a 21-pin NEM connector
    • Scaled from prototype resources including drawings, photographs, and more
    • Accurately painted and printed paint schemes
    • Body mounted McHenry operating scale knuckle couplers
    • 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
    • New LEDs for trouble free operation
    • Bi-directional constant lighting so headlight brightness remains constant
    • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power
    • Packaging securely holds for the model for safe storage
    • Minimum radius: 18”
    • Recommended radius: 22”


    • Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami2
    • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
    • Some functions are limited in DC
    • Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
    • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
    • Slow speed control
    • Program a multiple unit (MU) lash up with lead unit only horn, bell, and lights
    • Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes
    • CV chart included in operators manual
    • For a complete list of features, visit
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