EMD GP40-2 - Page 3

The 3000hp GP40-2 came to Conrail from two sources, the Reading and new from EMD. The inherited units were some of the last units purchased by the Reading, while the new units were some of Conrail's first motive power purchases.

These high horsepower (at the time) locomotives were originally used heavily on TV and other high priority light trains. Over time they found their way into various other uses, from Road Railers to mineral trains, to local service toward the end of Big Blue.

CR 3314 at Rolling Prairie, IN

An eastbound Conrail freight with 3314 on the point is seen from the Route 20 bridge at Rolling Prairie, IN, in November 1981. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 3314 Jack's Run PA Jun 1978

GP40-2 3314 Westbound TV at Jack's Run PA

CR 3315 Blandon, PA 10-01-1990

PIOI rolls through Blandon with two Geeps sandwiching two UP SD40-2's. CP-Blandon MP7.8 CR Reading Line

CR 3316 and CR 3324 on an eastbound TV train on "The Slide" at Tunnelhill, PA

Back in 1979, a trio of new GP40-2s (including 3316 and 3324, both Phase II units built in May, 1978) keep an eastbound TV train in check as it descends "The Slide", a stretch of 2.37% grade that restricts trains to a maximum speed of 12 mph, due to the wreck of the Pennsy's Red Arrow on Feb 18th, 1947. That day, 24 people perished and more than a hundred were injured after the eastbound Red Arrow lost its brakes on the slide and jumped the tracks at Bennington Curve. The track beneath the overpass is the old New Portage secondary, a second route up the east slope that ran south out of Hollidaysburg via the much-less-famous Muleshoe Curve. Much of the old New Portage Secondary route is now used by the new alignment of US Route 22. Of particular interest is the first car in the train, one of the 86' double-level stock car that were seen ferrying delicious cows between yards in the Midwest and slaughterhouses in North Jersey and Philly until the early 1980s.

CR 3316 Trn 48 Albany NY Sep 1979

GP40-2 3316 rescuing Amtrak Lake Shore Ltd at Lincoln Road Albany

CR 3317 at Harrington, DE 3/28/98

CR 3317 is seen at Harrington, DE on 3/28/98.

CR 3318 west Owego OIBU 05011999

OIBU with a GP40-2/SD60 combo rolls past a field of stubble corn, not unusual even this late in May. In another month, the new crop will be knee high, and by mid summer, I'll have to stand on top of my car to get this shot.

CR 3319 Croxton, NJ 5/80

TV-10's power at the Croxton Fuel Pan.......

CR 3319 North Iona Island 06/11/1985

Three GP40-2's lead an autorack train across the Iona Island trestle at Bear Mountain State Park. Check out the open racks!!

CR 3319 rescuing AMTRAK Train 42 on the Middle Division, 5/89

Pittsburgh Line - Mexico, Pennsylvania, USA
May 07, 1989
CR 3319 rescuing AMTK 42
Conrail to the Rescue! View from now-gone signal bridge. Accessed with permission.
Photo by Don Kalkman III

CR 3322 Akron, OH 10-29-1980

The circus train passes through Akron,Ohio in October 1980. The train is on the former Penn Central Hudson to Orrville "CA&C" line at MP 15. CR GP40-2 3322 would become CSX 4419.

CR 3322 and CR 3362 at Bennington Curve

CR GP40-2s 3322 and 3362 are seen assisting an eastbound TV train down the hill around Bennington Curve.

CR 3322 at Duncannon, PA in 1998

Conrail GP40-2 3322 is seen leading DIM-101 east at Duncannon, PA on 10/15/1998

CR 3322 CP 12 Hoffmans NY Mar 1978

GP40-2 3322 TV-9 passing B&M GP38 209 POSE at CP 12 Hoffmans NY

CR 3322 Gallitzin, PA 5/28/1978

A new GP-40-2 leads an Eastbound van train out of one of the tunnels at the top of the mountain.

CR 3323 Horseshoe Curve, PA 5/28/1978

Another bizzare lashup. I don't remember if that E-unit was running or not. A newer GP-40-2 leads 4 much older units around the middle of the curve.

CR 3323 Jeanette, PA 10/83

TV61 @ Jeanette, Pa. TV61 was easy to recognise as it alway had truck frames head-out from Dana Corp. Reading, PA

CR 3324 6-9-96 Altoona, PA

CR GP40-2 3324 on train OIPI-9 at Altoona, PA on June 9th, 1996. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR 3324 South Schenectady NY Sep 1978

GP40-2 3324 TV-9 South Schenectady NY

CR 3325 at Bennington Curve in 1984

Conrail GP40-2 3325 is a Phase II unit built in 5/1978. It is trailing on an eastbound TV train rounding Bennington Curve in 1984.

CR 3325 Bethlehem, PA 6-10-1978

CR GP35 2320 leads GP40-2 3325, GP40 3099, and U25B 2624 as they pull through Bethlehem in June, 1978.

CR 3325 Bethlehem, PA 6-10-1978

CR GP35 2320 leads GP40-2 3325 in a quartet of units pulling mixed freight at Bethlehem in June, 1978.

CR 3325 on INST-1 Portage, OH

In a dramatic shot, INST-1 with the 3325 as lone power is northbound as a thunderstorm develops behind it just south of Portage, OH on May 1, 1996

CR 3325 on MAIL3 Through Cresson PA, 5/86

GP40-2 3325 is doing what Conrail bought it to do, haul a high priority freight. Here it runs past MO tower in Cresson PA with three siblings. Don't miss the hoppers in the back coming off the Cresson Secondary in the background.

CR 3326 & 3364 on RR-262R at Altoona, PA 6/8/97

CR 3326 & 3364 are seen on RR-262R at Altoona, PA at 6/8/97.

CR 3326 on WIFW-30

CR 3326 and 3325 lead WIFW-30 across the ex Cincinnati Northern diamond at the former site of Estry tower in Van Wert, OH back in November 1997. Jay Williams photo, Chris Howe collection

CR 3326 pops out of the shadows at Newport, PA on Oct. 12, 1989

A westbound Conrail manifest pops out of the shadows at Newport, PA on Oct. 12, 1989, led by GP40-2 No. 3326.

CR 3327 at Grazierville, PA in 1993

Conrail GP40-2 3327 is seen heading east at Grazierville, PA in 1993.

CR 3328 at Bennington Curve

Conrail GP40-2 3328 is leading a pair of other Geeps east on a coal train at Bennington Curve in 1983.

CR 3328 Hinsdale, MA. on 3/14/81

The extra 3328 east tops the grade in Hinsdale center as extra 6083 west continues down grade on March 14, 1981.

CR 3329 Horseshoe Curve, PA 5/28/1978

Brand new GP-40-2's 3329 & 3328 are on the point of an Eastbound freight as it starts into Horseshoe Curve.

CR 3329 in Washington, MA. in April, 1979. (1)

The extra 3329 west marches upgrade at Ballou's/Mp 135 in Washington, MA. in April, 1979.

CR 3330 TV-9 Fonda NY Sep 1979

GP40-2 3330 TV-9 Fonda NY

CR 3331 at Adrian, NY, April 1995

Tearing up #2 track thru the Canisteo Valley behind GP40-2 3331 and GP40 3210. "I spent many hours with the crew of this train over the next few months.. It's amazing what free slim jims and peanuts can get a guy!" Adrian, NY 4/1995

CR 3332 Altoona, PA 1981

Conrail GP40-2 3332 is seen at Rose Yard in 1981.

CR 3332 at Bancroft, MA. on 7/3/81. (1)

The 3332, with the "Keep it Moving with Conrail" B23-7 1980, head BOSE through Bancroft, MA. on July 3, 1981.

CR 3332 GP40-2 Sewickley 07-98

A Roadrailer train heads west past the former PRR Sewickley station. This train originated in Rutherford, Pa near Harrisburg, no stranger to the 2nd unit, CR 3277, the ex Reading 3673.

CR 3332 in Hinsdale, MA. in 9/1979.

The extra 3332 east at the Hinsdale crossovers near MP 140 in Sept., 1979. At the time, this was a hand-thrown set of double crossovers. When CR single-tracked the B&A, they were rebuilt to higher speed turnouts and remote control by dispatcher and became CP 140.

CR 3332 on BUEL-1X at Waterloo, IN in 1998

Conrail train BUEL-1X with GP40-2 3332 in the lead passes under the CP 367 signal bridge at Waterloo, IN on January 31, 1998

CR 3334 on TV-2M at Antis, PA 1/26/99

CR 3334, 3350 & 3319 are seen on TV-2M at Antis, PA on 1/26/99.

CR 3335 at Altoona PA 10/5/97

CR 3335 is seen trailing on a EB PPLX coal train at Altoona PA on 10/5/97.

CR 3335 TV-6 Chester MA Oct 1979

GP40-2 3335 TV-6 reaches the bottom of the grade at Chester MA

CR 3336 at 47th St Chicago, IL

A set of Conrail light power is seen backing by the former C&WI 47th Street Station in August 1981. The locomotives were serviced at the engine terminal at Conrail's 51st Street Yard (ex EL) and they are now enroute to 55th Street Yard (ex PRR) to take a TV train east. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 3336 at Altoona, PA. on 7/26/87.

TV-4 rolling through Altoona station on the evening of July 26, 1987.

CR 3337 at Waynesburg PA 2/7/98

CR 3337 is seen at Waynesburg PA on 2/7/98.

CR 3338 at East Conway PA 2/7/98

Freshly painted CR 3338 is seen leading a EB lite power move at East Conway PA on 2/7/98.

CR 3338 at East Conway PA 2/7/98

Freshly painted CR 3338 is seen at East Conway PA on 2/7/98.

CR 3338 at Fort Wayne, IN 6-1988

Westbound Conrail local freight led by GP40-2 3338 is seen crossing the NS at Mike Tower in Ft. Wayne, IN in June 1988.

The signal bridge seen just behind the engines was torn down in the early 90's. This location used to be known as Wabash during the PRR and early PC days. It was renamed Mike by the PC in 1971 or 72. The tower was torn down in late 1988 and the entire interlocking was rebuilt around 1991. The diamond was removed and the mainline(which was single track by then) crossed the NS on a series of cross over switches. NS now controls this interlocking and uses it quite frequently for their Triple Crown trains entering or leaving its nearby facility.

Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 3338 Secaucus, NJ 8-11-1979

Smoking CR SD35 6051 (ex-CNJ 2512) and U30B 2843 join with GP40-2 3338 in a nine-unit lashup at Croxton yard in August, 1979.

CR 3339 buffalo 1993

GP40-2 3339 and two CSX units lead a train west out of Buffalo in 1993. If I recall correctly this was taken from the area of Seneca Yard.

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