EMD SD40-2 - Page 13

Numbered 6358-6524, Conrail's SD40-2s were found system wide heading up trains of all varieties as well as working on helpers over the famous Horseshoe Curve on the Pittsburgh Line.

Conrail acquired its SD40-2 fleet new from EMD in 1977, 78 and 79.

Conrail's SD40-2s had a feature unique to the road, the substitution of EMD's older Flexicoil trucks in place of the newly developed (and mistakenly believed to be flawed) HTC trucks that were delivered to all other SD40-2 owners.

CR SD-40-2's 6516 and 6380 roll through Harrisburg in September, 1983.
A WB power move that consist of CR 6516, 3326, 6749, 6721, 6785, & 6194 are seen at Antis, PA on 1/26/99.
CR 6517 is in the consist of PIAT-5 at Rose, Altoona, PA on 5/16/99.
NESE passing the former depot site in Washington, MA. on Feb. 27, 1993. Appears as if some wag made a half-hearted attempt at another "Con-Ail" job. (See also CR 3232 and 6566)
SD40-2 6517 leading NESE at Washington, MA. on Feb. 27, 1993.
CR 6517, 3393, 3337 and 3295 are seen at Waynesburg PA on 2/7/98.
CR 6517 is seen at Waynesburg PA on 2/7/98.
With a quartet of SD40-2's, including 6518, 6515, 6426 & 6468, TV-100 is seen at CP Nave on the River Line at Jersey City NJ.
CR 6519, built in 11/79, is seen sitting outside the Juniata Shops.
Conrail SD40-2 6519 is seen on the point of a massive power consist at Harrisburg, PA in 1983.
TV-202 passes by the Castile Agway on a nice fall day. The lead unit is in need of a new paint job.
TV-202 is at Hunt Hollow Road just as the sun pops out from behind the clouds and brightens up the fall colors.
CR SD40-2 6519 and SD40 6347 are on the point of an incredible 203 car coal drag UXL-45, at Koppers crossing near Nisbet, PA. Trains like this were common on the south end as it was all river grade and lightly powered trains could make track speed with ease..
Is this Conrail's experimental passenger service on the ex-Erie mainline in 1990? Actually it is OIBU led by SD40-2 6520 and SD50 6732 heading west through Port Jervis NY with a string of NY City subway cars on flat cars, most likely heading for Hornell for work.
CR 6520 is seen on CSX rails at Cumberland MD on 7/17/97.
Conrail SD40-2 6522 is seen trailing on a westbound TV train as it ascends Horseshoe Curve in 1998.
An SD40-2 and two GP35s lead Selkirk-Allentown train SEAL through Bound Brook in early 1985. Not long after this date the Lehigh Line will be reduced to single track between here and CP-POTTER in Edison, NJ. The third unit in this lashup is still wearing PC paint.
Conrail 6522 on ELCO-2 north of Galatea, OH on March 12, 1996
Two SD40-2's power an eastbound coal train at Minnick, MD
Conrail's highest numbered SD40-2, the 6524, leads TV6 along Muddy Pond in Washington, MA at 08:24 on Aug.28, 1993.
SBSE heading away near MP 130 in Middlefield, MA. on Sept. 20, 1985.
Three closely related SD40-2's follow the 6605 on NHSE at Bancroft, MA. on July 16, 1983. Note the star on the 6522.
SD40-2 6447 is the lone EMD in this herd of 6 axle GE's.
CR SD-45-2 6660 (ex-EL 3675) and SDP-45 6691 (ex-EL 3660) run light down the hill to begin their next pushing operation.
The trains that ran the Lehigh Line had several incarnations over the years. Variously, they were ALCG/CGAL, which was the symbol most commonly used. As traffic levels ebbed and flowed, service was tweaked, the end points were adjusted, with OICG/CGOI and ALBU/BUAL being used. We see the latter here arriving at Gang Mills with 69 cars. He'll work here, and leave after a crew change for Allentown, via Sayre and the Lehigh Gorge.
One of the "Perks" of being a scale inspector is that we got to go to different places. Feburary 1993 I had to transport the scale departments Miter rail Saw to Altoona. Not one to miss an opertunity to visit the Curve, we made our way up there after an ice storm. My 4 wheel drive Jeep gave us no trouble and we made it there in time for a few trains. ALPI-9 powered by a SD50, SD40 SD40-2 lash-up struggles with the grade with the GP9 standing as a silent sentinal....
SD50 6731 and SD40-2 6422 power USD-22 eastbound @ Loshs Run. Train is bound for Shamokin Dam, Pa
ENBU behind SD50 6770 and SD40-2 6486 meets BUEN @ CP Lane, just outside of Lock Haven, PA 3/91
ML 440 gets underway after a crew change, rolling through BD as it heads for darkness on the Delaware Division with 10 platforms of stacks and 87 auto racks for Doremus Av.
Almost new 6828 leads 6412 on PIOI-5 @ Longswamp, PA
A trio of SD's lead a short(41 car) BUOI past Endicott Forge as it blows for the Hayes Av crossing.
A pair of SD60s, 6849 and 6847, and a pair of SD40-2s, 6500 and 64??, bring an eastbound freight past the spot where I was supposed to be if I was following the rules and obeying the signs.
SV 6 with 77 stack platforms rolls past the Amtrak station at Dewitt behind a mix of EMD's.
I got 'em all on this train!! SV 20 rolls toward the NY 17C overpass in west Endicott behind all three variants of SD 40 then extant on the railroad. The leader is an SD40R, followed by an SD40-2, then a straight SD 40 of CNJ heritage. They are leading 127 mostly APL stack platforms, followed by 10 COFC.
CR GP-9 7183 gets strong help from SD-40-2 6486 and GP-38-2 8103 as they run through Bethlehem in July, 1978.
I forget now if this was a light engine movement or just a weird consist for lugging freight around Horseshoe Curve, but in 1990 I caught GP38-2s 8054, 8093, and 8267, SD40-2 6499, and it appears others rounding the Curve from a parking lot vantage point. It is interesting that in 1990 the view is tree-free and I was recently reading that after much money and effort it is again tree-free in late 2016.
CR 6465 leads a varied lash-up on a struggling TV-9 through Bancroft, MA. on June 30, 1984.
CSX SD40-2 leads CR 3309/3321/3397 west past the semaphore at MP 247 in Barton, with 73 cars of OIBU.
CSX SD40-2 8404 leads a trio of CR GP 40-2's with 73 cars of OIBU, approaching the automatic at 249-1, still a semaphore after all these years.
DHT9 at Catatunk Rd. crossing in Adrian, NY.
Proof that ConRail used something other than the usual B23-7's on flanger runs, SD40-2's 6455 and 6496 bracket the Boston Line's "own" flanger, the 64717 at East Brookfield, MA. on Jan. 20, 1987.
SD40-2 6496 trails the flanger past the depot in East Brookfield, MA. on Jan. 20, 1987.
CR 6365, 6375, 6373 and 6388 are seen on the rear of a EB PPLX coal train at Altoona PA on 10/5/97.
CR 6437 is seen along with other equipment on display during Railfest at Altoona PA on 10/5/97.
With the SEBO out of the way, the SPSE7X will finally get his turn to proceed. Helper 6478 will aid in lifting the tonnage over the hill.
Here's the "maintenence" mentioned earlier....SD40-2 6379 provides the impetus for a SPENO rail grinder working eastward on track 2 at Bancroft, MA. on March 27, 1982. Several years later, the more modern, newer versions of the SPENO rail grinder trains would get their own locomotives in the form of a modified version of EMD's F40, with a non-turbocharged 16/645. These were unofficially referred to as "F38's".
ML 440 about to roll under the NY 17 C overpass at west Endicott with LMS 711 leading a pair of SD's.
D&H BUEB-1 with NYSW 4024, 4032 and PLM 3006 eastbound at Smithboro, NY
NYS&W NTV-9 meets a Conrail Desert Storm Military train @ Port Jervis, NY
OIAL-8 westbound @ Royce, NJ SD40-2 6439 and CSX C40-8's 7558 and 7533 power the train

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