EMD SD40-2 - Page 14

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.

Helpers at Altoona PA 10/5/97

CR 6365, 6375, 6373 and 6388 are seen on the rear of a EB PPLX coal train at Altoona PA on 10/5/97.

JLS Railfest locomotive displays - Altoona PA 10/5/97

CR 6437 is seen along with other equipment on display during Railfest at Altoona PA on 10/5/97.

Lane Closure Ahead on 3/27/82. (06)

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.

Lane Closure Ahead on 3/27/82. (07)

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".

LMS 711 east ML 440 Endicott 05031995

ML 440 about to roll under the NY 17 C overpass at west Endicott with LMS 711 leading a pair of SD's.

NYSW 4024 Smithboro, NY 12/90

D&H BUEB-1 with NYSW 4024, 4032 and PLM 3006 eastbound at Smithboro, NY

NYSW 4044 Port Jervis, NY 11/90

NYS&W NTV-9 meets a Conrail Desert Storm Military train @ Port Jervis, NY

OIAL-8 SD40-2 6439 Royce, NJ

OIAL-8 westbound @ Royce, NJ SD40-2 6439 and CSX C40-8's 7558 and 7533 power the train

PLENTY-A-POWER at Bancroft, MA. on 8/17/80. (1)

CR 6401 has plenty of help dragging tonnage westward through Bancroft, MA. on Aug. 17, 1980.

PYSE-8 SD40-2 6418 Tomkins Cove, NY

PYSE-8 northbound @ the Stoney Point HBD/DED Tomkins Cove, NY

RAI-301 at Washington, MA. on 1/2/93. (2)

SD40-2 6494 is second in line on RAI-301 at Washington, MA. on Jan. 2, 1993.

SD40-2 6452 on ALSE-6 at Roseton, NY

ALSE-6 northbound @ the Central Hudson Gas & Electric Crossing Roseton, NY

South Fork 40s

In a scene that could have been common on any given day from 1977 to 1999, South Fork is the scene of 6 blue SD40-2s meeting as helper sets pass each other on the west slope in 1986. Most of us would give almost anything to be able to witness a sight like this today.

TV11E GP40 3214 VanDyke, Pa

TV11E (bare tables) west on track 2 @ VanDyke, Pa

UP 3497 east ML 440 Endwell 04051994

ML 440 with a western visitor in the form of UP 3497 leading rolls past the pond along Watson Blvd on an April afternoon, 67 cars behind its three units.

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