EMD SD40-2 - Page 6

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 6399 at Westport, PA

UFS-885 led by SD40-2s 6399 and 6406 plus GP38-2 8051 screams thru Westport, PA on it's way to Clearfield, PA for another load of coal..

CR 6400 - SD40-2 at Rutherford, PA

CR 6400 is seen at Rutherford, PA on 9/24/1983.

CR 6400 in Becket, MA. on 4/4/92.

SD40-2 6400 leads an assortment of power on TV9 near MP 130 in Becket, MA. on April 4, 1992.

CR 6401 at Lock Haven, PA 9/1991

The other side of the lite engine move throttling it up after clearing the speed restriction thru Lock Haven. 9/1991

CR 6401 E. Pittsburgh, PA 10/15/1997

CR 6401 - 6402 lead a UFS coal train on the Port Perry branch on a foggy morning.

CR 6402 on UFS-539 at Conemaugh, PA 8/20/98

CR 6402, 6401, 6405, 8071 & 8085 are seen on UFS-539 at Conemaugh, PA on 8/20/98 at 1:45p.

CR 6402 on UFS-539 at Lilly, PA 8/20/98

CR 6402, 6401, 6405, 8071 & 8085 are seen on UFS-539 at Lilly, PA on 8/20/98.

CR 6403 & 6399 on PPLX empties at Tyrone, PA 6/7/97

CR 6403 & 6399 are seen leading empty PPLX hoppers at Tyrone, PA on 6/7/97.

CR 6403 and CR 6430 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD40-2s 6403 and 6430 are seen in a helper trio heading west at Bennington Curve in 1986.

CR 6405 Bailey, PA 8/82

PIEN-6X at track speed through Bailey, PA

CR 6406 at Cresson, PA in 1998

Conrail SD40-2 6406 is seen on a coal train waiting on the Cresson Secondary at Cresson, PA in 1998.

CR 6406 at Washington, MA. in 4/1979.

SD40-2 6406 shoves against N8B 23531 at the rear of the extra 2264 west in Washington, MA. in April, 1979.

CR 6408 Altoona, PA 8-21-1981

A quartet of CR blue leads a TV train down the Curve in August, 1981. CR SD-40-2 6408 (1977-built) heads the consist, followed by SD-45 6217, and GP-40's 3271 and 3272.

CR 6408 at Cresson, PA on 6/10/98

A set of Conrail SD40-2s idle in Cresson after sunset.

CR 6408 at Toledo, OH

Conrail SD40-2 6408 leads its train under a signal bridge near Toledo, OH on November 23, 1979. Photographer unknown, Chris Howe collection

CR 6408, 7912 and 3217 Altoona, PA 1981

An trio of EMDs is lugging a westbound merchandise freight around Horseshoe back in 1981. In charge is SD40-2 6408, GP38 7912, and GP40 3217.

CR 6409 at Bancroft, MA. in 6/1979.

The 6409 aiding westbound tonnage through Bancroft, MA. in June, 1979.

CR 6409 Clone of CR 2798 at Middlefield, MA. in 6/79

SD40-2 6409 working hard to " keep it moving with ConRail" at the rear of the extra 2798 west in Middlefield, MA. in June, 1979.

CR 6410 Conway, PA 8-18-1978

CR C425 2433 works with SD-40-2 6410 at Conway in August, 1978.

CR 6410 in Binghamton, NY. on 7/27/87.

The 6410 has OIBU in tow at "BD" interlocking in Binghamton, NY. on July 27, 1987.

CR 6410 in Pittsfield, MA. on 2/26/83.

CR 6410 arriving with BOEL at North Adams Jct. in Pittsfield, MA. at 10:53. If the clearances beneath the Junction Rd. overhead look a little tight, they were. ConRail eventually undercut the tracks here by a couple of feet a few years later along with raising a number of small overhead bridges by the same amount.

CR 6410-2718-7566 at MP 234 North of Montgomery, PA

A neat mix of power leads ENBU-1 northbound passing MP 234 on the Buffalo Line. SD40-2 6410 leads U23B 2718 and GP10 7566 on the Buffalo bound mixed freight. Conrail 6410 later became famous as CSX 8888, the unit that was involved in the runaway train drama thru Ohio on 5/15/2001.

CR 6411 at Ashtabula, OH on 10/22/96

CR 6411 and 7658 pull a string of empties at Conrail's Ashtabula Harbor Ohio Yard.

CR 6411 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD40-2 6411 is seen trailing on an eastbound TV train at Bennington Curve in 1983.

CR 6411 at Bennington Curve in 1984

Conrail SD40-2 6411 is seen leading a westbound freight around Bennington Curve in 1984. Don't miss the ex-PC Centerflow covered hopper third car back in the consist. If only we had a photo of that one...

CR 6411 east ML 440 Endicott 09061994

ML 440 rolls 63 racks east, about to pass under NY 17C at west Endicott.

CR 6411 SD40-2 at Conrail's Ashtabula Harbor Ohio Yard

Conrail 6411 and 2030 rest between assignments at Conrail's Ashtabula Harbor Ohio Yard

CR 6412 & 6398 shoving PMT-11 at Johnstown, PA 8/20/98

CR 6412 & 6398 are seen shoving loaded slab train PMT-11 west at Johnstown, PA on 8/20/98.

CR 6412 & LMS 708 at Altoona PA 10/5/97

CR 6412 & LMS 708 are seen leading a WB at Altoona PA on 10/5/97.

CR 6412 at Cresson PA 2/8/98

CR 6412 is seen at Cresson PA on 2/8/98. The 6412 was one of the 6400 series SD40-2s commonly found in the helper pool.

CR 6412 at Cresson PA 7/30/97

CR 6412, 6368, 6425 & 5549 are seen on a WB at Cresson PA on 7/30/97. The 6412 was one of a few 6400 series SD40-2s that was used in the Altoona helper pool.

CR 6413 at Johnstown, PA 6/8/97

CR 6413 is seen at Johnstown, PA on 6/8/97.

CR 6414 SD40-2s at Conway PA 3-92

I snapped this while driving to school one morning, March of 1992

CR 6415 - SD40-2 at Cresson, PA

CR 6415 is seen at Cresson, PA on 7/21/1985.

CR 6415 Bethlehem, PA 11-25-1978

1977-built CR SD-40-2 6415 lined up with SD-40 6308 (ex-PC 6055) at the Bethlehem engine terminal in November, 1978.

CR 6415 in Washington, MA. on 1/4/94.

The 6415 leads BOSE out of the cut at Washington depot at 10:43 on Jan. 4, 1994.

CR 6416 Pitcairn, PA 8-20-1978

One year old CR SD-40-2 6416, U25B 2588 (ex-EL 2519), and GP38-2 8043 follow SD-45 6135 at Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.

CR 6417 Allentown, PA 7-16-1978

CR SD40-2 6417 heads C30-7 6609* Test Unit through Allentown in July, 1978.

CR 6417 at Blue Island, IL

On a Sunday afternoon in August 1981, Conrail SD40-2 No. 6417 leads a westbound freight on the IHB at Blue Island, IL. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 6417 at CP-Conpit

Conrail SD40-2 6417 is seen on a ballast cleaner at CP-Conpit in 1982. Seems like less-than-glamorous duty for a unit that is less than 5 years old at that point.

CR 6417 Bethlehem, PA 7-16-1978

CR C30-7 6609* Test Unit follows SD40-2 6417 through Bethlehem in July, 1978.

The 10 C30-7 3,000hp units were the first new six-axle power purchased by Conrail in 1977.

*Like 6609, many of the 10 C30-7's added a star and "Test Unit" under the model designation.

CR 6418 and CR 6507 Lead PIEN Through Duncannon, PA, 12/85

Two days after Christmas, two SD40-2s bring PIEN from Pittsburgh to Enola through Duncannon PA.

CR 6418 at CP-Slope

Conrail SD40-2 6418 is seen leading a westbound TV train through CP-Slope in Altoona in 1982.

CR 6418 Valley Forge, PA 2-15-1982

CR SD40-2 6418 (1977-built) leads former PC SD40 6252 in a quartet of power passing Valley Forge National park station on President's day, 1982.

CR 6418-Ridgefield Park NJ 3/78

CR 6418 & PC 2875 are seen leading a North Bergen Extra at Ridgefield Park in March of 1978.

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