EMD SD40-2 - Page 7

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.

A Westbound van train, since it is early morning it is probably TV-1.
Baltimore bound GRB-20 @ Safe Harbor, Pa
SD40-2 6424 with SEBO-A in Bancroft, MA. on Feb. 20, 1982.
Conrail SD40-2 6424 is seen leading a coal train on CSX at Cumberland, MD in 1992.
An eastbound Conrail freight rolls through Hammond on the Indiana Harbor Belt, behind SD40-2 No. 6424, in May 1982. Doug Davidson photo with permission
SV6, formerly known as TV6, through the center of Hinsdale, MA. on Aug. 6, 1994.
SD40-2 6424 storms over the crest of the grade at MP 142 in the center of Hinsdale, MA. with SV6 on the morning of Aug. 6, 1994.
An eastbound seen at State Line has a home road unit, and one from the neighbors-the NS, whose ex Nickel Plate line is at left-and 40 cars. CR 6424 and NS 6672 lead just at sunset.
Conrail BUIN-8 is Westbound near MP 115 on Trk #2 in Conneaut, Ohio [on Conrail's Chicago line].
CR 6424 is on the point of ALSE at CP-5 in Ridgefield Park, NJ 4/1997. Much has changed here. The River Line is now double tracked, the old NYC style signal and the twin telephone poles behind the locomotive are long gone. Worse yet. Standing where I took the picture will now get you a ticket from the CSX police who aggresively patrol the area.
The 6425 et. al. head south with SENH on Amtrak's Springfield line at the Meadow Rd. crossing in Windsor, CT. in Feb., 1979.
CR 6425 is seen on TV-61 at Gallitzin, PA on 6/15/96.
This pair of Conrail SD40-2s bask in afternoon sun outside of the Philadelphia Electric Company power plant. The pair has recently brought in a coal train and is awaiting empties to take back to the mines.
CR 6427 is on the point of ALNS at CP-BURN in Allentown, Pa 11/1994
CR 6427 laying over in Chester, MA. with a cable laying train on Nov. 15, 1997.
CR 6427 on the point of SERE coming into Chester, MA. on Aug. 22, 1992.
Conrail SD40-2 6427 is seen receiving some TLC inside the Enola Diesel Shop during a 1986 PRR T&HS tour of the facility.
After taking a tour of the west end of the system, these dozen GG1's destined for the scrapper have arrived in Kent, Ohio for a crew change. They had left Wilmington without spacer cars, but someone in Crestline decided all that "dead weight" needed extra braking, so hoppers were added between each unit (never mind they had gone from Wilmington to Chicago and back to Crestline without them.....). After all was set in Crestline the train went east via Orrville and up to the former Erie Lackawanna in Akron, then east from there to the scrapper in Hubbard- more railroad than those old electrics had planned to see! The leader of this motley pack of junk survives today as CSX 8826. For additional info see : http://thecrhs.org/?q=conrailfacts/Conrail-misrouted-a-GG1-funeral-train-all-the-way-to-Chicago
The extra 6428 east stretched out across the Hinsdale flats and just past MP 139 approaches the summit of Washington hill. Headlight in the distance is the pusher which had just cut off after aiding the 6428 up the west slope from Pittsfield.
CR 6429 is seen on a helper set at Altoona, PA on 12/2/1984.
With SD-40-2's at each end and ex-PC SD-40's in the middle, CR 6430 trails a quartet of helpers as they assist with braking a coal train down Horseshoe Curve in April, 1981.
With SD-40-2's at each end and ex-PC SD-40's in the middle, CR 6430 trails a quartet of helpers as they assist with braking a coal train down Horseshoe Curve in April, 1981.
With SD-40-2's at each end and ex-PC SD-40's in the middle, CR 6430 trails a quartet of helpers as they run light down Horseshoe Curve in April, 1981.
Empty hoppers pass through Clairton, destined for the former MGA coalfields in SW Pennsylvania.
TV-79 hustles westbound on the Selkirk Branch. The track separation here is caused by the use of one track of the Selkirk Branch and one track of the former New York West Shore & Buffalo on the right.

A pair of SD40-2s and a GP38 lead SEEN (Selkirk - Enola) through Belt Line Junction in Reading PA.

CR 6431 is seen at Allentown, PA on 9/27/1987. This was one of the units designated with a white star below the cab for testing purposes.
SD40-2 6431 leads another varied lash-up on westbound ballast train BAL345 at Ballou's in Washington, MA. on Sept. 5, 1992.
One of several SD40-2's to have a test unit "star" applied. Conway yard, April 1978.
SD40-2 6432 shoves RESE past MP 129 in Becket, MA. on July 1, 1982
Conrail SD40-2 6432 is seen leading a westbound empty coal train at Tyrone, PA in 1992.
ML 440 rolls past the pond behind a mix of power, today an SD40-2, C40-8W and SD60M. Nice looking set of engines. Too bad there wasn't a little more water in the pond for a good reflection shot. Today's effort is 16 COFC and 63 racks.

An SD40-2 heads west through Lewistown leading a GP38 and another unknown EMD. Lewistown was an important location on the old Pennsy Middle Division, sporting a rather substantial station, and continues to be an Amtrak stop to this day.

Before SENH's rear end is out of the picture, westbound ballast train BTO731 enters the scene, crawling upgrade on track 1 at 19:03.
Conrail 6432, 6603, and 6605, all wearing the small "star" test unit application, are about ready to take the Crab Creek Industrial connection and head north to Ashtabula via the ex NYC portion of the Youngstown Line with a loaded coal train. Off in the distance are 4 ex P&LE U28B's bound for the TTI in the Chessie yard.
One of several SD40-2's test units with the "star" applied.

The trailing U33C 6875 (ex-EL 3307 and former CR 6570) smokes it up while a pair of 1977-built SD-40-2's (6439 and 6432) leads mixed freight through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

Both 6439 and 6432, part of CR series 6431-6440, underwent an operational cost comparison program in 1977.  Participants of the program received a white star under their cab numbers.

Fuel test unit (as noted by the star under the road number onside of cab) SD40-2 6432 and SD40 6266 pull 149 empty hoppers off the Antlers Industrial track thru CP River to head north to Clearfield, PA. Not seen in the shot are the two cabin cars at the rear.
Conrail SD40-2 6433 and GP40 3052 (ex-PC 3052, nee-NYC 3052) are pulling an eastbound mixed freight into Gallitzin, PA in 1981.
ALPI0 traverses the interlocking at Wyomissing Jct. with 6 EMD's as power. CP-Wyomissing Jct. MP61.2 CR Harrisburg Line
CR 6433, 6305 & 6417 are seen leading ENSE at Cranford Jct NJ in Aug of 1982.
Conrail SD40-2 6434 is seen trailing on a westbound train of ancient Cambria and Indiana hoppers in 1984.
Conrail SD40-2 6434 is seen leading an eastbound freight out of the Spruce Creek tunnel in 1993.

An SD40-2 leads eastbound PIML through Duncannon PA, back when the station was still owned by the railroad. Notice how this train includes a mix of general freight and intermodal traffic.

Conrail SD40-2 6434 leads an eastbound through the Berkshire Hills east of Bancroft on 1 October 1993.
The first of four westbounds in one hour, TV-9X powers into Bancroft, MA. at 08:49 on Feb. 19, 1983 behind a sparse two-unit lash-up.
Running late on this particular day, passing the station at Lock Haven behind SD40-2 6435 and C40-8W 6072. 10/1995
Conrail SD40-2 6436 is seen leading a train at Petersburg, PA in 1984.
Two SD40-2s lead an eastbound coal drag through Douglassville, PA, on the Harrisburg Line. This train is nearing its destination; the PECO power plant in Cromby, PA. Notice that the lead unit is one of the "starred" SD40-2s.
A quartet of SD40-2's lead a TV train toward Selkirk before turning west to Chicago. Seen from the boat dock at Bear Mountain State Park.

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