EMD SD40-2 - Page 8

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 6434 on 10/1/93

Conrail SD40-2 6434 leads an eastbound through the Berkshire Hills east of Bancroft on 1 October 1993.

CR 6434 on TV-9X at Bancroft, MA. on 2/19/83.

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.

CR 6435 at Lock Haven, PA 10/1995

Running late on this particular day, passing the station at Lock Haven behind SD40-2 6435 and C40-8W 6072. 10/1995

CR 6436 at Petersburg, PA

Conrail SD40-2 6436 is seen leading a train at Petersburg, PA in 1984.

CR 6436 leads UCP112 at Douglassville, PA 3/10/91

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.

CR 6436 north Iona Island 06111985

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.

CR 6436 Portageville, NY 2/3/1995

ML-401 is less than a mile from the Portage Bridge on a sunny Winter morning.

CR 6437 at Altoona PA 10/5/97

Freshly painted CR 6437 is seen on display during Railfest at Altoona PA on 10/5/97.

CR 6437 Conway, PA 10/14/1997

3 different CR paint schemes are at the Conway Engine terminal. 6437 in CR Quality, 6617 in the gray Ballast Express, and 735 in LMS.

CR 6437 Morrisville, PA 6-11-1979

CR SD-40-2 6437 leads SD-40 6243 in a quartet of CR power hustling a TV train through Morrisville in June, 1979.

CR 6438 and NS 6155 Enola, PA 9/24/1989

Ten years before NS took over Enola, the Conrail - NS run through train from Roanoke enters its Enola destination.  CR 6438 SD-40-2 leads NS SD-40-2 6155.

CR 6438 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD40-2 6438 is seen at Horseshoe Curve in 1982.

CR 6438 east TV 78 Johnson City 031984

A pair of SD40-2's lead what I'm guessing is TV 78 into Johnson City, rolling past River Plaza and what was then GE. The stack in the background is the NYSEG Goudy Station, destination for many a coal train on this line. It is actually on the Vestal Spur, a remnant of the DLW that is accessed at West BD.

CR 6438 north Iona Island autos 07301985

An auto rack train rolls across the bridge at Iona Island, seen from the boat dock at Bear Mountain State Park.

CR 6438 on XWB-18 at Essington, PA

This pair of Conrail SD40-2s, 6438 and 6476, pull 88 empty hoppers northbound through Wanamaker Yard on a sunny, August afternoon. The train weighed in at 2,728 tons.

CR 6439 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980

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.

CR 6440 - SD40-2 at Rutherford, PA

CR 6440, one of the SD40-2's with the star below the cab for testing purposes, is seen at Rutherford, PA on 11/9/1985.

CR 6440 and CR 3274 at Marysville, PA

CR SD40-2 6440 and GP40 3274 are in the lead of a light power move heading towards CP-Mary in Marysville, PA in 1979.

CR 6441 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD40-2 6441 is part of a helper set assisting a train down Horseshoe Curve in 1982.

CR 6441 near Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD40-2 6441 is seen just west of Horseshoe Curve in 1982.

CR 6442 at Hagerstown, MD 10/15/98

CR 6442 is seen at Hagerstown, MD on 10/15/98.

CR 6442 inside Enola Diesel

Conrail SD40-2 6442 is seen receiving some maintenance inside the Enola Diesel Shop during a 1986 PRR T&HS tour of the facility.

CR 6442 leads a TV train at Gallitzin PA, 10/82

WB Conrail TV train, led by SD40-2 No. 6442, Gallitzin, PA, 10/2/82.

CR 6442 west OIBU 01311984

OIBU with a pair of 40's, one an SD, the other a GP, wait for a commuter train at Port Jervis before heading to Sparrow Bush and the Delaware Division. They won't see Binghamton til long after dark today. The signal is the distant board for BC, where the double track through town goes to single as it climbs toward Otisville.

CR 6443 and 6425 at MG PA 1981

Conrail SD40-2s 6443 and 6425 are lugging a westbound ballast train up the hill just west of MG tower in 1981.

CR 6443 and CR 6425 at MG Tower in 1981

Conrail SD40-2s 6443 and 6425 are seen passing MG tower with a westbound ballast train in 1981.

CR 6443 East Conway, PA 1/17/1992

A Westbound arrives at East Conway in heavy snowfall.

CR 6444 - SD40-2 at Cresson, PA

CR 6444 is seen at Cresson, PA on 4/28/1985.

CR 6444 west OIBU Swain 05271994

OIBU passes CP Swain, rolling through on the main track as it rushes toward Buffalo.

CR 6445 in Pittsfield, MA. on 6/20/86. (1)

PWSE splits the block signals at mile 147.3 as he rolls down the ramp into Pittsfield, MA. on June 20, 1986.

CR 6445 in Pittsfield, MA. on 6/20/86. (2)

PWSE continues his descent down the ramp into Pittsfield, MA.

CR 6445 west OIBU Endicott 031984

OIBU approaches Hayes Av in Endicott, now about ten minutes out of Binghamton, in the gathering gloom. He'll work Elmira next, but not til after dark.

CR 6446 Altoona, PA 3-17-1979

1978-built SD40-2 6446 leads ex-PC SD45's 6134 and 6156, and two Sante Fe units, up the curve in March, 1979.

CR 6446 at Blandon, PA on 11/3/92

An eastbound coal train led by SD40-2 6446 heads through Blandon in the fall of 1992.

CR 6448 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981

Running light down the hill at Horseshoe are CR SD-40-2 6448 and SD-40 6332 in March, 1981.

CR 6448 at Cheaster, MA. in 10/1978.

Looks like the 6448 is fresh out of the paint booth as it leads the 6301 et.al. with a westbound at Chester, MA. in October, 1978.

CR 6448 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD40-2 6448 is seen leading a westbound empty coal train around Horseshoe Curve in 1986.

CR 6449 2-18-96 Altoona, PA

CR SD40-2 6449 in another view after the wreck on 12-22-95 in Effingham, IL. Photographed at JLS in Altoona on February 18th, 1996 by Terry Nardella, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR 6449 2-18-96 Altoona, PA

And one more view of CR SD40-2 6449 after the wreck on 12-22-95 when she arrived at JLS in Altoona, PA on February 18th, 1996. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR 6449 Binghamton, NY 3/6/1988

OIBU stops at Binghamton to work the yard. Who would have thought at the time that those NS ponies would be the Southern Tiers owner.

CR 6450 Adrian, NY 10/26/1985

CR train BUOI runs along the Canisteo River at MP 321 in Adrian, NY.

CR 6451 4-21-94 Altoona, PA

SD40-2 6451 in fresh paint at JLS in Altoona, PA on April 21st, 1994. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR 6451 at Bear DE 2/14/98

CR 6451 is seen at Bear DE on 2/14/98.

CR 6451 at Edgemoor DE 1/1/98

CR 6451, 5033 & 6510 are seen at Edgemoor DE on 1/1/98.

CR 6451 at Edgemoor DE 1/1/98

CR 6451 is seen at Edgemoor DE on 1/1/98.

CR 6451 Rochester, NY 3/24/1979

A 3 builder lashup heads East thru Rochester.

CR 6451 Selkirk, NY 3/93

"Baby" its FREAKIN' Cold outside as UOR-24 waits for a new crew in back of the Albany Division Offices 3/2/93

CR 6452 - SD40-2 at Cresson, PA

CR 6452 is seen with CR 6296 at Cresson, PA on 11/17/1984.

CR 6452 at Berlin, CT. on 7/10/87. (1)

WNWS-7, the "stone turn", heads south past the station in Berlin, CT. on July 10, 1987. This is a case of ConRail being the tenant and Amtrak, the landlord. Located on Amtrak's ex New Haven RR Springfield line, Berlin is the only station actually owned by Amtrak on that route and was the photographer's "railfanning nursery" back in the 1950's.

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