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.

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.

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, 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 SD40-2 6440 and GP40 3274 are in the lead of a light power move heading towards CP-Mary in Marysville, PA in 1979.
Conrail SD40-2 6441 is part of a helper set assisting a train down Horseshoe Curve in 1982.
Conrail SD40-2 6441 is seen just west of Horseshoe Curve in 1982.
CR 6442 is seen at Hagerstown, MD on 10/15/98.
Conrail SD40-2 6442 is seen receiving some maintenance inside the Enola Diesel Shop during a 1986 PRR T&HS tour of the facility.
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.
Conrail SD40-2s 6443 and 6425 are lugging a westbound ballast train up the hill just west of MG tower in 1981.
Conrail SD40-2s 6443 and 6425 are seen passing MG tower with a westbound ballast train in 1981.
A Westbound arrives at East Conway in heavy snowfall.
CR 6444 is seen at Cresson, PA on 4/28/1985.
OIBU passes CP Swain, rolling through on the main track as it rushes toward Buffalo.
PWSE splits the block signals at mile 147.3 as he rolls down the ramp into Pittsfield, MA. on June 20, 1986.
PWSE continues his descent down the ramp into Pittsfield, MA.
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.
1978-built SD40-2 6446 leads ex-PC SD45's 6134 and 6156, and two Sante Fe units, up the curve in March, 1979.
An eastbound coal train led by SD40-2 6446 heads through Blandon in the fall of 1992.
Running light down the hill at Horseshoe are CR SD-40-2 6448 and SD-40 6332 in March, 1981.
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.
Conrail SD40-2 6448 is seen leading a westbound empty coal train around Horseshoe Curve in 1986.
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.
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.
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 train BUOI runs along the Canisteo River at MP 321 in Adrian, NY.
SD40-2 6451 in fresh paint at JLS in Altoona, PA on April 21st, 1994. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.
CR 6451 is seen at Bear DE on 2/14/98.
CR 6451, 5033 & 6510 are seen at Edgemoor DE on 1/1/98.
CR 6451 is seen at Edgemoor DE on 1/1/98.
A 3 builder lashup heads East thru Rochester.
"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 is seen with CR 6296 at Cresson, PA on 11/17/1984.
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.
CR 6453 is seen at Johnstown, PA on 3/7/1987.
PIEN-9 has finished weighing at Denholm and is proceeding east @ Mifflin, Pa
CR 6455 is at the head end of a rainbow lash-up on SECS at Ft. Montgomery, NY. on Nov. 5, 1997. Included are SP 7862 and CSX 6346.
For all the SD40/-2's ConRail had, they were not common on the Boston Line. SD40-2 6455 leads a TV99 near MP 135 in Washington, MA. on Oct. 9, 1997. The engineer hasn't "forgotten" his lights, there's a reason.
Conrail SD40 6346 and SD40-2 6456 are leading an eastbound freight past the Amtrak station in Harrisburg, PA in 1981.
SENH through Berlin, CT. on July 10, 1987 with the 6456 in the trail.
Conrail SD40-2 6456 is seen leading a westbound empty coal train at Cresson, PA in 1991.
Part of Conrail's second SD-40-2 order from EMD, CR 6456 rests along with ex-PC SD-40 6271 at the Bethlehem engine terminal in December, 1978.
Conrail SD40-2 6456 is seen again in 1991, this time crossing the viaduct over the Little Conemaugh River between South Fork and Mineral Point.
A pair of SD40-2's led by 6457 is entering the engine facility at Cresson, PA on 7/26/1987 as a helper set with CR 6660 and 6659 rolls by on Track 2.
Conrail SD40-2s 6457 and 6497 are seen running light westbound around Horseshoe Curve in 1981.
Conrail SD40-2s 6457 and 6497 are seen with class N21 caboose 21248 at Bennington Curve, PA in 1981.
Conrail SD40-2 6457 and SD50 6806 lead an eastbound train near Waterloo, IN back in 1995.
Conrail SD40-2 6457 is seen trailing on an eastbound freight at MP 246 on the Pittsburgh Line in 1984. It's a shame we don't have a clearer view of the high and wide load on that CR depressed center flatcar.
Conrail SD40-2 6457 is seen trailing on an eastbound freight at MP 246 on the Pittsburgh Line in 1984.
Conrail SD40-2 6457 is leading MOPI-X across the Schuylkill River on SEPTA's Norristown Line on 11/25/1990. Soon the train will join the Harrisburg Line at CP-Norris and proceed west to Conway Yard

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