EMD SD40-2 - Page 9

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 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 6441 Pittsfield MA Jul 1980

SD40-2 6441 BOSE-4b at CP 148 aka North Adams Jct

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 6446 Cumberland, MD 6/92

CR 6446 is the trailing unit on an eastbound coal drag parked at Virginia Ave. Cumberland, MD on 6/13/92.

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 6448 on UXC-392 at Altoona, PA 6/15/96

CR 6448 is seen on UXC-392 at Altoona, PA on 6/15/96.

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.

CR 6453 - SD40-2 at Johnstown, PA

CR 6453 is seen at Johnstown, PA on 3/7/1987.

CR 6454 Mifflin, Pa 8/92

PIEN-9 has finished weighing at Denholm and is proceeding east @ Mifflin, Pa

CR 6455 Ft. Montgomery, NY 11/5/97

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.

CR 6455 in Washington, MA. on 10/9/97. (1)

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.

CR 6456 and 6346 Harrisburg,PA 1981

Conrail SD40 6346 and SD40-2 6456 are leading an eastbound freight past the Amtrak station in Harrisburg, PA in 1981.

CR 6456 at Berlin, CT. on 7/10/87.

SENH through Berlin, CT. on July 10, 1987 with the 6456 in the trail.

CR 6456 at Cresson, PA

Conrail SD40-2 6456 is seen leading a westbound empty coal train at Cresson, PA in 1991.

CR 6456 Bethlehem, PA 12-26-1978

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.

CR 6456 on the Pittsburgh Line

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.

CR 6457 and 6660 at Cresson, PA

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.

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