EMD SD40 - Page 2

Conrail inherited its 118 SD40s from Penn Central and the CNJ. These 3000hp units were powerful and reliable, and without a doubt led to Conrail's eventual purchase of its fleet of the upgraded SD40-2. All of Conrail's SD40s were retired, sold or rebuilt into SD40-2Rs by 1994.

CR 6250 Pittsburgh, PA 8-18-1978

PC SD-45 6172 leads SD-40's 6295 and 6250 quickly through Pittsburgh in August, 1978.

CR 6251 at Bennington Curve.jpg

Conrail SD40 6251 is seen trailing on a westbound empty Pennsylvania Power and Light coal train at Bennington Curve in 1986.

CR 6251 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

CR SD40 6251 coupled with an SD45 roar through Morrisville on track 1 with piggybacks in April, 1977.

CR 6252 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

CR SD40 6252 and SD45 6120 help with braking as PC N-5C 23329's train heads down the Curve on May 22, 1977.

Railfans were gathered on the hill behind awaiting a scheduled run up the curve by former-RDG 4-8-4 #2102. 

CR 6252 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

CR SD45 6120 and SD40 6252 push hard on ex-PC N10 class cabin 24041 at Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6252 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

CR SD45 6120 and SD40 6252 push hard on ex-PC N10 class cabin 24041 at Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6252 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

CR SD45 6120 and SD40 6252 push hard on ex-PC N10 class cabin 24041 at Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6252 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

CR SD-45 6112 and SD-40 6262 give braking assistance down the hill at Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6252 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

CR SD45 6120 and SD40 6252 push hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6252 Altoona, PA 7/4/1978

Westbound empty hoppers head up the grade at SLOPE.

CR 6252 Valley Forge, PA 2-15-1982

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

CR 6253 and 6709 Enola, PA 4/1/1982

Wrecked Conrail SD40 6253 was at Enola, PA in April 1982, along with U23C 6709. Photo by John Decker.

CR 6253 Andover, NY 3/15/1980

A Westbound crests the grade out of Hornell at Tip Top on the line to Meadville.

CR 6254 (SD40)

Former PC 6254 was in the yard at S. Phila. PA on 2/20/82. Unit would later become EMDX 6407 then rebuilt by Alstom as SD40-2 FURX 3038.

CR 6254 - SD40 at Rutherford, PA

Former PC 6254 is on a freight with CR 6480 and another EMD, passing by one of many stored SD45's at Rutherford, PA on 12/26/1982.

CR 6256 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978 (1)

SD45-2 6698 heads down the Curve for more pusher duty as SD40 6256 leads a quartet of units up in March, 1978.

CR 6256 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978 (2)

CR SD40 6256, in a quartet of units, pounds up the Curve as SD45-2 6698 brings up the rear of a helper set providing braking down the hill in March, 1978.

CR 6256 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978 (3)

You can feel the ground shake as CR SD40 6256 and an SD45 pound up Horseshoe in March, 1978.

CR 6256 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former PC SD-40 6256 at the tail end of a quartet of CR units rushing piggybacks through Altoona in August, 1977.

CR 6256 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former PC SD-40 6256 at the tail end of a quartet of CR units rushing piggybacks through Altoona in August, 1977.

CR 6256, Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former PC SD-40 6256 pulls hard at the tail end of a quartet of SD's pulling piggybacks toward the Curve in August, 1977.

CR 6258 Horseshoe Curve 5-28-1978

6258 leads an Eastbound into the West leg of Horseshoe Curve.

CR 6260 at Bancroft, MA. on 6/12/93.

CR 6260 leads BOSE up through Bancroft, MA. at 07:16 on the morning of June 12, 1993. Do ALWAYS have to have the sun at your back?

CR 6261 on the Pittsburgh Line in 1984

Conrail SD40 6261 (ex-PC 6261) is seen heading west on the Pittsburgh Line between Mineral Point and South Fork in 1984.

CR 6262 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (1)

CR SD45 6112 and SD40 6262 give braking assistance down the hill at Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6262 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (2)

PC 890568 3-bay hopper class H56A feels the pressure as CR SD45 6112 and SD40 6262 give braking assistance down the hill at Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6262 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (3)

CR SD45 6112 and SD40 6262 give braking assistance down the hill at Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6262 leads a S/B freight on the Northeast Corridor in Middle River MD, 12/81

Five years and eight months after the birth of "Big Blue", blackberry ex Penn Central SD40-6262 is leading two CR blueberries, SD40-2 6377 & SD35 6023, on a S/B freight on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, about to cross Martin Blvd in Middle River, MD.

The blackberries/blueberries terms were coined by noted rail photographer J. J. Young, Jr.

1:47PM on 12/19/81.

CR 6262 Springfield, MA 03-02-1977

Springfield, Massachusetts was the most significant rail freight gateway in New England throughout the Conrail era. In this shot we see train M-7 southbound around noon on 2 March 1977. In this atypical lash-up PC 6262 is an SD40, EL 2563 is a GP35, and CNW 924 is an SD40.

CR 6262-6270-6460 ZBB Power at Saucon Yard

Power off a ZBB ore train lay over in the ex. Reading Saucon Yard after it dropped its cars off at the Bethlehem Steel Mill. Power is SD40's 6262-6270, both still in Penn Central black, and SD40-2 6460. After Bethlehem Steel closed and the coke mill shut down, the rails here were removed. The only thing remaining in this shot is the coal tower which remarkably still stands! The SD40's had long lives and are still in service today. 6262 became CR 609, HLCX 5023, TFM 1520, HATX 1520, then rebuilt to GCFX 3089. The 6270 became EMDX 6427 and was rebuilt to FURX 3045. SD40-2 6460 still works today dressed up as CSX 8836..

CR 6263 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

CR SD40 6263, in a mix of locomotives, rolls down the hill at Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.  

All the railfans are waiting for RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyahoga Valley Lines 2-8-2 #4070 to make a run through later that day.

CR 6263 and CR 6423 at Philadelphia

CR SD40 6263 (ex-PC 6263) and SD40-2 6423 are seen on the High Line at Philadelphia, PA in 1982.

CR 6263 in Chester, MA. on 7/25/92. (1)

CR 6263 leads SEBO past MP 128 in Chester, MA. on July 25, 1992.

CR 6263 in Chester, MA. on 7/25/92. (2)

Full-frame edition of preceding photo of SEBO/CR 6263 at MP 128 in Chester, MA.

CR 6264 east TV 204 Endwell 04191994

A trio of units head east with 102 platforms of TV 204, passing the pond along Watson Blvd in Endwell on a typically gloomy Southern Tier day.

CR 6265 Gallitzin, PA 5/28/1978

4 units lug a Westbound van train under the signal bridge that is East of the tunnels, (Benny Curve area).

CR 6265 in Hinsdale, MA. on 6/22/80. (1)

"Tigerpaws" and a pair of "Jackboots" lead eastbound tonnage over the summit of Washington Hill in Hinsdale, MA. on June 22, 1980.

CR 6267 Enola, PA

Wrecked SD40 6267 at Enola, PA. Photo by John Decker

CR 6268 - SD40 at Cresson, PA

Former PC 6268 is seen at Cresson, PA on 4/29/1984.

CR 6268 and CR 6523 Altoona, PA 1981

Conrail SD40 6268 and SD40-2 6523 are leading an eastbound mixed freight at CP-Works in Altoona, PA in 1981.

CR 6268 West Cameron, NY 10/27/1985

An Eastbound coal train runs along the Canisteo River at MP 318 in West Cameron, NY.

CR 6269 leads an eastbound PPLX Coal Train through Duncannon PA, 10/90

An SD40 and SD40-2 team up to haul a loaded PPLX coal train through the curve at Duncannon PA.

CR 6270 at Jacks Narrows, PA in 1979

CR SD40 6270 leads a westbound through the area known as Jacks Narrows, just west of Mount Union, PA. This area takes its name from Captain Jack Armstrong, a mid-18th century pioneer and trader who was murdered by local indians and is believed to have been buried on the shores of the Juniata River in this vicinity.

CR 6270 in Becket, MA. on 12/30/82.

CR 6270 on BOEL near MP 129 in Becket, MA. on Dec. 30, 1982.

CR 6271 Bethlehem, PA 12-26-1978

CR SD-40 6271 up close at the Bethlehem engine terminal in December, 1978.

CR 6271 WB at Duncannon, PA 8/84

CR 6271 and 1933 lead a freight west at Duncannon, PA on 8/4/84.

CR 6272 Adrian, NY 5/20/1989

With subway cars that will be dropped at Hornell for refurbishing, OIEL passes thru the tiny burg of Adrian.

CR 6272 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

Former PC SD40 6272 rests in lines of power at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977.

CR 6272 Horseshoe Curve, PA 5/28/1978

4 black units descend the mountain, starting into the West leg of the curve.

If you find this site worthwhile:
Please Consider Making a Donation To The CRHS

Amount: 

Like this site?

If you're a fan of Conrail, and you find this site useful, please consider supporting The CRHS with a donation or membership.

Want more CRHS content? Join our mailing list to keep up with what's going on with the society.