EMD SD40 - Page 5

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 6318 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (1)

CR pushers SD-45 6204, and SD-40 6318 run light down Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

Crowds of steam railfans were all around the Curve awaiting the arrival of RDG 4-8-4 #2101 and helper Cuyahoga Valley Line 2-8-2 #4070 later that day.  They came for steam, but may have left Conrail fans as they saw F-units, GP30 and 35's, SD40, 45 and 45P's, and a few U-boats strain and groan their loads up the hill or brake hard as they rolled down to Altoona.

CR 6318 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (2)

CR pushers SD45 6204 and SD40 6318 run light down track 2 at Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6318 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (3)

CR pushers SD45 6204 and SD40 6318 run light down track 2 at Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6319 and CR 7004 at the Juniata Shops in 1984.

Conrail SD40 6319 (ex-PC 6066) and Conrail GP9 7004 (ex-PC 7004) are seen behind the E&M Shop at Juniata in 1984, along with the long hood from GP38-2 8121.

CR 6319 PC 6066 Orrville, OH 11-16-1976

An eastbound Conrail train passes under a classic PRR signal bridge on the outskirts of Orrville, Ohio in November 1976. The SD40/GP40/U25B/GP7 consist has yet to be renumbered PC 6066 in the lead. It would become CR 6319 as Erie Lackawanna SD45 3601 would be assigned #6066 on Conrail....sometimes you needed a scorecard in those days!

CR 6321 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (2)

CR SD35 6017 leads SD40 6321 on a railfan special on May 22, 1977.

The many railfans were waiting for RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyahoga Valley Lines 2-8-2 #4070 to make their run through this day.

CR 6321 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (3)

CR SD35 6017 leads SD40 6321 on a railfan special on May 22, 1977.

The many railfans were waiting for RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyahoga Valley Lines 2-8-2 #4070 to make their run through this day.

CR 6321 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

A pair of SD-40s roar through Morrisville with piggybacks on the Northeast corridor in April, 1977

CR 6323 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (1)

CR pushers SD45 6177 and PC SD40 6070 (soon to be CR 6323) run light down track 1 at the Curve on May 22, 1977.

Crowds of steam railfans were all around the Curve awaiting the arrival of RDG 4-8-4 #2101 and helper Cuyahoga Valley Line 2-8-2 #4070 later that day.

 

CR 6323 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (2)

CR SD45 6177 and ex-PC SD40 6070 run light down Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR SD-40 6070 will soon be renumbered 6323 to make room for EL SD45's

CR 6323 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (3)

CR pushers SD-45 6177, and SD-40 6070 run light down Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977. Former PC 6070 would later be renumbered 6323 to make room for EL SD45's in series 6066 to 6099. 

Crowds of steam railfans were all around the Curve awaiting the arrival of RDG 4-8-4 #2101 and helper Cuyahoga Valley Line 2-8-2 #4070 later that day.

 

CR 6323 leads UMP146 at Bellwood, PA 5/88

Woodzell, MD-bound UMP146 heads past the abandoned yard at Bellwood with an unrebuilt SD40 leading. MP230 CR Pittsburgh Line

CR 6326-OISE at Congers NY 8/82

CR 6326, 6450 and another EMD lead OISE on the River Line at Congers NY in Aug of 1982.

CR 6327 Altoona, PA 7-24-1978

Ex-PC SD-40 6327 leads a trio of units down Horseshoe Curve in July, 1978.

CR 6327 Altoona, PA 7-24-1978

Ex-PC SD-40 6327 leads a GP and a U25B down Horseshoe Curve in July, 1978.

CR 6327 at Crestline, OH

CR 6327, 3285, and 6569 lead a westbound TV train past the Indianapolis division post marker at Crestline, OH on August 15, 1992. Photographer unknown, Chris Howe collection

CR 6328 at Bennington Curve in 1984

Conrail SD40 6328 (ex-PC 6075) is seen leading a train of Bethlehem Steel's bathtub coke gondolas west around Bennington Curve in 1984.

CR 6328 at Bennington Curve in 1984

Conrail SD40 6328 (ex-PC 6075) is seen leading a train of Bethlehem Steel's bathtub coke gondolas west around Bennington Curve in 1984.

CR 6329 east PIBU Buffalo 05271994

Buffalo Central Terminal was once a busy, thriving place. By the time Amtrak came on the scene, it was already a shadow of its former self, and after 1979 when they quit using the station, it was a ghostly place. I was poking around the station one day when 156 car PIBU rolled past in charge of CR 6329 and 6338.

CR 6329 leads TV-9S at Rome, NY

Ex-PC(PRR) SD40 6329 and ex-PC U33C 6559 take TV-9S west at Rome, NY on the Chicago line. The date is 29 July 1978.

CR 6329 Morrisville, PA 11-17-1979

After departing Morrisville yard, CR SD40 6329 leads CR SD-45 6225, U30B 2844, and U25B 2611 on the NEC at Morrisville in November, 1979.

CR 6329 Morrisville, PA 11-17-1979

After departing Morrisville yard, CR SD40 6329 leads CR SD-45 6225, U30B 2844, and U25B 2611 on the NEC at Morrisville in November, 1979.

CR 6332 - SD40 at Cresson, PA

Former PC/PRR 6079 is seen at Cresson, PA on 4/28/1985. This unit would go on to be rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6998, later becoming NS 3447.

CR 6332 - SD40 at Enola, PA

Former PC/PRR 6079 is seen with CR 6509 at Enola, PA on 3/2/1986. This unit would go on to be rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6998, later becoming NS 3447.

CR 6332 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 6332 at Enola Yard

Conrail SD40 6332 is seen sitting outside the diesel shop at Enola Yard in 1986. SW9 8959 is sitting in a line of switchers with their stacks capped.

CR 6332 Enola, PA 1986

Conrail SD40 6332 is seen from just inside the doors of Enola Diesel in 1986.

CR 6333 (SD40) Enola, PA 5/87

CR 6333 (former PC/PRR 6080) is head out on a train departing the west end of Enola yard, 5/22/87. It would be rebuilt to SD40-2R CR 6987 in September 1993, and renumbered to NS 3441 at the split.

CR 6333 Pitcairn, PA 8-19-78

CR SD40 6333 (ex-PC 6080) with SD45 6193 (ex-PC) at Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.

CR 6333, 6792, 8698 at Enola PA 5/87

CR 6333, 6792, and 8698 lead a freight out the west end of Enola yard on 5/22/87.

CR 6334 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD40-2 6334 is seen trailing on a westbound helper move at Bennington Curve in 1986.

CR 6334 at Spruce Creek, PA

Conrail SD40 6334 (ex-PC 6081) is seen leading a westbound mixed freight past SPRUCE tower in Spruce Creek, PA in 1982.

CR 6334 Bethlehem, PA 12-1988

Rolling toward the steam-era coaling tower at the Bethlehem engine terminal, CR SD-40 6334 (ex-PC 6081) leads sister-unit 6303 (ex-PC 6050) through Allentown yard in December, 1988.

CR 6334 Bethlehem, PA 12-1988

Rolling toward the steam-era coaling tower at the Bethlehem engine terminal, CR SD-40 6334 (ex-PC 6081) leads sister-unit 6303 (ex-PC 6050) through Allentown yard in December, 1988.

CR 6335 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (1)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6335 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (2)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

Steam railfans were everywhere at the Curve waiting for the run through of RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyohoga Valley Lines 2-8-2 #4070.

CR 6335 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (3)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977. Steam railfans were everywhere at the Curve waiting for the scheduled run through of RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyohoga Valley Lines 2-8-2 #4070.

CR 6335 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (4)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

Steam railfans were everywhere at the Curve waiting for the scheduled run through of RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyohoga Valley Lines 2-8-2 #4070.

CR 6335 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (5)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

Steam railfans were everywhere at the Curve waiting for the scheduled run through of RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyohoga Valley Lines 2-8-2 #4070.

CR 6335 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (6)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6335 at MG Tower, 5/77

A WB manifest climbs upgrade at MG Tower, PA on 5/1/77 with a head end helper consisting of two SD40s, followed by the road power with three GP40s.

CR 6335 at South Chicago, IL

Westbound Conrail freight behind SD40 No. 6335 at South Chicago, in September 1981. Note the EL painted SD45 trailing the lead engine on the train. The Chicago Skyway is the bridge on the far right side of the photo. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 6335 on MOW train, Denholm PA, 10/86

A lowly service for an SD40, here 6335 hauls an MOW train through Denholm PA in October of 1986. This illustrates well the priority that Conrail was putting on its infrastructure in the mid 80s.

CR 6335 SD40 at Havre De Grace

Conrail SD40 6335 on Amtrak at Harve De Grace, MD

CR 6336 east CGAL Athens 07161994

Not strictly the Southern Tier, but close enough. CGAL smokes up as it gets underway at the block limit sign in Athens PA, on the former Lehigh Valley.

CR 6336 east CGAL Ransom PA 07161994

The late afternoon sun hits the nose of CR 6336 as it rolls CGAL toward Coxton yard.

CR 6336 east CGAL Waverly semaphore 07161994

CGAL waits for time on signal 255-1, one of many semaphores still active on the ex Erie at the time. Once it has gotten the OK from the Hornell B dispatcher, it will head down the Lehigh Secondary, the connecting track from the Tier to the ex LV Lehigh Line, work at Sayre, then head east toward Coxton and Allentown, reaching there late at night.

CR 6336 east CGAL Wyalusing 07161994

CGAL and a few of its 71 cars that day seen from a vantage point on the Wyalusing Rocks, near their namesake town.

CR 6338 at Bethlehem PA

CR 6338 leads six more EMDs west on a Allentown bound train at Bethlehem PA.

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