EMD SD40 - Page 6

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 6340 leads a westbound TV train west of Altoona, 3/78

A WB TV train climbs upgrade west of Altoona,PA on 3/19/78, led by patched SD40 No. 6340.

CR 6341 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

CR SD40 6341 (ex-PC 6088) pushes hard with SD35 6023 as they head up the Curve in March, 1978.

CR 6341 and CR 6335 at Horseshoe Curve in 1984

Conrail SD40s 6341 (ex-PC 6088) and CR 6335 (ex-PC 6082) are helpers on a westbound train rounding Horseshoe Curve in 1984.

CR 6341 at Bancroft, MA. in 6/1979.

SD40 6341, as one of the Washington hill pushers, is eastbound at Bancroft in June, 1979 returning to Chester, MA. to wait for the next westbound customer.

CR 6341 Cresson, PA 5/28/1978

Evening at the engine service area in Cresson finds it full of units in a multitude of paint schemes.

CR 6341 Horseshoe Curve, PA 5/28/1978

A black & blue consist leads an Eastbound thru the Curve.

CR 6341 on the Pittsburgh Line

Conrail SD40 6341 (ex-PC 6088) is helping an eastbound TV train up the grade between Mineral Point and South Fork in 1984.

CR 6343 and 8101 Phoenixville PA, 8/11/1991


SD40-2 6343, GP38-2 8101 and a pair of CSX-family SD50s tagging along lead ZBB-11 at Phoenixville, Pennsylvania on 8/11/91.
The westbound ore out of Philadelphia takes a ride on the Reading on its way to Bethlehem.

CR 6344 & 6303 with a loaded coal train on the NEC at Perryman MD, 12/81

Back when freight on the Northeast Corridor was a regular occurrence in daylight, two CR SD40s-6344 & 6303 are S/B with a loaded coal train.

The industrial spur, long gone, led to the Mitchell's Corn facility.

3:25PM on 12/5/81 in Perryman, MD.

CR 6344 - SD40 at Cresson, PA

Former PC/PRR 6091 is seen at Cresson, PA on 7/13/1985.

CR 6344 at Lehighton, PA 7/78

Conrail SD40 6344 is seen leading a train on the Lehigh Line at Lehighton, PA in July, 1978

CR 6344 SD40 Akron 04-78

The head man on eastbound train MV-61 at South St TBS is out the window to snag the 19's from operator Charlie Laird. Without a doubt the orders dictate speed restrictions west of here as this train takes the "all EL" route west, a line that even in '78 was dying a slow death and would be trainless by the mid 80's. CR 6344 came to Conrail as PC 6091.

CR 6346 and CR 6456 Harrisburg, PA 1981

Conrail SD40s 6346 and 6456 head east towards the Amtrak Station in downtown Harrisburg, PA in 1981.

CR 6346 Leads an Eastbound Manifest at Tunnel Hill PA, 3/78

An eastbound manifest is beginning to drop downgrade at Tunnel Hill, PA on 3/18/78, led by patched SD40 No. 6346.

CR 6347 and CR 6399 at Jacks Narrows, PA

Conrail SD40 6347 (ex-PC 6094) and SD40-2 6399 are leading a westbound unit pipe train through Jacks Narrows in 1982. My guess is the train originated at the pipe mill in Steelton, PA.

CR 6347 approaches MP 246 in 1984

Conrail SD40 6347 is seen heading east towards MP 246 on the Pittsburgh Line back in 1984.

CR 6348 and CR 6373 at Spruce Creek, PA

An eastbound coal train is being led by Conrail SD40 6348 (ex-PC 6095) while SD40-2 6373 trails on a westbound freight in 1982. CR 6373 would go on to wear two special paint schemes while in the Altoona helper pool, a scheme in 1992 for the Olympic cycling time trails, and another one in 1998 to commemorate the Juniata Locomotive Shops working 2 million man-hours injury-free.

CR 6348 at Bancroft, MA. on 5/10/85.

You know you're REALLY sick of C30-7A's when you're reduced to shooting panned roster shots of SD40's. The 6348 in SEBO-B at Bancroft, MA. on May 10, 1985.

CR 6348 at MO Tower in Cresson, PA 1984

Conrail SD40 6348 is seen shoving on the rear of an eastbound freight at MO tower in 1984.

CR 6348 in Middlefield, MA. on 5/30/81. (1)

The extra 6348 west rounds the horseshoe at mile 128.8 in Middlefield, MA. on May 30, 1981.

CR 6349

CR SD40 6349 & C30-7 6602 are seen leading TV train at a unknown location in the mid 1980s.

CR 6350

Former PC 6350, nee PRR 6350 is seen at the Juniata Shops.

CR 6350 Altoona, PA 5/27/1978

A Westbound van train is arriving at Altoona, passing the storage tracks full of MOW equipment.

CR 6350 In The Snow At Conway Yard

A stop at Conrail's big Conway Yard during the snowstorm in March 1993 found little that was moving. At the turntable I got this guy working on the horns of 6350 during heavy snowfall.

CR 6351 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

Helpers CR SD-40 6351 (ex-PC 6098) and SD-35 6031 roll back down the hill for more pusher duty in March, 1978.

CR 6351 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

Helpers CR SD40 6351 (ex-PC 6098) and SD35 6031 are dwarfed by the immensity of Horseshoe as they roll back down the hill for more pusher duty in March, 1978.

CR 6352 Bethlehem, PA 6-10-1978

CR SD40 6352 (ex-PC 6099) shows accident damage to the fuel tank and side railing at Allentown yard in June, 1978.

CR 6352 Bethlehem, PA 6-10-1978

With ex-PC SW-7 9066 coupled behind, CR SD40 6352 (ex-PC 6099) shows serious accident damage to the fuel tank and side railing at Bethlehem in June, 1978.

CR 6352 Morrisville, PA 8-4-1979

A sad August day at Morrisville in 1979 as E-44 4427 makes up part of a retirement train preparing to move west. The train was led by a trio of E-44's with SD45 6209 and SD40's 6352 and 6370 assisting.

CR 6354 at South Fork, PA in 1983

Conrail B23-7 1928 is leading SD40 6354 (ex-PC 6101) on an eastbound mix freight into South Fork, PA in 1983.

CR 6354 Gallitzin, PA 1981

Conrail SD40 6354 (ex-PC 6101, nee-PRR 6101) is seen at CP-UN at Gallitzin, PA with a westbound TV train in 1981.

CR 6354 Ridgefield Park, NJ 5-17-1977

TV-16 nears the end of its run (North Bergen) as the train rolls by Ridgefield Park, NJ on 5/15/77

CR 6355 Rochester, NY 4/8/1977

A friendly wave from the engineer on an Eastbound passing under the signal bridge at Goodman Street Yard.

CR 6356 - SD40 at Altoona, PA

Former PC/PRR 6103 is seen at Altoona, PA on 12/7/1985. This unit would eventually become part of First Union Rail's lease fleet as FURX 3035.

CR 6356 Horseshoe Curve, PA 5/28/1978

A friendly wave from one of the crew as this Westbound rounds Horseshoe Curve. It looks like an empty ore hopper train.

CR 6357 at South Fork

Conrail SD40 6357 is seen as part of a helper set at South Fork, PA in 1986, along with SD40-2 6490.

CR 6360 and 6279 Altoona, PA 1981

Conrail SD40 6279 (ex-PC 6279) is joined by SD40-2 6360 to shove a westbound hopper train up around Benny Curve back in 1981.

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 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 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 6506 in Washington, MA. on 7/23/83. (2)

SD40 6256 and GP40-2 3312 trailing on TV9 at Ballou's in Washington, MA. on July 23, 1983.

CR 6659 and CR 6288 Help a Westbound on the Pittsburgh Line, 7/82

A mis-matched pair of EMD 6 axle units (an SD45-2 and an SD40) help a westbound train over the mountain on the Pittsburgh Line.

CR 6706 HorseShoe Curve 2/93

One of the "Perks" of being a scale inspector is that we got to go to different places. Feburary 1993 I had to transport the scale departments Miter rail Saw to Altoona. Not one to miss an opertunity to visit the Curve, we made our way up there after an ice storm. My 4 wheel drive Jeep gave us no trouble and we made it there in time for a few trains. ALPI-9 powered by a SD50, SD40 SD40-2 lash-up struggles with the grade with the GP9 standing as a silent sentinal....

CR 6794 in Becket, MA. on 3/19/92. (1)

SD50 6794 leads RESE out of the east cut at the "new location" in Becket, MA. on March 19, 1992.

CR 6794 in Becket, MA. on 3/19/92. (2)

C30-7A 6565 along with former "Savings Bond" unit, SD40 6300, trails in RESE at the "new location" in Becket, MA. on March 19, 1992.

CR 6799 at Middlefield, MA. on 10/3/92.

SD50 6799 leads NESE up the hill west of MP 130 in Middlefield, MA. on Oct. 3, 1992.

CR 6807 in Chester, MA. on 9/5/92. (2)

SD40 6243 has the trail in SEPW at Chester, MA. on Sept. 5, 1992.

CR 6960 east SV 20 Endicott 09201994

I got 'em all on this train!! SV 20 rolls toward the NY 17C overpass in west Endicott behind all three variants of SD 40 then extant on the railroad. The leader is an SD40R, followed by an SD40-2, then a straight SD 40 of CNJ heritage. They are leading 127 mostly APL stack platforms, followed by 10 COFC.

CR 6980 east BUBI SOO 768 Waverly 06151995

After Conrail single tracked the Tier west of Waverly, that town became a frequent meet point. This afternoon is a case in point. We see eastbound BUBI, a short turn out of Frontier with Binghamton cars, meeting CP 557, behind SOO 768/CP 1837, the trailing unit an RS18u. He got stabbed badly here, having to wait for, in order, CP 252, at that time a stack train that ran from Buffalo to Binghamton, then getting an NYSW crew for the trip to Little Ferry; then ML 440, 78 auto racks behind CR 6709/NS 8802/CR 5556; and this 24 car train we see here. The trailing unit on BUBI, out of sight, is CR 3269.

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