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.

Evening at the engine service area in Cresson finds it full of units in a multitude of paint schemes.
A black & blue consist leads an Eastbound thru the Curve.
Conrail SD40 6341 (ex-PC 6088) is helping an eastbound TV train up the grade between Mineral Point and South Fork in 1984.

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.


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.

Former PC/PRR 6091 is seen at Cresson, PA on 7/13/1985.
Conrail SD40 6344 is seen leading a train on the Lehigh Line at Lehighton, PA in July, 1978

Three SDs lead an empty coal train uphill past MG tower in 1986.

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.
Conrail SD40s 6346 and 6456 head east towards the Amtrak Station in downtown Harrisburg, PA in 1981.
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.
Conrail SD40 6347 is seen heading east towards MP 246 on the Pittsburgh Line back in 1984.
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.
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.
Conrail SD40 6348 is seen shoving on the rear of an eastbound freight at MO tower in 1984.
The extra 6348 west rounds the horseshoe at mile 128.8 in Middlefield, MA. on May 30, 1981.
CR SD40 6349 & C30-7 6602 are seen leading TV train at a unknown location in the mid 1980s.
Former PC 6350, nee PRR 6350 is seen at the Juniata Shops.
A Westbound van train is arriving at Altoona, passing the storage tracks full of MOW equipment.
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.
Helpers CR SD-40 6351 (ex-PC 6098) and SD-35 6031 roll back down the hill for more pusher duty in March, 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 SD40 6352 (ex-PC 6099) shows accident damage to the fuel tank and side railing at Allentown yard in June, 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.
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.
Conrail B23-7 1928 is leading SD40 6354 (ex-PC 6101) on an eastbound mix freight into South Fork, PA in 1983.
Conrail SD40 6354 (ex-PC 6101, nee-PRR 6101) is seen at CP-UN at Gallitzin, PA with a westbound TV train in 1981.
TV-16 nears the end of its run (North Bergen) as the train rolls by Ridgefield Park, NJ on 5/15/77
A friendly wave from the engineer on an Eastbound passing under the signal bridge at Goodman Street Yard.
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.
A friendly wave from one of the crew as this Westbound rounds Horseshoe Curve. It looks like an empty ore hopper train.
Conrail SD40 6357 is seen as part of a helper set at South Fork, PA in 1986, along with SD40-2 6490.
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 SD-40-2 6437 leads SD-40 6243 in a quartet of CR power hustling a TV train through Morrisville in June, 1979.
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.
"Baby" its FREAKIN' Cold outside as UOR-24 waits for a new crew in back of the Albany Division Offices 3/2/93
SD40 6256 and GP40-2 3312 trailing on TV9 at Ballou's in Washington, MA. on July 23, 1983.

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.

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....
SD50 6794 leads RESE out of the east cut at the "new location" in Becket, MA. on March 19, 1992.
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.
SD50 6799 leads NESE up the hill west of MP 130 in Middlefield, MA. on Oct. 3, 1992.
SD40 6243 has the trail in SEPW at Chester, MA. on Sept. 5, 1992.
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.
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.
CR 803, formerly CR 6246, is seen outside the Juniata Shops.
A helper set of SD40s, 6308 and 6294, sit in Altoona waiting for the next assignment as other traffic moves through town.
NE-2 approaches CP-7 to run the siding from 7 to 13 meeting three southbounds.
With the SEBO out of the way, the SPSE7X will finally get his turn to proceed. Helper 6478 will aid in lifting the tonnage over the hill.
The 6279 leads SPSE7X past the old Middlefield station site in Bancroft, MA. at 13:48 on March 27, 1982.

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