EMD SD40 - Page 7

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.

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OIIN-9 approaches Arden, NY
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Wrecked 6253 4-82 Enola, PA. Photo by John Decker
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PYSE-8 northbound @ the Stoney Point HBD/DED Tomkins Cove, NY
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At 09:54, SD40 6355 leads C30-7's 6601 and 6604 on NHSE through Bancroft, MA. on April 20, 1984. The "opening hand" that will result in a "straight flush"...five consecutively numbered units of the "same suit".
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MMMM! smell that paint on the 6254, looks like it just left the paint booth....except they missed the horns...they're still in primer!
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At 12:03 in Chester, MA., we'll "fill our hand", as a consecutively numbered quartet of SD40's swings through as an eastbound light engine set...the 6351, 6352, 6353, and 6354, which with the 6355 seen earlier on NHSE completes our "straight flush".
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The quartet heading away past Chester depot.
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The quartet has picked up an SBSE (or SPSE,not sure) at West Springfield yard and is seen here heading west near MP 109 along Pochassic Rd. in Westfield, MA. at 14:27.
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SBSE's head end going away at MP 109 in Westfield, MA.
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TV12 with SD40 6341 approaches "PORT" Newport, Pa on track two.. Note: Track one is out of service and will later be removed
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As BOEL's headend winds through the curve at Middlefield station/Bancroft, we get a look at Conrail's second lowest numbered SD40, the 6241 and sister 6310.

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