EMD SD80MAC - Page 2

In the late 1980's General Electric was winning the horsepower war and the new locomotive orders from railroads. EMD was once again behind in technology and revenue. EMD began working on the SD80 series which would achieve 5000hp from a 20 cylinder 710G prime mover, the first 20 cylinder engine since the SD45/SD45-2 locomotive line.

Conrail began to take delivery of a 28 unit order rostered the first units in January 1996. Under agreement with EMD, the 28 units would be built by EMD and finished at the Juniata Shops in Altoona, PA. Conrail numbered these units 4100-4127.

In 1997, Conrail purchased the EMD demonstrator units, EMDX 8000 and 8001 and an order for 108 more units was placed but was ultimately reduced to 28 units. The order was changed with the split of Conrail making the 30 units owned by Conrail the only SD80MACs produced. The demonstrators were added to the roster as 4128 and 4129.

When Conrail was split up, CSX received 13 units and Norfolk Southern the remaining 17 units, all of which are still in active service.

CR 4109 at Anderson, IN

CR 4109 is trailing on ELTR-0 at Anderson, IN on December 20, 1996

CR 4109 at East Brookfield, MA. on 5/23/97.

A pair of "the usual suspects" on the B&A in the late 90's hustle FRSE through East Brookfield, MA. on May 23, 1997.

CR 4109 at Palmer, MA. on 7/5/97.

CR 4109 coming through CP 83 at Palmer depot with SEFR in Palmer, MA. on July 5, 1997.

CR 4109 on ELIN-7A at Milford Jct, IN

CR 4109 and 4108 leads southbound ELIN-7A across the diamond with the CSX ex B&O mainline at Milford Junction, IN on September 27, 1997.

CR 4110 at Chester, MA. on 6/7/97.

Side view of the cab of SD80MAC 4110 at Chester, MA. on June 7, 1997.

CR 4110 at Chester, MA. on 6/7/97.

Side rear view of SD80MAC 4110 at Chester, MA. on June 7, 1997.

CR 4110 at North Wilbraham, MA. on 8/15/98.

A recalcitrant (not loading) SD80MAC 4110 leads SEFR through North Wilbraham, MA. on Aug. 15, 1998. A chase of this guy as far as Warren showed the second unit to be holding it's own without too much fanfare.

CR 4110 at Philadelphia, PA in 1999

Conrail SD80MAC 4110 is seen leading a UDP50 coal train at CP-Belmont in Philadelphia, PA on 4/29/99

CR 4110 at Washington, MA. on 2/19/99.

CR4110 in FRSE at Washington, MA. on Feb. 19, 1999.

CR 4111 at Altoona, PA in 1998

Conrail SD80MAC 4111 is seen leading an eastbound freight past the old Railroaders Memorial Museum in downtown Altoona, PA in 1998.

CR 4111 at Bancroft, MA. on 10/31/98. (1)

Pair of consecutively numbered MAC's motor upgrade through Bancroft, MA. on Oct. 31, 1998 with a westbound loaded ballast train.

CR 4111 at Hinsdale, MA. on 3/6/99.

SD80MAC 4111 leads SEBO through the white stuff at MP 139 in Hinsdale, MA. on March 6, 1999.

CR 4111 at Washington, MA. on 6/26/98.

SD80MAC 4111 motors past MP 135 at Ballou's with BOSE in Washington, MA. on June 26, 1998.

CR 4111 leads FRSE-2 at CP-SK Selkirk, NY

CR FRSE-2 with SD80MAC's 4111 and 4112 at "CP-SK Selkirk, NY

CR 4111 SD80mac Cresson 06-98

A pair of very clean SD80mac's pull up to a stop at MO in Cresson, Pa. June 1998. At this point in time Conrail has less than a year to go before the split.

CR 4111 SD80mac February 1998 Cresson

Conrail SD80mac 4111 leads train PIBA-5 up the west slope at Cresson,Pa. It would become NS 7206 in May 1999, and I was witness to it getting renumbered in the Conway roundhouse, but wasn't able to take photos (no camera) due to being in engine school at the time there. Our class was getting a shop tour to learn different locomotive parts, so it goes without saying I had to pay attention to the instructor instead of taking photos. I watched them back it in, and almost before the wheels stopped turning the number boards were being removed and the patch kit applied.

CR 4111 Selkirk, NY 5-18-1996

CR 4111 is on the point of SEFR at CP-SK in Selkirk, NY 5/18/1996

CR 4112 +3 at Hinsdale, MA. on 9/19/98. (1)

CR 4112 leads a foursome of Big MAC's with SEFR at the summit of Washington hill in Hinsdale, MA. on Sept. 19, 1998.

CR 4112 +3 at Hinsdale, MA. on 9/19/98. (2)

CR 4102 has the trail in SEFR at Hinsdale, MA. on Sept. 19, 1998.

CR 4112 at MP 127 on 3/25/98

SENE continues past MP 127 in Chester, MA. on March 25, 1998.

CR 4112 in Canaan, NY. on 8/17/96. (1)

The 4112 and mate take an empty ballast train eastward through State Line in Canaan, NY. on Aug. 17, 1996.

CR 4112 in Canaan, NY. on 8/17/96. (2)

The 4117 has the trail on the ballast extra at Canaan, NY.

CR 4112 in Washington, MA. on 11/15/97.

CR 4112 with TV-6 at Ballou's in Washington, MA. on Nov. 15, 1997.

CR 4112 Selkirk, NY 5-1996

Not the greatest shot, but a rare one. You had to be an employee or be with one to get it. Shot from my fathers car, CR 4112 heads back to enginehouse after completing a run in Selkirk Yard in Selkirk, NY on a murky day in May of 1996.

CR 4113 (1) at Hinsdale, MA. on 3/25/98.

The 4113 has SEFR in tow through Hinsdale center, MA. on March 25, 1998.

CR 4113 (2) at Hinsdale, MA. on 3/25/98.

4113 and mate with SEFR at Hinsdale, MA. on March 25, 1998.

CR 4113 at Brookfield, MA. on 9/5/98.

Another pair 'o MACs have ML482 in tow on the flats at Brookfield, MA. on Sept. 5, 1998.

CR 4113 at Canaan, NY. on 10/17/98.

CR 4113 and mate lay down a smoke screen, as the "Big MAC's" were wont to do from time to time, as they take SEFR through Canaan, NY. on Oct. 17, 1998.

CR 4113 at Hinsdale, MA. on 10/5/97. (4)

SEFR in Hinsdale center on a dreary, wet Oct. 5, 1997.

CR 4113 at Huntington, MA. on 10/10/98. (1)

SEPW has just crossed the town line from Chester into Huntington, MA. at MP 121 on Oct. 10, 1998.

CR 4113 at Huntington, MA. on 10/10/98. (2)

SEPW passing the "water works" in Huntington, MA. on Oct. 10, 1998.

CR 4113 at Washington, MA. on 8/30/97.

CR 4113 leads another SEFR past the former depot site in Washington, MA. on Aug. 30, 1997. During their tenure on the B&A, the SD80MAC's began showing up on the BOSE/SEBO and FRSE/SEFR turns and just about owned them from then on.

CR 4113 Frontier Yard, Buffalo, NY April 1996

Nearly new SD80MAC #4113 at Frontier Yard in Buffalo, NY. Growing up I was the only railfan in my family, so I didn't really know models, builders, etc. But when I saw this sitting at the east end of the yard, I knew I better snap a photo. (P.S. I don't know for sure the photo date was April 1. I had marked the original print only as "April 1996".)

CR 4114 & 4106

CR 4114 and 4106 on the point of PITO-9X at Oak Harbor, OH on December 9, 1998.

CR 4114 at Palmer, MA. on 9/30/96.

A pair of "Big MAC's" sails through CP 83 in Palmer, MA. with SEFR on Sept. 30, 1996.

CR 4114 on PITO-9X at Oak Harbor, OH

CR 4114 and 4106 powers PITO-9X westbound thru Oak Harbor, OH on December 9, 1998. This train would stop outside of town for a bit to wait on a couple of eastbounds before continuing on its way. Chris Howe photo

CR 4115 at Huntington, MA. on 8/12/98.

CR 4115 with SEFR at Huntington, MA. on Aug. 12, 1998.

CR 4115 at State Line, Canaan, NY. on 8/17/96.

CR4115 leading SEFR at State Line in Canaan, NY. on Aug. 17, 1996

CR 4115 at State Line, Canaan, NY. on 8/17/96.

CR 4115 leads SEFR by State Line in Canaan, NY. on Aug. 17, 1996.

CR 4115 in Huntington, MA. on 1/2/99.

CR 4115 with SEFR at Huntington, MA. on Jan. 2, 1996.

CR 4116 & 4108 on PIBE Lilly, PA 6/15/96

CR 4116 & 4108 lead PIBE east at Lilly, PA on 6/15/96.

CR 4116 at East Chicago, IN 1

A pair of Conrail SD80MACs Nos. 4116 and 4124 hustle an eastbound freight on the Chicago Line at East Chicago, IN in September 1998. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 4116 at Hammond, IN

Conrail SD80MACs 4105 and 4116 head east with a manifest freight at CP507(Hammond, IN), in September 1998. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 4116 at Washington, MA. on 2/19/99.

The 4116 and 4110 lead FRSE out of the cut at Washington depot, MA. on Feb. 19, 1999.

CR 4116 Clairton, PA 10/17/1997

A pair of big MACs lead UNS-72A by the Clairton Coke Works on the Mon Line.

CR 4116 in Hinsdale, MA. on 2/7/98.

The 4116 and mate smoke it up as they take SEBO across the Hinsdale flats on Feb. 7, 1998.

CR 4116 on PIBE Lilly, PA 6/15/96

CR 4116 is seen on PIBE at Lilly, PA on 6/15/96.

CR 4117 and 4116 climb the "Back-Track" of Ashtabula Harbor Yard

Conrail 4117 and 4116 climb the "Back-Track" as they head south at Conrail's Ashtabula Harbor Ohio Yard.

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