EMD SD80MAC - Page 3

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 4117 at Canaan, NY. on 10/17/98.

SPSE has just crossed the state line from West Stockbridge, MA. into Canaan, NY. behind CR 4117 on Oct. 17, 1998.

CR 4117 at Hinsdale, MA. on 5/30/98. (1)

CR 4117 with SEBO at MP 142 in Hinsdale center, MA. on May 30, 1998.

CR 4117 at Hinsdale, MA. on 5/30/98. (2)

SD80MAC 4117 on the point for SEBO cresting the grade in Hinsdale, MA. on May 30, 1998.

CR 4117 at Hinsdale, MA. on 5/30/98. (3)

As the straight-up exhaust column attests, the 4117 isn't setting any speed records as it tops the grade in Hinsdale, MA. with SEBO on May 30, 1998.

CR 4117 on 8/14/97. (1)

CR 4117 beats upgrade with a westbound ballast train past MP 127 in Chester, MA. at 09:18 on Aug. 14, 1997.

CR 4117 on 8/14/97. (2)

After getting the ballast extra 4117 at MP 127 in Chester, I figured he was worth a chase, so up to Washington. The train finally shows up at 09:57, taking almost 40 minutes to cover 10 1/2/ miles, but that IS 10 1/2 miles of 1.5% grade. These ballast trains averaged 65 cars which may not sound like a big train, but that traprock is HEAVY!

CR 4117 on 8/14/97. (3)

Ballast extra 4117 west continues past Washington depot on Aug. 14, 1997.

CR 4118 at North Wilbraham, MA. on 11/21/98.

CR 4118 leading SEBO through North Wilbraham, MA. on Nov. 21, 1998.

CR 4118 Rochester, PA 7/2/1996

New SD80MACs lead NLPI and UP power leads BUPI. Both trains were holding at Rochester, awaiting space in Conway yard.

CR 4118 Rochester, PA 7/2/1996

4118 leads NLPI by BUPI with the UP 5062. Ironically, it was NLPI that usually had run thru UP power on it.

CR 4119 at State Line, Canaan, NY. on 8/17/96. (1)

SD80MAC 4119 leads BOSE across the State Line from West Stockbridge, MA. into Canaan, NY. on Aug. 17, 1996.

CR 4119 in Washington, MA. on 2/20/99.

The 4119 drifts through Ballou's at MP 135 in Washington, MA. on Feb. 20, 1999.

CR 4119 in Washington, MA. on 6/14/97.

CR 4119 with SEFR at Washington depot, MA. on June 14, 1997.

CR 4120 +3 at Chester, MA. on 10/10/98.

CR SD80MAC 4120 and three more lay down a smoke screen as they charge through Chester, MA. with BOSE on Oct. 10, 1998.

CR 4120 at Emsworth, PA

A sharp pair of MACs hustle westbound autoracks through the curves at Emsworth.

CR 4120 at Lilly, PA in 1999

Conrail SD80MAC 4120 is seen powering a PIBA at Lilly, PA on 5/13/1999

CR 4120 on SEEL-2 at Bryan, OH

CR 4120 leads SEEL-2 past the Amtrak station at Bryan, OH on August 22, 1998. A funny story behind this shot, I was set up to video tape this train and seen it was smoking and told my friend, oh its just a GE on the point, but when I seen the whiteface scheme through the depot window, I rapidly ran back to the car, grabbed my camera and took this shot of it.

CR 4120 on TREL-4 at Milford, IN

CR 4120, 4127, 2 more CR EMD's, 6617, and a CSX EMD powers TREL-4 northbound on the Marion Branch just south of Milford, IN on April 14, 1997.

CR 4121 at Cresson, PA in 1998

Conrail SD80MAC 4121 is seen on an eastbound freight from the porch of the Station Inn in Cresson, PA in 1998.

CR 4121 at State Line in Canaan, NY. on 8/17/96. (1)

CR 4121 brings FRSE over State Line crossing from West Stockbridge, MA. into Canaan, NY. on Aug. 17, 1996.

CR 4121 at State Line in Canaan, NY. on 8/17/96. (2)

CR 4121 leading FRSE through State Line in Canaan, NY. on Aug. 17, 1996.

CR 4121 in Becket, MA. on 4/25/99.

CR 4121 with SEBO just east of MP 130 in Becket, MA. on April 25, 1999.

CR 4121 on PICA at Altoona PA 7/30/97

CR 4121 & 4125 are seen leading PICA east at Altoona PA on 7/30/97.

CR 4122 at New Brighton PA 2/7/98

CR 4122 is seen at New Brighton PA on 2/7/98.

CR 4122 in Huntington, MA. on 7/18/97.

CR 4122 on an ML482X at Huntington, MA. on July 18, 1997.

CR 4122 SD80mac Conway 05-99

Conrail train ATPI-7X pulls into the 908 track at Conway with a string of multilevel flats out of Johnstown America. I'm not sure where the tops of these auto carriers will be applied. SD80mac's 4122 and 4112 have the honors this May 17th, 1999- less than 2 weeks until split date. Both units would go to CSX.

CR 4123 & 4122 at New Brighton PA 2/7/98

CR 4123 & 4122 are seen leading a WB at New Brighton PA on 2/7/98.

CR 4123 at Juniata

CR SD80MAC 4123 at JLS in Altoona, PA on May 6th, 1996. Photo by Terry Nardella, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR 4123 at Lilly PA 1/1999

On a cold but sunny January day LAPI-4 picks up speed over the Lilly DED with 4123, 4109, and GP-15 # 1668 for power. Sun, snow, and Macs- does it get any better?

CR 4123 at New Brighton PA 2/7/98

CR 4123 is seen at New Brighton PA on 2/7/98.

CR 4124 at Brookfield, MA. on 9/5/98.

FRSE passing MP 67 at the former station site in Brookfield, MA. on Sept. 5, 1998.

CR 4124 at Hinsdale, MA. on 2/12/99.

CR 4124 blows through CP 140 in the Hinsdale flats with SEFR on Feb. 12, 1999.

CR 4124 at Westfield, MA. on 9/5/97.

CR 4124 with SEBO at William's Riding Way in Westfield, MA. on Sept. 5, 1997.

CR 4124 in Huntington, MA. on 5/30/98.

The 4124 is eastbound through Huntington, MA., returning to West Springfield after spending the day in Chester at the "Chester Railroad Days" event as the display engine.

CR 4124 on ELIN-2A

A pair of Conrail SD80MACs head south on the Marion Branch near MP-80 bound for Indianapolis under the symbol ELIN-2a on May 20, 1999. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 4125 +3 at Chester, MA. on 10/10/98. (1)

A quartet of Big MAC's led by the 4125 bring SEFR into Chester, MA. on Oct. 10, 1998.

CR 4125 +3 at Chester, MA. on 10/10/98. (2)

Ex demonstrator 4128 is second out in SEFR at Chester, MA. on Oct. 10, 1998.

CR 4125 +3 at Chester, MA. on 10/10/98. (3)

"Class unit" 4100 has the trail position in SEFR at Chester, MA. on Oct. 10, 1998.

CR 4125 at Middlefield, MA. on 6/11/99.

OK, so I'm cheating a little bit here. It's a week and a half into the CSX era but you'd never know it from the looks of things as SD80MAC 4125 growls around the horseshoe curve in Middlefield, MA. with SPSE on June 11, 1999.

CR 4125 at Washington, MA. 10/7/97.

CR 4125 rolls downgrade with an SESP-X through Ballou's at MP 135 in Washington, MA. on Oct, 7, 1997. Since this is Rule 261 territory, he's not really running "wrong main".

CR 4125 in Washington, MA. on 3/6/99.

The 4125 leads SEPW by Washington depot, MA. on a snowy March 6, 1999.

CR 4125 on trailing shot of INEL-9 at Warsaw, IN

Here is a trailing shot of INEL-9 as it negotiates the short stretch of street running in Warsaw, IN on February 9, 1997. The tight quarters of street running is noticeable as you see how close the train is to that parked pickup truck on the side of the street.

CR 4126 at Hinsdale, MA. on 10/5/97.

"Big MAC" 4126 leads TV8W-X up the last mile to the top of the grade as he pases MP 143 in Hinsdale, MA. on Oct. 5, 1997.

CR 4126 at Washington, MA. on 10/4/97.

SD80MAC 4126 bores through the fog by MP 138 in Washington, MA. with SEBO at 07:11 on Oct. 4, 1997.

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