EMD SD80MAC - Page 4

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 4127 at Juniata

CR SD80MAC 4127 on May 24th, 1996. Photo by Terry Nardella, collection of Steve Ondik

CR 4127 at Washington, MA. on 4/18/98.

SD80MAC 4127 leads FRSE out of Washington cut and past the old depot site in Washington, MA. on April 18, 1998.

CR 4127 at Westfield, MA. on 7/5/97.

SD80MAC 4127 leads SEBO by MP 110 in Westfield, MA. on July 5, 1997. This is what is known as an "optical delusion". Although it looks like the train is coming upgrade toward the camera, according to the CR route characteristics chart, it is actually on the level and starting on a slight downgrade as he approaches CP 109.

CR 4127 in Washington, MA. on 7/26/98.

4127 leads SEFR along Muddy Pond in Washington, MA. on June 26, 1998.

CR 4127 on INEL-9 at Warsaw, IN

CR SD80MACs 4127 and 4125 power INEL-9 northbound at Warsaw, IN on the Marion Branch February 9, 1997 as it enters the brief stretch of street running in town. The train has already crossed the diamond with the ex PRR Pittsburgh to Chicago line, which is only a 1/4 mile south of this location(the home signal for which is barely visibly behind the trailing engine in the shot).

CR 4128 at Huntington, MA. on 4/25/99.

Ex demonstrator SD80MAC 4128 leads an FRSE-X past some M.O.W. equipment stored on the team track in Huntington, MA. on april 25, 1999. Photos of the "Yellow s**t" can be found in the MOW albums.

CR 4129 at Altoona PA 10/5/97

CR 4129 is seen on display at Railfest at Altoona PA on 10/5/97. Unit is ex EMDX 8001.

CR 4129 at Chester, MA. on 7/18/98.

Ex demo SD80MAC 4129 with ML482 at MP 127 in Chester, MA. on July 18, 1998.

CR 4129 at Washington, MA. on 6/26/98.

Ex-demonstrator SD80MAC 4129 has FRSE at Washington depot on June 26, 1998.

CR 4129 EMD SD80mac Cresson 02-98

CAPI pauses at MO in Cresson to cut off the helper on a beautiful winter day. While the Mac is still with us, MO tower is not.

CR 4419, CR 4101 at Berea, OH 1997

CR 4119 and 4101 roll west on the Chicago Line past Berea Tower on a very overcast summer day in 1997. Not exclusively assigned to coal service yet, these locomotives could be found just about anywhere in their earlier days.

Meeting of the "MAC's" at Hinsdale, MA. on 10/9/97. (1)

The 4127 blows through CP 140 in Hinsdale, MA. with ML482 at 07:40 on Oct. 9, 1997.

Meeting of the "MAC's" at Hinsdale, MA. on 10/9/97. (3)

The 4110 has BOSE in hand approaching CP 140 in Hinsdale, MA. on Oct. 9, 1997.

PRR 7200 (ex-CR 4101) Selkirk, NY 4-21-1999

PRR 7200 (ex-CR 4101) is on the point of an eastbound intermodal train at CP-SK in Selkirk, NY 4/21/1999. In a little more than a month, the 7200 will leave its B&A assignment and be conveyed to NS which will banish it to the coalfields of Pennsylvania.

SEBO-2 SD80MAC 4122 CPSK Selkirk, NY

SEBO-2 departing Selkirk, NY @ CPSK behind SD80MAC's 4122 and 4108 8/02/1997

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