GE B23-7

During the 1970's, EMD was turning out a very successful and reliable Dash-2 line (GP38-2, GP40-2, SD40-2). General Electric, in an effort to gain lost ground, introduced an improved Dash-7 line which proved to be a huge improvement over the earlier U-Boats. Between 1977 and 1979, Conrail purchased 141 of the twelve-cylinder 2,250hp B23-7's. They continued on to new owners, NS and CSX, in 1999.

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The extra 1986 west works upgrade through Bancroft, MA. on Dec. 27, 1980.
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BAL367 crossing Lower Valley Rd. at Ballou's on April 18, 1998. C36-7 6635 has the trail position.
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It's 14:50 at the New York/Mass State line as the first of 5 trains and a light engine move to come over the next 3 1/2 hours arrives in the form of westbound ballast train BOR723. To add interest, these moves will have a SPENO ballast Cleaner working in the area with which to contend. A CR track crew is making some weld repairs to one of the switches near the CR truck along the track. As a side note, the barn at left has recently been razed, as the satellite view shows an empty lot strewn with piles of rubble. Another "photo prop" bites the dust!
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CR 1980 in the trail position in PWSE at State Line in Canaan, NY. Nice that TOFC flat was the first car in the train.
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Finally, the sun clears the cloud deck just in time for this SPL301 which cruises along Muddy Pond at 09:10. I believe, but cannot confirm, this is a set of new M6 "Metropolitan" commuter cars being delivered to New Haven. Older M2 and M4 cars transiting offsite for work were usually just hung on the end of a symbol freight.
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At high noon, SPSE works upgrade approaching Ballou's in Washington, MA. B23-7 1955 and a sister unit bracket three six axle GE's on the , obviously, hard-working westbound. The bungalow at left marks the beginning of the block which, when the train enters it, will light up the westward signals at CP 140 in Hinsdale.
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Is that all there is? Yeah, what you see is what you get. An abbreviated SPSE, led by B23-7 2001 and followed by GP15-1's 1665 and 1627, with B23-7 1945 bringing up the tail, lead 5 Railbox cars along Muddy Pond at 12:17. No "outlanders" in this one.
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The early 80s were a strange time on the Pittsburgh Line. Here a pair of light road units provide assistance up the hill, shoving behind two different cabooses.

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B23-7 leads AP-20 out of Allentown Yard across the Lehigh River towards "BURN"....
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SPSE-0 passes over Factory Brook and Town Hill Rd. coming into Bancroft (Middlefield station), MA. on Dec. 30, 1982. B23-7 1901 leads three 2800 series B23-7's. Can you recognize the difference between the two in this photo? There is a minor feature visible in any view looking down the sides of the locomotives.
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Nearing sunset, eastbound SENH drops down into Bancroft, MA. at 19:00 on the evening of July, 1, 1982. He's the first of three trains which will make a great ending to this day.
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The most B23-7's I've ever seen at one time, trains PIME-15 and ZWW-619 meet near New Castle,Pa on March 15th, 1981. The Conway to Meadville train had 1908,1934, and 1904 and the Shenango to Weirton ore train had 1902, 1906, 1925, 5914(GP-7), 1912, and 1921 for a total of 8 B23's and 1 geep. Both leaders went to CSX in the Conrail split.
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The operator at "Castle" walks over to hand up a set of 19's to train ZWW619 as a local crew looks on. The train has ran over the P&LE from Youngstown to here and is entering the Youngstown Line via the connection. That's the Youngstown Line curving off to the left. Castle was a tower at one time, but a fire resulted in this trailer becoming the control point.
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SPSE going away with B23-7's from both groups. Too bad the weather didn't stay like this for the succeeding trains!
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CR 1904 leads RESE past MP 129 in Becket, MA. on July 1, 1982. With the start-up of Metro-North in Jan., 1983, the 1904 was one of seven B23-7's (1903-1909) which were transferred to the commuter agency along with 71 other locomotives, about half of which were FL-9's.
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BICR-8 has just resumed its eastward trek toward Croxton Yard after making a NYS&W setoff. Note: The shatterd window in the door!!!
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Conrail ELIN with CR 1904 on the point changes crews at 15th st. before heading south for Indianapolis at CP-133 on the Marion Branch on Feb. 27, 1981. Kevin Nelson photo with permission
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Conrail ELIN 7a heads south near MP-134 on the Marion Branch bound for Anderson, then onto to Indianapolis on Feb. 27, 1981. Kevin Nelson photo with permission
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Conrail 1905 B23-7 at Morrisville, PA
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CR B23-7 1905 leads U30B 2846, U25B 2512, and U33B 2901 in a quartet of GE units through Morrisville in June, 1979.
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Conrail train MEPI-15 heads north near New Castle, Pa with a trio of B23-7's, 1908, 1934, and 1904. Behind me is a ZWW ore train waiting to go south, see "CR 1902" for the meet.
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Flanger extra continues around the curve towards the summit of Washington hill, just a few hundred feet ahead.
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CR 1910 trundles southward at Windsor Locks, CT. on Sept. 7, 1988 with local WNHA-22 returning to Hartford after servicing the Suffield and Airport branches.
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Conrail B23-7 1914 is leading a westbound freight out of the Buffalo Terminal while passengers start to gather on the platform of the Depew Amtrak station
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CR B23-7 1914 at Bethlehem in November, 1978.
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CR 1915 is seen here in 1994 wearing fresh paint, just out of the Juniata Shops.
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CR B23-7 1915 on March 29th, 1994 at JLS in Altoona, PA. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.
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CR 1915 is seen with CR 7805 and a GP30 at Rutherford, PA on 11/12/1983.
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B23-7 1916 leads SPSE into Bancroft at 09:04, 15 minutes behind preceding TV-9X.
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CR 1917 is seen at Shiremanstown, PA on 5/18/1991.
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CR 1918 leads a mixed bag 6 unit lash-up on westbound tonnage at the "new location" in Becket, MA. on Aug. 19, 1980.
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TV-10 southbound was one of the TV's routed off the Southern Tier after the closing of Croxton Yard in 1981/82
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Conrail B23-7 1919 is seen in a light engine move heading west through Bennington Curve in 1982.
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Conrail 1919 B23-7 Morrisville,PA
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ENBU-2T is screaming up the straightaway past the weigh in motion scales @ McElhattan, PA with B23-7 1920 and U23B 2705 back in April of 1990
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A new B23-7 already has a broken window as it rolls a Westbound across the Portage Bridge.
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CR stands on the Fulton Secondary at Woodard, tied up for the day. Tomorrow it will return to working local industry on the line. I was attending driving school for JB Hunt, which, in the Syracuse area, was at National Tractor Trailer School, which was adjacent to Woodard on the Montreal Secondary.
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CR 1923 is seen at Rutherford, PA on 5/11/1983.
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A pair of B23-7's work at Solvay Paper in the late afternoon. This customer is now served by the Finger Lakes Railway.
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CR 1925, 2838 & 2507 are seen leading WV-2 at Bogota NJ in Aug of 1978.
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B23-7 1926 in an eastbound in Huntington, MA. in April, 1979.
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CR B23-7 1928 leads SD40 6316 (ex-PC 6063) past the Morrisville yard tower in June, 1980.
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CR B23-7 1928 leads SD40 6316 (ex-6063) past the Morrisville yard tower in June, 1980.
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In August 1985, there was a Hudson River circle trip that ran from Newark Penn Station to Shell Tower on the Corridor behind Amtrak power, then with these three CR B23-7's to Selkirk. We got a shop tour, then returned to Newark via the River Line. The trip did a runby at New Baltimore on the River Line, which we see here.
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The Hudson River Circle Line trip runs under the Selkirk hump as it leaves the yard headed for SK and the River Line
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CR B23-7 1929 at JLS in Altoona, PA on April 1st, 1994 (no joke)! Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.
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CR 1931 leads a 5 unit set of B23-7's on eastbound tonnage crossing the townline from Hinsdale into Washington, MA. along the north end of Muddy Pond on New Year's Eve 1979.
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CR B23-7 1932 follows U25B 2644, and B23-7 1969 as they roll mixed freight down Horseshoe in August, 1979.
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CR B23-7 1932 follows U25B 2644, and B23-7 1969 as they roll mixed freight down Horseshoe in August, 1979.

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