GE B23-7 - Page 2

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.

CR 1932 Altoona, PA 8-4-1979

CR B23-7 1932 follows U25B 2644, and B23-7 1969 as they roll mixed freight down Horseshoe in August, 1979.

CR 1932 Enola, PA 8-3-1979

Just over a year old, CR B23-7 1932 sits in lines of ancient and aging black and blue power at Enola's engine terminal in August, 1979.

CR 1933 (1) at Washington, MA. on 10/7/97.

Led by the ubiquitous 1933, the track geometry train heads westward near MP 138 in Washington, MA. Oct. 7, 1997. This train was the third part of a "hat trick" accomplished this day, along with an OCS301 and CIR501.

CR 1933 (A) at Harrisburg, PA. on 8/22/85.

An abbreviated track geometry train, led by the usual 1933, passes Capitol tower in Harrisburg, PA. on Aug. 22, 1985.

CR 1933 (B) at Harrisburg, PA. on 8/22/85.

Just track geometry car 21 was along for this trip, instead of the usual 3 or 4 cars.

CR 1933 Allentown, PA 12-1-1988

CR C36-7 6639 leads GP-40 3053 and B23-7 1933 through Allentown yard in December, 1988.

CR 1933 Allentown, PA 12-1988

CR C36-7 6639 leads GP-40 3053 and B23-7 1933 through Allentown yard in December, 1988.

CR 1933 Allentown, PA 12-1988

CR C36-7 6639 leads GP-40 3053 and B23-7 1933 through Allentown yard in December, 1988.

CR 1933 Altoona, PA 1-21-1994

CR B23-7 1933 at JLS in Altoona, PA in fresh quality paint on January 21st, 1994. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR 1933 at Altoona, PA 3/5/99

CR 1933 is seen on the Track Geometry Train at Altoona, PA on 3/5/99.

CR 1933 at Altoona, PA 3/5/99

CR 1933 is seen at Altoona, PA on 3/5/99.

CR 1933 at East Brookfield, MA. on 1/25/88.

Track geometry train TEST731 westbound through East Brookfield, MA. on Jan. 25, 1988.

CR 1933 at Hinsdale, MA. on 3/19/87. (1)

Track geometry train, led by "the usual suspect", rounds the curve just east of the summit of Washington hill in Hinsdale, MA. on March 19, 1987.

CR 1933 at Huntington, MA. on 5/20/91.

Track geometry train, symboled TEST300, eastbound behind the "usual suspect", 1933, in Huntington, MA. on May 20,1991.

CR 1933 at Palmer, MA. on 1/24/88. (1)

The "usual suspect" has TEST731 in tow near MP 81 in Palmer, MA. on Jan. 24, 1988.

CR 1933 Elkhart, IN 6-1-1993

A Conrail Track Geometry Train behind B23-7 No. 1933 is tied up near the main line fueling racks at Elkhart, IN, in June 1993. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 1933 Iona Island, NY 3/90

Track Geometry Train North @ Iona Island...... St. Patrick's Day 1990

CR 1933 on TES-501 with OCS-502 in distance

CR 1933 pulling the test train TES-501 at CP 412 in Goshen, IN is westbound as the eastbound OCS-502 with an Operation Lifesaver special prepares to make the turn and head down the Marion Branch on June 24, 1998. Note that they are using NS' track test cars a year before the merger. Dan McDonough photo with permission

CR 1935 at Cresson, PA

Conrail B23-7 1935 is trailing on a westbound empty coal train at Cresson, PA in 1991.

CR 1936 at Cresson, PA 1991

Conrail B23-7 1936 is in charge of a westbound empty coal train as it passes MO tower in 1991.

CR 1936 Meadville, PA 3-92

PIME power at Meadville, PA March 1992

CR 1936 on the west slope

Conrail B23-7 1936 is seen again on the same train in 1991, this time approaching the viaduct over the Little Conemaugh River between South Fork and Mineral Point, PA. For some reason the train has crossed over to track 1 to run against the flow of traffic instead of using tracks 2 or 3.

CR 1937 and CR 6506 at Overview

Conrail B23-7 1937 and SD40-2 6506 are head out on a light engine move departing Enola Yard at Overview in 1991.

CR 1939 and three SDs pull a grain train into Baltimore's Central Soya elevator, 9-25

CR SD40-2s-6458 & 6453, with SD40-6335 & B23-7-1939, are arriving at the Central Soya elevator with an E/B GRB grain train. In the distance, Central Soya's ex St. Johnsbury & Lamoille County RS3-204 awaits its call to duty. It was built in 1950 as Lehigh & Hudson River 4. 3:30PM on 9/29/85 in E. Baltimore, MD.

CR 1939 at Syracuse, NY

Conrail B23-7s 1939 and 1948 earn their keep at Syracuse, NY.

CR 1939-8046 XSL-15, Montgomery, PA 4/10/92

B23-7 1939 leads GP38-2 8046 on the XSL-15 empty hopper train going back to the mines at Sligo, PA for more coal.. The 1939 became CSX 3157 while 8046 became the property of the NS and renumbered to 5261.

CR 1942 at Minoa, NY

Conrail B23-7 1942 is seen working DeWitt Yard at Minoa, NY

CR 1943 west CP 293 local 08201996

A Dewitt local job returns from the NYSW, approaching CP 293 to get back on the Chicago Line for its trip through town to the yard.

CR 1944 west WASY local Dewitt 1018995

A local departs Dewitt Yard, heading for the Chicago Line, which it will gain at CP 285. Seen from the former Amtrak/NYC station.

CR 1944-OIEN N. Elizabeth NJ 2/82

CR 1944, 8016 & a GP35 lead OIEN south under the wires on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor at North Elizabeth NJ in Feb of 1982.

CR 1945 at Kingston, NY. on 1/30/88.

TV301 crossing Rondout Creek in Kingston, NY. on Jan. 30, 1988.

CR 1946 at La Fontaine, IN

On the Conrail Marion Branch, a northbound rolls past a grain elavador at La Fontaine, IN with the CR 1946 on the point headed for Elkhart on May 2, 1981. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 1946 at Marion, IN

CR 1946 leads a northbound through Marion for Elkhart on the Marion Branch on May 1, 1981. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 1947 Avon, NY 1/8/1988

WALY arrives at Avon to switch out Kraft foods and interchange with the LA&L.

CR 1948 at Minoa, NY

Conrail B23-7 1948 is seen at the east end of DeWitt Yard at Minoa, NY

CR 1948 south MIL Woodard 10181995

A southbound MIL train with equipment from Fort Drum approaches Woodard as a CR Special Agent surveys ahead from the cab door.

CR 1949 Adrian, NY 2/11/1989

It's dawn in the Canisteo River Valley and a Westbound CR freight is splitting the double semaphores just East of Adrian, NY.

CR 1950 - B23-7 at Allentown, PA

CR 1950 is seen at Allentown, PA on 9/28/1986.

CR 1950 in Becket, MA. on 11/28/81.

B23-7 1950 has SPSE in tow passing MP 129 in Becket, MA. on Nov. 28, 1981. We can tell it's SPSE by the healthy string of CN/CV boxcars loaded with newsprint which came off the B&M at Springfield from Canada.

CR 1951 (1) at Huntington, MA. on 1/25/92.

B23-7 1951 leads a pair of "bigger brothers" with TV-6 approaching Huntington proper on Jan. 25, 1992.

CR 1951 (2) at Huntington, MA. on 1/25/92.

B23-7 1915 leads two "bigger brothers" with TV-6 at Huntington, MA. on Jan. 25, 1992.

CR 1951 (3) at Huntington, MA. on 1/25/92.

TV-6 rounds the curve and will pass MP 120 in Huntington, MA. shortly.

CR 1952 - B23-7 at Johnstown, PA

CR 1952 is seen at Johnstown, PA on 8/28/1986.

CR 1952 Avon, NY 9/28/1995

WALY-14 is at Avon and will switch out Kraft Foods and interchange cars with the LA&L. In April 1996 the LA&L will own this trackage and CR will no longer run down the Mortimer Secondary to Avon.

CR 1953 and 8157 at Havre de Grace MD, 3/82

Eleven units, led by B23-7 1953, are on WB empty hopper train UMP-61 as they pass GP38-2 8157 on a light engine move on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. 10:10AM on 3/28/82 in Havre de Grace, MD.

CR 1953 in Hinsdale, MA. on 5/17/80.

A grubby 1953 leads eastbound tonnage splitting the signals near MP 139 in Hinsdale, MA. on May 17, 1980. Note the white spots on the signal targets at right, these are sighting holes used to "line-sight" the signal heads so that engineers of oncoming trains see them clearly. They don't call this type of signal a "searchlight" for nothing. They project a relatively narrow beam, which is readily visible in a photograph of them taken at night with a little fog, so they have to be set correctly to "catch the eye".

CR 1954 in Franklin OH, 8/84

We are looking north in Franklin, Ohio back on August 8, 1984. Local WOMO-10 placing a loaded boxcar at Stone Container, later this plant became part of the Newark Group. The Conrail boxcar to the left to heading to Georgia-Pacific's Felt Mill on the north side of Franklin. Before 1912 this was the Big Four signal track main north to Miamisburg and Dayton. The Soo Line empty covered hopper was picked up at IKO on the south side of Frankilin.

CR 1954 Running in East 6th Street in Franklin, OH. 8/84

Running in East 6th Street in Franklin, Ohio on August 8, 1984

CR 1954, et al, at Washington, MA. on 9/29/84. (1)

B23-7 1954 leads a herd of "small boys" on ballast train BAL787 by the former station site in Washington, MA. on Sept. 29, 1984. The crane seen on track 2 is performing some "clean-up" work along that track as the jointed stick rail seen lying along the track had just been replaced with CWR.

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