GE B23-7 - Page 4

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 1994 at Bennington Curve

Conrail B23-7 1994 is seen leading an eastbound into Bennington Curve in 1983.

CR 1994 at East Deerfield, MA. on 10/16/82. (1)

The 1994 brought an SPPO (SPringfield, MA.-POrtland, ME.) up the Conn River line from Springfield on Oct. 16, 1982. He left the train on the Deerfield loop and is on his way to the "pit" to get another locomotive before continuing the trip.

CR 1994 at East Deerfield, MA. on 10/16/82. (2)

Returning from the "pit", the 1994 has been turned and added B&M GP38 204, as they head back to the train on the loop.

CR 1994 at East Deerfield, MA. on 10/19/82. (3)

A few days later, on Oct. 19, 1982, the 204 and CR 1994 are back at East Deerfield yard with a POSP. B&M GP18 1755 is the west end switcher this day.

CR 1994 at East Deerfield, MA. on 10/22/82. (4)

This makes three trips to East Deerfield within a week for your "intrepid" (?) photographer. A POSP is seen here crossing the Connecticut River at East Deerfield East on Oct. 22, 1982, and....there's our "buddy", the 1994 again.

CR 1994 at East Deerfield, MA. on 10/22/82. (5)

POSP got to the west end of East Deerfield yard faster than I did, so he's already past the "railfan's bridge" or "dry bridge" as the B&M boys refer to it, and is shoving his drop back into the yard.

CR 1994 at East Deerfield, MA. on 10/22/82. (6)

POSP continues his shove back into the yard at East Deerfield West on Oct. 22, 1982.

CR 1994 Wheatland, NY 8/15/1979

The salt train is on Chessie tracks as it heads South to P&L Jct. at Caledonia. The train has a matched set of 4 B23-7s.

CR 1995 - B23-7 at Cleona, PA

CR 1995 is seen trailing on a freight at Cleona, PA on 2/21/1983.

CR 1995 - B23-7 Rutherford, PA

CR 1995 is seen at Rutherford, PA on 2/21/1983.

CR 1995 and a manifest on the Port Road

Taken in the 1990's along the Port Road. Photo by Kevin Jones.

CR 1995 on INEL-5B

Conrail INEL-5B heads North through Anderson bound for Elkhart on the Marion Branch with CR 1995, a B23-7, on the point on May 5, 1987. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 1997 leads a westbound freight through the Campbell Hall, NY passenger station. 4/85

Conrail B23-7 #1997 leads a westbound freight through the passenger station
Date: 4/28/1985 Location: Campbell Hall, NY

CR 1999 in Hinsdale, MA. on 8/20/93.

CR 1999 leads another gaggle of "Baby Boats" with SEBO across the flats in Hinsdale, MA. at 08:31 on Aug. 20, 1993

CR 2000 Enola, PA 9-5-1983

CR B23-7 2000 and an ex-PC GP-38-2 at Enola in September, 1983.

CR 2000 in Windsor, CT. in Jan., 1980.

CR 2000 and other assorted 4 axles lead southbound tonnage (SENH?) in Windsor, CT. on the Amtrak Springfield line sometime in January, 1980.

CR 2000 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980

Two-year-old CR B23-7 2000 leads a black and blue quintet of power through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

CR 2001 in Middlefield, MA. on 5/10/85. (1)

B23-7 2001 leads a gaggle of mixed four axles with TV-6 at the Middlefield/Becket town line east of MP 129 on May 10, 1985. Other units include the 1950 and GP15-1 1659. Lash-ups like this were the occasional reprieve from a steady diet of C30-7A's.

CR 2001 MOW extra on 8/15/98. (1)

B23-7 2001 and mate 1931 head west with a train of "YSOFC" (yellow s**t on flat cars) at CP 83 in Palmer, MA. on Aug. 15, 1998. Yeah, the stuff is indispensable at times, at other times it's just in the way.

CR 2002 in Huntington, MA. on 1/28/80.

CR 2002 leading eastbound tonnage along MASS Rt. 20 in Huntington, MA. on Jan. 28, 1980.

CR 2003 at Canaan, NY. on 1/23/88.

B23-7 2003 leads a westbound light engine move, ENG711, at MP 162 near the state line in Canaan, NY. on Jan. 23, 1988.

CR 2003 at Meriden, CT. in !/1980.

B23-7 2003 and GP38-2 8025 take a work train southward through Meriden, CT. on Amtrak's Springfield line in January, 1980. The train was headed for Wallingford to aid in cleaning up a derailment.

CR 2003 Iona Island, NY 2-17-1990

B23-7 2003, GP15-1 1661 and SW1500 9585 on a southbound rail extra @ Iona Island (Bear Myn State Park) NY

CR 2007 at Charlton, MA. on 10/6/87. (1)

CR 2007 and 1660 have rail train RAI711 in tow through CP 57 in Charlton, MA. on Oct. 6, 1987.

CR 2007 at Charlton, MA. on 10/6/87. (2)

Rail train RAI711 eastbound at Charlton, MA. on Oct. 6, 1987.

CR 2007 at Dalton, MA. on 7/21/84.

A gaggle of six B23-7's, led by the 2007, have an SENH in tow by the old depot in Dalton, MA. on July 21, 1984. These half dozen B-Boat lash-ups were not uncommon on the B&A, and were fun to hear, especially compared to the "stealth" C30-7A's, which were only a month away from taking over the B&A at this time. This photo really fits the "Signals and detectors" listing, since both are in evidence.

CR 2009 at Hinsdale, MA. on 1/26/88.

Westbound ConRail flanger extra passing the north end of Muddy Pond in Hinsdale, MA. on Jan. 26, 1988.

CR 2009 east Allentown 08061985

A work extra-looks like it may be a rail train-crosses the Lehigh River and Canal as it approaches Allentown Yard behind a pair of B23-7's.

CR 2010 at Allentown PA

CR B23-7 2010 & GP40-2 3389 lead a freight west through JU interlocking in Allentown PA in the early 1980s.

CR 2010 GE B23-7 Akron 09-79

A nearly new 2010 leads an eastbound at Akron as it makes a setoff to the former PC South Akron yard from the ex EL main at South St TBS. In late 1979 I really wasn't thinking about what Conrail would look like in 2010, let alone believe it would be gone.

CR 2010 in Washington, MA.

A pair of B23-7's, led by the 2010, take DIM301 westward at Washington, MA. on Oct. 21, 1989.

CR 2011 in Becket, MA. on 3/21/92.

CR 2011 on TV6 east of MP 130 in Becket, MA. on March 21, 1992.

CR 2012 at Springfield, MA. on 6/3/80.

B23-7 2012 on, what I believe, is NHSE at Springfield station. The NHSE/SENH turns had a caboose at each end of the train, note the buggy behind the power in this shot. This facilitated the reverse/run-around move the trains had to make in both directions at Springfield because of the track layout.

CR 2013 at Chatham, NY. on 8/19/88.

TV80W at Highbridge, a couple of miles west of Chatham, NY. on Aug. 19, 1988.

CR 2013 at Windsor Locks, CT. on 9/26/97. (1)

Looks can be deceiving! Connecticut Southern road turn CSO-1 (Cedar Hill, New Haven-West Springfield, MA.) heads northward past the "Amshack" in Windsor Locks, CT. on Sept. 26, 1997. When CSO took over the remaining CR branches in the Hartford area of Connecticut they leased CR B23-7's 2008-2013 for their start-up and the train seen here is operating over the Amtrak Springfield line.

CR 2013 B23-7 Rootstown 06-83

Several things have disappeared since I took this shot in 1983. The Thomas Bros barn has been torn down, the B23-7 is gone, and last but not least Conrail itself is history at this location. That's a section of ELPI seen here, a heavy train from the looks of the exhaust. NS still uses this former PRR/PC line in a big way as it's main from Chicago to Conway and points east.

CR 2015 - Danville, IL 11/23/84

CR 2015 became NS 4082 at the split, then was later sold to the Meridian Southern Railway in MS as MDS 4082.

CR 2016 in Hinsdale, MA. on 7/23/83.

CR 2016 leading SEBO past the summit in Hinsdale, MA. at 15:05 on July 23, 1983.

CR 2017 and 1932 in West Springfield, MA. on 9/5/97.

B23-7's 2017 and 1932 have just departed West Springfield yard at 07:01 on Sept. 5, 1997 as WAWS-5. They are passing the former B&A Mittineague depot on their way to "Traprock", the Lane quarry at MP 105 in Westfield.

CR 2018 in Hinsdale, MA. on 3/7/81.

CR 2018 leading westbound tonnage over the summit of the B&A in Hinsdale, MA. on March 7, 1981.

CR 2019 in Canaan, NY. on 10/17/98. (1)

B23-7 2019 leads a rusty, dusty half dozen of it's siblings with ML482 nearing the State Line in Canaan, NY. on Oct. 17, 1996.

CR 2019 in Canaan, NY. on 10/17/98. (2)

"Wash rack..?, what's a wash rack?." ML482's gaggle of B-Boats need a bath and some TLC! Nahh, kick 'em the butt and get 'em movin'.

CR 2019 in Canaan, NY. on 10/17/98. (3)

Thrashed, trashed and battle-scarred, the little B-Boats soldier on as they had for the previous 20 years.

CR 2021 - B23-7 at Cresson, PA

CR 2021 is seen at the engine terminal in Cresson, PA on 6/17/1984.

CR 2021 - B23-7 at Cresson, PA

CR 2021 is seen at the engine facility at Cresson, PA on 12/20/1986.

CR 2021 at Middlefield, MA. on 10/18/92.

B23-7 2021 leads eastbound DIM-201 near MP 130 in Middlefield, MA. on Oct. 18, 1992.

CR 2021 on BWF774 at Middlefield, MA. on 8/6/82.

Empty ballast train BWF774 drops downgrade through Middlefield, MA. on Aug. 6, 1982. The symbol tells us that he is headed for the Lane traprock quarry along the Boston Line at MP 105 in Westfield.

CR 2022 - B23-7 at Cresson, PA

CR 2022 is seen at the Cresson Enginehouse at Cresson, PA on 8/5/1984.

CR 2023 at Charlton, MA. on 1/22/88.

B23-7 2023 leads TV80W near MP 58 in Charlton, MA. on Jan. 22, 1988. The 2023 is the last unit in CR's 124 unit group of B23-7's.

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