GE C32-8 - Page 2

Built in 1984 as the first -8 series of locomotives from GE, all ten of this model only saw service initially on Conrail. Numbered 6610 to 6619, they were orphans in both the railroad world and on CR. Rated at 3,150 horsepower and carrying 3,900 gallons of fuel, they spent most of their careers in the Boston-Selkirk world on the former B&A until 1997 when all ten were painted into gray and black Ballast Express paint for dedicated ballast trains. Of note are the following: 6612 was involved in an accident in Philadelphia in 1988 and emerged from Juniata with the cab and nose from former GE B40-8 demo #808; 6615 and 6616 both wore Quality paint before being painted gray in 1997; and gray 6619 was involved in a wreck in 1998 or 1999 and emerged wearing fresh Quality blue immediately before being transferred to NS. Upon the split in 1999, six went to NS (8543-8548) and four to CSX (7476-7479). After the lease expired, CSX chose not to lease then again but NS picked up all ten for a brief period and renumbered them all (8460:1-8469). When NS retired them, one unit (6616) was leased by RMDI (BDLX) to Junction City Mining in Talbottom, GA while the others sat in RMDI's lot rusting away. The former 6616 managed to escape the US and at last report (9/2006) was in green and yellow as Ferronorte 9339 in Brazil.

CR 6615 C32-8 Cresson 03-99

On a cold but sunny late winter day one of the rare C32-8 units pays a visit to the Cresson, Pa engine house. It would carry two more numbers while under the short lived NS ownership, 8546 then 8465.

CR 6615 in Becket, MA. on 4/5/85.

A triplet of C32's, led by the 6615 wheel SEBO-B near MP 129 in Becket, MA. on April 5, 1985.

CR 6615 leads westbound BOEL at Middlefield, MA. on Sept. 20, 1985.

"Camel" 6615 is at the headend of BOEL, (BOston-ELkhart), the only long distance mixed freight to operate on the old Boston & Albany during the ConRail years. The train is leaving Chester and entering Middlefield, MA. as it crosses the west branch of the Westfield River at mile 128.45 on the morning of Sept. 20, 1985.

CR 6615 shop Selkirk 08111985

One of the features of the August 1985 Hudson River Circle trip was a tour of the Selkirk shop. The crowd is assembled to admire a truly distinctive unit, one of CR's ten C32-8's, a model only Conrail bought.

CR 6616 (1) at Becket, MA. on 4/18/87.

TV-6 descends the east slope just east of MP 130 in Becket, MA. on April 18, 1987.

CR 6616 (2) at Becket, MA. on 4/18/87.

TV-6 descends the east slope near MP 130 in Becket, MA. on April 18, 1987.

CR 6616 at Altoona, PA

Another C32-8 in QUALITY blue paint, this time the 6616 shown at Altoona, PA on August 26th, 1994. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR 6616 at Conneaut, OH

Doug calls this "No Big Blue here". An eastbound Conrail auto train, behind a pair of C32-8s in the ballast express paint scheme led by No. 6616, leaves Conneaut, OH in its wake, in August 1997. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 6616 at Hinsdale, MA. on 2/21/98.

"Ballast Express" C32-8 6616 meanders through Hinsdale, MA. on Feb. 21, 1998 with a lone boxcar symboled as a DIM300.

CR 6616 at Hinsdale, MA. on 4/28/89.

SENH ascending the west slope at MP 143 in Hinsdale, MA. on April 28, 1989.

CR 6616 at Middlefield, MA. on 3/22/86.

C32-8 6616 leads TV9 around the curve in Middlefield, MA. at the east end of the "new/old locations" around mile 128.75 on March 22, 1986.

CR 6616 at Whiting, IN

Conrail C32-8 No. 6616 in the Ballast Express paint scheme leads an eastbound coal train at Whiting, in September 1998. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 6616 Iona Island, NY 3/90

SEAL-7 crosses the causeway onto Iona Island @ Bear Mountain State Park, NY St. Patrick's Day 1990

CR 6616 on SBSE at Becket, MA 8/1985

SBSE continues working on the grade past the descending TV-6.

CR 6617

CR 6617 in the Ballast Express paint scheme in the consist of TREL-4 at Milford Junction, IN on April 14, 1997.

CR 6617 (1) at Washington, MA. on 2/27/88.

TV14-X by Washington depot in Washington, MA. on Feb. 27, 1988.

CR 6617 at Charlton, MA. on 3/10/90. (1)

"Camel" 6617 leads PWSE through CP 57 in Charlton, MA. on March 10, 1990.

CR 6617 at Charlton, MA. on 3/10/90. (2)

Through CP 57, PWSE leans into Hammond curve in Charlton, MA.

CR 6617 at Conneaut, OH

Conrail C32-8s Nos 6616 and 6617 in Ballast Express gray, shuffle off to Buffalo with an eastbound auto train at Conneaut, OH in August 1997. Notice that the cab number on the 6617 only says "66". Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 6617 at East Chatham, NY. on 6/10/88. (1)

C32-8 6617 leads three new B40-8's on TV14X at East Chatham, NY. on June 10, 1988.

CR 6617 at Harrisburg PA 9/27/97

CR 6617, 9598 & 3354 are seen on a EB ballest train at Harrisburg PA on 9/27/97.

CR 6617 at Harrisburg PA 9/27/97

CR 6617 is seen on a EB ballest train at Harrisburg PA on 9/27/97.

CR 6617 at Hinsdale, MA. on 4/26/86.

C32-8 6617 stretches SEBO-A out on the Hinsdale flats at MP 139 on April 26, 1986.

CR 6617 at Middlefield, MA. on 10/13/84.

Fairly new C32-8 6617 (along with sister 6614) in BAL782 at Bancroft, MA. on Oct. 13, 1984.

CR 6617 at Washington, MA. on 12/6/86.

Late in the afternoon of Dec. 6, 1986, SEMB crosses the town line from Hinsdale into Washington, MA. along the north shore of Muddy Pond.

CR 6617 at Washington, MA. on 4/12/86.

The snow lingers into mid-April as BOEL is about to enter the big cut in Washington, MA. on April 12, 1986.

CR 6617 east TV 6 Washington Hill 08131985

TV 6 rolls up on the Berkshire summit behind a trio of CR's C32-8's, 6617-6616-6611.

CR 6617 in Middlefield, MA. on 2/29/92. (2)

C32-8 6617 leads SERE through Bancroft, MA. on Feb. 29, 1992.

CR 6617 in Washington, MA. on 12/5/92.

With C32-8 6617 leading, TV6 skims through the flakes along Muddy Pond in Washington, MA. on Dec. 5, 1992.

CR 6617 Selkirk, NY 5-1996

CR 6617 passes by Alert Bert who reminds crews coming into Selkirk to "THIMK!! WATCH YOUR STEP!!" 5/1996

CR 6618 at Cumberland, MD 7/5/98

CR 6618 is seen on CSX rails at Cumberland, MD on 7/5/98.

CR 6618 at Pittsfield, MA. on 1/28/89.

At 16:10 on the afternoon of Jan. 29, 1989 SEBO winds 'em up for the 6 mile climb out of North Adams Jct. in Pittsfield up to Hinsdale center.

CR 6618 at Washington, MA. on 1/24/87.

CR 6618 is at the head end of a sizeable lash-up as it leads PWSE past Muddy Pond in Washington, MA. on Jan. 24, 1987.

CR 6619 and 6612 at Washington, MA. on 6/14/97. (1)

Resplendant in their "Ballast Express" livery, C32-8's 6619 and 6612 lead NESE past Washington depot in Washington, MA. on June 14, 1997.

CR 6619 and 6612 at Washington, MA. on 6/14/97. (2)

NESE at Washington depot on June 14, 1997. Going away shot of NESE's head end gives a better view of the 6612 with it's replacement flat roof cab.

CR 6619 and TV6 at Bancroft MA, June 1987

Eastbound Conrail Train TV6 drops downgrade, east of Bancroft, MA on June 13, 1987, led by C32-8 No. 6619.

CR 6619 at Hinsdale, MA. on 3/7/87.

C32-8 6619 leads TV9 approaching the Rt. 8 overhead in Hinsdale, MA. on March 7, 1987.

CR 6619 at Huntington, MA. on 10/5/86.

"Camel" 6619 leads TV-9 in a chase of the setting sun at 17:30 in Huntington, MA. on Oct. 5, 1986.

CR 6619 at Middlefield, MA. on 10/20/85.

C32-8 6619 leads TV8B near MP 130 in Middlefield, MA. on Oct. 20, 1985.

CR 6619 at Washington, MA. on 10/23/85.

The head end of TV-6 has just crossed the town line from Hinsdale into Washington, MA. as it skirts the north end of Muddy Pond on Oct. 23, 1985. The train itself, is draped across the summit of Washington hill, about a 1/4 mile back.

CR 6619 in Brookfield, MA. on 1/16/88. (2)

C32-8 6619 is at the head of TV14 rolling through the flats in Brookfield, MA. on Jan. 16, 1988.

CR 6619 Leads SEFR west of Washington MA, June 11 1987

Eastbound Conrail freight SEFR drops downgrade, west of Washington, MA on June 11, 1987, led by C32-8 No. 6619.

CR 6619 Leads SEPY Across the Thomas Viaduct on CSX, 2/88

Here C32-8 6619 and three EMDs lead the southbound (westbound) SEPY on CSX's 1833 vintage Thomas Viaduct. This train is lacking the signature empty Tropicana Cars that usually feature heavily in photos of it.

CR 6619 Leads TV6 downhill at Bancroft MA, June 1987

When I first saw a C32-8, I swore someone had beat up a locomotive with an "ugly stick." It didn't take long for me to appreciate the look. No. 6619 leads eastbound Conrail TV6 downgrade, east of Bancroft, MA, on June 13, 1987.

CR 6619, a Rare C32-8 Leads Three Other Big GEs at Huntingdon PA, 5/93

Conrail's small fleet of C39-8s were greatly outnumbered by their more common C40-8 and C40-8W bretheren. Here 6619 leads a mix of wide and standard cab C40s through the cut at Huntington PA.

CR 6865 at Hinsdale, MA. on 5/30/98. (4)

"Ballast Express" C32-8 6611 in the trail in ML482X in Hinsdale, MA. on May 30, 1998.

CSXT 7477 (CR 6612)

Former CR C32-8 6612, now CSX 7477, brings up the trail position in Q166 at Huntington, MA. on Oct.16, 1999. I was happy to get this shot of the 6612 as it had always been one of my "fave" engines on the B&A, and this was the last time I saw it.

PRR 8544 (ex-CR 6613) Bogota, NJ 4-1999

PRR 8544 (ex-CR 6613) is on the point of OISE at CP-7 in Bogota, NJ 4-1999 NS would later renumber it to 8463 before retiring it.

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