GE C32-8 - Page 3

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 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.

SEAL-5 Ballast Express C32-8 6613

Ballast Express C32-8 6613 has the lead on SEAL- @ Ridgefield Park, NJ 8/1998

SPL171, River Line, 7/23/88. (08)

While waiting for the SPL171 doing it's thing in Selkirk yard, we looked for some of the "local action". C32-8 6619 leads BAL139 across the Alfred E. Smith Memorial bridge spanning the Hudson River on the Castleton Cutoff from CP 187 on the B&A.

Stop and Meet at MP 127 on 12/21/85. (3)

Though not readily apparent in the photo, BOEL with the 6615 leading, is slowly coming to a stop as the rear of SEBO-A passes by near MP 127 in Chester, MA. on Dec. 21, 1985. BOEL had "scored" three hits on the Chester hot box detector, about 4 miles back and was stopping to check his train.

Stop and Meet at MP 127 on 12/21/85. (4)

Finding nothing after checking the train, BOEL departs MP 127 in Chester, MA. at 08:06 on Dec. 21, 1985.

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