GE C39-8

Conrail's C39-8 fleet is almost physically identical to the earlier C32-8 model. These units are interesting to follow. The factory painted units sport a very non-Conrail style road number and are easy to tell apart. GE's cab side numbers are tall and skinny, while the CR version are more symmetric. The front of the locomotive also wore "CONRAIL" on the lower third of the nose until it was re-applied by Conrail on the top, above the single grab iron. Sometime in 1991 shop forces began removing the single, horizontal mounted nose grab iron and replacing it with 2 upside down "L" irons to better accommodate mounting and dismounting the unit.

The fleet spent very little time on CR between 1993 and 1997 as the company placed them in an active lease service spending 1993 on Southern Pacific and again in 1996.

CR 3348 Hillsborough, NJ 6/93

TV4-H rolls down the single track @ Hillsborough, NJ. Former track two is out of service and used to store cars...

CR 530809 at East Conway, PA

Conrail 530809 is seen behind CR 6013 at East Conway, PA. The single short grab on the C39-8 helps date this photo to 1986-1987, as these locomotives had the short grab replaced with a pair of L-shaped grabs to enhance safety for crew members shortly after they were delivered. The car behind 530809 appears to be loaded with a scrapped ore jennie.

CR 5654 west Cleveland 06211996

I had to make a pick up at a customer in Cleveland one afternoon. The Cleveland line passed right behind their building. While I was waiting to get loaded, I went out back to see what action might show up. I saw a half dozen trains that day, this westbound among them, with an SD60/C39-8 pair leading 100 cars.

CR 6000 at Bancroft, MA. on 10/31/98. (1)

C39-8 "class unit" 6000 leads TV-9 through Bancroft, MA. on Oct. 31, 1998.

CR 6000 at Fox Ridge, NY

The class unit of Conrail's C39-8 fleet, 6000, leads an eastbound freight across Montezuma Swamp near Fox Ridge, NY

CR 6001 at S. Phila, PA Engine Terminal 8/86

C39-8 CR 6001 is being serviced, along with an SD50, at the South Philly engine terminal on 8/30/86.

CR 6001 on COSE-6 at N. Kingsville, OH on 11/16/96

Conrail C39-8 6001 leads Eastbound COSE-6 at North Kingsville, Ohio on track number one.

CR 6003 C39-8 leads Southbound UNL-5B [empty Somerset coal train]

Conrail 6003 and CR 6850 lead southbound Conrail UNL-5B as it approaches Carson Rd. in Plymouth Twp., Ohio, [on Conrail's Youngstown Line].

CR 6006 in Chester, MA. on 12/5/92.

C39-8 6006 leads SESP nearing the Middlefield Rd. overhead in Chester, MA. at 07:02 on Dec. 5, 1992.

CR 6007 on ML-440 at Altoona, PA 6/15/96

CR 6007 & 6263 lead ML-440 east at HOMER in Altoona, PA on 6/15/96.

CR 6009 at Juniata

CR C39-8 6009 in fresh quality blue photographed at Altoona, PA on December 16, 1994 by Terry Nardella, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR 6009 Leads NS Train 151 at Cumberland Falls, KY 10/89

C39-8 leads NS Train 151 in Kentucky, ten years behind blue units would belong to Norfolk Southern.

CR 6010 at Bancroft, MA. on 10/31/98.

C39-8 6010 leads ML482 through Middlefield station/Bancroft, MA. on Oct. 31, 1998.

CR 6010 at Derby, NY

Conrail C39-8 6010 is seen trailing on an eastbound at Derby, NY

CR 6010 in Brookfield, MA. on 1/16/88. (1)

C39-8 6010 leads TV8B across the flats in Brookfield, MA. on Jan. 16, 1988.

CR 6010 in Brookfield, MA. on 1/16/88. (2)

TV8B on the flats approaching Brookfield station at MP 67 on Jan. 16, 1988.

CR 6011 on PREL-8 at Porter, IN

CR 6011 and 6144 power PREL-8 at Porter, IN on November 8, 1997.

CR 6012 at Conneaut, Ohio

Conrail 6012 leads a Westbound Conrail intermodal train at MP 114.5 track number one

CR 6012 Browns Crossing, NY 8/30/1986

ELOI runs along the Canisteo River on a foggy morning.

CR 6013 on UMP-91 at Cresson, PA 6/15/96

CR 6013 & 6798 are seen on UMP-91 at Cresson, PA on 6/15/96.

CR 6014 inside Juniata in 1993

Conrail C39-8 6014 is seen inside the A-bay at Juniata, having some repairs done to her rear end in 1993.

CR 6015 Arden, NY 10/89

BUOI-8 is doing it's best to stay ahead of a Hoboken bound Metro-North train out of Port Jervis, NY

CR 6015 at New Market Pond

A C39-8 and CRL 504, a C30-7, lead an eastbound autorack train past New Market Pond. Photo taken from the Washington Avenue bridge before it was rebuilt with barricade fence.

CR 6015 on ELIN-1A

Conrail ELIN-1A pauses on the Red Key Main at 33rd St. in Marion, IN on June 1, 1987 waiting on a Northbound on the Marion Branch to pass. CR 6015 is just about 11 months old at this time. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 6016 - C39-8 at Allentown, PA

CR 6016 is seen at Allentown, PA on 9/28/1986.

CR 6016 at Chester, MA. on 2/20/99.

C39-8 6016 is on the point of ML482 passing the coal tower at the former helper terminal in Chester, MA. on Feb. 20, 1999.

CR 6016 Wampum, PA 10/21/1990

PIME crosses the big curved bridge that crossed the Beaver River at Wampum, PA.

CR 6017 At Iona Island, NY, 7/87

A rare C39-8 heads south along the Hudson as it rolls through Iona Island on the River Line with an ML train.

CR 6017 Fredrickstown, Pa 2-18-1990

CR C39-8 6017, SD50 6752, DE SD40 012 and DE U30C 019 power a southbound DEEX unit train past the abandonned load-out @ Fredrickstown, Pa on the Monogahela Railroad 2/18/1990

CR 6018 at Hagerstown MD 3/18/98

CR 6018 is seen at Hagerstown MD on 3/18/98.

CR 6018 Ridgefield Park, NJ 4-1999

CR 6018 is on the point of TV-10 at Ridgefield Park, NJ 4/1999

CR 6019

CR 6019 date and location unknown

CR 6019 at CP Wyomissing Jct. January 1998

This is a shot I took right after dawn at Wyomissing. We operated through town instead of going on the Belt. The train is OIPI B. The "B" train was a second OIPI that among other things carried Pig Iron from Naporanos at Port Newark (Yes Port Newark...same company that scraps but different operation) We usually carried 40 loaded pig iron loads head out on the train and then the balance of the train. Very heavy train...

CR 6019 at Phoenixville, PA in 1991

Conrail C39-8 6019 is seen leading a PGAL westbound through Phoenixville, PA on 4/23/1991

CR 6019 on PIBR-8 at Delta, OH

CR 6019 and friend lead PIBR-8 under the ex DT&I at Delta, OH on October 28, 1998. Chris Howe photo

CR 6019 with ENBU at Lock Haven 4/1990

ENBU pulls past the yard in Lock Haven with CR 6019 in the lead, as SW1200 9337 sleeps. April, 1990.

CR 6020

CR 6020 date and location unknown

CR 6020 at Selkirk fuel pad 1990

C39-8 with a couple of dash7 buddies sits at the fuel/sanding pad at Selkirk yard as viewed from Ben's Bridge.

CR 6020 Leads a Mixed Freight Through Birmingham PA, 5/93

A pair of GEs, followed by an SW1500, haul a mixed freight through Birmingham PA on the Pittsburgh Line.

CR 6021 at Middlefield, MA. on 8/15/92.

C39-8 6021 leading SEBO at Middlefield, MA. on Aug. 15, 1992.

CR 6059 west UNL15B Chemung 02051994

UNL15B, an empty train from NYSEG's plant at Ludlowville, has come off the Ithaca Branch, and is now headed for Gang Mills and a new crew. The train will eventually wind up on the Monongahela to reload. View is from the NY 427 overpass at Chemung.

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