GE C40-8W

The Conrail C40-8W, a new generation in crew comfort locomotives. They were the first units bought new equipped with air conditioning, and the last units to come from the factory without ditch lights. The C40-8W's, numbered 6050 through 6285, began the era of grade crossing safety in the 1990's. 6110-6112 and 6114-6119 were equipped with strobe lights while 6113 was equipped with a strobe light and at one point had two sets of ditch lights mounted on the short hood end.

The "Comfort Cabs" sported the new reflective white frame stripe and nose lettering. The second order, beginning with 6100 wore the companies new CQI, Continuous Quality Improvement scheme. 6050-6149 were painted solid Blue from the factory, while the remaining units were given black anti-skid nose panels on the short hood end

The locomotive was built with the standard 2 piece front windshield and a 3 piece side window without sun visors. The side windows are among the largest, however, only the center pane can be opened.

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CSX 7880 leads SECS through Iona at 16:00 on Oct. 24, 1998. CSX power was fairly common on the SECS/CSSE turns and was a harbinger of the future for the River Line.
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TV10B, led by C40-8W 6271 and C40-8 6044, by Muddy Pond at 08:08.
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The 6140 has SEFR in tow through Ballou's in Washington, MA. at 13:18.
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C40-8W 6140 with SEFR at Ballou's in Washington, MA. The concrete base for former automatic block signal 134.72 is to the left.
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The last train of the day has 6176 leading SESP through CP 140 in Hinsdale, MA. at 16:31. Tripped the shutter just as the train was entering the block, catching the approach-lit signals just starting to light up.
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CR 6106 leads NESE over the summit in Hinsdale, MA. at 09:41 with another "black pony" in the lash-up.
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SEBO9X shows up in Huntington, MA. at 16:46, just about sunset time with another Santa Fe unit to add to the collection.
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One of Conrail's many C40-8Ws.
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Westbound UWE Wisconsin Electric coal train (WEPX reporting marks) with 6189 on the point at the 332 signals, just west of Archbold, OH back in 1996
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A UNG empty coal train from the NYSEG Goudy Station in Johnson City rolls through a bucolic Tioga County scene.
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Conrail 3402 leads eastbount TV-204 through Girard Township, PA. on track number one.
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ML 401 rolls west through Waverly on the Tier. 91 racks trail the three GE's.
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Dash 7 meets Dash 8. B36-7 5044 is facing westbound about to pass standing C40-8W 6212 in Frontier Yard in Buffalo in 1993
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CR #5500, LMS 733 & 730 are at Conrail's Ashtabula Harbor Ohio Yard
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The end is near as an SD60I and C40-8W roll a westbound stack train into the afternoon sun past CP 293. The track to the right is the connection to the NYSW, once the DLW Syracuse Branch. That line passed under the old NYC here, eventually reaching Oswego. The Willis Av overpass gives a commanding view of the Syracuse skyline behind the train. The NYC passenger line that went downtown-part of that line is now I 690-also diverged here, near the curve the train is rounding, in the distance.
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A short 45 car BUOI passes the pond along Watson Blvd in Endwell as it heads for some work at Binghamton behind an EMD/GE duo.
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A westbound stack running wrong main rolls under the Oakland Road overpass just west of Weedsport behind the quad 5's and a GE. This is a great spot to watch the action, OK for a westbound, but superb in the morning for eastbounds.
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The power for TV 13 backs onto its train after making a pick up at Dewitt.
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ML 440 and it's 108 cars have knocked down the automatic-the easternmost semaphore on the old Erie-at 224-2 and are about to pass under NY 17C at west Endicott. A crew change at Binghamton is in their short term future, and then to Jersey in the dark.
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SD60I leads a former LMS lease unit through CP 293 and past the Blue Circle plant as it approaches Syracuse.
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A pair of C40-8W's assist the 5623 with TV9 at Huntington, MA. on Oct. 10, 1998.
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CR SD60I 5635 and C40-8W 6201 side by side at Altoona, PA on May 29th, 1995. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.
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Conrail 6050 & 6770 lead Westbound Conrail BUEL-1 @ MP 120.2 on trk 1.
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C40-8W 6052 leads SF 4027 and BN 9261 with TV9 at MP 138 in Washington, MA. on Oct. 7, 1997.
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Conrail 6053 leads C40-8W 6165 and an SD60 wide cab through Syracuse, NY with a hot van train in tow.
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A trio of Conrail power including C40-8W 6054 and SD50 6773 ease a freight down the mountain around Horseshoe Curve in 1990.
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Brand-new Conrail C40-8W 6054 heads west past MO tower in Cresson while a helper set heads east on track 1 in 1991.
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CR 6054 is seen on a EB CSX coal train at Cumberland, MD on 9/28/98.
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ENPI ducks under the signal between Gallitzin and Cresson.
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SEFR crossing the town line from Hinsdale into Washington, MA. along Muddy Pond on Feb. 27, 1993.
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C40-8W 6057 on the point of SEFR along Muddy Pond in Washington, MA. on Feb. 27, 1993.
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6057 leads SEFR around Muddy Pond in Washington, MA. on Feb.27, 1993.
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TV-201 approaches to location of the former EL Hornell Yard..
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At 2:56 on this Saturday afternoon, Conrail Dash-8s 6059 and 6090, along with GP38-2 8277, haul 123 cars (39x84 for 7,568 tons) southbound under wire towards Edgemoor, DE. The train came east on Conrail's Harrisburg Line to CP-River, hung the right at the wye, went up over the High Line in Philadelphia, and entered Amtrak at Phil interlocking. He will leave Amtrak at Bell interlocking, just north of Edgemoor.
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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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CR 6060 is seen on loaded slab train PMT-11 at Johnstown, PA on 8/20/98.
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ML 401 has 89 auto racks behind its C40-8W and UP SD40-2, 3699 as is rounds the big curve at Chemung in nicer weather than the previous photo.
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A mismatched set of signals and a mismatched set of power. ML 401 with 89 racks passes between the Type G signal on track 1 and one of Erie's venerable semaphores as it rolls west on a typically gloomy spring day in the Tier. Power is a CR C40-8, along with UP 3699, one of their hundreds of SD40-2's. I'm standing on the site of the passenger station, which was demolished in an EL wreck here in 1967.
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CR 6063 leads SEMA over the Lower Valley Rd. crossing at Ballou's in Washington, MA. on June 22, 1991.
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SEMA at Ballou's/MP 135 in Washington, MA. on June 22, 1991.
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CR 6064 & 6049 are seen on a WB roadrailer at Leetsdale PA on 2/7/98.
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CR 6064 is seen on a WB roadrailer at Leetsdale PA on 2/7/98.
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CR C40-8W 6065 leads Westbound CR OIEL-3X near Cp 128 on Trk#1 -- On Conrail's Chicago Line. (Ashtabula, Ohio)
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CR 6065, 5577 & 3286 are seen at Hagerstown, MD on 3/18/98.
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CR 6065 is seen at Hagerstown, MD on 3/18/98.
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CR 6066 is seen at Edgemoor DE on 1/18/98.
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Conrail C40-8W #6067 leads Westbound Conrail TV-7 on trk #1 near MP 127.9 on Conrail's Chicago Line ~ Ashtabula, Ohio
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C40-8W 6068 with an FRSE-X at Brookfield depot/MP 67 at 07:45 on Dec. 18, 1993. One of the few good spots on the B&A for early/late day photography since there are low horizons in both directions.
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CR 6068 C40-8W leads Eastbound Conrail INSE-2 at CP 97 on track number two.

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