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.

Afternoon at Iona Island on 10/24/98. (5)

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.

An autumnal day on the B&A...10/8/93. (03)

TV10B, led by C40-8W 6271 and C40-8 6044, by Muddy Pond at 08:08.

An autumnal day on the B&A...10/8/93. (18)

The 6140 has SEFR in tow through Ballou's in Washington, MA. at 13:18.

An autumnal day on the B&A...10/8/93. (19)

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.

An autumnal day on the B&A...10/8/93. (20)

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.

B&A Foreign Power day 1/29/94. (05)

CR 6106 leads NESE over the summit in Hinsdale, MA. at 09:41 with another "black pony" in the lash-up.

B&A Foreign Power day 1/29/94. (12)

SEBO9X shows up in Huntington, MA. at 16:46, just about sunset time with another Santa Fe unit to add to the collection.

Conrail 6189 on UWE coal train

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

CR 3213 west UNG Barton farm 05131994

A UNG empty coal train from the NYSEG Goudy Station in Johnson City rolls through a bucolic Tioga County scene.

CR 3402 GP40-2 leads TV-204 through Girard Township, PA.

Conrail 3402 leads eastbount TV-204 through Girard Township, PA. on track number one.

CR 5009 west ML 401 Waverly 2 05221994

ML 401 rolls west through Waverly on the Tier. 91 racks trail the three GE's.

CR 5044 Buffalo 1993

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

CR 5530 west Syracuse 03191999

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.

CR 5531 east BUOI Endwell 05101994

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.

CR 5555 west Weedsport 05071996

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.

CR 5583 west TV 13 Dewitt 03181995

The power for TV 13 backs onto its train after making a pick up at Dewitt.

CR 5599 east ML 440 Endicott 06171995

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.

CR 5601 east CP 293 08271996

SD60I leads a former LMS lease unit through CP 293 and past the Blue Circle plant as it approaches Syracuse.

CR 5623 at Huntington, MA. on 10/10/98. (2)

A pair of C40-8W's assist the 5623 with TV9 at Huntington, MA. on Oct. 10, 1998.

CR 5635 and CR 6201 at Altoona, PA

CR SD60I 5635 and C40-8W 6201 side by side at Altoona, PA on May 29th, 1995. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR 6050 at North Kingsville, Ohio 12/21/96

Conrail 6050 & 6770 lead Westbound Conrail BUEL-1 @ MP 120.2 on trk 1.

CR 6052 at Washington, MA. on 10/7/97.

C40-8W 6052 leads SF 4027 and BN 9261 with TV9 at MP 138 in Washington, MA. on Oct. 7, 1997.

CR 6053 at Syracuse, NY

Conrail 6053 leads C40-8W 6165 and an SD60 wide cab through Syracuse, NY with a hot van train in tow.

CR 6054 and CR 6773, Horseshoe Curve 1990

A trio of Conrail power including C40-8W 6054 and SD50 6773 ease a freight down the mountain around Horseshoe Curve in 1990.

CR 6054 at Cresson, PA 1991

Brand-new Conrail C40-8W 6054 heads west past MO tower in Cresson while a helper set heads east on track 1 in 1991.

CR 6054 at Cumberland, MD 9/28/98

CR 6054 is seen on a EB CSX coal train at Cumberland, MD on 9/28/98.

CR 6054 Gallitzin, PA 7/17/1993

ENPI ducks under the signal between Gallitzin and Cresson.

CR 6057 in Washington, MA. on 2/27/93. (2)

SEFR crossing the town line from Hinsdale into Washington, MA. along Muddy Pond on Feb. 27, 1993.

CR 6057 in Washington, MA. on 2/27/93. (4)

C40-8W 6057 on the point of SEFR along Muddy Pond in Washington, MA. on Feb. 27, 1993.

CR 6057 in Washington, MA. on 2/27/93. (5)

6057 leads SEFR around Muddy Pond in Washington, MA. on Feb.27, 1993.

CR 6059 Hornell, NY 11/90

TV-201 approaches to location of the former EL Hornell Yard..

CR 6059 on PIED-1 at Ridley Park, PA

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.

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.

CR 6060 on PMT-11 at Johnstown, PA 8/20/98

CR 6060 is seen on loaded slab train PMT-11 at Johnstown, PA on 8/20/98.

CR 6061 on TV-2 at Gallitzin, PA 6/15/96

CR 6061 & 6816 lead TV-2 east at Gallitzin, PA on 6/15/96.

CR 6062 on XWG-43 at Altoona, PA 6/15/96

CR 6062 & 6202 lead XWG-43 east at SLOPE in Altoona, PA on 6/15/96.

CR 6062 west ML 401 05191994

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.

CR 6062 west ML 401 Waverly 05191994

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.

CR 6063 in Washington, MA. on 6/22/91. (1)

CR 6063 leads SEMA over the Lower Valley Rd. crossing at Ballou's in Washington, MA. on June 22, 1991.

CR 6063 in Washington, MA. on 6/22/91. (2)

SEMA at Ballou's/MP 135 in Washington, MA. on June 22, 1991.

CR 6064 & 6049 at Leetsdale PA 2/7/98

CR 6064 & 6049 are seen on a WB roadrailer at Leetsdale PA on 2/7/98.

CR 6064 at Leetsdale PA 2/7/98

CR 6064 is seen on a WB roadrailer at Leetsdale PA on 2/7/98.

CR 6065 at Ashtabula Ohio 7/25/90

CR C40-8W 6065 leads Westbound CR OIEL-3X near Cp 128 on Trk#1 -- On Conrail's Chicago Line. (Ashtabula, Ohio)

CR 6065 at Hagerstown, MD 3/18/98

CR 6065, 5577 & 3286 are seen at Hagerstown, MD on 3/18/98.

CR 6065 at Hagerstown, MD 3/18/98

CR 6065 is seen at Hagerstown, MD on 3/18/98.

CR 6066 at Edgemoor DE 1/18/98

CR 6066 is seen at Edgemoor DE on 1/18/98.

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