GE C40-8W - Page 3

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.

CR 6094 C40-8W leads a Westbound freight

Brand new C40-8W #6094 leads this westbound freight at MP128 on Conrail's Chicago Line ~ track number one.

CR 6095 inside Juniata Shops 10/5/97

CR 6095 is seen along WE 1745 inside the Juniata Shops in Altoona PA during Railfest on 10/5/97. The W&LE SD45 was in for contract work at the time due to multiple problematic issues.

CR 6095 on Q317-05 at Cumberland MD 3/5/98.

CR 6095 is seen on CSX Q317-05 at Cumberland MD on 3/5/98.

CR 6096 Amsterdam NY 1994

Lock 10 in Cranesville NY a few miles east of Amsterdam NY is one of the most accessible locks for cross-canal train watching. This is how it looked in 1994 before a devastating flood in 2006 knocked it out of operation for several years. It is back in operation, but missing the stand of cottonwood trees. So much for sitting in the shade waiting for the next train. In 1994 the last section of the West Shore railroad was still operating to service a nearby quarry. Here C40-8W 6096 and an unidentifiable SD60M (55?3) lead an eastbound freight.

CR 6097

CR 6097 eastbound at Rochester, PA on 2/7/1998.

CR 6098 at Cumberland, MD

Conrail C40-8W 6098 is seen trailing on a CSX coal train at Cumberland, MD in 1992.

CR 6098 in Hinsdale, MA. on 4/20/96.

The 6098 leads TV6 at MP 142 in Hinsdale, MA. on April 20, 1996.

CR 6098 on WPHA-61 at Prospect Park, PA

At 1:25 on this Thursday afternoon this Harrington, DE-based local heads northbound on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor with 54 empty hoppers for Dyers Quarry. Trailing engine is CR SD40-2 6510. The train weighed in at 1,728 tons.

CR 6099 at Tyrone, PA

Conrail C40-8W 6099 is seen leading a westbound empty coal drag at Tyrone, PA in 1992.

CR 6099 with SEAL-7 at Ridgefield Park, NJ

Southbound SEAL-7 approaching River Line "CP-5" Ridgefield Park, NJ

CR 6100 at Horseshoe Curve in 1998

Conrail C40-8W 6100 is seen leading a westbound TV train around Horseshoe Curve in 1998.

CR 6100 east SV 14 Dewitt 09021994

SV 14 rolls into Dewitt to make a set out, coming in with 115 platforms, seen from across the yard at the Amtrak station.

CR 6101 at East Conway PA 2/7/98

CR 6101 is seen at East Conway PA on 2/7/98.

CR 6101 inWashington, MA. on 8/28/93.

C40-8W 6101 leads TV9 along Muddy Pond west of MP 138 in Washington, MA. on Aug. 28, 1993.

CR 6102 leads PIAL at Longswamp, PA 1/26/93

PIAL5 heads east through Longswamp with a couple Dash 8's as power. MP22.5 CR Reading Line

CR 6104 Ashtabula, OH 10-23-1993

Conrail C40-8W 6104 leads Westbound BUPI-3 on track four through Ashtabula, Ohio near MP 126.7

CR 6104 at Cresson PA 7/30/97

CR 6104 is seen at Cresson PA on 7/30/97.

CR 6104 with BUEN-6N

Conrail C40-8W 6104 and SD40-2 6388 lead the auto rack train coming by the detector at MP 196 on the Buffalo Line.

CR 6105 at Ashtabula, Ohio 4/7/98

Conrail 6105 & 6047 are on Westbound Cone BUEL-7 @ CP127.7 at Ashtabula , Ohio on Trk# 1

CR 6106 in Washington, MA. on 1/7/94. (3)

The 6106 continues clearing out Lower Valley Rd. at Ballou's in Washington, MA. on Jan. 7, 1994.

CR 6107 leads eastbound TV-2M at Alliance, OH.

Conrail 6107 leads Eastbound TV-2M near CP83 in Alliance, OH [coming off Conrail's Cleveland line].

CR 6107 with STBN-2 at Galatea, OH

STBN-2 with the 6107 on the point is southbound at Galatea, OH on May 22, 1999

CR 6109 at Crestline, OH 1996

Conrail C40-8W 6109 leads a northbound (eastbound time table direction) loaded coal train through Crestline, OH sometime between Nov and Dec in 1996. This train is moving on Conrail's Indianapolis Line (ex-NYC mainline) after having just come through Galion, OH. It is crossing over the diamond which is Conrail's Fort Wayne Line (ex-PRR Phila-Chicago mainline). In the background is Crestline tower and behind it the connecting track between the 2 mainlines. At this time, the ex-PRR shops at Crestline were still standing, but were pretty much abandoned. The Indy Line is now CSX; the Fort Wayne line is now NS from Pittsburgh to the Crestline diamond. West of the diamond, the FW Line is now the Chicago Fort Wayne & Eastern (a regional railroad).

UPDATE:  This tower was torn down by CSX in January 2015 


CR 6109 at Lewistown, PA

Conrail C40-8W 6109 is seen leading a westbound empty coal train at Lewistown, PA in 1992.

CR 6109 with UNL-39B at Addison, NY

UNL-39B heading back to the mines of SW PA. at Addison, NY behind C40-8Ws 6109 and 6064, plus SD50 6785 on a FRIGID December day in 1995

CR 6111 at CP Valley Jct in Reading PA

Conrail C40-8W 6111 is seen leading ML401 through Reading, PA

CR 6111 west ML 401 Smithboro 01221995

CR 6111 leads a pair of SD 50's on ML 401 on a gloomy first day of winter. I'm standing on the empty right of way of the old LV Auburn Branch, abandoned at CR start up.

CR 6112 at Stoney Creek, PA 1/1/98

CR 6112 is seen at Stoney Creek Yard in Stoney Creek, PA on 1/1/98.

CR 6112 C40-8W leads a Southbound at Conrail's Ashtabula Harbor Ohio Yard

A southbound empty Coal train lead by Conrail 6112 rounds the curve on the "Back Track" at Conrail's Ashtabula Harbor Ohio Yard.

CR 6112 on UMP-115 at Antis, PA 1/26/99

CR 6112 is seen on UMP-115 at Antis, PA on 1/26/99.

CR 6114 at Bryan, OH in 1996

TV200X with 6114 on the point taken from the County Road 8 Bridge near Bryan, OH in July 1996

CR 6116 in Pittsfield, MA. on 2/19/94.

C40-8W 6116 sits at the head end of a "dead" ML-433 in Pittsfield, MA. on Feb. 19, 1994.

CR 6117 at East Brookfield, MA. 5/23/97.

TV-6 is strung out on the Brookfield flats as he nears CP 64 in East Brookfield, MA. on May 23, 1997.

CR 6118 Big Beaver, PA 7/28/1994

The Roadrailer heads West thru Highland Cut.

CR 6119 C40-8W Leads Eastbound ELBU-2

Conrail 6119 C40-8W leads eastbound ELBU-2 near MP 126.7 on track number two.

CR 6119 east Lock 10 Cranesville 06181995

Some of the locks on the NY State Barge Canal were good places to see the action on the Water Level Route. One of the best is Lock 10 at Cranesville. Here we see an eastbound with a two units leading 118 cars on the opposite shore. Up til the start of Conrail, it was possible to run a train from Albany to Utica on either side of the Mohawk River. By this time, there were only a few short segments of the old West Shore remaining between those two places.

CR 6119 east SV 20 Coles 09241994

SV 20 rolls 76 platforms toward a medium clear at CP COLES, where it will come off track 2 and onto single track as it departs the Binghamton area. It will be on single track to CP SR, near Oakland PA, where the line goes back to double track for the climb across Starrucca Viaduct and over Gulf Summit.

CR 6119 east TV 202 Endicott 09241994

SV 20 blasts through west Endicott with 76 stack platforms, 15 minutes from a crew change at Binghamton.

CR 6120, Horseshoe Curve 1990

C40-8 6120 leads a westbound around Horseshoe Curve in 1990.

CR 6121 at Hillside NJ

Conrail Dash 8-40CW #6121 leads a intermodal train through Hillside NJ on the Lehigh Line. Exact date unknown.

CR 6121 east TV 202 Owego 02181995 rescan

TV 202 comes out of the setting sun with 6121/6104/3309 leading its 112 platforms as it takes the big curve east of Owego station.

CR 6121 east TV 202 Waverly O'Briens 02181995

TV 202 rolls east along the cliff just west of Waverly, under the familiar sign on top of the hill for O'Brien's Inn, a longstanding familiar sight for travelers heading east on NY 17. The photo is taken from a hillside adjacent to the Exit 60 off ramp.

CR 6121 on TV200 at Ravena, NY 10-14-1997

C40-8W 6121 and CSX SD40-2 8172 power TV200 South @ Ravena, NY

CR 6123 Crossing Sherman's Creek, 4/94

Sherman's Creek - Duncannon, Pennsylvania, USA
C40-8W 6123
A westbound with paired C40-8Ws takes a Military Extra across the Much-Photographed bridge across Sherman's Creek.

CR 6123 Syracuse 4/1992

C40-8W 6123 heads a westbound under the old Bridge in East Syracuse during a snow squall in 1992

CR 6124 at Mifflin, PA

Conrail C40-8W 6124 is seen trailing on a westbound TV train at Mifflin, PA in 1992.

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