Surviving B40-8s

GE's Dash 8 line was a much improved design over the previous Dash 7 line, which ended on Conrail with the C30-7A. Microprocessors in the Dash 8 line increased efficiency while boosting tractive effort. For the first time, GE units could monitor and diagnose themselves, which reduced downtime.

Built in May and June of 1988, Conrail purchased 30 of the B40-8's, numbered in the 5060-5089 series. Built with a 16 cylinder, turbocharged prime mover under the hood, these 4,000hp units were designed for light weight, high speed, and time sensitive intermodal service. 30 former CR/PC GP9's were traded in as part of the deal. (CR 7003, 7017, 7037, 7039, 7043, 7073, 7074, 7086, 7091, 7116, 7141, 7250, 7259, 7312, 7310, 7331, 7332, 7349, 7355, 7359, 7468, 7382, 7383, 7389, 7393, 7405, 7426, 7444, 7469, 7471.)

The original factory-installed, small single grab iron on the nose of the unit, also found on the C39-8 model, was intended for use when crossing between locomotives. They were replaced however, sometime in 1991 when Conrail opted for the upside down "L" grabs due to safety concerns and difficulty boarding the locomotives from the ground, account the higher walkway.

Conrail selected the B40-8 class to pull not only its hottest trains, but also to promote its Labor Management program in 1988. A large 'Working Together for Safety, Service, and Success' decal was applied to the short hood nose of each locomotive. The program encouraged workplace safety through Labor - Management cooperation and promoted the premier relationship Conrail enjoyed with its workforce. The program had seven primary committees, (one for each operating division) and another for all of Conrail's shops. These seven committees were comprised of 60 subcommittees, which were populated by union and management personnel.

In 1999, the fleet was divided between Norfolk Southern and CSX. Those assigned to NS were renumbered into the 4800-4817 series, while CSX allocated units became 5950-5961.

CR 5076

Conrail 5076 (soon to become CSXT 5958) and a Soo Line SD40 lead Q351 thru Fostoria, OH on July 20, 1999.

CR 5086

CR 5086, soon to become CSXT 5960, is on the point of eastbound Q276-14 at North McKees Rocks, PA on 7/16/99.

CSXT 5950 (CR 5060)

Former CR 5060 is at Cumberland, MD on 5/31/01.

CSXT 5951 (CR 5061)

Former CR 5061 is seen in the consist of CSX X769-11 at Cumberland, MD on 6/17/16. Unit was derated by CSX to 2,000 hp, reclassed B20-8 and is seen here headed to Russell, KY for long term storage.

CSXT 5953 (CR 5065) (1)

CSXT B40-8 5953 (CR 5065) and GP40-2 6145 (ex-B&O 4246) await clearance with their load of hoppers in Tyrone, GA on March, 3, 2015.

CSXT 5953 (CR 5065) (2)

CSXT B40-8 5953 (CR 5065) and GP40-2 6145 (ex-B&O 4246) await clearance with their load of hoppers in Tyrone, GA on March, 3, 2015.

CSXT 5953 (CR 5065) (3)

CSXT B40-8 5953 (CR 5065) and GP40-2 6145 (ex-B&O 4246) await clearance with their load of hoppers in Tyrone, GA on March, 3, 2015.

CSXT 5953 (CR 5065) (4)

CSXT B40-8 5953 (CR 5065) and GP40-2 6145 (ex-B&O 4246) await clearance with their load of hoppers in Tyrone, GA on March, 3, 2015.

CSXT 5953 (CR 5065) (5)

While CSXT B40-8 5953 (CR 5065) and GP40-2 6145 (ex-B&O 4246) await clearance with their load of hoppers, CSXT GP40-2 6092(ex-B&O 4093) and HLCX GP40 4225 pass by with a light engine move in Tyrone, GA on March, 3, 2015.

CSXT 5953 (CR 5065) (6)

CSXT B40-8 5953 (CR 5065) rests between assignments along with GP40-2 6145 (ex-B&O 4246) at E.R. Snell in Fairburn, GA on March 6, 2015.

CSXT 5953 (CR 5065) (7)

CSXT B40-8 5953 (CR 5065) rests between assignments along with GP40-2 6145 (ex-B&O 4246) at E.R. Snell in Fairburn, GA on March 6, 2015.

CSXT 5953 (CR 5065) (8)

CSXT B40-8 5953 (CR 5065) rests between assignments along with GP40-2 6145 (ex-B&O 4246) at E.R. Snell in Fairburn, GA on March 6, 2015.

CSXT 5956 (CR 5074)

Former CR 5074 is seen in the consist of CSX X769-11 at Cumberland, MD on 6/17/16. Unit was derated by CSX to 2,000 hp, reclassed B20-8 and is seen here headed to Russell, KY for long term storage.

CSXT 5957 (CR 5075)

Former CR 5075 is on an eastbound trailer train at Elsmere, DE on 12/25/99.

CSXT 5957 (CR 5075) (1)

Arriving in fresh paint, CSXT B40-8 5957 (CR 5075) rushes a local through Union City, GA on August 12, 2015

CSXT 5957 (CR 5075) (2)

Arriving in fresh paint, CSXT B40-8 5957 (CR 5075) rushes a local through Union City, GA on August 12, 2015

CSXT 5957 (CR 5075) (3)

Arriving in fresh paint, CSXT B40-8 5957 (CR 5075) rushes a local through Union City, GA on August 12, 2015.

CSXT 5957 (CR 5075) (4)

CSXT B40-8 5957 (CR 5075) hard at work in Fairburn, GA on August 31, 2015.

CSXT 5957 (CR 5075) (5)

CSXT B40-8 5957 (CR 5075) hard at work in Fairburn, GA on August 31, 2015.

CSXT 5958 (CR 5076)

Foremr CR 5076 is seen on CSX Q438-04 at Newark, DE on 4/7/15.

CSXT 5958 (CR 5076)

Former CR 5076 is seen in the consist of CSX X769-11 at Cumberland, MD on 6/17/16. Unit was derated by CSX to 2,000 hp, reclassed B20-8 and is seen here headed to Russell, KY for long term storage.

CSXT 5959 (CR 5080)

Former CR 5080 is at Cumberland, MD on 6/30/2000.

CSXT 5960 (CR 5086)

Former CR 5086 is seen on CSX S370-12 at Elsmere, DE on 10/13/15.

CSXT 5962 (CR 5063)

Former NS 4800/CR 5063 is seen at Newark, DE on 1/26/2008.

CSXT 5962 (NS 4800/CR 5063)

Former NS 4800/CR 5063 is seen on D020-05 at Elsmere DE on 4/5/12. Unit was derated by CSX to 2,000 hp and reclassed as a B20-8.

CSXT 5963 (CR 5064)

Former CR 5064 seen here on 9-29-07. Photo by Brian Alesin.

CSXT 5965 (NS 4803/CR 5067)

Former NS 4803/CR 5067 is seen on Q353-10 at Cumberland MD on 8/10/12. Unit was dereated by CSX to 2,000 hp and reclassed as a B20-8.

CSXT 5966 (NS 4804/CR 5068)

Former NS 4804/CR 5068 is seen on Q373-05 at Elsmere DE on 5/5/12.

CSXT 5966 (NS 4804/CR 5068)

Former NS 4804/CR 5068 is seen on Q373-05 at Elsmere DE on 5/5/12.

CSXT 5967 (NS 4805/CR 5069)

Former NS 4805/CR 5069 is seen in the consist of CSX X769-11 at Cumberland, MD on 6/17/16. Unit is seen here headed to Russell, KY for long term storage.

CSXT 5968 (CR 5072)

Former CR 5072 is seen at Wildwood, FL on 1/11/11.

CSXT 5969 (CR 5073)

CSX 5969, ex NS 4807/CR 5073, is far from home rails at Starke, FL on the old Atlantic Coast Line Mainline...

CSXT 5973 (NS 4811/CR 5081)

Former NS 4811/CR 5081 is seen in the consist of CSX X769-11 at Cumberland, MD on 6/17/16. Unit is seen here headed to Russell, KY for long term storage.

CSXT 5975 (CR 5083) (1)

CSXT reclassed B20-8 5975 (NS 4813/ CR B40-8 5083) being readied for work at Fairburn, GA on March 24, 2015.

CSXT 5975 (CR 5083) (10)

CSXT B40-8 5975 (CR 5083) and SD50-2 8514 rest from work at Fairburn, GA on November 4, 2015.

CSXT 5975 (CR 5083) (2)

CSXT reclassed B20-8 5975 (NS 4813/ CR B40-8 5083) rests between assignments at Fairburn, GA on March 28, 2015.

CSXT 5975 (CR 5083) (3)

CSXT reclassed B20-8 5975 (NS 4813/ CR B40-8 5083) rests with CSXT Road Mate 2255 (ex-GM&O GP30 511) between assignments at Fairburn, GA on March 28, 2015.

CSXT 5975 (CR 5083) (4)

CSXT reclassed B20-8 5975 (NS 4813/ CR B40-8 5083) at work along Rt 29 in Fairburn, GA on April 15, 2015.

CSXT 5975 (CR 5083) (5)

CSXT reclassed B20-8 5975 (NS 4813/ CR B40-8 5083) at work along Rt 29 in Fairburn, GA on April 15, 2015.

CSXT 5975 (CR 5083) (6)

CSXT reclassed B20-8 5975 (NS 4813/ CR B40-8 5083) at work along Rt 29 in Fairburn, GA on April 15, 2015.

CSXT 5975 (CR 5083) (7)

CSXT B40-8 5975 (CR 5083) works the Owens Corning Fairburn works in Fairburn, GA on November 5, 2015.

CSXT 5975 (CR 5083) (8)

CSXT B40-8 5975 (CR 5083) works the Owens Corning Fairburn works in Fairburn, GA on November 5, 2015.

CSXT 5975 (CR 5083) (9)

CSXT B40-8 5975 (CR 5083) works the Owens Corning Fairburn works in Fairburn, GA on November 5, 2015.

CSXT 5979 (CR 5089) (01)

CSX B40-8 5979 hustles a lone tank car southbound across Wilkes Grove Church Rd in Peachtree City on December 10, 2015.

CSXT 5979 (CR 5089) (02)

CSX B40-8 5979 threads a switch heading southbound with a lone tank car at Peachtree City on December 10, 2015.

CSXT 5979 (CR 5089) (03)

CSXT B40-8 5979 (CR 5089) hauls a lone tank car southbound through Peachtree City on December 10, 2015.

CSXT 5979 (CR 5089) (1)

CSXT B40-8 5979 (NS 4817/CR 5089) rests along with FURX GP38-2 5541 at Fairburn, GA on April 29, 2015.

CSXT 5979 (CR 5089) (2)

CSXT B40-8 5979 (NS 4817/CR 5089) rests along with FURX GP38-2 5541, 6931 (ex-WM 4359), and mate 2255 (ex-GM&O GP30 511) at Fairburn, GA on April 29, 2015.

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