GE C40-8W - Page 2

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 C40-8W 6065 leads Westbound CR OIEL-3X near Cp 128 on Trk#1 -- On Conrail's Chicago Line. (Ashtabula, Ohio)
CR 6065, 5577 & 3286 are seen at Hagerstown, MD on 3/18/98.
CR 6065 is seen at Hagerstown, MD on 3/18/98.
CR 6066 is seen at Edgemoor DE on 1/18/98.
Conrail C40-8W #6067 leads Westbound Conrail TV-7 on trk #1 near MP 127.9 on Conrail's Chicago Line ~ Ashtabula, Ohio
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.
CR 6068 C40-8W leads Eastbound Conrail INSE-2 at CP 97 on track number two.
After running up the Buffalo Line from Enola, ENBU doubles it's train into Frontier yard. Helping out CR 6069 this day are two CSX units: U30C 7250 and GP40 6849. It's October 1992, many years before the split of Conrail, but the CSX units are a harbinger of things to come at Frontier- and the CR unit would become property of NS.
At 08:15 on the morning of Aug. 17, 1996, TV9 is crossing the town line from Washington into Hinsdale, MA. along the north end of Muddy Pond.
Conrail 6069 leads Westbound TV-555 at MP127.9 on track number one.
OIBU passes CP ROSS.
Conrail TV80, a Thursday only train, at Waterloo, IN back in 1996
ALSR1's power passes Smith Lane. The consist itself is still heading through the interlocking at CP-Alburtis.
CR 6072 & 6235 are seen at Wilmington, DE on 6/5/98.
A morning eastbound on Conrail's busy Pittsburgh Line rolls through the municipalities of Rankin (left) and Swissvale (right). The tracks form the border between the two municipalities in this area.
Westbound at MP 11, a loaded coal train passes the skeleton of a PRR signal bridge.
CR 6072 is seen at Wilmington, DE on 6/5/98.
C40-8W 6075 with SEBO at MP 131 near Bancroft, MA. on May 1, 1993.
BUBI-3 passes through Gang Mills, NY behind C40-8W 6075 and SD40-2 6467. August 1995
CR 6076 & 5597 are seen on a WB roadrailer at Cresson, PA on 11/24/98.
CR 6076 is seen at Cresson PA on 7/30/97.
CR 6076 is seen on a WB roadrailer at Cresson, PA on 11/24/98.
CR 6077 on a westbound at Rochester, PA on 2/7/98.
CR 6077 is seen on CSX rails at Cumberland, MD on 11/20/98.
C40-8W 6078 leads Conway-Edgemoor freight PIED past the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant in Linfield, PA. The 6078 is unusual in that it has "Conrail Quality" on the front but has the standard logo on the side.

North Avenue, CSX Baltimore Terminal - Baltimore, Maryland, USA
November 10, 1993
C40-8W 6081 on CSX train Z413
After a brisk walk to a perch along the North Avenue bridge (looking over my shoulder the whole time), I was rewarded with a Conrail run-through over the once-electrified B&O Belt Line. I'd try this shot today, only with a platoon of Marines! Ah, Charm City.
Photo by Don Kalkman III

A pair of new C40-8s lead XPK-4C out of Conway Yard.

Pittsburgh Line - Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA
Summer of 1994
C40-8W 6082
A trio of Big Blue's finest bring a westbound manifest underneath a PRR signal bridge during Conrail's twilight years.
Photo by Don Kalkman III

ML-420, the old BUEN-N, heads south passing the old PRR passenger station at Lock Haven, PA in April, 1995 behind SD40 6242, C40-8W 6082 and GP40-2 3376.
CR 6083 is seen trailing on a WB at Cove PA on 9/28/97.
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