GE C40-8W - Page 7

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 6173 is seen leading ALPI-F passed J. W. interlocking in Johnstown, PA on 8/20/98.
Conrail C40-8W 6174 is seen leading a westbound freight at the Brickyard in Altoona, PA in 1993. Seeing 3 gleaming new blue 6-axle units on a train really exemplifies what Conrail became.

CAPI blazes through McVey PA on its journey from Camden NJ to Pittsburgh PA. Note the single container flat car first out in the manifest.

CR 6176 is seen at New Brighton PA on 2/7/98.
Conrail C40-8W 6177, C40-8W 753, and SD60M 5573 wait to pull their empty train South at Conrail's Ashtabula Harbor Ohio Yard.
Power for today's EDPI ran lite from Edgemoor north to the O-track at Marcus Hook, PA along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor to pick up their train.  The cars were setout by a yard job from Stoney Creek off the Linwood Industrial Track.  The consist today will be CR 5606, 6029, 6771 (offline), 6179 (offline), 9x34 for 1,982 tons.
CR 6181 & 6161 are seen on a EB coal train at Cresson, PA on 3/14/98.
CR 6182 is seen at Conrail's Edgemoor Yard in Edgemoor, DE on 9/15/98.

Finding single units leading trains was not a common occurance. Here C40-8W 6182 leads an eastbound train alone over Shermans Creek through CP Cannon. The interlocking here is actually on the bridge.

An empty hopper train is making its way through Berea, OH in early May of 1997. Leading the consist are CR C40-8W 6182 and CR SD60M 5565. This westbound train is just about to pass Berea tower (CP-194 Chicago Line) and has just come off Cleveland's "Short Line" or "Belt line" (as some call it). It is taking the connecting track over to the Chicago Line. Things look very different now; The start of the Indianapolis Line (in the foreground) is now the double tracked CSX main. The original GRS "Type G" signals in the picture are also gone. The Chicago Line is now NS. The connecting track is still in place and fully signaled, but has been used almost never in the last 10 years (except for occasional derailment reroutes and maintenance equip storage). The former "Big Four" sandstone depot is just to the right of the photo edge, just out of sight.
CR 6185 C40-8W, 6059, and 6081 lead ZWM-445 on Ashtabula Harbor Yard's "Back Track."
Conrail 6185, 6059 and 6081 are pulling Southbound Conrail ZWM-445 on Conrail's Ashtabula Harbor Yards “Back Track”
Conrail C40-8W No. 6185 approaches Capitol Tower with a hopper train, in May 1996. Doug Davidson photo with permission
CR 6186 & 6150 are seen leading CSX G165 east at Cumberland MD on 2/3/98.
CR 6186 & 6271 are seen on CSX rails at Cumberland, MD on 11/20/98.
CR 6186 is seen on CSX rails at Cumberland, MD on 11/20/98.
A pair of then-new C40-8Ws bring Allentown-Selkirk manifest ALSE through Bound Brook in the summer of 1993.
CR 6186 is seen on CSX G165 at Cumberland MD on 2/3/98.
Conrail 6189 and UP EMD lead INST-0 at Fortville, IN on May 20, 1996

Pittsburgh Line - Spruce Creek, Pennsylvania, USA
May 28, 1994
C40-8W 6191 on RR261
The joint NS/CR Triple Crown was working its way westward along the old PRR on a warm spring afternoon back in 1994, with a new Conrail motor providing the muscle. This photo was the recipient of a Screener's Choice Award.
Photo by Don Kalkman III

Conrail 6191 & 6255 [power for Conrail XSH-13E] are putting their train together at Conrail's Ashtabula Harbor Ohio yard

C40-8W heads one of the Triple Crown Roadrailer Trains through Birmingham PA.

Another view of wrecked C40-8W 6192 on May 16th, 1995 at JLS in Altoona, PA. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.
SENE through the center of Hinsdale, MA. on Aug. 6, 1994.
BUOI-5 peels thru the early AM fog behind C40-8W 6194 and SD40-2 6497. "I had just stopped for my 1st stop on my potato chip route when I heard this coming" Cameron Mills, NY 8/1994
An eastbound coal drag slips past "M" Tower and onto the Cumberland Subdivision main.
Conrail C40-8W 6196 is seen leading ALCS on the CSX Philly Sub in downtown Philadelphia, PA on 4/14/1996
CR 6198 is seen at Wilmington, DE on 9/15/98.
CR 6199 & 6102 lead an empty train South at the diamonds of Conrail's Chicago Line and the Youngstown Line
CR 6202 on a westbound at Rochester, PA on 2/7/98.
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