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.
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.
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.
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 RailPictures.net Screener's Choice Award.
Photo by Don Kalkman III
C40-8W heads one of the Triple Crown Roadrailer Trains through Birmingham PA.