Surviving SD40-2s - Page 6

Numbered 6358-6524, Conrail's SD40-2's were found system wide heading up trains of all varieties as well as working on helpers over the famous Horseshoe Curve on the Pittsburgh Line. Conrail acquired its SD40-2 fleet new from EMD in 1977, 78 and 79.

The SD40-2's had a feature unique to the road, the substitution of EMD's older Flexicoil trucks in place of the newly developed (and mistakenly believed to be flawed) HTC trucks that were delivered to all other SD40-2 owners.

In 1999, the fleet was divided between Norfolk Southern and CSX. Those assigned to NS were renumbered into the 3329 - 3424 series, while CSX allocated units became 8800 - 8889 where they still haul freight today.

Former CR 6366 is seen at Altoona PA on 8-18-07. Photo by Dave Trenn
Former Conrail 6366(NS 3336) at South Fork, PA on Oct. 25, 2008
NS 3337, ex CR 6367, at New Haven, IN on April 23, 2011
Former Conrail 6368(NS 3338) at South Fork, PA on Oct. 25, 2008
Former CR 6368 is seen at Altoona, PA on 5/26/2008.
The cab signal box inside NS 3338. Notice that it still uses the old PRR color position light signals to give indications of the track ahead.
The control stand inside NS SD40-2 3338. The top lever is for the dynamic brakes while the lever underneath it is for the throttle.
The electrical control panel on the NS 3338
If you look closely at the fading patch on 3338, you can make out the old CR number, 6368
A head on shot of former Conrail 6368(NS 3338) at South Fork, PA on Oct. 25, 2008
Back in the day, this used to say CR 6368
Former CR 6359 is seen at Altoona PA on 6/19/02.
Former CR 6359 & CR 6384 are seen at Altoona PA on 6/19/02.
Former CR 6369 is in helper service at Gallitzin, PA on 9/8/99.
Former Conrail 6374 and 6376(NS 3340 and 3341) pass by the Amtrak station in Altoona, PA on their way to their next helper assignment on Oct. 26, 2008
Former Conrail SD40-2 6376 is seen assisting a westbound merchandise train up Horseshoe Curve on the morning of 7/7/2007
6376 (NS 3341) 8-18-07 Altoona, PA. Photo by Dave Trenn
Former CR 6381 is on a helper set at Rose in Altoona, PA on 10/7/00.
Former CR 6384 & 6359 are seen at Altoona PA on 6/19/02.
NS 3344(ex CR 6384) at New Haven, IN in September 2010
Former Conrail 6387 and 6381(NS 3346 and 3343) lite helpers prepare to leave the Cresson helper engine terminal on Oct. 25, 2008

One of the cresson helper sets comes in for servicing. The crew would move from this set into another pair of SD40-2s and head back out again.

Former Conrail 6389(NS 3347) is the last of 3 helpers on a eastbound coal train at Cassandra, PA on Oct. 25, 2008
Former CR 6390 is on a helper set at Rose in Altoona, PA on 10/7/00.
Former Conrail SD40-2 is seen in helper service at Horseshoe Curve on 7/7/2007
Former CR 6394 is seen at Altoona PA on 8/16/07. Photo by Dave Trenn
Former CR 6394 is seen at Altoona PA on 4/13/08.
Former CR 6394 is seen at Altoona, PA on 5/26/2008.
Renumbered less than a month and my locomotive is still having problems accepting her new number...
Former CR 6398 is seen leading OLS special 955 east at Cranford Jct NJ on 5/13/09.
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