Surviving SD80MACs

In the late 1980's General Electric was winning the horsepower war and the new locomotive orders from railroads. EMD was once again behind in technology and revenue. EMD began working on the SD80 series which would achieve 5000hp from a 20 cylinder 710G prime mover, the first 20 cylinder engine since the SD45/SD45-2 locomotive line.

Conrail began to take delivery of a 28 unit order rostered the first units in January 1996. Under agreement with EMD, the 28 units would be built by EMD and finished at the Juniata Shops in Altoona, PA. Conrail numbered these units 4100-4127.

In 1997, Conrail purchased the EMD demonstrator units, EMDX 8000 and 8001 and an order for 108 more units was placed but was ultimately reduced to 28 units. The order was changed with the split of Conrail making the 30 units owned by Conrail the only SD80MACs produced. The demonstrators were added to the roster as 4128 and 4129.

In 1999, the fleet was divided between Norfolk Southern and CSX. Those assigned to NS were renumbered into the 4100 - 4129 series, while CSX allocated units became 800 - 812 and then later renumbered in 2007 in the 4590 - 4602 series.

A pair of Conrail painted units, former CR 4115 and 6495(NS 7208 and 3410) at South Fork, PA on Oct. 25, 2008
SD80MAC 4102 with SPSE at Bancroft, MA. on June 4, 1999.
Former CSX 800/CR 4100 is seen on Q174-02 at Newark DE on 8/3/08. The unit is stenciled the Spirit of Benning.
Former CSX 800/CR 4100, the Spirit of Benning, is seen on Q370-05 at Newark DE on the gloomy morning of 12/6/11.
Former CR 4104 is seen behind the CSX Cumberland, MD locomotive shops on 11/4/11.
Former CSX 801/CR 4104 is seen on CSX Q370-11 at Elsmere DE on 2/12/13.
CSX 4593 (ex CSX 803/CR 4108) is on the point of Q-433 at Ridgefield Park, NJ 11/22/2008
Former CSX 803/CR 4108 is seen on Q439-20 at Newark DE on 9/21/10.
Former CSXT 803/CR 4108 is seen on CSX Q370-04 at Wilmington DE on 1/5/13.
Former CSX 0804/CR 4112 is seen at Elsmere, Delaware on 2/2/2008.
CSXT 4595(ex CSXT 805, nee CR 4112) trailing on CSX train Q401 at Carson, VA on May 10, 2008. Kevin Pratt photo with permission
CSXT 4595(ex CSXT 805, nee CR 4112) leads train Q139 at North Collier in Petersburg, VA on May 24, 2008. Kevin Pratt photo with permission
At Elsmere, Delaware on 2/19/2008.
Former CSX 806/CR 4113 is seen leading Q405-10 at Elsmere DE on 7/10/10.
Former CSX 806/CR 4113 is seen on CSX Q316-10 at Cumberland, MD on 6/12/14.
Former CSX 806/CR 4113 is seen on CSX Q316-10 at Cumberland, MD on 6/12/14.
Former CSX 806/CR 4113 is seen on CSX Q316-10 at Cumberland, MD on 6/12/14.

Heading west out of Philadelphia on CSX's Philly Sub on train Q405.

Former CSX 807/CR 4116 is seen on K426-30 at 58th St. in Philadelphia PA on 6/4/10.
Former CSX 807/CR 4116 is seen on K426-30 at 58th St. in Philadelphia PA on 6/4/10.
Former CSX 807/CR 4116 is seen on Q409-05 at Newark DE on 7/6/10.
Former CSX 807/CR 4116 is seen on Q405-02 at Elsmere DE on 8/2/10.
Former CSX 807/CR 4116 is seen on Q405-02 at Elsmere DE on 8/2/10.
Former CSX 808/CR 4121 is seen on Q373-17 at Newark DE on 11/18/08.
Former CSX 808/CR 4121 is seen leading Q370-25 east at Elsmere DE on 5/26/10.
Former CSX 808/CR 4121 is seen leading Q370-25 east at Elsmere DE on 5/26/10.
Former CSX 809/CR 4122 is seen on Q411-08 at St. Denis MD on 5/8/10.
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