CSX Gets SD303E ‘Echo” Locomotives

CSX has taken delivery of the first of 13 Eco locomotives that are being rebuilt from EMD SD40-2 units by Progress Rail at its plant in Muncie, Indiana.

CSX logo 3The ex-CSX units are now classified as SD40E3 and carry roster numbers in the 1700 series.

Trains magazine reported that the units will be assigned to terminals in Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Camden, New Jersey.

The SD40E3s will be assigned to yard duty and on local freights.

“The low emission locomotives are ideal for moving and sorting freight in our yards, providing a more environmentally friendly way to build trains around the clock and efficiently serve customers,” CSX Media Relations Manager Laura Phelps told Trains.

Phelps said the SD40E3s are not intended to replace SD40-3 locomotives that have been rebuilt by MotivePower in Idaho from SD40-2s.

She said CSX continues to evaluate the role that SD40-3 motive power will play at the railroad.


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One Response to “CSX Gets SD303E ‘Echo” Locomotives”


    I recently (9/18/17) saw 2 of these, 1706 and 1707, leading a westbound auto rack train running on the Metropolitan Subdivision. CSX will run anything with anything. Besides the SD40E3’s there was a BNSF C44-9W and 2 CSX AC4400’s. What I have not yet found out is who built the prime movers for those modified machines.

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