CSX Inherits Locomotives it Once Owned

CSX has inherited more than 100 GE C40-8 locomotives as part of its merger with regional carrier Pan Am Railways.

Trains magazine reported on its website that the acquisition represented a turnabout because CSX had begun striking the 4,000-horsepower six-axle units several years ago, selling most of its standard cab Dash-8s back to GE which in turn sold 24 of them to Pan Am.

It was thus a case of CSX acquiring Pan Am locomotives that CSX once owned and then sold. The units carried the 7400-7600 roster number series at both railroads.

The Trains report said it is unclear if CSX plans to keep the C40-8 units but at least one of them has recently been repainted into the CSX livery and given a new roster number.

That unit, No. 9280, was seen working a manifest freight in Tennessee on the former Clinchfield Railroad.

CSX purchased 147 C40-8 locomotives, which GE introduced in 1987.

The Trains report can be read at https://www.trains.com/trn/news-reviews/news-wire/csx-rekindles-its-relationship-with-venerable-dash-8-locomotives/

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