Posts Tagged ‘CSX C40-8’

No. 7598 Two for Tuesday in Akron

September 20, 2022

Here are two images of locomotives carrying roster number 7598 taken at different times in Akron. In the top image Baltimore & Ohio SD40 No. 7598 is eastbound on May 5, 1979. In the bottom image CSX C40-8 is westbound on Aug. 2, 2010.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

CSX Inherits Locomotives it Once Owned

August 28, 2022

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/

So Where Was Quality Control?

May 28, 2016

Different numbers

It’s pretty obvious that the number boards are not the same on this CSX C40-8 as it led the Q113 through Berea.

One number is much larger than the other. My guess is that the number with the larger numerals is original while the smaller numerals are more modern.

No. 7583 has been around the CSX system for awhile, having been built by General Electric in September 1989. It probably has been through Berea numerous times. Maybe this is not the first time I’ve seen it or even photographed it.

I didn’t notice the difference in the number boards until I was looking at my photographs after having downloaded them.

I think I know what happened here. The shop needed to get the 7583 back on the road and a foreman said to put on whatever numerals were available. So long as the numbers on the right and left matched, the unit was good to go.

Perhaps some day No. 7583 will have matching number boards. But given all of the things that need the attention of the mechanical department, that is probably not high on the priority list.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders