Posts Tagged ‘SD40-2 locomotives’

Something Rare at Easton

August 27, 2021

CSX 8163 and CSX 3006 lead a westbound manifest train passing an eastbound in Easton on June 25, 1996, on the New Castle Subdivision. Although the 8163 is a common EMD SD40-2, 3006 is a rare GE BQ23-7.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Actually, it’s a Norfolk Southern Train

August 24, 2021

Technically this is a Norfolk Southern train, but Norfolk & Western-painted SD40-2 No. 1634 and its train are in Frank, Ohio, on July 14, 1984, the Sandusky District.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Conrail at Mace

August 11, 2021

Conrail SD40-2 No. 6470 leads an eastbound trailer train through Mace in Massillon in May 1979. The 6470 was built by EMD for Conrail in 1978. The trailing unit appears to be a GP40 still in Penn Central black with minimal Conrail markings.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Wheeling Stone Train on CSX

July 22, 2021

Wheeling & Lake SD40-2 No. 6995 and its train of stone tool along westbound on the CSX New Castle Subdivision in Akron on July 10, 2021.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Laying Ballast

June 13, 2021

We were on our way home as I approached the crossing of the Indiana Rail Road in Greenwood on County Line Road in suburban Indianapolis.

I didn’t expect to see an INRD train because I knew that the only two trains a day on this line operate later in the day.

So I was quite surprised to look left and see an INRD SD40-2 on the point of a work train laying ballast.

I doubled back and parked off to the side of a street aptly named Railroad Avenue that runs parallel to the tracks. I made the image with my phone.

Although not visible, a work gang was spreading the ballast behind the train.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders

In the Middle of a Lap Siding

May 10, 2021

CSX has removed some of the lap siding on the Toledo Subdivision that the Baltimore & Ohio installed years ago, but it kept the one in Cairo, Ohio. Shown is steel train K596 coming out of the northern end of the siding and onto the main.

If you look carefully, you will see that the dwarf signal is giving a train in the southern end of the siding a clear signal to come out onto the main.

Out of view is CSX manifest freight that is meeting the K596 here.

Note that lead unit SD40-2 No. 4008 has one of the square cabs CSX gave some of these units when they were rebuilt. This locomotive was originally built for the Seaboard Coast Line.

An L&I Two for Tuesday

December 15, 2020

Indiana short line Louisville & Indiana operates over a former Pennsylvania Railroad route that it has chosen to honor with a locomotive livery that resembles that of the Pennsy.

The railroad, based in Jeffersonville, Indiana, operates on a route between Indianapolis and Jeffersonville that once hosted the South Wind and Kentuckian. The former ran between Chicago and Florida while the latter was an overnight Chicago-Louisville train.

It never was a major PRR artery although it hauled its share of freight that interchanged in Louisville with southern railroads.

Shown is a southbound L&I train passing through Franklin, Indiana, the county seat of Johnson County. Much of the northern half of the county forms the southern region of the greater Indianapolis metropolitan area.

To get these images I had to wait for a few hours in a public park near downtown. I could hear the crew talking on the radio during much of that time as they worked in an industrial park north of town.

At one point they had to clear the main to allow a northbound CSX train to pass. CSX operates a few trains between Indianapolis and Louisville over the L&I.

The original plan for the crew had been to go into Indy after finishing their work in Franklin and interchange cars with the Indiana Railroad. Had they stuck with that plan I likely would not have been able to get these photographs.

But the work in Franklin apparently took longer than expected for whatever reasons and the dispatcher decided to direct them to leave their INDR cars on a siding in the industrial park and head back to their base in Columbus. Thus my patience was rewarded.

I haven’t been back to the L&I since getting these images. That will have to wait for another day, probably next spring. But I will be back.

When In Doubt Look for a Grain Elevator

November 24, 2020

I was chasing a light power move of the Decatur & Eastern Illinois when I find myself in the tiny Hamlet of Camargo, Illinois.

I wasn’t sure what I would find but most towns in central Illinois have a grain elevator next to the railroad tracks.

I don’t know if the D&EI serves this particularly elevator but I do know it hauls a lot of agriculture commodies.

It just happened that none of them were moving on this particular job, which featured a pair of SD40-2 locomotives.

The heritage of this route is Baltimore & Ohio. At one time it extended from Indianapolis to Springfield, Illinois.

Most of the line is abandoned west of Decatur, Illinois, and within Indiana.

SD40-2s on the Prairie

November 17, 2020

I grew up in east central Illinois so I am well aware of how flat the landscape is there.

Yet if you seek to make photographs of railroads in action it can be more of a challenge than you think to create images that scream “this is the prairie.”

Illinois is sometimes called the Prairie State although little native prairie land remains. Today it is a moniker for being farmland.

 You might be surprised and at times frustrated at how many trees there are along the railroads of Illinois. Open views that suggest a vast open landscape can take some doing to find.

In the image above a pair of SD40-2s working for the Decatur & Eastern Illinois are running light eastbound a little east of Tuscola.

I had photographed a D&EI train at this same location last summer when crops were still in these fields.

Now those crops have been harvested and the field in the foreground plowed for the winter.

Plowing after harvest used to be commonplace but is less so today.

At Work With NS Fort Wayne Line Locals

March 3, 2020

Today we pay another visit to the Fort Wayne Line of Norfolk Southern to watch the locals at work.

In the top image local C03 is rolling eastbound on Feb. 19 through Burton City, which is located between Orrville and Massillon.

On the point is GP38-2 No. 5358, which is typical motive power for a local.

In the next photo down the C03 is shown going away with NS 3380, an SD40-2, and NS 5801, a GP38-3, facing westward.

In the next set of photographs, which are posted below, we’ve relocated to Massillon and are watching local C67 at work.

The motive power for this train is SD40E No. 6349 and G38-2 No. 5638.

In the top image the train is splitting the signals at CP Mace on the northwest side of Massillon.

The middle image is a roster shot while the bottom image shows the train drifting downgrade to work an industry.

Photographs by Robert Farkas