Posts Tagged ‘SD40-2 locomotives’

Not Much to Look at But I Appreciate it Now

November 21, 2022

This CSX SD40-2 leading an auto rack train through Berea won’t win any beauty contests but in its own way it has a certain visual appeal. And that is despite the rust, mismatched number boards, faded paint, and generally battered appearance.

The 8068 was built for the Louisville & Nashville in October 1979 and later served the Seaboard System motive power fleet. It appears to have an earlier CSX livery iteration that is well worn and weathered.

Today such sights would be rare on CSX for the carrier doesn’t have that many standard cab locomotives left in road train service.

The image was made on April 29, 2000, and was scanned from color negative film.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders

W&LE EMD Lease Units Two for Tuesday

October 18, 2022

Today’s two for Tuesday features a pair of Wheeling & Lake Erie trains in Spencer from April 12, 2014. Both units worked for EMD leasing before winding up on the Wheeling where they ran around for years in their blue and white EMD livery. Both locomotives are SD40-2 models. The 6314 is still on the Wheeling motive power roster and still wearing the livery seen above. The 6382 is off the Wheeling’s roster.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Conrail Two for Tuesday

October 11, 2022

Here are a pair of Conrail images from the archives for two for Tuesday. In the top image GP38-2 No. 8126 is in Alliance on Aug. 15, 1984. In the bottom image SD40-2 No. 6479 leads a westbound at Center Road in what is now New Franklin on May 3, 1980. In a few minutes this train will be in Clinton and likely head toward Orrville and beyond.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Crossing Synder Avenue in Barberton

August 21, 2022

Warwick-Bound Conrail SD40-2 No. 6479 and U30B No. 2849 are crossing Snyder Avenue in Barberton on May 3, 1980. At Warwick they could go to Massillon or, more likely, on to Orrville and beyond on Conrail.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

NEO Rail Operations on a July Day

August 12, 2022

Here are three images made in Northeast Ohio on July 10, 2022. Wheeling & Lake Erie SD40-2 No. 7002 is shown in the top image in Copley. Because I did not want to move the cone, this is the best angle I could get. The middle image is a nose shot of the 7002. In the bottom image, CSX AC44CW No. 412 leads a westbound auto rack train in Barberton.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Back to the Conrail Days in Massilon

July 7, 2022

The wayback machine has taken us to the Conrail era in early 1988. SD40-2 No. 6412 is leading an eastbound in Massillon in early 1988. The unit was built in September 1977 and would later work for Norfolk Southern. It is shown on the Fort Wayne Line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Catching a ‘Pumpkin’ in Warwick

February 23, 2022

BNSF SD40-2 No. 6799 is leading an eastbound CSX train on May 8, 2004. This was an early BNSF locomotive livery.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

R.J. Corman Two for Tuesday in Warwick

November 30, 2021

R.J. Corman GP 20E No. 4119 rolls a train southbound after interchanging cars with CSX in Warwick Yard on Oct. 6, 2021. A few days later Corman SD40-2 No. 7107 leads a northbound awaiting permission to enter the yard.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Shelley Materials Gets a New Locomotive

November 8, 2021

On Friday the Akron Barberton Cluster delivered a new locomotive to Shelley Materials in Kent. HRZX No. 6089 is a former Norfolk & Western SD40-2.

I caught it and Flash, Shelley’s SD18M, which has for several years done the switching at the Kent facility. 

By afternoon Flash had received markings of HRZX 319. Thus far the unit has carried roster number 321. I don’t know if Flash will stay in Kent or be removed to another location.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

An R.J. Corman Two for Tuesday

November 2, 2021

Here are a pair of R. J. Corman photographs on the Cleveland Subdivision. In the top image, SD40-2 No. 7107 is running south ward at Warwick. The photographer said this was the first time that he thinks he has seen this particular unit. In the bottom image the same train is shown at Canal Fulton.

Photograph by Robert Farkas