Posts Tagged ‘SD50 locomotives’

Narrow Cabs in Clinton

June 18, 2021

CSX SD50 No. 8526 leads what appears to be a westbound coke train in Clinton on March 10, 1996. The unit was built in March 1964 for the Seaboard System and has since been upgraded to an SD50-3.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Happy Birthday Conrail

April 8, 2021

Somehow it got by all of us that this month marks the 45th anniversary of the Consolidated Rail Corporation beginning operations.

So to mark the occasion we set the wayback machine dial to the Conrail era.

It’s Aug. 15, 1984, in Alliance. SD50 No. 6742 is leading a train toward Pittsburgh via the Cleveland Line line through Bayard, Ohio.

Nearby is a set of helper locomotives sitting in the yard, GP38-2 Nos. 8132 and CR 8126.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Conrail Monday: Two Bygone Relics in Ravenna

March 29, 2021

Conrail SD60 No. 6812 leads an eastbound manifest freight in Ravenna in June 1986. It is passing the since removed former Pennsylvania Railroad passenger station.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Quite a Motive Power Lash-up There

September 13, 2020

Conrail SD50 No. 6719 leads an eastbound in North Lawrence, Ohio, in late 1987. If you’re not sure where that is, don’t feel bad as we didn’t either. A google check shows its located on the Fort Wayne Line between Massillon and Orrville but is closer to the former.

That is quite a motive power lineup behind No. 6719 with what appear to be Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific units in the consist.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Forgotten Conrail Memory

June 4, 2020

I was going through some color negatives this week looking for images to scan when I came across this forgotten photograph.

I’m standing on the platform of the Cleveland Amtrak station on Nov. 7 1998.

That was the day that Amtrak extended operations of the Pennsylvanian west of Pittsburgh to Chicago, giving Northeast Ohio a daylight train.

Back then there were two tracks adjacent to the Amtrak platform and they were heavily used by Conrail traffic going to or coming from the traditional Water Level route.

All of that changed after CSX acquired the Water Level Route and began routing its trains through Cleveland on the Short Line rather than through downtown on the Lakefront Line.

Conrail 6748 is an SD50 that was built in May 1984 and was the second locomotive on the roster to have that number, the first having been an Alco C628 built for the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1965.

SD50 No. 6748 would later join the Norfolk Southern roster and eventually be rebuilt into an SD40E carrying roster number 6330.

This was not the only Conrail train I photographed at the Cleveland Amtrak station, but it’s one of the few I have. I rarely went down there to photograph, much to my regret now.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders

NS Winds Down SD50 Rebuilt Program

December 12, 2013

Norfolk Southern is wrapping up its five-year program to rebuild SD40 locomotives at its Altoona, Pa., shops.

It recently released SD40E No. 6356, which is the penultimate unit in the effort to convert its fleet of 3,500 horsepower SD50 and SD50S locomotives into 3,000 hp units.

The program included an engine model change from the original 16-645F3B to a 16-645E3C with a resulting 500 hp reduction, installation of an EMD EM2000 microprocessor system and  new electrical cabinets. A number of smaller changed were made including installation of cab air conditioning.

Once finished, the program will have churned out 58 SD40E locomotives (Nos. 6300-6357), most of which are former Norfolk & Western SD50S units and Conrail SD50s.

The N&W units were the first SD50s produced and were built on shorter SD40-2 frames measuring 68 feet, 10 inches. The SD50s were built on frames measuring 71 feet, 2 inches.
The last SD40E should emerge from Altoona by the end of the year.

Most of the NS SD40Es are being used in helper service on the former Pennsylvania Railroad mainline east of Pittsburgh. Other SD40Es have been assigned to work and ballast trains operating throughout the NS system.