CSX SD40-2's

chessie Aug 11, 2000

  1. chessie

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    I know CSX rostered a large collection of SD40-2's... some were units built by EMD, while others were units rebuilt by various rebuilders carrying the same designation (although some were labeled as SD40R's initially). Here is a picture I took in Wilson, N.C. on 5/31/00. I hope it is not too big! [​IMG]

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  2. chessie

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    you've gotta' love those classification light "patches" as well as the missing "snubber" on the center axle of the front truck..

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    Long Live ANY former Chessie Unit!

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  5. tunnel88

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    What ones are left!

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by tunnel88:
    What ones are left!

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    I believe most of the original SD40-2's from the 8000 series are still on the roster, in one form or another. It seems they went from 8000 ~ 83xx. Somewhere in there, the SD40R's or SD40's rebuilt/upgraded to Dash 2 specs started to appear... I know they occupied the 84xx series. I think the ex-CR units were renumbered into the 8800 series.

    That is the best I can do from memory.. I'll research it tonite and make any corrections.

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  7. wt&c

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    There are still a few engines in the 80XX series. I saw 8051 & 8033 2 days ago helping a train to grafton from Burnsville here on the Cowen Sub-Division.
     
  8. tunnel88

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    There's SD50s and GP15Ts as well right? And what happened to all those GP40-2s?
     
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    the last I checked, Most are lashed up with a couple others and haul trains on the Shenandoah Sub-Division or are hooked up with slugs [​IMG] from the 22XX series for other service. Most local service on the Cowen-Sub [​IMG] is by 2 GP38-2's, used to have all GP40-2's w/road slug for locals here up until 1995-1996.


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    I'll tell you this, I've never seen a GP15T [​IMG]in my life except on the internet. up until 2 years ago you could see 2 SD50's at the front of a coal train and see 3 more at the back. and this was when they were Gray and Blue with a yellow nose (Maybe Ex-L&N Units?:confused [​IMG]

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  11. chessie

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by wt&c:
    I'll tell you this, I've never seen a GP15T [​IMG]in my life except on the internet.
    Pat

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    Don't feel bad, I have never seen a GP15 in person either [​IMG]

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    [This message has been edited by chessie (edited 12 August 2000).]
     
  12. chessie

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    Here is what I have researched from various sources concerning the origin of the CSX SD40-2's:

    8000-8241 came from Seaboard System members (SCL, L&N, etc...I can provide add'l breakdown)
    8242-8261 came from the Chessie System (hence the large slotted battery box cover as shown in my original photo)
    8300-8488 consists of various SD40's rebuilt to Dash 2 specs: some SBD, some Chessie, some from outside contractors

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    <font color="3333ff">Chessie, what is the white box on the roof of the 8418? I notice that it has a large cable/conduit leading to it. Also are those very small antennas in front of it?

    If these are obvious questions, you have to excuse a BNSF fan [​IMG]

    SD40-2's are amongst my very favourite locomotives - in any paint scheme [​IMG] My friend bought a Kato N scale SD40-2 in CSX paint, and it looks great.</font>

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  18. chessie

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Alan:
    <font color="3333ff">Chessie, what is the white box on the roof of the 8418? I notice that it has a large cable/conduit leading to it. Also are those very small antennas in front of it?

    If these are obvious questions, you have to excuse a BNSF fan [​IMG]

    SD40-2's are amongst my very favourite locomotives - in any paint scheme [​IMG] My friend bought a Kato N scale SD40-2 in CSX paint, and it looks great.</font>

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    Alan,
    Thanks for the question. To be totally honest, I am not sure what the white box is! I was fortunate enough to be on an overpass when the train passed by. My guess is that it houses some antennae or GPS equipment. I think the smaller antennae are actual communications equipment antennae, for the radio frequencies that CSX uses, as well as (possibly) Radiolink or helper service. Maybe some of the more savvy railfans can answer better than me.

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  19. tunnel88

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    Nice shots, good for detailing...

    Those little white boxes look like CSXs cheap way of making Lexan antenna domes- why buy em new and pay full retail when we can build em ourselves?!?! [​IMG]
     
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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by chessie:
    Here's the lead unit of the trio... an SD40R/SD40-2 (an SD40 rebuilt to SD40-2 specs... judging by the battery box cover, I'd say chances are good this may be an ex-Chessie unit!)
    Chessie
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    Hi folks, I'm new to the list - I model modern CSX in HO scale. Great photos for modelers on this board! Chessie - I've generally found that just about any CSX unit can end up with the battery box mailslots - they seemed to get swapped around a lot when the units get shopped. A small detail that's kind of interesting about former Chessie SD40-2s is that the little round toilet vent on the side of the short hood is located lower than the grab iron - on most units it's above. Former Chessie units also see to always have high headlights between the numberboards - ex-Seaboard System units have nose-mounted headlights. Kind of a generalization, but it seems to be fairly consistent.

    I read on another list that the white cover is used to protect several antennas that are located on the roof - I think GPS is one of them, but there are a couple others also. Thanks for posting the great roof shots!


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