Dec 18, 2007
During the early years of the railroad, Conrail needed new power to replace many of the battered units it had inherited from its predecessor roads. The new GP40-2's began arriving on the system in 1977, though five units had been inherited in 1976 from the Reading Company. These were powerful and reliable locomotives designed to handle high-speed, light weight trains such as intermodal. While they originally performed much of their service hauling intermodal trains, Conrail's GP40-2's by the 1990's could be found in nearly every type of mainline train.
These repaint rosters are my attempt to discover how long a predecessor ran in its original paint scheme and when Conrail painted it blue for the first time. All dates listed are the earliest and latest the unit was seen in that paint scheme. Dates often change as new photos are examined. If I know for certain that a date is the absolute earliest or latest, then I mention this in the notes. This is a constant work in progress aimed at helping those of us who model the transition era get our consists looking reasonably accurate for blue, stenciled, and original paint scheme ratios.
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