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CR SD40 In many respects, EMD's SD40 is nearly identical to its improved successor, the SD40-2. Both use a turbocharged, 16-cylinder 16-645E3 prime mover that produces 3,000hp. Both produce nearly the same tractive effort and speed. Even their outward appearance, except for the Dash 2 sight glass opening, are nearly identical and share many of the stock parts found on the SD45, such as the frame and 4,000 gallon fuel tank. As mentioned on the SD40-2 page, EMD made these choices in order to save on production costs while producing a superior product.

By the time Conrail was created in 1976, production on the SD40 had been replaced with the upgraded Dash 2 series. As a result, Conrail inherited its entire SD40 fleet from the Central Railroad of New Jersey and the Penn Central. The CNJ units came from the Baltimore & Ohio, whereas the PC units came from the Penn Central. This is all detailed below.

PRR SD40's: The oldest group of Conrail's SD40's originally came from the PRR, which took delivery of 65 SD40's (PRR 6040-6104) between February and March 1966. Like other PRR diesels at the time, the PRR SD40's arrived painted in Brunswick Green with PRR Keystones. The Pennsy primarily used these locomotives in heavy haul service across their mountainous Pennsylvania lines between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.

In 1968 the Pennsylvania merged with the New York Central to form the Penn Central. Since the NYC never purchased any six-axle EMD locomotives, PC retained the PRR numbering series for the SD40's (PC 6040-6104). Former PRR 6072, however, gained a bit of fame on merger day February 1, 1968, when it was displayed in Philadelphia during the ceremonies as the first locomotive to be painted in the new PC scheme, though some might claim this to be a dubious honor. The remaining former-PRR SD40's were eventually painted in standard PC colors, except for 6070, 6093, and 6095, which received the rare red "P" and white "C" logo. Like the PRR before it, PC primarily used their SD40's on the mountain lines across PA, assigning the units to Enola for maintenance.

CNJ SD40's: The second oldest series of SD40's on the Conrail roster came from the Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ 3061-3068). The history of these units is typical of northeastern railroading during the 1960s and 1970s, when many of the smaller railroads were owned by larger roads. During the late 1960s, the Baltimore and Ohio had a major stake in the CNJ, which had been failing badly for years. Because the CNJ could not afford to buy its own locomotives, B&O "donated" nine slightly-used SD40's to them in December 1967. The units arrived on CNJ property still in the traditional B&O blue scheme, but CNJ painted over the B&O markings with the "Miss Liberty" logo and renumbered the units as CNJ 3061-3069. All the units remained in this blue scheme until April 1976, except for CNJ 3067, which was repainted in 1972 into CNJ's red "Coast Guard" scheme. (Eventually, the 3067 became CR 6291, first getting a CR stencil job then a full blue repaint.) Though CNJ received nine units from B&0, only eight survived. On September 10, 1975, less than seven months before Conrail, CNJ 3069 derailed while on Erie Lackawanna rails. CNJ deemed the locomotive beyond repair and removed it from the roster. That left only CNJ 3061-3068 to be passed onto Conrail.

PC SD40's: Conrail's newest SD40's came from the Penn Central proper, which took delivery of 45 units beginning in December 1970 and ending in January 1971 (PC 6240-6284). Like the PRR before it, PC primarily used these locomotives on the Harrisburg to Pittsburgh run, assigning this series to Harrisburg for maintenance. In 1976, PC 6240-6284 were passed onto Conrail.

SD40-2R Rebuilds: In 1993, Conrail rebuilt 40 SD40's to "Dash 2" specifications. Of the 40, 30 came from Conrail predecessors, whereas the other 10 came from PAC Rail Leasing, which had purchased them from the Kansas City Southern. More information on these units, such as the rebuild program, photos, and detailed roster, can be found in the SD40-2R section.

Dispositions: By 1994 all the Conrail SD40's had either been retired or rebuilt into SD40-2R's. Check the roster page for dates retired and dispositions.

Further Reading: Gerard E. Bernet's A Colorful Look at Conrail's SD40 and SD40-2's (1996 RAE Publishing) is an excellent resource, though most of the photos are scenic shots. For more information on the book, see the Conrail Books page of the CRCyc Library.

Comprehensive SD40 Roster [Download PDF Version ]
The roster below is comprehensive for Conrail between April 1976 and May 1999. It contains all predecessor units Conrail inherited, plus it lists retirement dates and dispositions when available. For units renumbered into Conrail 600 or 800 series, the retirement date is the date the unit was renumbered; for additional retirement information on these units see the SD40 Renumbering Roster below. This roster is a compilation of information from A Colorful Look At Conrail's SD40 and SD40-2's and CR Locomotive Data books. Thanks to Dave Goldsmith, Jr, for disposition information.
Unit #     Former    Prior      Built #       Removed  First Disposition
=================================================================================
CR 6240    PC 6240   --- ----   12/70 36896   09/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6986
CR 6241    PC 6241   --- ----   12/70 36897   01/96    renumbered CR 0800
CR 6242    PC 6242   --- ----   12/70 36898   01/96    renumbered CR 801
CR 6243    PC 6243   --- ----   12/70 36899   10/95    renumbered CR 0802
CR 6244    PC 6244   --- ----   12/70 36900   04/91    renumbered to CR 6449?
CR 6245    PC 6245   --- ----   12/70 36901   ??/??    burned in Juniata, PA
CR 6246    PC 6246   --- ----   12/70 36902   10/95    renumbered CR 803
CR 6247    PC 6247   --- ----   12/70 36903   10/95    renumbered CR 0804
CR 6248    PC 6248   --- ----   12/70 36904   01/96    renumbered CR 805
CR 6249    PC 6249   --- ----   12/70 36905   10/94    renumbered CR 0806
CR 6250    PC 6250   --- ----   12/70 36906   07/80    wrecked & scrapped
CR 6251    PC 6251   --- ----   12/70 36907   07/93    renumbered CR 607
CR 6252    PC 6252   --- ----   12/70 36908   07/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6984
CR 6253    PC 6253   --- ----   12/70 36909   12/81    wrecked & scrapped
CR 6254    PC 6254   --- ----   12/70 36910   ??/??    to EMD 6407
CR 6255    PC 6255   --- ----   12/70 36911   01/96    renumbered CR 0808
CR 6256    PC 6256   --- ----   12/70 36912   01/96    renumbered CR 0809
CR 6257    PC 6257   --- ----   12/70 36913   01/96    renumbered CR 810
CR 6258    PC 6258   --- ----   12/70 36914   02/94    renumbered CR 608
CR 6259    PC 6259   --- ----   12/70 36915   ??/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6960
CR 6260    PC 6260   --- ----   12/70 36916   10/95    renumbered CR 0811
CR 6261    PC 6261   --- ----   12/70 36917   01/96    renumbered CR 0812
CR 6262    PC 6262   --- ----   12/70 36918   07/93    renumbered CR 609
CR 6263    PC 6263   --- ----   01/71 36919   08/94    renumbered CR 0813
CR 6264    PC 6264   --- ----   12/71 36920   10/95    renumbered CR 0814
CR 6265    PC 6265   --- ----   12/71 36921   ??/??    to ?
CR 6266    PC 6266   --- ----   12/71 36922   07/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6989
CR 6267    PC 6267   --- ----   12/71 36923   ??/??    to ?
CR 6268    PC 6268   --- ----   12/71 36924   08/94    to EMD 6426
CR 6269    PC 6269   --- ----   12/71 36925   08/94    to EMD 6408
CR 6270    PC 6270   --- ----   12/71 36926   10/94    to EMD 6427
CR 6271    PC 6271   --- ----   12/71 36997   07/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6992
CR 6272    PC 6272   --- ----   12/71 36998   08/94    to EMD 6400
CR 6273    PC 6273   --- ----   12/71 36999   08/94    to EMD 6409
CR 6274    PC 6274   --- ----   12/71 37000   07/93    renumbered CR 610 
CR 6275    PC 6275   --- ----   12/71 37001   09/95    to HLCX 5032
CR 6276    PC 6276   --- ----   12/71 37002   ??/??    to ?
CR 6277    PC 6277   --- ----   12/71 37003   07/93    renumbered CR 602
CR 6278    PC 6278   --- ----   12/71 37004   08/94    to EMD 6412
CR 6279    PC 6279   --- ----   12/71 37005   09/95    to HLCX 5033
CR 6280    PC 6280   --- ----   12/71 37006   07/93    renumbered CR 603
CR 6281    PC 6281   --- ----   12/71 37007   01/96    to HLCX 5031
CR 6282    PC 6282   --- ----   12/71 37008   07/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6990
CR 6283    PC 6283   --- ----   12/71 37009   08/94    to EMD 6413
CR 6284    PC 6284   --- ----   12/71 37010   08/94    to HLCX 6062
CR 6285   CNJ 3061   B&O 7482   05/67 33161   09/94    to EMD 6425
CR 6286   CNJ 3062   B&O 7483   05/67 33162   09/95    to VMV 12/96: HLCX 5035
CR 6287   CNJ 3063   B&O 7484   05/67 33163   07/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6996
CR 6288   CNJ 3064   B&O 7485   05/67 33164   07/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6981
CR 6289   CNJ 3065   B&O 7486   05/67 33165   08/94    to EMD 6429
CR 6290   CNJ 3066   B&O 7487   05/67 33166   07/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6999
CR 6291   CNJ 3067   B&O 7488   05/67 33167   08/94    to EMD 6417
CR 6292   CNJ 3068   B&O 7489   05/67 33168   08/94    to EMD 6410
CR 6293    PC 6040   PRR 6040   02/66 31285   07/93    renumbered CR 601
CR 6294    PC 6041   PRR 6041   02/66 31286   07/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6994
CR 6295    PC 6042   PRR 6042   02/66 31287   09/94    to EMD 6419
CR 6296    PC 6043   PRR 6043   02/66 31288   07/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6985
CR 6297    PC 6044   PRR 6044   02/66 31289   07/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6973
CR 6298    PC 6045   PRR 6045   02/66 31290   07/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6971
CR 6299    PC 6046   PRR 6046   02/66 31291   01/96    to HLCX 5036
CR 6300    PC 6047   PRR 6047   02/66 31292   07/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6892
CR 6301    PC 6048   PRR 6048   02/66 31293   09/95    to VMV 12/96: HLCX 5037
CR 6302    PC 6049   PRR 6049   02/66 31294   07/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6995
CR 6303    PC 6050   PRR 6050   02/66 31295   01/96    to HLCX 5038
CR 6304    PC 6051   PRR 6051   02/66 31296   01/96    to HLCX 5039
CR 6305    PC 6052   PRR 6052   02/66 31297   06/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6975
CR 6306    PC 6053   PRR 6053   02/66 31298   09/95    to HLCX 5040
CR 6307    PC 6054   PRR 6054   02/66 31299   08/94    to EMD 6420
CR 6308    PC 6055   PRR 6055   02/66 31300   01/96    to HLCX 5041
CR 6309    PC 6056   PRR 6056   02/66 31301   07/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6993
CR 6310    PC 6057   PRR 6057   02/66 31302   02/94    renumbered CR 605
CR 6311    PC 6058   PRR 6058   02/66 31303   ??/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6974
CR 6312    PC 6059   PRR 6059   02/66 31304   10/93    renumbered CR 611
CR 6313    PC 6060   PRR 6060   02/66 31305   ??/93    rebuilt CR 6972
CR 6314    PC 6061   PRR 6061   02/66 31306   09/95    to HLCX 5042
CR 6315    PC 6062   PRR 6062   02/66 31307   08/94    to EMD 6414
CR 6316    PC 6063   PRR 6063   02/66 31308   08/94    to EMD 6418
CR 6317    PC 6064   PRR 6064   02/66 31309   08/94    to EMD 6423
CR 6318    PC 6065   PRR 6065   02/66 31310   08/94    to HLCX 6061
CR 6319    PC 6066   PRR 6066   02/66 31311   08/94    to EMD 6401
CR 6320    PC 6067   PRR 6067   02/66 31312   09/95    to HLCX 6063
CR 6321    PC 6068   PRR 6068   02/66 31313   05/94    renumbered CR 606
CR 6322    PC 6069   PRR 6069   02/66 31314   01/96    to HLCX 5044
CR 6323    PC 6070   PRR 6070   02/66 31315   08/94    to EMD 6415
CR 6324    PC 6071   PRR 6071   02/66 31316   08/94    to HLCX 6069
CR 6325    PC 6072   PRR 6072   02/66 31317   ??/??    wrecked 06/06/75. to CR??
CR 6326    PC 6073   PRR 6073   02/66 31318   07/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6991
CR 6327    PC 6074   PRR 6074   02/66 31319   09/94    to EMD 6428
CR 6328    PC 6075   PRR 6075   02/66 31320   08/94    to EMD 6421
CR 6329    PC 6076   PRR 6076   02/66 31321   08/94    to EMD 6424
CR 6330    PC 6077   PRR 6077   02/66 31322   ??/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6977
CR 6331    PC 6078   PRR 6078   02/66 31323   08/94    to EMD 6402
CR 6332    PC 6079   PRR 6079   02/66 31324   07/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6998
CR 6333    PC 6080   PRR 6080   02/66 31325   ??/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6987
CR 6334    PC 6081   PRR 6081   02/66 31326   09/95    to HLCX 5045
CR 6335    PC 6082   PRR 6082   03/66 31327   ??/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6976
CR 6336    PC 6083   PRR 6083   02/66 31328   09/95    to HLCX 5046
CR 6337    PC 6084   PRR 6084   03/66 31329   ??/??    wrecked 02/04/76. to CR??
CR 6338    PC 6085   PRR 6085   03/66 31340   10/94    to EMD 6422
CR 6339    PC 6086   PRR 6086   03/66 31341   08/94    to EMD 6416
CR 6340    PC 6087   PRR 6087   03/66 31342   01/96    to HLCX 6064
CR 6341    PC 6088   PRR 6088   03/66 31343   07/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6997
CR 6342    PC 6089   PRR 6089   03/66 31344   ??/??    wrecked 05/17/78
CR 6343    PC 6090   PRR 6090   03/66 31345   08/94    renumbered EMD 6403
CR 6344    PC 6091   PRR 6191   03/66 31346   07/93    renumbered CR 600
CR 6345    PC 6092   PRR 6192   03/66 31347   08/94    to EMD 6404
CR 6346    PC 6093   PRR 6193   03/66 31348   ??/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6983
CR 6347    PC 6094   PRR 6194   03/66 31349   02/94    renumbered CR 604
CR 6348    PC 6095   PRR 6195   03/66 31350   09/95    to IMRL 205
CR 6349    PC 6096   PRR 6196   03/66 31351   04/88    scrapped
CR 6350    PC 6097   PRR 6197   03/66 31352   01/96    to HLCX 5048
CR 6351    PC 6098   PRR 6198   03/66 31353   07/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6988
CR 6352    PC 6099   PRR 6199   03/66 31354   ??/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6980
CR 6353    PC 6100   PRR 6100   03/66 31355   ??/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6978
CR 6354    PC 6101   PRR 6101   03/66 31356   09/95    to HLCX 5049
CR 6355    PC 6102   PRR 6102   03/66 31357   ??/93    rebuilt as SD40-2R CR 6979
CR 6356    PC 6103   PRR 6103   03/66 31358   04/94    to EMD 6405
CR 6357    PC 6104   PRR 6104   03/66 31359   10/94    to EMD 6430


SD40 Renumbering Roster [Download PDF Version ]
During the early 1990s, Conrail began receiving new C40-8W's, placing them in the 6200 series. Since some SD40's that had not been rebuilt or sold off still remained on roster, they were temporarily renumbered.

SD40's that had been stored inoperable at the time, even though many were later reactivated, were renumbered into the 600 series, placed into Conrail's leasing arm, reainted solid blue with CRL markings. These units apparently remained on Conrail property until late 1994, and then they were shipped to Helm Leasing. To make matters confusing, Helm painted out the 'L' from the 'CRL' markings on the cab sides and leased them back to Conrail, where they continued operating during the 1990's.

Those SD40's that were active or operable, on the other hand, were renumbered into the CR 800 series and never placed into the leasing arm. Several units in the 800 series were prefixed with "0" to either avoid confusion with Amtrak's 800-series F40's or to comply with Conrail's computer system, which was accustomed to 4-digit road numbers. Number 807 never had a locomotive assigned to it, therefore a CR 807 locomotive does not appear on the roster.
Unit #    Former    Prior     Previous   Built #       Retired  Fist Disposition
================================================================================
CRL 600   CR 6344   PC 6091   PRR 6191   03/66 31346   07/93    to HLCX 5015
CRL 601   CR 6293   PC 6040   PRR 6040   02/66 31285   07/93    to HLCX 5016
CRL 602   CR 6277   PC 6277   --- ----   12/71 37003   07/93    to HLCX 5017
CRL 603   CR 6280   PC 6280   --- ----   12/71 37006   07/93    to HLCX 5018
CRL 604   CR 6347   PC 6094   PRR 6194   03/66 31349   02/94    to HLCX 5019
CRL 605   CR 6310   PC 6057   PRR 6057   02/66 31302   02/94    to HLCX 5020
CRL 606   CR 6321   PC 6068   PRR 6068   02/66 31313   05/94    to HLCX 6214
CRL 607   CR 6251   PC 6251   --- ----   12/70 36907   07/93    to HLCX 5021
CRL 608   CR 6258   PC 6258   --- ----   12/70 36914   02/94    to HLCX 5022
CRL 609   CR 6262   PC 6262   --- ----   12/70 36918   07/93    to HLCX 5023
CRL 610   CR 6274   PC 6274   --- ----   12/71 37000   07/93    to HLCX 5024
CRL 611   CR 6312   PC 6344   PRR 6059   02/66 31304   07/93    to HLCX 5025
 CR 0800  CR 6241   PC 6241   --- ----   12/70 36897   08/94    to EMD 6406
 CR 801   CR 6242   PC 6242   --- ----   12/70 36898   01/96    to HLCX 5035
 CR 0802  CR 6243   PC 6243   --- ----   12/70 36899   10/95    to IHB 4001
 CR 803   CR 6246   PC 6246   --- ----   12/70 36902   10/95    to ?
 CR 0804  CR 6247   PC 6247   --- ----   12/70 36903   10/94    to EMD 6431
 CR 805   CR 6248   PC 6248   --- ----   12/70 36904   01/96    to HLCX 5026
 CR 0806  CR 6249   PC 6249   --- ----   12/70 36905   10/94    to EMD 6432
 CR 0808  CR 6255   PC 6255   --- ----   12/70 36911   01/96    to ?
 CR 0809  CR 6256   PC 6256   --- ----   12/70 36912   01/96    to HLCX 5027
 CR 810   CR 6257   PC 6257   --- ----   12/70 36913   01/96    to HLCX 5028
 CR 0811  CR 6260   PC 6260   --- ----   12/70 36916   10/95    to HLCX 5029
 CR 0812  CR 6261   PC 6261   --- ----   12/70 36917   01/96    to HLCX 5030
 CR 0813  CR 6263   PC 6263   --- ----   01/71 36919   08/94    to EMD 6411
 CR 0814  CR 6264   PC 6264   --- ----   01/71 36920   10/95    to HLCX 5031

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