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Date: 07/22/19 11:30
VMV-CNW SD-40 on lease to CNW in new paint!
Author: slacks

CNW leased a group of ex-MOP SD-40,s in the early 1990,s. Most, but not all were in the MOP blue dip paint and this one is an execption as it,s in a VNV scheme with a clean CNW hearld on the side. They were not well liked as they had electrical problems and smelled like burnt wires in the cabs. 




Date: 07/22/19 15:04
Re: VMV-CNW SD-40 on lease to CNW in new paint!
Author: SP8595

I had never seen that paint scheme before on an ex-MOP SD40-2! Interesting that it has the CNW emblem and initials. Thanks for posting!



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07/22/19 15:06 by SP8595.



Date: 07/23/19 04:15
Re: VMV-CNW SD-40 on lease to CNW in new paint!
Author: donstrack

Beginning in mid-September 1988, C&NW leased 15 SD40s from VMV Enterprises. These 15 units were part of a 20-unit group of former Missouri Pacific units (MP 3034-3053) that MP (Union Pacific) returned to the lessor in August 1984. The units were sold to VMV, which sold one unit to SP for rebuilding into a slug and rebuilt four others into SD40-2s for sale to NdeM in Mexico. The remaining 15 units were leased to C&NW, wearing VMV reporting marks and road numbers the same as their former MP numbers. Some of the 15 units were painted in full VMV blue and silver "Paducahbilt" colors; others remained in modified MP blue and were nicknamed "Blue Devils." C&NW returned all 15 units to VMV upon delivery of C&NW's new C40-8s in August 1989. In 1990, VMV sold the 15 units to Morrison Knudsen, which rebuilt the units into SD40-2s and sold them to CSX Transportation in July and August 1990.

Don Strack



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