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Date: 01/13/21 20:05
Twilight of the CR 80MACs
Author: jgilmore

Just after NS took over, I was at South Fork while two pairs of CR SD80MACs still in original paint were waiting for a crew to take a loaded coal train out onto the mainline... JG



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/14/21 12:05 by jgilmore.






Date: 01/13/21 20:11
Re: Twilight of the CR 80MACs
Author: goneon66

those are sure some fine lookin motors...........

66



Date: 01/13/21 21:32
Re: Twilight of the CR 80MACs
Author: CNW8531

Great shots and great colors!  Those sure were neat engines.



Date: 01/14/21 07:16
Re: Twilight of the CR 80MACs
Author: NKP715

They were great to see, even when all NS black and dirty.  The West Slope
lost some of its "charm" when these were retired last year (along with the numerous
other changes on that piece of railroad.)
 



Date: 01/14/21 07:55
Re: Twilight of the CR 80MACs
Author: bbaker

After the split of Conrail, the SD80MACs were split up between the Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX Transportation. Norfolk Southern received 17 units (numbered 7200–7216) while CSX got 13 (800–812, being renumbered to 4590–4602). The former Conrail units were the first AC traction locomotives owned by Norfolk Southern, with the railroad not ordering more until late 2008 with an order of General Electric's ES44AC.  

From Wikipedia



Date: 01/14/21 08:09
Re: Twilight of the CR 80MACs
Author: PasadenaSub

Oh man, that blue looks so good there compared to the NS black that took over.  My only railfan trips to PA and NY were in the 90s, so I only saw the Conrail era. 

Rich



Date: 01/14/21 11:13
Re: Twilight of the CR 80MACs
Author: EL833

Nice. Pretty good bet that train would have one set of Macs up front and another on the rear, so that might explain the setup here.

Roger Durfee
Akron, OH



Date: 01/15/21 08:25
Re: Twilight of the CR 80MACs
Author: Walla183

bbaker Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> After the split of Conrail, the SD80MACs were
> split up between the Norfolk Southern
> Railway and CSX Transportation. Norfolk Southern
> received 17 units (numbered 7200–7216) while CSX
> got 13 (800–812, being renumbered to
> 4590–4602). The former Conrail units were the
> first AC traction locomotives owned by Norfolk
> Southern, with the railroad not ordering more
> until late 2008 with an order of General
> Electric's ES44AC.  
>
> From Wikipedia

Csx would later go on to trade their batch to NS in exchange for SD40-2's, which CSX in turn sent for rebuild into the spongebob square cab sd40-3's



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