NS SD40-2 question

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tj48
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NS SD40-2 question

Post by tj48 » Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:03 am

A question about Norfolk Southern's SD40-2 fleet.
In viewing the excellent NSDash9.com http://www.nsdash9.com/roster.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; website NS has apx 500 SD40-2 in its fleet. I was wondering what does NS use all these units for. I know NS is a very large railroad and the obvious answer is to move freight, but with all the newer units (SD60, SD70, SD75, SD80, SD90, Dash8-40, Dash9-44, ES44AC) along with the GP and MP units they also have, what role do these seemingly ageless units preform?

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Re: NS SD40-2 question

Post by waldwickrailfan » Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:36 pm

tj48 wrote:A question about Norfolk Southern's SD40-2 fleet.
In viewing the excellent NSDash9.com http://www.nsdash9.com/roster.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; website NS has apx 500 SD40-2 in its fleet. I was wondering what does NS use all these units for. I know NS is a very large railroad and the obvious answer is to move freight, but with all the newer units (SD60, SD70, SD75, SD80, SD90, Dash8-40, Dash9-44, ES44AC) along with the GP and MP units they also have, what role do these seemingly ageless units preform?
The few that I have seen here in NJ, I've seen them on Conrail locals (OI16), a CSX Ethanol train (K408), on an NS Manifest (33K), and even one up in Selkirk Yard a few days ago in New York. I have only seen 7 of these units though
CSX ET44AH

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Re: NS SD40-2 question

Post by Dewoc19 » Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:20 am

NS doesn't view these engines as reliable road power so they are basically for yard and local work mostly, now when they need to they will put them on road trains but they try to stay away from that

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Re: NS SD40-2 question

Post by bluedash2 » Thu Dec 25, 2014 8:58 am

tj48 wrote:A question about Norfolk Southern's SD40-2 fleet.
In viewing the excellent NSDash9.com http://www.nsdash9.com/roster.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; website NS has apx 500 SD40-2 in its fleet. I was wondering what does NS use all these units for. I know NS is a very large railroad and the obvious answer is to move freight, but with all the newer units (SD60, SD70, SD75, SD80, SD90, Dash8-40, Dash9-44, ES44AC) along with the GP and MP units they also have, what role do these seemingly ageless units preform?
They're mostly used on locals where using GP units isn't enough power..

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Re: NS SD40-2 question

Post by amtrakhogger » Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:50 am

The Cresson helper pool used to the haunt of SD40-2's, but I guess now it is mostly SD40E's.
You think that was slow? Next time it will be even slower! Ya see, the headlight will be coming through the steam and its
never gonna get there!

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