• Conrail SD80MAC "white face" scheme question

  • Discussion related to the operations and equipment of Consolidated Rail Corp. (Conrail) from 1976 to its present operations as Conrail Shared Assets. Official web site can be found here: CONRAIL.COM.
Discussion related to the operations and equipment of Consolidated Rail Corp. (Conrail) from 1976 to its present operations as Conrail Shared Assets. Official web site can be found here: CONRAIL.COM.

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  by Benjamin Maggi
 
My favorite Conrail engines were the SD80MAC locomotives, and I am sure part of that is because of their snappy "white face" paint scheme on the hoods. It was a nice departure from the regular all-blue Conrail locomotives that I saw in the 1980s and 1990s. It looks as though their SD70MACs, which were originally part of the SD80MAC order, also received the white face scheme.

Who designed this scheme? Was it proposed by EMD, or did Conrail come up with it. I thought it looked great and was surprised that it was never adopted to any other Conrail wide-cab engines, but perhaps it came out right at the end of Conrail's life and it was dropped.

Thanks.
  by RMB357
 
“The different paint job was done to make sure both the train crews and repair forces knew the locomotives were different,” explains Samuels, who was vice president of mechanical when Conrail placed the order with EMD. “The SD80MACs were Conrail’s first A.C. units, first 5,000-hp, 20-cylinder engines, and they had EMD’s radial truck design. Conrail used them primarily in coal service on routes that had tight curvature.”
  by Benjamin Maggi
 
Very interesting. Thanks!
  by Benjamin Maggi
 
Thanks for the link to the interesting article.
  by RMB357
 
More than welcome. These were also my favorite locomotives and I remember fondly watching them being tested on the Pittsburgh line and today they still have a presence around Altoona which says something for how they were built