johnpbarlow wrote:Heard at CPF-Jade II in Gardner today that Pan Am is purchasing 8 excess GE locomotives from CSX? Any corroboration / details (eg, 4 axle or 6 axle)?Rumor is 12 ex-CSX C40-8s through GE.
gokeefe wrote:When's the last time PAR actually bought engines (as opposed to leasing them)?600-619 were bought in 2010.
johnpbarlow wrote:Per CSX Locomotives FB page (https://www.facebook.com/CSXLocomotives/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;), all 157 C40-8 locomotives have been retired and sold to GE. As these locomotives were built in 1989 (ex-Cons) or later, they would indeed be Pan Am's newest owned power being ~11+ years younger than PAR's current youngest unit, ex-KCS MEC 606 built in 1978.And these Dash 8s are, I believe, going to need significant TLC pretty quickly. CSX would've had to do fairly substantial work on them (specifically the split cooling modification) in order to continue running them and comply with EPA regs. PAR, I believe, is not subject to that requirement... but we're still talking about locomotives that are approaching 30 years old and have had the living daylights beaten out of them.