April 16, 2009: Susquehanna Tunnel Motors And A Rare CSX Catch In Cortland, New York

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Susquehanna Tunnel Motors And A CSX SD40-2 In Cortland, New York

Driving all over the country I come in contact with trains all of the time. All types, colors and profiles have made their way through the lens of my camera. But despite the many trains I see on a daily basis, there’s always those special moments when you catch that one-in-a-thousand freak occurrence!

On this day, April 16, 2009, I was making a delivery in Cortland, NY when I came across these 4 beauties on the elusive New York, Susquehanna & Western railroad.

The ex-Southern Pacific, now Susquehanna Tunnel Motors were an exciting enough catch by themselves but catching a CSX SD40-2 in the mix was all the more gratifying.

Had this scene been shot in the 80s, the tunnel motors would most likely be B40-8s and CSX power was common on Susquehanna led D&H trains. However by 2009, the D&H was lost to Canadian Pacific in 1991 and the Sea-Land stack trains (for which the Dash 8s were primarily purchased for) were lost with the Norfolk Southern/CSX split of Conrail in 1999.

Despite all of that, the Susie-Q survived although seeing trains today on the Susie-Q is infrequent and foreign power (even if it is that of now part owner CSX) is almost non-existent!

NOTE: Check out the modifications to the rear air intake in the last pictures

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New York, Susquehanna & Western and CSX in Cortland, NY

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Author:Railfan AC

AC is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a long haul trucker, a transportation enthusiast and a lifelong lover of trains. AC's mission is to travel America documenting American railroading in the 21st century while educating those who want to know about the importance the railroads play in our daily lives including, but not limited to, the movement of goods, services and more.

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