NS Standard Cab Dash 9-40Cs…. Get Up, Get Out And Go Shoot Em’ While You Still Can

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Dash 9-40Cs #8859 & #8771 bring Train 458 (@ M.P. 671) down into Taylor Yard on September 8, 2015…. Unknown to me at the time, Norfolk Southern company photographer Casey Thomason was at Taylor Yard (2) miles away and photographed this same lashup as it worked the yard.

 

When it comes to locomotive rebuilding (and even rebranding) no railroad is making more waves and breaking more boundaries than Norfolk Southern. In the last few years we’ve seen the SD50 fleet re-emerge as 3,000 h.p. SD40Es. Most of the SD60 fleet is now disguised as 4,000 h.p. SD60Es. 100 ex-Union Pacific SD90MACs are currently being transformed into SD70ACUs with the possibility of the SD80MACs not being far behind.

Most high-hood diesels are gone from the railroad and those that remain are receiving new cabs, new paint, low noses and short-hood forward operating conversions. Even the ranks of the switchers hasn’t gone unnoticed as MP15 switchers (end-cab switchers being a dying breed in themselves) are being reincarnated as MP15Es.

It would seem that as we move further and further away from the millenial mark, we’re saying “sayonara” to the way railroading used to look and feel and saying hello to the unique and sometimes even the unusual….

Well, NS is at it again and this time it’s the standard cab Dash-9 40Cs that are on the endangered list….

Built as ‘DC’ traction, 4,000 h.p., standard cab heavy-duty road switchers at a time when most railroads were buying the complete opposite of that, the units numbered about 125 before the ranks of the wide-cabbed Dash 9s came onto the property in the late 1990s.

Today, the Dash 9s are being given new cabs and wiring, new traction motors and are being converted from ‘DC’ to ‘AC’ as well as having their horsepower beefed up to the original 4,400 with new road numbers in the 4000 series. Once completed, the units re-emerge as AC44C6Ms.

So, far (2) such units are roaming the system in another special paint scheme that’s already a hit with railfans. Blue, white and yellow….

So, now that you know that the standard cab Dash 9s are fading away…. Get up, get out and go shoot em’ while you still can.

Norfolk Southern photographer Casey Thomason photographed the same pair of Dash 9s I did (2) miles further down the line @ Taylor Yard M.P. 673 with Delaware & Hudson #7303. 

One of the last two units painted in the Delaware & Hudson "lightning stripe" scheme, GP38-2 number 7303, sits at Taylor Yard in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as the power for Canadian Pacific train 458 returns to their train after dropping a cut of cars for the yard. Norfolk Southern locomotives have been quite frequent on CP trains along this line, and will be a more common sight in the future. As of 12:01am Saturday morning, September 19, 2015, NS will be the new owner of the former D&H South lines, which includes the Sunbury Subdivision through Scranton.

One of the last two units painted in the Delaware & Hudson “lightning stripe” scheme, GP38-2 number 7303, sits at Taylor Yard in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as the power for Canadian Pacific train 458 returns to their train after dropping a cut of cars for the yard. Norfolk Southern locomotives have been quite frequent on CP trains along this line, and will be a more common sight in the future. As of 12:01am Saturday morning, September 19, 2015, NS will be the new owner of the former D&H South lines, which includes the Sunbury Subdivision through Scranton.

 

Here’s what the new AC44s look like after rebuilding. Don’t know if all will have the special blue & gray paint.

Norfolk Southern 4000 and 4001 pose together outside the paint shop in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for their first portrait. The locomotives wear a new, special paint scheme to designate the units as prototypes for the DC to AC conversion program. 4000 was originally built by GE in 1995 as a standard-cab D9-40C, NS road number 8799. 4001 was formerly D9-40C number 8879. During their rebuild in 2015, they were converted to AC traction, received wide cabs, and redesignated as "AC44C6M". They will enter into normal revenue service across the NS system.

Norfolk Southern 4000 and 4001 pose together outside the paint shop in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for their first portrait. The locomotives wear a new, special paint scheme to designate the units as prototypes for the DC to AC conversion program. 4000 was originally built by GE in 1995 as a standard-cab D9-40C, NS road number 8799. 4001 was formerly D9-40C number 8879. During their rebuild in 2015, they were converted to AC traction, received wide cabs, and redesignated as “AC44C6M”. They will enter into normal revenue service across the NS system.

 

NS Standard Cab Dash 9-40Cs…. Get Up, Get Out And Go Shoot Em’ While You Still Can

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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.

2 Responses to “NS Standard Cab Dash 9-40Cs…. Get Up, Get Out And Go Shoot Em’ While You Still Can”

  1. Andrew Zehner
    January 13, 2016 at 4:43 am #

    I caught 8301 one of the very few C40-8’s still active leading 11R on January 8th. It was nice seeing something different lead for once as all i usually catch is the widecab Dash 9’s.

    • Railfan AC
      January 13, 2016 at 6:03 am #

      Cool!… I caught #8303 way back in the Spring time so I know how you feel…. NS probably operates more standard cab diesels than any Class 1 so I’m glad to be near their tracks.

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