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Conrail Cadillacs by DragonWolfACe Conrail Cadillacs by DragonWolfACe
With dynamic brakes whinning, Norfolk Southern 7200 leads NS freight 11A though the Turtle Creek valley at Pitcarin.

Nicknamed the Cadillacs of Conrail, the SD80Macs are the next to last order before being taken over by rivals Norfolk Southern and CSX. If not for the merger, Conrail may of ended up with over 100 of these 5,000 HP machines. Instead, only 30 where ever built. (Not to mention the proposed Conrail GP70Ms that were never built.)

Only 2 live on with sky blue paint and Conrail can openers on their side. The rest have faded to Norfolk Southern black and CSX dark future. (July 29th, 2010 EDIT, since I uploaded this, those two have faded to black!!!)

NS 7200 is former Conrail 4101, the first SD80Mac I seen, way back in Febuary 1996. No more than three miles east of this shot at Trafford, PA.

This is the last time I would ever see a pair of SD80Macs in blue...Ahh yes, the only thing constant in life IS CHANGE.
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:icongrovestreetgman:
Grovestreetgman Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
woah woah hold the phone, GP70M?
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, if I remember correctly, basically GP60Ms but with 4000HP.
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:icontrinityctstudios:
TrinityctStudios Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
So I presume they would've looked like the GP60's that BNSF still has? Same Canadian cab appearance and everything-except a larger prime mover?
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That would be my guess.
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DDL-Photography Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
A truly awesome shot!!

I never had the chance to meet and photograph Conrail's SD80MAC's while they were still painted for their original owner. Still, I hope to get some shots of them someday soon in their new road names and dress. I really miss Big Blue...it would have been great to see more SD80MAC's and the GP70M's....which reminds me of the following quote...

“For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'.” ~John Greenleaf Whittier
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So true.
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NigNag Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Outstanding
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:iconlaro44:
Laro44 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Someone should go back in time and stop NS and CSX from ever buying Conrail. Imagine what Conrail would look like today if it weren't for the takeover.
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why stop there! Go back before PRR and NYC merged!!
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Kaback9 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That paint was very classy.
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
VERY!
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:iconcharukunova:
CharukuNova Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
nice catch.
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Last time Ive ever seen a blue pair and now since every SD80mac is painted, there will be no more.
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CharukuNova Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
to bad that is sad. =/
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
I always liked this paint scheme. Nice shot!
-YD
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think its the absolute best of all the Conrail paint schemes.
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yep.
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:iconherrdrayer:
HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I was a KCS employee back when you snapped this picture. :)
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What happened between then and now? Move to a bigger road?
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Nope. I quit because they threatened to fire me for taking 2 consecutive weeks of vacation for my honeymoon. I put in my 2-weeks notice one week before I left for Japan. Plus, I didn't dig commuting between my weekend home in Kansas City (where my wife worked at the time) and the yard office in Oklahoma.
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, how nice of them. Got to love mis-management. And wow, that would be a LONG commute.
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:iconherrdrayer:
HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I worked 4 days on, 2 days off, so I drove back to KC every "weekend."
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Still had to be rather hard.
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:iconherrdrayer:
HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
...to say the least.
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful. 10,000 horsepower from 40 cylinders. :D

CSX has officially repainted all of theirs, are these ones still in Conrail blue?
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nope, all 30 SD80Macs are painted. To add insult, CSX's SD80macs are currently stored.
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Are they really?! All of them?! No way! That sucks! I was hoping to see one soon...:tears:

At least CSX left the class lights on...
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
CSX has taken a few of a class lights out as well. With all the SD70Macs and SD80Macs painted...Conrails smiley paint scheme didnt last long...
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Sad. :(
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sullivan1985 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beasts.
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