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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:
woah woah hold the phone, GP70M?
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, if I remember correctly, basically GP60Ms but with 4000HP.
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:icontrinityctstudios:
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 Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That would be my guess.
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DDL-Photography Jul 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
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 Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So true.
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NigNag Dec 1, 2011
Outstanding
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:iconlaro44:
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 Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why stop there! Go back before PRR and NYC merged!!
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Kaback9 Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That paint was very classy.
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