Discussion in 'Trainspotter ID' started by Triplex, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Aug 24, 2005
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    The C39-8 was introduced in 1983 as the first model in GE's Dash 8 line. Conrail and Norfolk Southern ordered it.
    The C39-8 introduced a more angular body style than the Dash 7 line, with a huge hump behind the cab containing the dynamic brakes. The radiator wings became more prominent, but the grilles below them were still vertical. There were 8 full-height hood doors on each side.

    http://crcyc.railfan.net/locos/ge/8c39/cr6015logo.jpg The 8 doors
    http://crcyc.railfan.net/locos/ge/8c32/cr6612tankbe.jpg C32-8 for comparison

    http://crcyc.railfan.net/locos/ge/8c39/cr6008ef.jpg Conrail
    http://crcyc.railfan.net/locos/ge/8c39/cr6018qef.jpg Conrail Quality
    http://railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=104672 NS
    http://railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=146880 Conrail patched to NS
    http://railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=3290 Conrail patched to CSX
    http://www.trainweb.org/csxphotos/photos/C39-8/7484CSX-bc.jpg CSX bright future
    http://www.trainweb.org/csxphotos/photos/C39-8/7482CSX-yn3.jpg CSX dark future
    http://railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=166182 NREX ex-CSX

    The C39-8E changed the body style again. Most notably, a higher, angled cab was used, and the grilles below the wings were angled outward. Only NS bought this model, which looks almost identical to the much more numerous C40-8. The C39-8E can only be identified by the latches on the doors below the cab: they are all at the top, and the doors open down.

    http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=32213 The new cab
    http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=282892 The flares
    http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=113052 Left side; note the latches
    http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=13781 Right side latches
    http://www.appalachianrailroadmodeling.com/modelphotos/nsc4082lh.jpg C40-8 for comparison (yes, it's a model, but the relevant details are correct)

    http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=214282 NS