GE Dash 8-40B

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GE Dash 8-40B
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Union Pacific Dash 8-40B #1869
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderGE Transportation Systems
ModelDash 8-40B
Build date1988 – 1989
Total produced151
Specifications
Configuration:
 • AARB-B
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Prime moverGE 7FDL16
Performance figures
Power output4,000 hp (3,000 kW)
Career
OperatorsVarious, see list
ClassB40-8
LocaleNorth America

The GE Dash 8-40B (or B40-8) is a 4-axle road switcher diesel-electric locomotive built by GE Transportation Systems between 1988 and 1989. It is part of the GE Dash 8 Series of freight locomotives.

A total of 151 examples of this locomotive were built for North American railroads.

The GE Dash 8-40BW (B40-8W) is a variant fitted with a full-width cab. Another variant is the GE Dash 8-40BP, more commonly known as the Genesis series. The locomotives in the Genesis series are the P40DC, the P42DC, and the P32AC-DM.

Original Owners[edit]

BNSF B40-8 no. 577 at Havelock, Nebraska, in October 2014. As of 2015, this is the only active Dash 8 in ATSF blue and yellow paint on the BNSF system.
Railroad Quantity Road numbers Notes
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway 40 7410-7449
Conrail 30 5060-5089
General Electric 1 8002
New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway 24 4002-4048 (even nos.)
St. Louis Southwestern Railway 55 8040-8094
United States Department of Energy (Savannah River Site) 1 107

Secondhand Owners[edit]

Railroad Quantity Road numbers Notes
CSX Transportation 51 5930-5979 5930-5949 are ex-NYSW. 5950-5979 are ex-CR. All units are retired as of now. Some have been sold off to other railroads.
BNSF Railway 38 8600-8639 All ex-ATSF. Some units have been renumbered to the 560-597 series. As of 2020, only no. 570 remains in service.
Union Pacific Railroad 90 1800-1890 1800-1839 are ex-SP and were originally built as B39-8es. 1840-1890 are ex-SSW. All retired.
Providence and Worcester Railroad 4 4001-4004 All units are ex-NYSW
Pan Am Railways 16 5930, 5933, 5936, 5937, 5943, 5946, 5948, 5953, 5956, 5958, 5963, 5966, 5967, 5972, 5974, 5976 5930, 5933, 5936, 5937, 5943, 5946, and 5948 are ex-CSX/NYSW. 5953, 5956, 5958, 5963, 5966, 5967, 5972, 5974, 5976 are ex-CSX/CR.
GE Capital Leasing (GECX) 4 5934, 5951, 5962, 5969 5934 is former CSX and NYSW. 5951, 5962, and 5969 are former CSX and CR. 5934 is currently on lease to Cimarron Valley Railroad.
Albany and Eastern Railroad 3 5931, 5935, 5957 All units are ex CSX. 5931 and 5935 are ex CSX/NYSW. 5957 is ex CSX/CR.

Preservation[edit]

In July 2014, Union Pacific #1848, formerly St. Louis Southwestern #8049, was donated by the Union Pacific Railroad to the Illinois Railway Museum.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schmidt, Brian (2014-07-11). "UP donates B40-8 to Illinois Railway Museum". Trains Magazine. Kalmbach Publishing. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  • McDonnell, Greg (2008). Locomotives: The Modern Diesel and Electric Reference. Erin, Ontario: Boston Mills Press. ISBN 978-1550464931.
  • Solomon, Brian (2003). GE Locomotives: 110 Years of General Electric Motive Power. St. Paul, MN, USA: MBI Publishing. ISBN 9780760313619.
  • Solomon, Brian (2010). Modern Locomotives: High Horsepower Diesels 1966–2000. New York: Crestline. ISBN 978-0785826811.