Connecticut DOT taking on used P40DCs

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Connecticut Department of Transportation P40DC No. 840 leads a westbound Shore Line East train on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor at Old Saybrook, Conn.
Scott A. Hartley
Connecticut's Department of Transportation has added four General Electric P40DC locomotives to its Shore Line East commuter line fleet, bringing the agency's total to 12 of the units. All had been built for Amtrak in 1993.

The new additions, which most recently worked for NJ Transit as its Nos. 4800-4803 (originally Amtrak Nos. 812, 808, 810, and 820), arrived in New Haven last week in a special train movement behind an Amtrak ACS-64 electric locomotive. All are painted in NJ Transit's latest colors but carry Connecticut transportation department's "CNDX" reporting marks. The Garden State engines join eight department P40s acquired from Amtrak in 2005. Those units, still wearing Amtrak's current scheme with small CDOT "Connecticut Commuter Rail" emblems, share duties with six GP40-2H units on Shore Line East trains running over Amtrak and Metro-North tracks between New London and Stamford, Conn.

In recent years, the four NJ Transit P40s were the only GE units on a diesel roster dominated by EMD- and Caterpillar-powered locomotives. Purchased by the agency in 2008, they provided the power in the non-electrified portions of New York City-Atlantic City, N.J. "ACES" casino trains between 2009 and 2011.

The future promises more changes: State of Connecticut officials say they intend to overhaul Shore Line East's diesels and former Virginia Rail Express Mafersa push-pull coaches and reassign them to expanded passenger services on Amtrak's New Haven, Conn.-Springfield, Mass., line beginning in 2018. Newer Kawasaki M8 electric multiple unit cars are expected to replace the diesel trains on the Shore Line.

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