CSX finishes painting C&O SD40 in Huntington

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C&O SD40 No. 7534 poses in its C&O blue-and-gold outside of CSX's Huntington Locomotive shops on June 6, 2017.
Joseph M. Rosenthal
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – CSX Transportation employees at the Huntington Locomotive Shops have finished painting ex- Chesapeake & Ohio SD40 No. 7534. The Electro-Motive diesel, which is previously known as CSX SD40 No. 4617, was the last C&O-painted unit in service on CSX.

The locomotive arrived in Huntington this past winter and was restored this week to its blue-and-gold C&O livery. The locomotive is headed to the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society in Clifton Forge, Va., where it will serve as a museum display piece and possibly be used in operation on the nearby Buckingham Branch Railroad.

Rob Catlin, project manager at the C&O Historical Society, tells Trains News Wire that the No. 7534 is serviceable, but it is still missing six traction motors.

When Trains News Wire first published the news that No. 7534 would be donated to the C&O Historical Society in February, Catlin said that once the traction motors were rebuilt, he hopes the locomotive can serve as local road power for the Buckingham Branch tri-weekly local between Staunton and Clifton Forge – a former C&O route.

At the time, Catlin said it was a win for all organizations: CSX can make the charitable donation, the society can lease the locomotive to the Buckingham Branch to help with its motive power needs and use rental income to help reduce the operating deficit at its Railway Heritage Center in Clifton Forge.

This is the second locomotive this year to be painted in a CSX predecessor scheme at the Huntington Locomotive Shops. In late March, the railroad restored C&O GE B30-7 No. 8272 in its Chessie System paint. The locomotive, former CSX B30-7 No. 5554, was donated to the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pa.

CSX’s Huntington Locomotive Shops is a former C&O facility.

There is no estimate on when No. 7534 will head for Clifton Forge.

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