The 4,000hp Dash 8-40CW was produced by General
Electric between 1989 and 1993 as a follow-up to the successful Dash
8-40C locomotive. The most distinguishing feature of this model was the
introduction of GE’s version of the wide-nose “North American Safety
Cab.” This style of cab would become a common sight on railroads across
the country. Four major railroads purchased the Dash 8-40CW in fairly
large quantities, including Conrail, CSX, Santa Fe and Union Pacific.
Most of these units are still in regular mainline and heavy-haul freight
service today. Due to various mergers, they can also be seen operating
for new owners Norfolk Southern and BNSF.
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