The C-32-8 was not a common model, only a handful were built. The
C-39-8 was more common, Conrail got decent use from their units.
My reference stated that the jury was still out on the dash eights, and I
believe that is still the case. I can tell you, they were a big improvement
over the dash sevens.
One reason Conrail had fairly good luck with the dash sevens and a lot of
older GE power is that they were for the most part maintained at Selkirk
by people who had lots of experience with GE power. The same thing
applied with Alco's over the years, Amtrak got many more miles out of
their RS-3's because they were maintained in New Haven by old New
Haven people who had lots of experience with Alcos over the years.
The GE's (C-30-7's, C-36-7's, B-23-7's and B-36-7's gave a decent account of themselves when they were fairly new, they just didn't age as well as the SD's and GP's. The GE's put in many a hard mile overloaded on the Mohawk and slugging it out on the mountains of the B. & A.
As for the C-32-8's, I did not get them a lot as I worked only west out of
Selkirk but the times that I did run them, I never had much trouble with
On my last trip in October of 1997, I had 6618 as a lead unit, it ran fine.