This gallery of photos taken during the Conrail era (1976 - 1999) is broken down by builder and models.
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Although Alco had ceased US locomotive production in 1969, many of the company's products were passed on to Conrail on April 1 1976. Conrail continued to use these locomotives into the 1980s. This album also includes Conrail's slug units made from Alco products, and the RS3m, Penn Central and Conrail's rebuilt RS3 roadswitchers.
Although Baldwin Locomotive Works ceased locomotive production in 1956, Conrail inherited a number of S-8, S-12, and DS-4-4-1000 yard switchers and a few AS-16 road switchers upon formation in April, 1976.
The opening roster contained 2 PC S-12’s as CR series 8308 and 8334, 10 PRSL S-12M’s as CR series 8343-8352, a PRSL S-8 as CR series 8353, an Ironton DS-4-4-1000 as CR series 8354, and 3 PRSL AS-16’s as CR series 8397-8399.
Conrail also inherited a number of ex-RDG Baldwin V01000’s that had been rebuilt by EMD in 1959 as V01000M’s. Conrail classed these units as SW-1200M’s and assigned them CR series 9301-9314.
Two non-rostered Baldwin converted yard slugs were also stored at Croxton yard in Secaucus, NJ. These included ex-EL B66 (former Baldwin DRS4-4-1500) and B65 (former Baldwin DRS-66-1500).
Conrail inherited their electric locomotive fleet from the PC, and continued electric freight operations on their own Port Road Branch and Amtrak's Northeast Corridor until early 1981. Conrail also operated the Niagra Junction Railroad's electric lines in New York from April 1st 1976 to January 1978.
Electro-Motive Diesel supplied a large fleet of locomotives to Conrail and its predecessors. These locomotives ranged from the few SW1 switchers dating from the 1940s to the unique to Conrail SD80MAC.
General Electric (GE) is one of the world's leading conglomerates. Their locomotive building business consisted mainly of industrial units and components for other manufacturers. This changed when they entered the road locomotive business with 1959's U25B. From that time on, GE has supplied locomotives to railroads around the world, and Conrail and its predecessors were no different. CR inherited a fleet of GE's "U-boats", and purchased numerous dash 7 and dash 8 models new.