ALCO C628

ALCo built the 2,750hp C628 from 1963-1967.  Conrail inherited 15 of the ALCo 251C V16-powered units from Penn Central, and 17 from the Lehigh Valley.  They were numbered in CR series 6721-6752.

CR 2058 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

Nothing but ALCo's in sight at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977!

All of the major predecessor roads except CNJ are present with ex-RDG C630 5791, ex-PC C425 2442 and C430 2058, ex-LV C628 6734, and an ex-EL RS-3 huddlled around the turntable. Sadly, the whitelined LV C628 shows the signs of being cannibalized for parts.

CR 6000 Enola, PA 6-18-1977

CR SD-35 6000 and C628 6748 wait for their next train at Enola in June, 1977.

CR 6394 Banks/Marysville, PA 3-3-1979

PIEN-3 with the 8244 and PIOI-3 with the 6394 are held at "BANKS" four days before my 35th birthday

CR 6721 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

CR C628 6721 (ex-LV 625) rests in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 6721 was the 1st of 17 in LV series 625-641.

CR 6721 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

CR C628 6721 (ex-LV 625) rests in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 6721 was the 1st of 17 in LV series 625-641.

CR 6722 Croxton (Secaucus), NJ 6-12-1977

628 6722 and SD45 6087 on the wash track at Croxton Fuel pad. The 6722 and 6087 with the 6087 leading would later power a HB-3 west

CR 6725 Akron, OH 07-10-1976

A trio of Conrail Centuries, 2 Lehigh Valley units and 1 Reading, wait for the engine maintainer to show up and fix yet another problem. All 3 of these units were in storage at Conrail's startup, and all were showing the effects of sitting around for a time. The train was a "Creston Turn" ore empty from Youngstown to the N&W interchange at Creston, Ohio. LV 629 would become CR 6725.

CR 6725 Barberton, OH 04-28-1976

A Lehigh Valley/Penn Central pair team up on southbound tonnage through Barberton, Ohio on former PC/Chessie track. That's the Akron Barberton Belt line off to the left and the CR/ABB interchange in the distance at BN.

CR 6728 Altoona, PA 7-24-1978 (1)

An Alco lover's dream pounded through Altoona in July, 1978!

Former PC SD-35 6003 leads ex-LV C628 6728 with "Snowbird" paint beginning to show through. Following third and fourth are ex-PC C425's 2423 and 2418.

CR 6728 Altoona, PA 7-24-1978 (2)

An Alco lover's dream pounded through Altoona in July, 1978!

Former PC SD-35 6003 leads ex-LV C628 6728 with "Snowbird" paint beginning to show through. Following third and fourth are ex-PC C425's 2423 and 2418.

The big Alco C628 and the two C425's were matched together earlier in the day at Enola for their destination to Conway.

CR 6728 Altoona, PA 7-24-1978 (3)

An Alco lover's dream at Altoona in July, 1978!

A pair of ex-PC C425's, 2423 and 2418, follow ex-LV C628 6728 and lead SD35 6003 as they pound toward Horseshoe Curve.

The C628 and two C425's in the consist were put together earlier in the day at Enola to head toward Conway.

CR 6728 Enola, PA 7-24-1978

CR C628 6728, ex-LV 632, smokes at the Enola engine terminal in July, 1978. Sections of the original LV "Snowbird" paint scheme are beginning to wear through the CR black.

CR 6728 Enola, PA 7-24-1978

Pieces of the original LV "Snowbird" paint scheme of C628 6728, ex-LV 632, are beginning to show through the CR black as the unit smokes outside the Enola locomotive shops.

CR 6731 Collinwood, OH 11-29-1978

Looking more like the Sayre deadline than Collinwood, 3 former Lehigh Valley Alco C628's have reached the end of the line and are stored. CR 6727, 6731, and 6735, ex LV 631, 635, and 641, form this sad Cornell Red reunion. All will be scrapped.

CR 6734 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

All of the major predecessor roads except CNJ are present with ex-RDG C630 5791, ex-PC C425 2442 and C430 2058, ex-LV C628 6734, and an ex-EL RS-3 huddlled around the turntable. Sadly, whitelined LV C628 shows the signs of being cannibalized for parts.

CR 6734 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

Former LV C628 6734, and an ex-EL RS-3 are huddlled around the turntable at Conway in August, 1977. Sadly, the Alco C628 has been whitelined and is being cannibalized for parts.

CR 6736 Youngstown, OH 3-8-1977

A former Lehigh Valley Alco C628 has some former Penn Central and Erie Lackawanna units for company under the ex EL fuel and sand service track 1 at the Brier Hill yard in Youngstown, Ohio.

CR 6738-6752 Altoona, PA 8-21-1978

An unidentified ex-PC Alco C628 undergoes usable parts removal prior to deadline storage while CR GP-35's 3677 (ex-EL 2571) and 3649 (ex-RDG), GP-38 7862, and other black and blue CR units receive service at the Juniata shops in August, 1978.

CR 6740 Collinwood, OH 08-5-1976

Eastbound grain has Penn Central Alco C628 # 6302 and Reading Lines C630's 5301 and 5305 for power at Collinwood on a muggy August 1976 day. PC 6302 would become CR 6740, the two RDG's would become 6754 and 6758.

CR 6740 Pitcairn, PA 10-8-1977

Alco CR C628 6740 (ex-PC 6302) rests between assignments along with C636 6788 at Pitcairn in October, 1977.

CR 6743 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

CR C628 6743 (ex-PC 6305) rests retired in the Juniata shops deadlines in August, 1978.

CR 6743 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

CR C628 6743 (ex-PC 6305) rests in the Juniata shops deadlines in August, 1978.

CR 6743 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

With an EL E-8A beside and an ex-PC RS-3 behind, CR C628 6743 (ex-PC 6305) rests retired in the Juniata shops deadlines in August, 1978.

CR 6743 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

With an EL E-8A beside and an ex-PC RS-3 behind, CR C628 6743 (ex-PC 6305) rests retired in the Juniata shops deadlines in August, 1978.

The E-8A's number board shows "8 ? 2." The cab unit was not the ex-DL&W dual-headlight 812(CR 4002) or 822(CR 4012), as that unit appeared in a different section of the deadline, but appears to have been 832. Judging by the condition of 832, CR may have taken this unit's number for the rebuilt unit later used as part of the OCS (CR 4021).

CR 6747 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

CR C628 6747 (ex-PC 6309) alongside ex-RDG C424 2491 at the Conway roundhouse in August, 1977.

CR 6748 Enola, PA 6-18-1977

CR SD35 6000 leads former PC C628 6748 in fresh CR blue as they prepare to roll eastbound at Enola in June, 1977.

CR 6749 New Brighton, PA 06-5-1976

In a typical early Conrail scene, a westbound out of Conway has stalled going up the hill towards Wood tower, and why? Maybe that crew member looking inside that dead Lehigh Valley C628 is a good clue. It's a nice June 1976 day in New Brighton,Pa. Penn Central C-628 would become Conrail 6749 , but by September 1978 it would reside in the Collinwood deadline.

CR 6749 Waldwick, NJ 8-76

CR Alco C628 6749 leads PC U33B 2943 and a PC Geep on NY-72 east past WC Tower in Waldwick NJ in 8-76.

CR 6750 Collinwood, OH 09-6-1979

Back in the days when we could do such things I would walk through the Collinwood deadlines and shoot anything that was sitting out. Their days of hauling ore over for good, these ex Penn Central Alco C628's wait out their final days, cast off's no longer needed due to new power on the property and a decline in business. While many units in those deadlines came up missing parts to keep others running, the 6750 (ex PC 6312) was intact.

CR 6750 Conway, PA 8-19-1978

CR C628 6750 waits for assignment at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1978.

CR 6750 Conway, PA 8-19-1978

CR C628 6750 leads SDP45 6699 (ex-EL 3668) as they wait for assignment at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1978.

CR 6750 Conway, PA 8-19-1978

With Penn Central lettering showing through, CR C628 6750 lines up with SDP45 6699 (ex-EL 3668) at Conway in August, 1978.

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