ALCO C424 and C425

Conrail inherited 41 Alco C425's from Penn Central (10 were former New Haven and the remainder were ex Pennsy) and 26 C424's of PC, EL and RDG ancestry in 1976. Originally scheduled to be 53 C425's, Erie Lackawanna's 12 units were sold to the British Columbia Railway as their 801 to 812 before Conrail took over.

Several C424's and C425's wore Conrail blue paint and logos. Twenty-nine C425's were renumbered to the 5060-5089 series in the early 1980's, but most were sitting in dead lines by this time and few pictures are known to exist of them in service in this number series.

Fifteen C424's came from the EL, 10 from the Reading, and one lone unit (CR 2474, ex PC, exx PRR 2415, nee Alco RS27 Demonstrator 640-1, rebuilt to C424 specifications) from PC. A few went on to serve other owners after being retired from Conrail in the early 1980's.

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Amidst a sea of power at the Conway engine terminal, CR C425's 2416 and 2446 wait for assignment.

Former Alco C425's 2416 and 2446 represent the first and last of the 31 ex-PRR series.  

CR 21656 N7A and ex-PC 19324 N5 cabooses rest in the foreground.

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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.

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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.

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

Ex-LV C628 6728 and two C425's, 2423 and 2418, follow CR SD-35 6003 as they blast toward the Curve.

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

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Alcos, including C425 2418, filled the Conway roundhouse in August, 1977.

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Former PC Alco C425 2418 smokes it up at the Enola engine terminal in July, 1978.
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Former PC/PRR 2419 was at Mingo Jct., OH on 12/16/77.
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Former PC C425 2422 rests at Youngwood, PA in August, 1978.
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Conway-based former PC C425 2422 rests at Youngwood, PA in August, 1978.
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Conway-based former PC C425 2422 rests at Youngwood, PA in August, 1978.
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Conway-based former PC C425 2422 and GP40 3018 rest between assignments at Youngwood, PA in August, 1978.
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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.

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An Alco lover's dream in 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.

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Masses of black and blue power surround CR C425 2423 at the Enola engine terminal in July, 1978.

The new T-birds in the autoracks give a historical perspective. 

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Masses of black and blue power abound as CR C425 2423 smokes with sister C425 2418 at the Enola engine terminal in July, 1978.
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With the yard towers overlooking the westbound yard and hump in the background, former PC Alco C425 2423 moves through the lines of GE and EMD power at the busy Enola engine terminal in July, 1978. The new 1978 T-birds in the autoracks give a historical perspective.
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CR C425 2423 is at the tail end of a quartet of mixed CR power rumbling through Abrams yard in early February 1977.
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Third and fourth in line behind former PRSL GP38's 2001 and 2007, CR GP7 7157 and PC C424 2423 pause before pulling through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

RDG SW1500 2769 (CR 9619), a caboose mate, and a sister SW1500 wait for clearance in the foreground.

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Hot on the heels of the train with Lehigh Valley C628 #629 (CR 6725) was this southbound freight with Penn Central C425 #2425 leading. This unit would be one of the lucky Alco's to get a coat of dress blue. Yes, "that 70's show" was great !
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CR GP-40 3227 leads C425's 2434 and 2425 through Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.
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CR C425's 2434 and 2425 follow lead GP-40 3227 as they pull through Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.
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Former PC/PRR 2426 was at Conway, PA on 10/3/76.
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Former PC/PRR 2426 was at Youngstown, OH on 10/20/79.
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Late in the day, CR C425 2428 rests with ancient SW-1 8515 at the Conway roundhouse in August, 1978.
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CR blue C425 2429 (ex-PRR) rests at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1978.
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Former PC/PRR 2432 is at Collinwood yard, Cleveland, OH on 6/20/77.
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Conrail's first two winters were brutal in Ohio. Here Alco C425 2432 sits outlawed at Lambert interlocking near Barberton,Ohio. Today's sunshine is welcome after a night of snow. This former Penn Central/PRR Alco will be one of the lucky ones to receive a coat of blue later in the year.
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Former PC/PRR 2433 was at Conway, PA on 5/27/78.
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CR C425 2433 works with SD-40-2 6410 at Conway in August, 1977.
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CR GP-40 3227 leads C425's 2434 and 2425 through Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.
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CR GP-40 3227 leads C425's 2434 and 2425 through Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.
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CR GP-40 3227 leads C425's 2434 and 2425 through Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.
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CR GP-40 3227 leads C425's 2434 and 2425 through Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.
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Former PC/PRR 2435 was at Conway, PA on 7/10/77.
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A Conrail C-425 brings a bottle train in the yard to sort out some cars as a Chessie local returns from the ex PC Haselton yard with a transfer. Republic Steel is still going this August 1979, but like the Conrail Alco and the Western Maryland GP-9, the future won't be good.
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A pair of ex PC/PRR Alco C425's bat out cabin cars in the former EL Brier Hill yard.
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CR GP-38 7781 leads C425 2436 and mixed freight through Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.
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Former PC/PRR 2439 was at Pitcairn, PA on 2/22/78.
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CR C-425 2439 rests at the Conway engine terminal, partially obscured by a crew's Ford pickup.
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Ex-PC C-425 2441 waits at the Enola engine terminal for assignment in May, 1978. With permission.
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A coal train has stopped at ALTO so that the helpers can uncouple from the rear of the train.
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An Eastbound coal train led by C-424 #2442 is stopped at the signal at ALTO. A pair of big SD45-2's are sitting in the distance awaiting their next helper assignment.
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CR C425 2442, GP-38 7868, and SD-40 6332 (ex-PC 6079) line up at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1978.
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Former PC/PRR 2443 was at Youngstown, OH on 5/21/77.
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With ex-PC GP38 7875 lined up behind, CR C425 2443 (ex-PRR) waits for assignment at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1978.
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Conway-based former PC C425 2443 rests at Youngwood, PA in August, 1978.
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Conway-based former C425 2443 rests at Youngwood, PA in August, 1978.
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Conway-based former PC C425 2443 rests at Youngwood, PA in August, 1978.
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Conway-based former C425 2443 rests at Youngwood, PA in August, 1978.
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Ex-PC C425 2444 leads a quartet of three ALCos and one GP-9 in Weirton, WV in August, 1978.

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