EMD E Units

Conrail inherited its E unit fleet from the Penn Central and Erie Lackawanna. While the EL used its E's in midwestern freight service, Conrail quickly discontinued this practice and reduced it's E unit usage to commuter service in the east and executive service on the Office Car Special.

ConRail OCS301 on 6/3/92. (01)

ConRail OCS301 southbound on the Amtrak Springfield Line at Windsor Locks, CT. on June 3, 1992.

ConRail OCS301 on 6/3/92. (02)

OCS301 southbound approaching the Hicks Ave. overhead in Meriden, CT. on June 3, 1992.

ConRail OCS301 on 6/3/92. (04)

OCS301 northbound at Windsor Locks, CT. on June 3, 1992.

ConRail OCS301 on 6/3/92. (06)

OCS 301 arriving in Springfield, MA. off the Amtrak Springfield Line on June 3, 1992.

ConRail OCS301 on 6/3/92. (07)

4021/4020 cut away from their train in Springfield, MA. station to make a run around move before heading west on the Boston Line on June 3, 1992.

ConRail OCS301 on 6/3/92. (08)

4020/4021 out on the main to run around the train in Springfield, MA. on June 3, 1992.

ConRail OCS301 on 6/3/92. (10)

CR 4021/4020 returning to their train after running around it in Springfield, MA. on June 3, 1992. Twin truss bridges in the distance carry the Boston line across the Connecticut River to West Springfield.

ConRail OCS301 on 6/3/92. (11)

4020/4021 couple back onto their train after the runaround in Springfield, MA. on June 3, 1992.

ConRail OCS301 on 6/3/92. (12)

OCS 301 pumping air in Springfield, MA. station. The elevator towers were/are a hallmark of this station.

ConRail OCS301 on 6/3/92. (13)

The OCS has departed Springfield and is seen heading west on the old B&A at MP 107/Williams Riding Way/Salt City in westfield, MA.

CR 4002 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

EL E-8A 812, will not be renumbered CR 4002, as the cab unit rests retired in the Juniata shops deadling in July, 1978.

CR 4003 Akron, OH 04-16-76

It's April, 1976, and the new "ConRail" has only been around for a couple of weeks. Most of the ex Erie Lackawanna freight service E8's were in storage at Marion,Ohio on C-day, but a few were started up and used for a short time. Conrail train BRC-75 is crossing over from the "EL side" to the "PC side" at South St TBS in Akron, Ohio with a trio of EL E's leading two Penn Central units. EL #813 was assigned CR number 4003, but to my knowledge it was retired before ever getting renumbered, a fate most of the EL E's had to look forward to. The dual headlights are a clue this is an ex DL&W unit.

CR 4003 Altoona, PA 5/27/1978

I really had no idea what number this unit was since the number boards are gone. Thanks to Roger Durfee for figuring it out! EL E8 #813 in the deadlines.

CR 4004 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

Former EL E-8A 814 (CR 4004) rests with other cab units at the Juniata shops in May, 1977. 

The EL cab units may have seen their last operating days, and are being readied for retirement at the Juniata shop's large deadlines.

CR 4004 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

Ex-EL F-7A 7091 (CR 1885), E-8A 814 (CR 4004), and PC SW-1 8593 sit in the maintenance line outside the Juniata shops.

The EL cab units and the ancient SW-1 may have seen their last operating days, and are being readied for retirement at the Juniata shop's large deadlines.

CR 4004 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

Ex-EL F-7A 7091 (CR 1885) and E-8A 814 (CR 4004) sit in the maintenance line outside the Juniata shops. The EL cab units may have seen their last operating days, and are being prepared for retirement at the Juniata shop's large deadlines.

CR 4004 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

Ex-EL E-8A 814 (CR 4004) sits with ex-PC/PRR SW-1 8593 in the maintenance line outside the Juniata shops.

Both units may have seen their last operating days, and are being readied for retirement to the Juniata shop's large deadlines.

CR 4004 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

Ex-EL F-7A 7091 (CR 1885) and E-8A 814 (CR 4004) sit with ex-PC/PRR SW-1 8593 in the maintenance line outside the Juniata shops. The units may have seen their last operating days, and are being prepared for retirement to the Juniata shop's large deadlines.

CR 4006 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

Just over a year after beginning Conrail operations, ex-NYC F-7A's CR 1775 and 1762, and CR E-8A 4006 (ex-EL 816) await maintenance or parts removal outside the Juniata shops.

CR 4006 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

Just over a year after beginning Conrail operations, ex-NYC F-7A's CR 1775 and 1762, and CR E-8A 4006 (ex-EL 816) await maintenance or parts removal outside the Juniata shops.

CR 4008 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

EL E-8A 818 (CR 4008) rests at the Juniata shops deadline in March, 1978.

CR 4008 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

EL E-8A 818 (CR 4008) rests at the Juniata shops deadline in July, 1978.

CR 4008, 4015, 4019, 4011 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

Lines of retired EL E-8A's, PC, and RDG locomotives at the Juniata shops deadline gives a picture of the early 1978 motive power needs for Conrail. This small piece of the deadline has EL E-8A's 818, 826, 830 and 821(stenciled CR 4011), along with D&H RS-3's, RDG SW-1 23 and, PC E-8A 4247.

CR 4009 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

CR E-8A 4009, ex-EL 819, rests in the Altoona deadline in March, 1978.

CR 4009 Altoona, PA 5/27/1978

The backshop finds units in EL, LV, PC colors & CR blue.

CR 4010 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL E-8A 820 (CR 4010) rests retired behind sister E-8A 829 at the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 4011 (E8A)

Former EL 821 in storage at Altoona, PA on 5/14/77.

CR 4011 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

CR E-8A 4011 (ex-EL 821) rests at the Juniata shops deadline in March, 1978.

CR 4011 Altoona, PA 5/27/1978

An ex EL E8 that got a CR number now rests in the Altoona deadlines.

CR 4011 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

CR E-8A 4011 (ex-EL 821) sits in a line of retired EL E-units at the Juniata shops deadline in late July, 1978.

CR 4011 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

CR E-8A 4011 (ex-EL 821) rests retired at the Juniata shops deadline in late July, 1978.

CR 4011 Altoona, PA 8-21-1978

CR E-8A 4011 (ex-EL 821) rests retired at the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 4011 Marion, IN 4-8-1976

8 days after Conrails takeover of 7 railroads, Kevin's brother Kent spotted EL 821(future CR 4011) and 3 other EL E-8a's on the north siding of the Red Key in Marion, IN on April 8, 1976. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 4012 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

EL E-8A 822 will not be runumbered 4012 as the cab unit rests retired at the Juniata deadline in July 1978.

CR 4012 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

EL E-8A 822 will not be renumbered CR 4012. The cab unit rests retired in front of CR SW9 8938 (ex-LV 287) at the Juniata deadline in July 1978.

CR 4013 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

EL E-8A 824 was not renumbered CR 4013 before it was retired to the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 4014 (E8A)

Former EL 825 was at Cleveland, OH on 1/11/77, just a few days before the Cleveland to Youngstown commuter trains it was assigned to ended on 1-14-77. For a couple more years after this it would hang on in commuter service in North Jersey.

CR 4014 (E8A)

Former EL 825 was at Cleveland, OH on 10/27/76, still doing commuter runs.

CR 4014 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

CR E-8A 4014 (ex-EL 825) rests with ex-PC 4321 outside the South Amboy engine facility in November, 1978.

CR 4014 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR E-8A 4014 (ex-EL 825) rests at the NJDOT South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978

CR 4014 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR E-8A 4014 (ex-EL 825) rests with a GP38-2 and other E-units behind the South Amboy engine house in March, 1978.

CR 4014 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR E-8A 4014, ex-EL 825, rests at the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.

CR 4014 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

Outside the South Amboy locomotive shop, CR E-8A 4014 (ex-EL 825) rests in March, 1978.

CR 4014 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR E-8A 4014 (ex-EL 825) rests with a GP38-2 and a former PC E-8A behind the South Amboy engine house in March, 1978.

CR 4014 South Amboy, NJ 7-77

CR E8A 4014 & PC E7A 4244 are seen at S. Amboy NJ in 7-77.

CR 4015 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

EL E-8A 826 (CR 4015) rests at the Juniata shops deadline in March, 1978.

CR 4015 Altoona, PA 5/27/1978

An unrenumbered EL E8 sits in the Altoona deadlines.  EL E-8A 826 was assigned CR 4015.

CR 4015 Altoona, PA 8-21-1978

in a line of EMD cab-units, EL E-8A 826 (CR 4015) rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in August 1978.

CR 4016 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

EL E-8A 827 (CR 4016) rests in the Juniata shops deadline in March, 1978.

CR 4016 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

EL E-8A 827 (CR 4016) rests retired between an RS-3 and a PC boxcar in the Juniata shops deadline in July, 1978.

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