EMD FL9

The Penn Central provided 18 operating EMD FL9's to Conrail's roster in April, 1976.  CR maintained their PC number series as 5000-5028.  

Built between October 1956 and November 1960 for the New Haven, EMD designed the FL9's to operate in passenger service as electrics through use of a third rail shoe or operate more efficiently as a diesel-electric.  The FL9 sported an unusual B-A1A wheel arrangement to support an additional steam boiler and to meet the Park Avenue Viaduct weight restrictions. The FL9's traveled from Grand Central Station to Boston, Springfield and other non-electrified destinations without a need to change engines in New Haven.

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CDOT 2027, ex M-N 2027, ex CR/PC 5015, nee NH 2015, is in "da push mode" shoving a fan trip, sponsored by the Danbury Railroad Museum, northward through New Hamburg, NY. on May 20, 1995.
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An unidentified Amtrak FL-9, 1 of 12 in CR and PC series 5001-5025 provided to Amtrak after startup in 1976, rests in the Harmon, NY deadline in February, 1979.
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An unidentified Amtrak FL-9, 1 of 12 in CR and PC series 5001-5025 provided to Amtrak soon after startup in 1976, rests at the Harmon, NY deadline in February, 1979.
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A disheveled CR 5003 leads a northbound commuter train by Nelson Blvd. near Brewster, NY. on Dec. 29, 1980. If you look closely, you can see some of the red New Haven paint showing through on the nose. Since it's difficult to read, I believe the second unit is the 5055.
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Amtrak FL9 232 (ex-CR and former PC 5004), 1 of 12 FL9's provided to Amtrak by Conrail soon after startup in 1976, rests with other retired FL-9's in the Harmon, NY deadline in February, 1979.
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Amtrak FL-9 234 (CR and PC 5008), 1 of 12 FL-9's provided to Amtrak soon after startup in 1976, rests at the Harmon, NY deadline in February, 1979.
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Former PC FL9 5011 rests with sister-unit 5032 outside the Juniata Locomotive shops in August, 1977.
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CR FL-9's 5015 & 5042 are seen at Crugers NY in April of 1978.
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CR 5015 is seen in fresh paint at Poughkeepsie NY in 1978.
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CR 5015 pauses at Purdys station, NY. on June 5, 1980 with a southbound commuter train. The 5015 was the first FL-9 to get the ConRail paint scheme, which was fashioned after the PC scheme. CR used a darker yellow on the nose and the rest of the carbody was CR blue. PC used a dark, almost teal blue. The 5015 is another "survivor", renumbered 2027 by M-N , then transferred to CDOT where it got the "full treatment", complete rebuild and repaint into it's native New Haven McGinnis paint scheme. The 2027, along with 5 other CDOT rebuilds, was still "on the roster" as of Jan., 2009.
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CR 5018 departing Croton Falls station on June 5, 1980.
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Three engines, three cars.... FL9's 5018, 5056 and 5048 power a Grand Central Station Bound train at Garrison, NY 10/11/1979
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Conrail was still operating NYC commuter trains in 1978 and most FL9's were still lettered PC. FL9's 5027 and 5017 depart Garrison Landing with a short City bound train.
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PC FL-9 5030 at the front of a line of retired FL-9's at Harmon, NY in February, 1979.
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An unidentified retired FL-9 (PC class EP18e 5030-5059 series) rests in the Harmon, NY deadline in February, 1979.
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Former PC FL9 5032 rests on freight car trucks outside the Juniata Locomotive shops in August, 1977.
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CR 5033 leads a southbound away from the station stop at Croton Falls, NY. on June 6, 1980. The 5033 was one of a few "lucky ones" that had a long future ahead. When it was transferred to Metro-North it was renumbered 2008 and became the last M-N "Beachball" FL-9 to operate in regular service, being retired in mid 2007.
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CR 5033 arriving in Croton Falls, NY. on June 6, 1980.
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CR 5034 arriving in Croton Falls, NY. on June 6, 1980
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CR FL-9 5035 (ex-PC) rests in the Harmon, NY deadline in February, 1979.
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CR 5040 southbound near Purdys, NY. on the upper Harlem Div. on Dec. 29, 1980.
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CR 5040 at Nelson Blvd. outside Brewster, NY. on Dec. 29, 1980.
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CR 5040 northbound on the upper Harlem Div. at Nelson Blvd. south of Brewster, NY. on Dec. 31, 1980.
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CR 5041 with northbound commuter train at Nelson Blvd. near Brewster, NY. on Dec. 31, 1980.
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CR 5041 arriving at Purdy station with a northbound in Purdys, NY. on Dec. 29, 1980.
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CR FL9's 5042 & 5015 are seen at Croton-Harmon NY in May of 1978.
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CR 5045 nearing Brewster, NY. at Nelson Blvd. on Dec. 31, 1980.
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CR 5045 heads south out of Brewster, NY. on Dec. 29, 1980 with a short two car train.
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CR 5045 is about to cross Nelson Blvd. south of Brewster, NY. on Dec. 29, 1980.
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CR 5045 has just departed Brewster, NY. with a southbound commuter train on Dec. 31, 1980. Second unit is CR 5059, nee NH 2059, the last "F" unit built by EMD.
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PC FL-9 5050 rests in the Harmon, NY deadline in February, 1979.
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PC FL-9 5051 rests in the Harmon, NY deadline in February, 1979.
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CR 5055 departs Croton Falls, NY. with a southbound on June 6, 1980.
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CR 5055 leads a northbound past Dean's Bridge, about midway between Croton Falls and Purdys, NY. on June 6, 1980. Check out that Lime green early "Cuda sitting at the crossing.
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CR (?) 5058 heads south at Nelson Blvd. in Brewster, NY. on Dec. 31, 1980. The 5058 is a definite front runner candidate for "Rat of the Year". Sadly, the condition of the coaches wasn't much better, inside or out.
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CR 5059 leads a southbound commuter train at Nelson Blvd. in Brewster, NY. on Dec. 29, 1980. The 5059 is origionally New Haven 2059, the last FL-9 and last "F" unit built by EMD. When Metro-North took ownership of the 5059 it was renumbered 2033. The Railroad Museum of New England expressed a great interest to Metro-North back in the mid 80's in obtaining the 2059/5059 when it was retired and the unit arrived at the museum a few years ago.
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CR 5059 brings a northbound into Croton Falls, NY. on June 6, 1980. After a nearly 20 year wait, the "Last F unit" became the property of the Railroad Museum of New Egland in April, 2003. The unit is in "cold starage" awaiting restoration back to it's origional glory as New Haven 2059. Fortunately, it was also one of the few FL-9's NOT overly modified by M-N, still retaining it's steam gen.
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M-N 2033 leads northbound train 805 through Manitou, NY. on July, 3, 1995. The 2033, formerly CR/PC 5059, nee New Haven 2059, is the last "F" unit built by EMD and became the property of the Railroad Museum of New England in April, 2003.
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Amtrak E-unit 265 (former PC 4049) rests with a number of retired FL-9's at the Harmon, NY deadline in February, 1979.

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