EMD GP15-1 - Page 2

The GP15-1 was a somewhat unique locomotive. It was offered by EMD as a competitor not to another manufacturer's product line, but to railroads own rebuilding of older Geeps. Conrail's fleet of 100 of these lightweight road switchers arrived numbered in the 1600 series in 1979.

These units could be found system wide in use in their intended role as light road switchers working various locals both singly and in multiple unit lashups.

CR 1638 and 1633 King of Prussia, PA 9-1-1998

CR GP15-1's 1638 and 1633 (in Operation Lifesaver paint) are seen shifting at Abrams Yard in September 1998.

CR 1638 Edgemoor, DE 11/28/97

CR 1638 is seen at Edgemoor DE on 11/28/97.

CR 1642 at Stoney Creek, PA 2/14/98

CR 1642 is seen at Stoney Creek Yard in Stoney Creek, PA on 2/14/98. Note unit carries Labor Management logo that is more commonly found on the B40-8s.

CR 1644, 9595 and 7874 Lansdale, PA 9-15-1995

Conrail GP15-1 1644, SW1500 9595 and GP38-2 7874 relaxing by the shores of Lake Lansdale (aka the SEPTA parking lot).

CR 1645 & 9415 at Stoney Creek, PA 1/18/98

CR 1645 & 9415 are seen at Stoney Creek Yard in Stoney Creek, PA on 1/18/98.

CR 1645 at Stoney Creek, PA 1/18/98

CR 1645 is seen at Stoney Creek Yard in Stoney Creek, PA on 1/18/98.

CR 1645 at Stoney Creek, PA 3/1/98

CR 1645 is seen at Stoney Creek Yard in Stoney Creek, PA on 3/1/98.

CR 1648 Altoona, PA 5-1-1984

Conrail GP15-1 1648 is leading a westbound freight around Horseshoe Curve in 1984.

CR 1648 Altoona, PA 5-1-1984

Conrail GP15-1 1648 is leading a westbound freight around Horseshoe Curve in 1984. Today, seeing a quartet of Geeps on an auto parts train rounding the Curve would be a sight to behold.

CR 1648 Hinsdale, MA 8/20/93.

CR 1648 leading rail train RAI-308 near MP 139 in Hinsdale, MA. at 10:28 on Aug. 20, 1993. B23-7 1951 swings along on the rear.

CR 1649 Cresson, PA 03-7-1998

In a facility better known for it's SD40-2's and SD80macs, this pair of GP15-1's have just been serviced at Cresson, Pa. This was the local power from Latrobe that would pay a visit here a few times a year. NS would get both of these as their 1423 and 1424.

CR 1649 Cresson, PA 3/14/98

CR 1649 is seen at Cresson PA on 3/14/98.

CR 1649 Jeannette, PA 5-1-1988

CR 1649 is seen at Jeannette, PA on 5/1/1988.

CR 1650 Cresson, PA 3/14/98

CR 1650 is seen at Cresson PA on 3/14/98.

CR 1653 Lewistown, PA 4-28-1985

CR 1653 and CR 1650 are seen at the engine facility in Lewistown, PA on 4/28/1985.

CR 1653 Lewistown, PA 5-26-1984

CR 1653 is seen at Lewistown, PA on 5/26/1984.

CR 1654 and 1931 Altoona, PA 7-24-1982

The early 80s were a strange time on the Pittsburgh Line. Here a pair of light road units provide assistance up the hill, shoving behind two different cabooses.

CR 1654 Stryker, OH 11-18-1998

CR 1654 and fellow GP15 leads local train WDBR-2 eastbound near Stryker, OH on November 18, 1998. Chris Howe photo

CR 1655 - GP15-1 at Latrobe, PA

CR 1655 is seen at Latrobe, PA on 6/28/1986.

CR 1655 at Altoona in 1993

CR GP15-1 1655 at JLS in Altoona, PA on December 21st, 1993. Photo by Terry Nardella, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR 1655 Latrobe, PA 6-28-1986

CR 1655 is seen at Latrobe, PA on 6/28/1986.

CR 1655 Latrobe, PA 7-31-1984

CR 1655 is seen at Latrobe, PA on 7/31/1984.

CR 1656 - GP15-1 at Cresson, PA

CR 1656 is seen at Cresson, PA on 12/18/1983.

CR 1657

CR 1657 at Rochester, PA on 2/7/98.

CR 1658 on WDBR-2 at Bryan, OH in 1999

Conrail local WDBR-2 with the 1658 and 1654 is westbound just west of Bryan, OH back in March 1999. The County Road 8 bridge that I took several shots off of is in the background.

CR 1659 at Conway Yard in 1993

Conrail GP15-1 1659 is seen trailing on a set of light power at Conway Yard in 1993.

CR 1659 at Emsworth, PA

This westbound local rolls through Emsworth, PA.

CR 1659 in Manchester, CT. on 5/27/82. (1)

WNHA-20, behind the 1659, arrives in Manchester, CT. on May 27, 1982. Brakeman George Damaschi is at the switch and brakeman Ron Hay has just made the cut. Manchester station used to occupy the space behind George in the present parking lot. The track veering off to the left is the old South Manchester RR, a 2 mile long branch built by the Cheney Brothers to reach their silk mill in the south end of town. It was independent until about 1933 when it was finally taken over by the NYNH&H. ConRail suspended service in 1981 and it was abandoned in 1986.

CR 1659 in Manchester, CT. on 5/27/82. (2)

The 1659 has his train behind him and heading west back to Hartford as he crosses the north end of Main St. in Manchester.

CR 1660 at Charlton, MA. on 10/6/87

Rail train RAI711 eastbound at Charlton, MA. on Oct. 6, 1987.

CR 1662 at Dolton, IL

In the Summer of 97 the hot metal train steams its way through Dolton Jct, located within the "Toxic Donought" area of Chicagoland, behind GP15-1 1662.

CR 1664 east Sea Land Forest Hill 04281996

CR 1664 leads a transfer on the Belt Railway of Chicago, approaching Forest Hill tower with a cut of Sea Land containers.

CR 1666 in Washington, MA. on 3/23/90. (1)

GP15-1 1666 leads a ballast train, BAL300, approaching Ballou's/MP 135 in Washington, MA. on March 23, 1990.

CR 1676 at Burnham, IL

The traffic on Brainard Avenue pauses for the passage of Conrail's Hot Metal Train on the South Chicago & Southern in August 1982. In shorth order the train will cross the CSS&SB, C&WI and the N&W. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 1678 3-1983 South Bend, IN

CR 1678 3-1983 South Bend, IN CRHS Collection

CR 1685 at Dexter, MI

CR 1685 at Dexter, MI date unknown

CR 1687 & 1686 accelerate with a cut of cars at Croxton yard in Secacus, N.J. September 17, 1979

"Notchin' It Out"

Almost new Conrail GP-15's #'s 1687 & 1686 accelerate with a cut of cars at Croxton yard in Secacus, N.J. September 17, 1979.

CR 1688 with CR 878027 Morrisville, PA 1981

Conrail GP15-1 1688 is seen trailing on a train at Morrisville, PA back in 1981. Just ahead behind her is CR 878027, a class 843H covered hopper of NYC heritage, built by the Despatch Shops in the early 1950s. The train is approaching MORRIS tower, where the former PRR Trenton Cutoff re-joined the NYC-Philadelphia Main Line.

CR 1689 at Bancroft, MA. on 4/17/82.

GP15-1 1689 has the point on RESE coming into Bancroft (Middlefield station), MA. on April 17, 1982. The "baby tunnel motors" could often be seen as part of a lash-up on the Boston line, but rarely in the lead.

CR 1689 at Chester, MA. on 1/18/85.

GP15-1 1689 working at Chester, MA. as WNWS-5 on Jan. 18, 1985.

CR 1689 PVRR yard 08131985

CR 1689 works the yard at Westfield Mass as it interchanges with the Pioneer Valley.

CR 1693 wreck at Richland, NJ in 1984

Conrail GP15-1 1693 is seen trailing on an empty coal train that went on the ground at Richland, NJ on 2/12/1984

CR 1696 at Waterbury, CT. in 11/1979.

GP15-1's 1696 and 1698 at Waterbury, CT. in November, 1979. The last four (highest numbered) GP-15's, 1696-1699 were assigned to Hartford for awhile back in 1979/82, handling the locals out of Hartford yard. This pair was working the Waterbury job, WNHA-21.

CR 1696 East Hartford, CT 11-19-1980

WNHA-20 arrives in East Hartford, CT. behind GP15-1 1696 and RS3m 9972 on Nov. 19, 1980. Both engines were regulars in the Hartford area around this point in time.

CR 1697 at New Britain, CT. on May 15, 1980.

Hartford to Waterbury local WNHA-21, powered by GP15-1 1697 and an RS3m, drilling cars in New Britain, CT. on May 15, 1980. The open lot in the background used to be the freight yard. Operation of this route was taken over by B&M/GTI in June, 1982 and is still operated by Guilford, to date.

CR 1697 in Hinsdale, MA. on 7/23/83. (1)

CR 1697 has just gotten permission to crossover from track 1 to track 2 at the Hinsdale crossovers near MP 140 after assisting a westbound and having to wait for an eastbound to pass. After CR single-tracked the B&A, the hand-thrown crossovers became remotely controlled CP 140.

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