EMD GP30 - Page 2

In the late 1950's the horsepower race was very heated and with the introduction of the 2500hp U25B from General Electric in 1960, EMD was caught short. It took 2 years to play catch-up and the result was the GP30.

Conrail units came from two predecessors that bought or inherited the 2250hp units. Reading ordered 20 units (5501-5520) from EMD in 1962 which became Conrail units 2168-2187. A total of 62 units from NYC and PRR were inherited by Penn Central (2188-2249) and became Conrail units 2188-2249.

The GP30 saw service into the early 1990's throughout the system. The final unit was retired in 1993.

CR 2198 Glosser View, PA 8-20-1983

Ex. PRR/PC GP30 2198 leads another Ex PRR unit GP35 2317 on the UIR-506 destined for Indian River, Delaware. Train is backing out of Newberry Yard passing thru CP AD on the Antlers Industrial and will back to clear CP Linden before starting south for Enola Yard. Note the unusually large CR initials on the front of the 2198. This was rather late in the Conrail era to be seeing GP30's still painted in predecessor colors. The 2198 was retired by Conrail and was bought by the New Hope & Ivyland RR where she still works today.

CR 2198 Plymouth Township, Ohio 12/15/1988

Conrail GP30 #2198 leads a Southbound Conrail freight approaching State Rd on Conrail's Youngstown Line.

CR 2199 King of Prussia, PA 8-25-1978

CR GP-30 2199 works with GP-7 5829 (ex-RDG 627) at Abrams yard in August, 1978.

CR 2199 Morrisville, PA 3-10-1979

On a dreary March, 1979 day, ex-PC GP30 2199 works Morrisville yard.

CR 2199 Rutherford, PA 4-12-1984

Ex-PC GP30 2199 rests at Rutherford with other stored units in April, 1984.

CR 2200 Rutherford, PA 3-25-1984

Former PC 2200/PRR 2200 is seen leading CR 2765 and a GP35 on a freight at Rutherford, PA on 3/25/1984.

CR 2202 Rutherford, PA 8-18-1981

Conrail GP30 2202 (ex-PC 2202) is seen leading a westbound freight at Rutherford, PA on 8/18/1981

CR 2205 Rutherford, PA 11-12-1983

Former PC 2205/PRR 2205 is seen at Rutherford, PA on 11/12/1983.

CR 2209 Croxton, NJ 2/82

CR 2209 & 2171 are seen at Croxton NJ in Feb of 1982.

CR 2210 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

PC GP-30 2227 smokes it up leading SD45 6070 (ex-EL 3605), PC GP30 2210, and PRSL GP38 2003 (CR 7663) with a mixed freight through Abrams yard.

CR 2211 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

PC and RDG lettered units follow CR GP-30 2211 as they pull freight through Abrams yard.

CR 2211 Morrisville, PA 3-10-1979

CR GP-30 2211 works Morrisville yard in March, 1979.

CR 2211 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

CR ex-PC GP-30 2211 and GP-9B 3812 work in the snow at Morrisville in March, 1978.

GP30's replaced the Alco RSD12's and RS-11's that worked Morrisville yard into the summer of 1977.

CR 2211 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

CR GP30 2211, GP-9B 3812, and N9E class caboose 18365 work at Morrisville yard in March, 1978. GP30's replaced the Alco RSD12's and RS-11's that worked the Morrisville yard into the summer of 1977.

CR 2211 Morrisville, PA 8-4-1979

Ex-PC GP30 2211 shuffles freight at Morrisville in August, 1979.

CR 2212 Morrisville, PA 1-1-1981

Conrail GP30 2212 (ex-PC 2212, nee-PRR 2212) is seen in dire need of a coat of blue paint at Morrisville, PA back in 1981.

CR 2213 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

Still in PC paint, GP-30 2213 couples up with an ex-RDG SW-1500 to work Abrams yard.

CR 2213 King of Prussia, PA 2-26-1977

Still in PC paint, GP-30 2213 rests at the Abrams engine terminal in February, 1977.

CR 2214 Buffalo, NY 3-10-1977

Conrail GP30 2214 is still wearing her PC black in Buffalo, NY on 3/10/77. Ex-PC 2214, nee-PRR 2214.

CR 2216 (GP30)

Former PC/PRR 2216 was at Morrisville, PA on 2/9/80.

CR 2216 Allentown, PA 08-26-1978

Units that came from the PRR, NYC, PC and of course the Lehigh Valley populate the ex CNJ Allentown roundhouse.

CR 2216 Emmaus, PA 3/78

Four GP30's power APB-1 up and over the crest @ Emmaus, PA

CR 2217 Morrisville, PA 1981

A group of GP30s, including 2217 (ex-PC 2217, nee-PRR 2217) sit behind the shop building at Morrisville, PA back in 1981.

CR 2217 Morrisville, PA 3-24-1980

Ex-PC GP-30's 2217 and 2231 work Morrisville yard in March, 1980.

CR 2217 Morrisville, PA 8-4-1979

Ex-PC GP30's 2217 and 2219 pull freight through Morrisville in August, 1979.

CR 2218 (GP30)

Former PC/PRR 2218 is on a southbound near Wilmington, DE on 9/17/83.

CR 2218 Harrisburg, PA 1-9-1983

Former PC/PRR 2218 stored at Maclay St., Harrisburg, PA, on 1/9/1983.

CR 2219 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

CR GP30 2219 leads a mixed freight past RDG GP7 633 (CR 5835) at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 2219 Morrisville, PA 8-4-1979

Ex-PC GP30 2219 follows 2217 as they pull freight through Morrisvllle in August, 1979.

CR 2221 and 2230 Cleveland, OH 10-4-1994

Conrail GP30s Nos. 2230 and 2221 congregate at Collinwood on Oct. 4, 1994. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 2221 and CR 2230 Morrisville, PA 1981

Conrail GP30 2221 (ex-PC 2221, nee-PRR 2221) and 2230 (ex-PC 2230, nee-PRR 2230) are seen at Morrisville, PA in 1981.

CR 2221 Cleveland, OH 10-4-1994

Conrail GP30 No. 2221 at the Collinwood Shops on Oct. 4, 1994. Note all the ex Santa Fe C30-7's sitting around the shop in this photo. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 2221 Morrisville, PA 3-10-1979

CR GP-30 2221 works the yard at Morrisville in March, 1979.

CR 2222 1-10-1984

CR 2222 leads four more Geeps on a Eastbound on Chessie coal train on 1/10/84.

CR 2222 making a pickup at Morrisville, PA

Conrail GP30 2222 has made a stop so the crew can pick something up from an employee on the ground.

CR 2222 Morrisville, PA 1981

Conrail GP30 2222 (ex-PC 2222, nee-PRR 2222) and GP40 3001 (ex-PC 3001, nee-NYC 3001) are bringing a freight to a stop at Morrisville, PA.

CR 2222 Morrisville, PA 1981

CR 2222 and CR 3001 are back on their way at Morrisville, PA in 1981.

CR 2222 Morrisville, PA 1981

Conrail GP30 2222 sits outside the Morrisville diesel shop in 1981.

CR 2222 Morrisville, PA 8-4-1979

CR GP30 2222 works Morrisville yard in August, 1979.

CR 2222 starting to pull at Morrisville, PA

Conrail GP30 2222 has resumed motion after the conductor is back in the cab.

CR 2224 Morrisville, PA 6-11-1979

CR GP-30 2224 works Morrisville yard in June, 1979.

CR 2225 Morrisville, PA 6-11-1979

CR GP-30 2225 follows 2233 as they pull through Morrisville, PA in June, 1979.

CR 2227 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

PC GP-30 2227 and SD45 6070 (ex-EL 3605) smoke it up as they lead PC GP 2210 and PRSL GP38 2003 (CR 7663) with mixed freight through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2227 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

PC GP-30 2227 smokes it up leading SD45 6070 (ex-EL 3605), PC GP30 2210, and PRSL GP38 2003 (CR 7663) with mixed freight through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2227 leads three sisters east through Frankford Junction, 8/78

As my friend Joe looks on, a quartet of Conrail GP-30's , led by the 2227, power an eastbound freight through the passenger station at Frankford Junction.

CR 2227 Morrisville, PA 7-9-1978

CR GP-30 2227 is last in a duo of GP-30's pulling a line of hoppers at Morrisville on a bright day in July, 1978.

CR 2229 Morrisville, PA 3-26-1977

Late in the day at Morrisville, CR blue GP-30 2229 waits for assignment in March, 1977.

CR 2230 Philadelphia, PA 1983

Conrail GP30 2230 (ex-PC 2230) is seen rounding the curve in front of Amtrak's ZOO tower in Philadelphia, PA circa 1983.

CR 2231 Deerfield, MA 1/26/85

Closer look at GP30 2231 on the EDME-X power set departing East Deerfield yard on Jan. 26, 1985.

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