EMD GP30 - Page 3

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 2231 Morrisville, PA 1981

Conrail GP30 2231 (ex-PC 2231, nee-PRR 2231) is shifting cars at Morrisville, PA while a crane offloads a CR wheel flatcar outside the locomotive shop in 1981.

CR 2231 Morrisville, PA 3-24-1980

On a late day in March, 1980 CR GP-30's 2231 and 2217 work Morrisville yard.

CR 2231 PA 11-27-1975

Penn Central GP-30/GP-9B/GP-9 consist leads freight under the wire.

CR 2233 Morrisville, PA 6-11-1979

CR GP-30's 2233 and 2225 pull through Morrisville yard in June, 1979.

CR 2234 Enola, PA 8-10-1980

With the yard tower behind, CR GP-30 2234 rests along with U36C 6888 in a sea of CR power at Enola in August, 1980.

Formerly EL 6591, U36C 6888 was renumbered from CR 6591 in 1979 to make room for C30-7A's.

CR 2234 South Plainfield, NJ 4-30-1979

OIAL-0 has resumed its westward run after making a setout @ South Plainfield, NJ

CR 2235 Altoona 1990

GP30 2235, nee PRR 2235, sits outside the locomotive shops at Altoona in 1990

CR 2235 Morrisville, PA 3-10-1979

CR GP-30 2235 works with a GP-9B in Morrisville yard in March, 1979.

CR 2235 Paradise, PA 7-10-1982

Conrail GP30 2235 is seen on a local at Paradise, PA on 7/10/1982 as the Broadway Limited speeds by

CR 2235 Philadelphia, PA 4-12-1980

Conrail GP30 2235 is sitting with RS-3M 9909 at Greenwich Yard in South Philly on 4/12/1980

CR 2237 King of Prussia, PA 3-26-1977

PC 2237 GP-30 and CR 9591 SW1500 (ex-RDG 2752) work Abrams yard in March, 1977.

The paint crews had some fun with CR 9591 by repainting the trucks silver.  The trucks were black on February 19, 1977.

CR 2237 King of Prussia, PA 3-26-1977

The crew makes some adjustments before PC GP-30 2237 moves some PRR hoppers at Abrams in March, 1977.

CR 2237 King of Prussia, PA 3-26-1977

PC 2237 GP-30 takes a breather from working Abrams yard in March, 1977.

CR 2237 Rochester, NY 7/1977

A clean PC painted GP-30 leads a Westbound at Goodman Street.

CR 2238 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 team up at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2238 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 team up at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2238 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 team up at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2238 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 work Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2239 Willow Grove, PA 4-19-1977

PC 2239 GP-30 follows 2 CR GG-1s (4889 in front) on the Trenton cutoff, heading to Morrisville, PA in April, 1977. Photo by permission.

CR 2240 Morrisville, PA 3-10-1979

CR GP-10 7574 (ex-PC 7262) and GP-30 2240 work Morrisville yard in March, 1979.

CR 2241 Willow Grove, PA 3-19-1977

PC GP-30 2241 waits for westbound clearance with CR GP-7 5814 (ex-RDG 624), and a string of hoppers, on the Trenton cutoff at Willow Grove, PA.

CR 2241 Willow Grove, PA 3-19-1977

PC GP-30 2241 leads CR GP-7 5814 (ex-RDG 624) on the Trenton cutoff at Willow Grove, PA in March, 1977.

CR 2241 Willow Grove, PA 3-19-1977

PC GP-30 2241 leads CR GP-7 5814, ex-RDG 624, on the Trenton cutoff at Willow Grove, PA in March, 1977.

CR 2241 Willow Grove, PA 3-19-1977

PC GP-30 2241 waits for westbound clearance with CR GP-7 5814 (ex-RDG 624) and a string of hoppers on the Trenton cutoff at Willow Grove, PA in March, 1977.

CR 2241 Willow Grove, PA 3-19-1977

PC GP-30 2241 pauses with CR GP7 5814 (ex-RDG 624) and a string of hoppers on the Trenton Cutoff at Willow Grove, PA in March, 1977.

CR 2241 Willow Grove, PA 3-19-1977

PC GP-30 2241 and GP7 5814 (ex-RDG 624) lead a load of hoppers on the Trenton Cutoff at Willow Grove, PA in March, 1977.

CR 2241 Willow Grove, PA 3-19-1977

PC GP30 2241 and CR-stenciled GP7 5814 (ex-RDG 624) pause with a load of hoppers on the Trenton cutoff at Willow Grove, PA in March, 1977.

CR 2242 Conway, PA

Conrail GP30 2242 is seen at Conway Yard, minus her Conrail logo.

CR 2242 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

A trio of former PC units led by GP-30 2242 blasts through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2242 Marysville, PA 1-1-1984

Conrail GP30 2242 (ex-PC 2242) is seen trailing a blue GP30 on an eastbound freight pulling onto the Pittsburgh Line from the Port Road connection at CP-Mary in Marysville, PA

CR 2242 West Cameron, NY 4/28/1984

Mixed color lashups were getting rare by this time, but TV 77 had a surprise with an ex PC GP-30 and a Chessie GP-40 leading a more common blue GP-40.

CR 2243 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

CR GP-30 2243 and U33B 2929 storm past RDG MOW gondola 96331 at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2243 Morrisville, PA 7-9-1978

CR GP-30 2243 leads sister unit 2227 pulling hoppers through Morrisville on a bright July day in 1978.

CR 2245 West Fairview, PA 1983

Conrail GP30 2245 (ex-PC 2245) is seen passing DAY tower at the east end of Enola Yard in West Fairview, PA in 1983.

CR 2247 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

At the Abrams engine terminal in January, 1977, the yard crews for PC GP30 2247 and GP-7's 626 and 635 are gathered by unit 626.

RDG 626 would be stenciled CR 5828 by February 19th, while 635 held out the winter in pure RDG colors.

Kodak Instamatic photo.

CR 2248 and 2247 Enola, PA 12/26/82

GP30's 2247 and 2248 working the west end of Enola as pullers on Dec. 26, 1982.

CR 2248 and 2247 Summerdale, PA 12/26/1982

GP30's 2248 and 2247 working the west end of Enola as pullers (?) on Dec. 26, 1982. (Cropped edition)

CR 2248 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

Former PC GP-30's 2249 and 2248 wait for assignment outside the Enola shops in May, 1977

CR 2248 Marysville, PA 1-1-1984

Conrail GP30 2248 (ex-PC 2248) is seen leading a westbound freight onto the Pittsburgh Line at Marysville, PA in 1984.

CR 2249 and 2245 Enola, PA 1-1-1983

Conrail GP30s 2249 (ex-PC 2249) and 2245 (ex-PC 2245) are seen at the west end of Enola Yard in 1983.

CR 2249 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

Former PC GP-30's 2249 and 2248 wait for assignment outside the Enola shops in May, 1977

CR 2249 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

Former PC GP-30's 2249 and 2248 outside the Enola shops in May, 1977

CR 3602 and 3608 at the Hump in Rutherford, 4/76

Former Reading GP30s No. 3602 and 3608 have just shoved the last car of a cut over the hump at Rutherford Yard. Rutherford, PA. 4/11/76.

CR 6046 Priceton Jct., NJ 11/78

Local freight A-1 returns to Morrisville on Track 1 at Princeton Jct., NJ

CR 7235 dead line Rutherford 08061985

A long line of dead units at the ex Reading Rutherford Yard. In the mid 80's this yard and Enola were chock full of retired units going to scrap, including a fair number of second generation engines. Note the SD 45's and U30C here, along with the GP 9, 30, and SW. In addition to the units listed, also here are 6945 and 6160, as well as two more SD 45's and a pair of what look like GP 9's.

UBO-2A on 5/26/84. (2)

GP30's were scarcer than hen's teeth on the B&A but, here on the B&M (!) we get two of them! Here's the 2186, with the 2174 right behind.

UBO-2A on 5/26/84. (3)

GP30 2174 in the UBO at Montague, MA.

Worth a chase on 10/17/81. (1)

In all the time spent on the B&A, this was the only time I caught a GP30 in the lead, and they weren't exactly common, anyway. The 2182 leads BOEL through Bancroft/Middlefield station at 14:42 on Oct.17, 1981. This one is definitely worth the chase, and off we go!

Worth a chase on 10/17/81. (3)

BOEL storming up through Ballou's/MP 135 in Washington, MA. at 14:54 on Oct.17, 1981.

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