EMD GP7 and GP9

Conrail inherited EMD GP7's from the Penn Central(252), Reading Company(17), Erie Lackawanna(71), and the Jersey Central(13).  CR placed the units in series 5600-5999.

Built between October 1949 and May 1954, EMD powered it's first hood unit with their 16-cylinder supercharged 567B prime mover.


Conrail's GP9 fleet was inherited from the Penn Central with over 300 units, while the Erie Lackawanna and the Lehigh Valley each brought 6 units to the roster.  CR placed the GP9's in series 7000-7512.

Built between January, 1954 and December, 1959, the GP9 produced 1,750hp through EMD's 16-cylinder supercharged 567C prime mover.

Boston Line on 8/1/81 (B)

Going away shot of SPSE's headend for a better look at the rare birds in trail position. U23C's saw several months of duty on the Boston Line in road service. The 7430 is a GP9, but spotting features are inconsistent.

CNJ 1531-S. Hackensack 6/77

CNJ 1531 is seen working at S. Hackensack in June of 1977.

CR 2072 Bethlehem, PA 7-16-1978

CR GP-9 7193 and C420 2072 join forces on the Bethlehem turntable in July, 1978.

CR 300 is still wearing its LV paint and number in February 1977.

February 1977 and LV GP9 300 is still in its original colors at Bethlehem Engine Terminal.

CR 3802 Bethlehem, PA 1-7-1978

CR GP-9B 3802 at Allentown yard in January, 1978.

CR 3807 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Waiting in line between GP-9's 7055 and 7418, former PC GP-9B 3807 awaits service outside the Juniata shops in August, 1977.

CR 3812

Former PC 3812/PRR 7187B GP9B was at Rutherford, PA on 5/11/1977.

CR 3812 Bethlehem, PA 8-6-1977

CR GP-9B 3812 rests at the Bethlehem engine terminal in August, 1977.

CR 3812 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

CR GP30 2211, GP-9B 3812, and N9E class caboose 18365  work 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 3812 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

CR GP-9B 3812 works with GP30 2211 and N9E class cabin 18365 as they roll through the snow at Morrisville in March, 1978.

CR 3816 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981

CR GP-9B 3816 and GP-7 5873 rest at the Juniata shops deadline in March, 1981.

CR 3819 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

Former PC GP-9B 3819 rests in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 3826 King of Prussia, PA 6-8-1979

CR GP-9B 3826 follows U33C 6565 (ex-EL 3302) at Abrams in June 1979.

CR 3826 King of Prussia, PA 6-8-1979

CR U33C 6565 (ex-EL 3302) leads ex-PC GP-9B 3826 at Abrams in June, 1979.

CR 3826 King of Prussia, PA 6-8-1979

CR GP-9B 3826 follows U33C 6565 (ex-EL 3302) at Abrams in June 1979.

CR 3826 Morrisville, PA 3-10-1979

CR GP-38 7668 (ex-PRSL 2008) and GP-9B 3826 work Morrisville yard in March, 1979.

CR 3827 Walbridge, OH 9-26-1981

CR 3827, a rare GP9B, at Walbridge, OH on Sept. 26, 1981. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 3831 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

Their operating days over, cabless CR GP-9B's 3831 and 3819 rest in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 3832 Enola, PA 8-3-1979

Ex-PC GP-9B 3832 in lines of power at the Enola engine terminal in August, 1979.

CR 3832 Enola, PA 8-3-1979

CR GP9B 3832 runs second behind GP9 7161 at Enola yard in August, 1979.

CR 3832 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

Still in PC lettering, GP9B 3832 looks tired and worn but still working at Morrisville in April, 1977.

CR 3839 Morrisville, PA 1-1-1981

Conrail GP9B 3839 is seen at Morrisville, PA in 1981.

CR 3839 Morrisville, PA 11-23-1979

CR GP-9B 3839 at Morrisville in November, 1979.

CR 3839 Morrisville, PA 1981

Conrail GP9B 3839 sits at Morrisville Yard in 1981, keeping company with EMD brethren that will certainly last longer than she will.

CR 3839 Morrisville, PA 3-10-1979

CR GP-9B 3839 at work at Morrisville, PA in March, 1979.

CR 3839 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

CR GP10 7571(ex-PC GP9 7512) and PC GP9B 3839 by the service racks outside the Morrisville shops in April, 1977.

CR 3839 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977

CR GP-10 7570 and PC GP-9B 3839 lead mixed freight westbound on the NEC at Morrisville in April, 1977.

CR 3839 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977

Mixed freight rolling through Morrisville on the Northeast Corridor led by CR GP-10 7570 and GP-9B 3839.

CR 3839 Morrisville, PA 6-14-1980

CR SW-1 8487 and GP-9B 3839 in a line of other retired SW-1's at Morrisville yard in June, 1980.

CR 3839 Rutherford, PA 4-12-1984

Ex-PC GP9B 3839 rests at Rutherford with other stored units in April, 1984.

CR 5600 Hammond, IN 7-1-1976

Conrail GP7 No. 5600 is seen in July 1976 at Colehour Yard in Hammond, IN. It was among the first of former PC locomotives lettered for Conrail. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 5601 Suffern, NY 10/77

GP7 idles next to cab car 1526 at the end of commuter operations. During the winter of 1968/69 I found out just why they named the place Suffern...

CR 5633 Northfield, OH 9-18-1983

By 1983 finding units still in pre merger paint was a treat, so finding an older GP7 still sporting PC black was pretty cool. Most of the paint over has washed away reveling an almost complete PC "worm" logo. It's matched up with former Alco RS11 MT4 slug 1014 in this view at the Motor yard engine house.

CR 5644 at South Chicago, IL 4-1980

An eastbound Conrail transfer behind a pair of GP7s, including 5644, is bound for Colehour Yard on the former PRR, just east of the Calumet River lift bridge at South Chicago, in April 1980. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 5652 Enola, PA 9-5-1983

CR SW7 8876(ex-LV 221) and GP7 5652 lined up beside Enola's westbound hump in September, 1983.

CR 5653 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

Retired PC units, Alco T-6 9847 and GP-7 5653, rest with CR SW-9 9013 (ex-EL 437) and GP-7 5974 (ex-EL 1236) at Croxton in March, 1979.

CR 5658 Secaucus, NJ 2-4-1978

Ex-PC GP-7 5658 working Croxton yard with ex-CNJ 5679 in February, 1978.

CR 5663 Livonia, MI 12-23-1978

CR GP7 5663 at Livonia, MI on December 23, 1978. Photographer unknown, Chris Howe collection

CR 5668 at Clarke Jct Gary, IN

An eastbound Conrail local freight is clearing Clarke Junction Tower on the former PRR, as it approaches the EJ&E overpass behind GP7 No. 5668, in April 1980. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 5674 at Hammond, IN

Conrail GP7 No. 5674(note the N5K caboose 18443 behind the engine) has the traffic on Indianapolis Boulevard stopped as it pulls a cut of tank cars from the American Maize plant in November 1979. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 5676 and CR 9011 Enola, PA 1-1-1983

Conrail GP7 5676 (ex-CNJ 1520) is seen at Enola Yard, along with SW9 9011 (ex-EL 435) in 1983.

CR 5678 Ridgewood Jct, NJ 10/77

PO-87 west at "WJ" Ridgewood Jct., NJ @ 0730hrs. GP9M 5678 exCNJ 1522 and SD9 6922 provide the power

CR 5679 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981

Still with CNJ stripes and showing road number 1532, CR GP-7 5679 rests retired alongside GP7 5658 in an Altoona deadline in March, 1981. The old CNJ GP7 was working Croxton yard in February, 1978.

CR 5679 GP9M at Elizabethport

CR GP9M 5679 (CNJ 1532) at Elizabethport, NJ. The ex 1532 was the last CNJ Geep in the toothpaste scheme!

CR 5679 Secaucus, NJ 2-4-1978

While the sun is going down on a February, 1978 day, the crew of CR GP-7 5679 (ex-CNJ 1532) was busy working Croxton yard.

CR 5680 Elizabethport, NJ 8-17-1979

CR GP-7 (ex-CNJ 1522) in line for maintenance at Elizabethport in August, 1979.

CR 5680 S. Amboy NJ 10-76

CR 5680 & 5676, both ex CNJ GP-7s, lead El-1 at S. Amboy NJ in 10-76.

CR 5680-Oak Island NJ 3/77

A roster view of CR 5680 is seen at Oak Island NJ in March of 1977.

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