EMD GP7 and GP9 - Page 2

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.

CR 5708 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

CR NW-2 9240 (ex-CNJ 1060) looks ready for the scrapper alongside the shell of an EL RS-3, and ex-PC GP-7 5708, outside the Juniata locomotive shops in July, 1978.

CR 5710 on the bottle train Calumet Park, IL

Conrail "Bottle Train" behind GP7 No. 5710 is on the wye at Calumet Park, Il around April 1979. The train is heading for the IHB from the SC&S (former PRR Bernice Cutoff). Once on the IHB, the GP7 will run around its train and take it west to Acme Steel at Riverdale, via the IHB and the former PRR Panhandle. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 5711 shop Selkirk 08111985

Riders on the Hudson Circle trip were treated to all kinds of oddities during the Selkirk shop tour. This unit wasn't so much of an oddity-CR had several hundred of them on day one-but by 1985, an unrebuilt GP 7 was a rarity. Most of the others had been rebuilt into GP 8's or retired, so despite the gloom, I was happy to get this one in clean paint.

CR 5742 Enola, PA 8-10-1980

Former PC GP-7 5742 lined up with ex-PC GP-9 7048 and GP-38 7756 in the second line of power at Enola in August, 1980.

CR 5792 Altoona, PA 8-5-1984

Former PC GP7 5792/NYC 5792 in storage at Altoona, PA on 8/5/1984. The ALCO to the left is RS3M CR 9966.

CR 5806 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG 622 (CR 5806) is sandwiched between two sister GP-7's as they work Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 5806 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG 622 takes a rest from yard duty under the signal bridge at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 5806 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG 622 (CR 5806) pauses under the signal bridge along with two sister GP-7's at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 5806 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

Late in the afternoon, RDG GP-7's 635 (CR 5837), 622 (CR 5806), and 633 (CR 5835) roll down track 1 at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 5807 Altoona, PA 7-13-1985

Former PC GP7 5807/NYC 5807 in storage at Altoona, PA on 7/13/1985. Check out the RS3m in blue with the "CR" on the nose.

CR 5813 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

CR GP7 5813, ex-RDG 623, is coupled to RDG N4A cabin 94013 as they work Abrams yard in February, 1977. A Burro MOW crane rests in the background.

CR 5813 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

CR GP7 5813, ex-RDG 623, is coupled to RDG N4A cabin 94013 (CR 18830) as they work Abrams yard.

Cabooses were often coupled to the yard engines in early 1977.  Just behind the GP7 rests former RDG N4 cabin 92914 with a fresh CR stencil as 18730.

CR 5814 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 5814 Willow Grove, PA 3-19-1977

CR GP-7 5814, ex-RDG 624, trails PC GP-30 2241 pulling a string of hoppers on the Trenton cutoff at Willow Grove, PA in March, 1977.

CR 5814 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 5814 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 5814 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 5817 Bethlehem, PA 5-29-1982

First generation EMDs like CR GP7 5817 have reached the end of the line in 1982. Here, ex-RDG 625 waits in storage at Bethlehem engine terminal in May, 1982.

CR 5817 King of Prussia, PA 11-20-1976

Late in the day in November, 1976, RDG GP-7 625 rests from yard work with GP30 3618 (CR 2186) at the Abrams engine terminal.

The GP-7 would receive it's 5817 CR number in mid-February, 1977.

Kodak Instamatic photo.

CR 5817 King of Prussia, PA 11-20-1976

At sunset in November, 1976, RDG GP-7 625 rests from yard work with GP30 3618 (CR 2186) at the Abrams engine terminal.

The GP-7 would be stenciled CR 5817 in mid-February, 1977.

Kodak Instamatic photo.

CR 5817 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG GP-7 625 (CR 5817), GP-10 7567, SW1500 2766 (CR 9616), and sister GP-7 636 (CR 5838) pass by the Abrams yard office as they work track 1 in February, 1977.

CR 5817 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG GP7 625 (CR 5817), GP10 7567, SW1500 2766 (CR 9616), and GP7 636 (CR 5838) work together at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 5817 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG GP-7 625 (CR 5817) works Abrams yard in her last days in Reading paint.

CR 5817 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

Many railfans were on hand at Abrams while RDG GP7 625, GP10 7567, RDG SW1500 2766, and RDG GP7 636 worked the yard on February 12, 1977.

CR 5817 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

Many railfans were on hand at Abrams while RDG GP7 625, GP10 7567, RDG SW1500 2766, and RDG GP7 636 worked the yard on February 12, 1977.

CR 5817 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

Freshly stenciled CR GP-7 5817 works Abrams yard in February, 1977.

One week ago, the old GP-7 showed full Reading colors.

CR 5817 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

Freshly stenciled CR GP-7 5817 (ex-RDG 625) works Abrams yard with SW1500 9591 in February, 1977. One week before, the old GP-7 showed full Reading colors.

CR 5817 King of Prussia, PA 8-25-1978

CR GP-7 5817 (ex-RDG 625) moves a string of hoppers including PRR 868672 at Abrams yard in August, 1978.

CR 5828 King of Prussia, PA 1-1978

CR GP-7 5828 (ex-RDG 626) works Abrams yard on a cold January day in 1978.

CR 5828 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 5828 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

RDG GP-7 626 works the yard in January, 1977.  The GP-7 would be renumbered CR 5828 by February 19, 1977.

Kodak Instamatic photo.

CR 5828 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

A pair of RDG GP7's, 635 (5837) and 626 (CR 5828), leave the Abrams engine terminal area in January, 1977 with 626 providing the smoke.

CR 5828 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

RDG GP7 635 (CR 5837) and 626 (CR 5828) team up with PC GP30 2247 to work Abrams yard in January, 1977. Kodak Instamatic photo.

CR 5828 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

In RDG 633 paint one week earlier, CR GP7 5835 is sandwiched between sister GP7 5828 (ex-RDG 626) and SW1500 2762 as they work Abrams yard. SW1500 2762 is due for renumbering to 9612 very soon.

CR 5829 Harrisburg, PA 8-11-1984

Former RDG 627 is seen at Reily St., Harrisburg, PA, on 8/11/1984.

CR 5829 King of Prussia, PA 8-25-1978

CR GP-7 5829 (ex-RDG 627) and GP-30 2199 work Abrams yard in August, 1978.

CR 5831 GP-7 Cleveland 05-78

One of the more interesting early geeps I'd seen on Conrail, the former EL 1201 sports a large single beam headlight, a holdover from the days it was delivered as an Erie unit, and has different style numbers applied.

CR 5834 Enola, PA 8-10-1980

In a sea of locomotives at Enola in August, 1980, CR GP7 5834 (ex-RDG 632) is ined up with ex-EL SD45 6066 in the fifth line back from U23B 2733.

CR 5834 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

RDG GP-7 632 (CR 5834) waits for service outside the Morrisville shops in March, 1977.

CR 5835 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

Still in RDG paint, but not for long, GP-7 633 (CR 5835) idles at Abrams between yard assignments.

CR 5835 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 5835 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

In RDG 633 paint one week earlier, CR GP7 5835 is sandwiched between sister GP7 5828 (ex-RDG 626) and SW1500 2762 as they work Abrams yard.

SW1500 2762 is due for renumbering to 9612 very soon.

CR 5835 King of Prussia, PA 3-4-1978

With CR GP-7 5838 (ex-RDG 636) in the background, CR GP-7 5835 (ex-RDG 633) works Abrams yard in March, 1978.

CR 5835 King of Prussia, PA 3-4-1978

CR GP-7 5835 (ex-RDG 633) works Abrams yard in March, 1978.

CR 5835 King of Prussia, PA 3-4-1978

CR GP-7 5835 (ex-RDG 633) works Abrams yard in March, 1978.

CR 5837 - GP7 at Rutherford, PA

Former RDG 635 is seen in storage at Rutherford, PA on 10/3/1982 with fairly new paint.

CR 5837 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

RDG GP7 635 (CR 5837) and 626 (CR 5828) team up with PC GP30 2247 to work Abrams yard in January, 1977.

Kodak Instamatic photo.

CR 5837 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 5837 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

RDG GP7 635 (CR 5837) and 626 (CR 5828) team up to work Abrams yard in January, 1977.

Kodak Instamatic photo.

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