EMD GP7 and GP9 - Page 3

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 5837 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

Late in the afternoon, RDG GP-7 635 (CR 5837) works Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 5837 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG 622 (CR 5806) and 635 (CR 5837) pause with a sister GP-7 under the Abrams yard signal bridge in February, 1977.

CR 5837 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

Former RDG GP7 635, soon to be stenciled 5837, rests with an SW1500 at the Abrams engine terminal in February, 1977.

CR 5837 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

Former RDG GP7 635, soon to be stenciled 5837, rests with an SW1500 at the Abrams engine terminal in February, 1977.

CR 5838 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG GP7 636 (CR 5838) works Abrams with fellow RDG yard mates SW1500 2766 and GP7 625, as well as CR GP10 7567. 

Watching the yard work at trackside and parking near the Abrams signal bridge were safe and typical happenings in the early days of Conrail. 

The sights, sounds and smells of typical RDG yard work may have stirred the heart of the smallest railfan at Abrams that day to someday become a railroader or even a member of CRHS!

CR 5838 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG GP7 636 (CR 5838) shows years of wear and hard use on it's sides while working in Abrams yard.

CR 5838 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

GP7 636 (CR 5838) and SW1500 2766, in their last days of Reading paint, are part of a 4-unit switching crew working Abrams yard.

CR 5838 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

SW1500 2766 and GP7 636 work Abrams yard in their last days of Reading paint in February, 1977.

CR 5838 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 5838 King of Prussia, PA 3-4-1978

CR GP7 5838 (ex-RDG 636) works Abrams yard in March, 1978.

CR 5839

CR 5839 at Hollidaysburg, PA on July 16, 1976. Photographer unknown, Chris Howe collection

CR 5872 and CR 9137 Lewistown, PA 1-1-1982

A 1982 shot of the Lewistown yard shows GP7 5872 (ex-PC 5872, exx-PRR 5872, nee-PRR 8572) and SW9 9137 (ex-PC 9137) sitting by the sand tower.

CR 5872 and PC 32306 at Lewistown, PA

Conrail GP7 5872 (ex-PC 5872, exx-PRR 5872, nee-PRR 8572) is seen sitting alongside sand car PC 32306, a former PRR class H30 covered hopper in 1982.

CR 5873 Altoona, PA 4-11-1981

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

CR 5874 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

On track 13 outside the Juniata shops in August, 1977, GP7 5874 awaits service. The large lineup of former PC and EL power shows the continuing ill state of the power plant after a year of CR operations.

CR 5883 GP7 Collinwood 11-79

A classic ex NYC GP7, high bell, no dynamics, clean lines. I found this patched Penn Central unit on the west side of the P1A at Collinwood in 1979.

CR 5902 Elizabethport, NJ 11-28-1978

Former CNJ GP-7 1524 (CR 5902) undergoing service outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in November, 1978.

The November 1952-built GP-7 operated as part of CR's contracted commuter service with NJDOT. Repainted into NJDOT colors in 1978, the old EMD unit continued in CR-contracted commuter service until January 1, 1983 when NJ Transit took over passenger operations from CR. Coming under ownership of NJ Transit, the GP-7 served NJ commuters until retirement in 1993.

NJ Transit donated the GP-7 to the United Railroad Historical Society, and in 1996, the locomotve was repainted to original green and yellow CNJ livery by the Jersey Central RHS, Inc.

CR 5902 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

Former CNJ GP-7 1524 (CR 5902) at Elizabethport in July, 1977.

The November 1952-built GP-7 operated as part of CR's contracted commuter service with NJDOT.  Repainted into NJDOT colors in 1978, the old EMD unit continued in CR-contracted commuter service until January 1, 1983 when NJ Transit took over passenger operations from CR.  Coming under ownership of NJ Transit, the GP-7 served NJ commuters until retirement in 1993. Following donation by NJ Transit to the United Railroad Historical Society, the ancient EMD was repainted to original green and yellow CNJ livery in 1996 by the Jersey Central RHS, Inc.

CR 5902 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

CNJ GP-7 1524 (CR 5902) waits for work outside the Elizabethport maintenance shops in July, 1977.

The November 1952-built GP-7 operated as part of CR's contracted commuter service with NJDOT.  Repainted into NJDOT colors in 1978, the old EMD unit continued in CR-contracted commuter service until January 1, 1983 when NJ Transit took over passenger operations from CR.  Coming under ownership of NJ Transit, the GP-7 served NJ commuters until retirement in 1993. Following donation by NJ Transit to the United Railroad Historical Society, the ancient EMD was repainted to original green and yellow CNJ livery in 1996 by the Jersey Central RHS, Inc.

CR 5902 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

Former CNJ GP-7 1524 (CR 5902) at Elizabethport in July, 1977.

The November 1952-built GP-7 operated as part of CR's contracted commuter service with NJDOT.  Repainted into NJDOT colors in 1978, the old EMD unit continued in CR-contracted commuter service until January 1, 1983 when NJ Transit took over passenger operations from CR.  Coming under ownership of NJ Transit, the GP-7 served NJ commuters until retirement in 1993. Following donation by NJ Transit to the United Railroad Historical Society, the ancient EMD was repainted to original green and yellow CNJ livery in 1996 by the Jersey Central RHS, Inc.

CR 5902 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

Old green and yellow Jersey Central paint is showing through on the nose of former CNJ GP-7 1524 (CR 5902) as the unit rests at Elizabethport in July, 1977.

The November 1952-built GP-7 operated as part of CR's contracted commuter service with NJDOT.  Repainted into NJDOT colors in 1978, the old EMD unit continued in CR-contracted commuter service until January 1, 1983 when NJ Transit took over passenger operations from CR.  Coming under ownership of NJ Transit, the GP-7 served NJ commuters until retirement in 1993. Following donation by NJ Transit to the United Railroad Historical Society, the ancient EMD was repainted to original green and yellow CNJ livery in 1996 by the Jersey Central RHS, Inc.

CR 5902 Elizabethport, NJ 7/10/1977

Former CNJ GP7 1524 (CR 5902) rests outside the Elizabethport shops on July 10, 1977.

CR 5903 - GP7 at Altoona, PA

Former PC 5903/NYC 5765 in storage at Altoona, PA on 7/13/1985.

CR 5907 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GP-7 5907 (ex-CNJ 1528) receives service at Elizabethport, NJ in November, 1978.

CR 5909 on train 454 Chicago, IL 10-1-1979

After the N&W suburban train to Orland Park was equipped with RTA bi-level cars in the summer of 1979, Conrail leased the former N&W coaches for use on its Valparaiso trains. Train No. 454 is seen behind two Conrail Geeps(GP7 5909 and GP38-2 8187) running long hood forward above the ICG at Grand Crossing, in October 1979. The use of the ex-N&W coaches in this sevice lasted just a few months, as Conrail turned the service over to Amtrak in 1980. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 5926 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

CR GP-7 5926 (ex-EL 1406) at Enola in May, 1977.

CR 5933 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

With PC green all around, EL GP7 1203 (CR 5933) undergoes service outside the Juniata locomotive shops in May, 1977.

CR 5933 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

Outside the Juniata shops in May, 1977, EL GP7 1203 (CR 5933) awaits service.

CR 5935 Avon, NY 4-23-1979

5935 lays over in front of the ex Erie Avon station on a quiet spring afternoon.

CR 5935 Mendon, NY 1/4/1980

The Lima local passes thru Rochester Jct. on it's way South to Lima.

CR 5935 Mendon, NY 7/1977

Very little of the LV survived on Day 1 of CR in Upstate NY. The Rochester and Lima branches were an exception. The Lima branch was operated until the mid 1980's, and then abandoned. The local would usually run about 3 days a week and was powered for a while by ex EL 1205, now CR 5935. CR also used RS-11's & RS-32's as power, and finally towards the end of the branch lines life, GP-35's and U-25B's. 5935 is at the Sibley Road crossing in Mendon.

CR 5935 Mendon, NY 7/1977

The Lima local has crossed over the LV main at Rochester Jct. and is on the "Rochester" branch. The signal in the background is on the abandoned LV main.

CR 5935 Mendon, NY 7/1977

The Lima local crawls across the trestle over Honeoye Creek, just South of Sibley Road.

CR 5935 Mendon, NY 7/20/1979

The Lima local picks up the cars it left at Rochester Jct. The cars on the right are on the ex LV Rochester branch. The engine is in the small weed grown yard picking up the cars it did not need to haul down to Lima.

CR 5935 Mendon, NY 7/20/1979

A view from engine 5935 as the Lima local is between Monroe Street in Honeoye Falls and Sibley Road.

CR 5935 Mendon, NY 8/1977

A small Lima local crosses the old LV main at Rochester Jct.

CR 5935 Rochester, NY 1/22/1978

5935 moves thru the East end of Goodman Street Yard while a snow jet crew melts snow at a switch.

CR 5937 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL GP-7 1207 sits in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5937 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL GP-7 1207 sits in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5939 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

EL GP-7 1209 (CR 5939) awaits service near the Juniata shops turntable in May, 1977.

CR 5939 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

Former EL GP7 1209 (CR 5939) awaits service with a GP9B, along with ex-PC GP9 7418 and U33C 6550, at the Juniata shops in April, 1977.

CR 5939 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

A year into Conrail operations and the continued power shortage was visible as evidenced by the lines of units outside the Juniata shops.

EL GP7 1209 (CR 5939), PC GP9's 7418 and 7457, and PC U33C 6550 await service in May, 1977.

CR 5948 Lackawanna, NY 3/5/1978

An ex EL GP-7 idles at the old Seneca Yard.

CR 5959 on train #454 at South Chicago, IL 7-1-1976

The Valpo Dummy, Conrail Train No. 454 behind two GP7s, led by No. 5959 running long hood forward, crosses the Calumet River lift bridge and overtakes a CSL(Chicago Short Line) freight at South Chicago, in July 1976. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 5964 Bethlehem, PA 7-16-1978

CR GP-7 5964 (ex-EL 1226) rests between assignments with SW9/SW-900's and an SW-1 at the Bethlehem roundhouse in July, 1978.

CR 5964 Bethlehem, PA 7-16-1978

CR GP-7 5964 (ex-EL 1226) rests between assignments with SW9/SW-900's and an SW-1 at the Bethlehem roundhouse in July, 1978.

The power is all EMD except for the former LV RS-11 tucked inside the roundhouse behind the SW-1.

CR 5966 Binghamton, NY 3/17/1979

An Eastbound backs up past BD Tower as it heads down to work the yard. 5966 is an ex EL GP-7 that is working on "home" rails.

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