EMD GP7 and GP9 - Page 6

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 7457 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 7465 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Still showing NYC roots, former PC GP-9 7465 waits for service with ex-PC GP-7 5857 in lines of wrecked, damaged or cannibalized units outside the Juniata Locomotive shops in August, 1977.

CR 7476 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR GP-9 7476 (ex-LV 300) in lines of power awaiting service outside the Elizabethport shops in November, 1978.

CR 7476 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR GP-9 7476 (ex-LV 300) and CR blue SW-1 8508 (ex-PC) in lines of power awaiting service outside the Elizabethport shops in November, 1978.

CR 7476 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR blue SW-1 8508 (ex-PC), GP-9 7476 (ex-LV 300), and ex-PC GP-38 7803 line up awaiting service outside the Elizabethport shops in November, 1978.

CR 7476 GP-9 Polk 01-77

With only two GP-9's on the Lehigh Valley roster, these were rare birds to catch west of N.J. and Pa. In this scene at Polk, Ohio in January of 1977 LV number 300 heads up a westbound on the former Erie. The 2nd unit, ex NYC GP-30 2193, has died and an eastbound has arrived to assist.

CR 7476 Harrisburg, PA 4-12-1984

Still in faded LV paint, CR GP-9 7476 (ex-LV 300) rests retired at Harrisburg in April, 1984.

CR 7476 Sayre, PA 2/12/1978

An ex LV GP-9 at the Sayre engine facility.

CR 7476 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

The LV diamond begins to show through on CR GP-9 7476 (ex-LV 300) while resting at the Croxton engine termnal in March, 1979.

CR 7476 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

CR GP-9 7476 (ex-LV 300) pauses at the Croxton engine terminal in March, 1979.

CR 7478 10-78

CR GP9 7478 10-78 CRHS Collection

CR 7479 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former PRSL GP38 2000 (CR 7660) awaits service with GP9 7479 (ex-EL 1261) and ex-PC SD45 6238 outside the Juniata locomotive shops in August, 1977.

CR 7482 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

Former EL GP-9 1264 shows a bent frame outside the Juniata Locomotive shops in August, 1977.

CR 7482 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL GP-9 1264 (CR 7482) shows a bent frame outside the Juniata Locomotive shops in August, 1977.

CR 7482 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL GP-9 1264 shows a bent frame outside the Juniata Locomotive shops in August, 1977.

CR 7482 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL GP-9 1264 shows a bent frame outside the Juniata Locomotive shops in August, 1977.

CR 7482 Altoona, PA 8/7/1977

With a bent frame, EL 1264 will need some serious rebuilding before receiving a CR 7482 road number, as the GP9 rests outside the Juniata locomotive shops in August, 1977.

CR 7483 5-94 Altoona, PA

GP9 7483 at JLS in Altoona, PA in May 1994. This unit was recently a topic here on our forums as well as on the Loconotes Yahoo Group. It was built with a high hood, but was chopnosed by Juniata in 1992 for some (at present (2008) time) unknown reason. I BELIEVE it may have been a demo unit for the US Army rebuilds that Juniata ended building from former CSX GP16's. In any case, here she is being prepared for trade in to EMD. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR 8064 leads a westbound "hospital move" of other units through Union Furnace PA. 9/84

A westbound hospital extra climbs upgrade across the Little Juniata River, west of Union Furnace, PA on 9/7/84. GP38-2 No. 8064 leads an assortment of Geeps, switchers, and "Dewitt Geeps," all headed for the happy scrap yard in the sky.

CR(PC) 3825 at Logansport, IN

After 6 months of Conrail's creation, an ex Penn Central GP-9B, the 3825 is found between a F-7(1716) and a U23B(2756) in the yards at Logansport, IN on October 4, 1976. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

EL 1210 (GP7)

Former ERIE 1210 (which was slated to become CR 5940) was at Sloan, NY on 9/29/76 still with its original EL number.

EL 1241 Hornell, NY 8/1977

A set of 4 EL geeps have brought a turn job from Corning into Hornell on a summer night.

EL 1241-Port Jervis, NY 4/77

Yet to be renumbered EL 1241 is seen with CR 2900 on a Delaware Division Local at Port Jervis NY in April of 1977.

Local Freight A-1 GP9 7161 Monmouth Jct., NJ

Local freight A-1 Morrisville, Pa-Browns Yard (Old Bridge, NJ) approaches the NorthEast Corridor Monmouth Jct., NJ

PLENTY-A-POWER at Bancroft, MA. on 8/17/80. (2)

The hits just keep comin'. Nine units altogether, including a GP9, at Bancroft, MA.

PRSL 2000 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former PRSL GP38 2000 (CR 7660) awaits service with GP9 7479 (ex-EL 1261) and ex-PC SD45 6238 outside the Juniata locomotive shops in August, 1977.

The "Rutherford" Drill GP7 5983 Rutherford, NJ

GP7 5983 (EL 1245) powers the "Rutherford Drill" @ Rutherford, NJ

WNHA-20 in East Hartford, CT. on 5/26/82.

Brakeman George Damaschi flags Park Ave. crossing for WNHA-20 heading north on the old NHRR Armory branch. I lived about 1/2 block away from this location (down Park Ave. to the right) from 1974 to 1997 and had a "speaking acqaintance" with the local crew. The large building in the background is the former NY&NERR roundhouse, "the last one standing" in Connecticut, at the time. Ironically, the thing caught fire and was totally destroyed about 3 days after we moved from Park Ave. to our present home. If you do a "Google" search of the satellite view, the footprint of the roundhouse is still visible.

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