EMD GP8 and GP10 Rebuilds - Page 2

The Conrail GP8 and GP10 fleet originally began their lives as EMD GP7 and GP9's built for a variety of roads in the early fifties. Conrail, with hundreds of units lined up in graveyards and in dire need for reliable power decided to begin a GP rebuild program.

The railroad selected the Illinois Central Gulf RR's Paducah, KY shop to perform the work in 1976. At Paducah, the short hood high noses were chopped for better visibilty and the control stands were set up for the new short hood lead operation. The prime movers were overhauled and all former GP7's received the 567BC while the GP9's received 567C's. Air filter work was also performed, outfitting the new Geeps with Dynacell paper air filters.

Nine GP8 units were turned out during the third quarter of 1976 wearing new CR paint and road numbers 5720-5728. Sixteen GP10's were released as well sporting CR paint and numbered 7560-7575.

By 1978, Conrail desired more from the rebuild program and selected another 39 GP7's to be rebuilt. This program was not as extensive as the original consisting of only mechanical and electrical work. The dynamic brakes were removed, and the control stand remained setup for long hood forward operation. Paducah was not the only shop contracted this time around. The work was split between Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific's Silvis, IL shop, Morrison Knudsen's Boise, ID shop and ICG Paducah. The units were returned to Conrail during the third quarter of 1978 wearing 5400 series CR road numbers. The 1976 batch (5720-5728) were subsequently renumbered 5400-5408.

59 GP9's were also sent out for rebuilding in 1978 split between Paducah, Morrison Knudsen and Precision National Corporation in Mount Vernon, IL. This was the first rebuilding program PNC had undertaken and after the 6th unit, Conrail terminated the PNC contract due to quality and delivery issues. The remainder of PNC's contract was given to Paducah for completion. The same work, electrical and mechanical, was done and by early 1979 Morrison Knudsen turned out 17 units (7513-7529), PNC 6 (7530-7537) and 36 from Paducah (7545-7597). Road numbers 7532, 7536, 7538-7544, 5414-5427 were never used.

The GP8's lasted well into the 1990's and though most all were stored in the mid 80's, all but 1 were reactivated in 1987 when a batch of GP38-2's went off lease. The units were again returned to storage until 1989 when less than a dozen were reactivated again to make up for the loss of 10 MP15's that were returned to their lessor. This was the last active group until April 11, 1991 when the entire class was retired.

CR 7549 - GP10 at Shiremanstown, PA

CR 7549, rebuilt from GP9 CR 7343/NYC 5943, rests at Shiremanstown, PA on 3/3/1990.

CR 7549 - GP10 at Shiremanstown, PA

CR 7549, rebuilt from GP9 CR 7343/NYC 5943, rests at Shiremanstown, PA on 12/9/1989.

CR 7550 - GP10 at Shiremanstown, PA

CR 7550, rebuilt from NYC 6043, is seen at Shiremanstown, PA on 8/22/1992. This unit was later sold to the Southern Railroad Company of New Jersey and became SRNJ 102.

CR 7550 - GP10 at Shiremanstown, PA

CR 7550, rebuilt from GP9 NYC 6043, is seen at Shiremanstown, PA on 11/4/1989. This unit was later sold to the Southern Railroad Company of New Jersey and became SRNJ 102.

CR 7550 - GP10 at Shiremanstown, PA

CR 7550, rebuilt from GP9 NYC 6043, is seen at Shiremanstown, PA on 11/4/1989. This unit was later sold to the Southern Railroad Company of New Jersey and became SRNJ 102.

CR 7551 - GP10 at Shiremanstown, PA

CR 7551, rebuilt from CR/PC/NYC 7441, nee NYC 6041, rests in the yard at Shiremanstown, PA on 11/19/1994.

CR 7551 at Easton, PA 10-10-79

Conrail GP10 7551 leads a local through the former LV station in Easton, PA on 10/10/79

CR 7552 - GP10 at Shiremanstown, PA

CR 7552, rebuilt from CR/PC/NYC 7409, nee NYC 6009, rests in the yard at Shiremanstown, PA on 7/24/1994.

CR 7552 and 7557 at Hern PA, 3/87

After the MP15s went back when their leases ended, these rebuilt geeps held down the branches in the "Reading Cluster".

CR 7552 at Glen-Burn, 3/87

GP10 7552 brings a few loose cars through the Glen Burn complex.

CR 7552 at Ramshaw PA, 3/87

A pair of GP10's power local freight WHSN03 rounds a curve at Ramshaw, PA on the Shamokin Secondary.

CR 7552 Leads a Local Through Excelsior PA

A pair of GP10s roll a local comprised of coal cars and other local business through excelsior.

CR 7552 On a local at Shamokin PA

A former NYC GP9 has become a GP10 through Conrail's rebuilding program. Here it leads a local train through Shamokin PA.

CR 7553 King of Prussia, PA 11-9-1992

Conrail GP10 7553 is seen drilling Abrams Yard near King of Prussia, PA on 11/9/1992.

CR 7554, 7564, and 7547 - GP10's at Shiremanstown, PA

A trio of GP10's rest in the yard at Shiremanstown, PA on 6/12/1993. Note the 7547 in fresh CRQ paint.

CR 7555 - GP10 at Shiremanstown, PA

CR 7555, rebuilt from GP9 CR/PC/NYC 7408/NYC 6008, in the yard at Shiremanstown, PA on 4/14/1990.

CR 7555 - GP10 at Shiremanstown, PA

CR 7555, rebuilt from GP9 CR/PC/NYC 7408/NYC 6008, in the yard at Shiremanstown, PA on 4/14/1990.

CR 7555 - GP10 at Shiremanstown, PA

CR 7555, rebuilt from GP9 CR/PC/NYC 7408/NYC 6008, is seen at Shiremanstown, PA on 4/14/1990.

CR 7555 along with CR 9626 and other power at Schuylkill Haven PA.

A set of power is seen sitting next to the ex-Reading station at Schuylkill Haven on the Pottsville Branch. The station has since been refurbished, and the Pottsville Branch is still used regularly by the Reading & Northern.

CR 7555 and a mixed group of GPs and MP15DCs at Mine Hill PA

A mixed group of power is seen at Mine Hill PA. This group includes MP15s which roamed this area until their leases were up, and GP10s, which took over for them when they left.

CR 7557 - GP10 (Paducah Rebuilders Plate)

A detail view of the rebuilder's plate on the 7557 applied by the IC Paducah, KY shops. This particular unit was rebuilt in November 1978.

CR 7557 - GP10 at Shiremanstown, PA

CR 7557, rebuilt from GP9 CR/PC/PRR 7068, is seen at Shiremanstown, PA on 3/10/1990.

CR 7557 - GP10 at Shiremanstown, PA

CR 7557, rebuilt from CR/PC/PRR 7068, is seen in the yard at Shiremanstown, PA on 7/25/1992.

CR 7558 - GP10 at Shiremanstown, PA

CR 7558, rebuilt from GP9 CR/PC/PRR 7038, is seen at Shiremanstown, PA on 6/4/1994.

CR 7558 at Lewistown, PA in 1995

Conrail GP10 7558 is seen shifting cars at Lewistown Yard in Lewistown, PA in 1995.

CR 7558 with work train WOR-201 at Columbia on The Port Road, 4/94

The Port Road - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA
April 05, 1994
GP10 7558 on WOR-201
A pair of GP10s hold down a work train assignment on the formerly electrified PRR line along the Susquehanna River back in 1994. These rebuilt geeps would soon be retired by Conrail.
Photo by Don Kalkman III

CR 7559 - GP10 at Lewistown, PA

CR 7559, rebuilt from GP9 CR/PC/PRR 7057, rests at Lewistown, PA on 10/16/1988.

CR 7560 - GP10 at Shiremanstown, PA

CR 7560, rebuilt from CR/PC/NYC 7384, nee NYC 5984, rests in the yard at Shiremanstown, PA on 7/30/1994.

CR 7560 at Newberry Yard in April, 1992

This view of Newberry Yard in Williamsport, PA shows GP10 7560 with a cut of cars, and SD40-2s 6408 & 6399 idling in the background.

CR 7560 shifts at Newberry Yard

GP10 7560 is switching a cut of cars at Newberry Yard in Williamsport, PA back in 4/1992.

CR 7561 7-4-95 Altoona, PA

CR GP10 7561 at JLS in Altoona, PA on July 4th, 1995. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR 7561 on HBPI at Lilly, PA 6/15/96

CR 7561 is seen on HBPI at Lilly, PA on 6/15/96.

CR 7561 Youngstown, Ohio March 1979

Before Conrail's first year was out a group of ex Penn Central GP-9's were shipped off to the ICG at Paducah and emerged as GP10's, complete with a chopped short nose, upgraded filters, and the new dress blue colors. Good units, they served CR for many years. Here GP10 7561 has former New Haven Alco C425 2458 for help at Brier Hill yard in Youngstown,Ohio this March 1979 morning.

CR 7565

CR GP10 7565 is seen at a unknown location in the early 1980s.

CR 7567 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

CR GP-10 7567 mixes with original RDG power at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 7567 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

Former RDG SW1500 2766 (CR 9616), CR GP10 7567, and two GP7's work Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 7567 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

CR GP-10 7567 works Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 7567 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

CR GP-10 7567 works Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 7567 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

CR GP-10 7567 rests at the Abrams engine terminal between yard assignments in February, 1977.

CR 7567 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

CR GP38-2 8105 teamed up with GP10 7567 and GP7 5828 (ex-RDG 626) at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 7567 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

CR GP-10 7567, GP38-2 8105, and RDG paint GP7 626 work Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 7567 Shiremanstown, PA 4-28-1991

CR 7567, rebuilt from GP9 PC/PRR 7130, rests in the yard at Shiremanstown, PA on 4/28/1991.

CR 7568 - GP10 at Shiremanstown, PA

CR 7568, rebuilt from GP9 CR/PC/PRR 7002, rests in the yard at Shiremanstown, PA on 7/2/1994.

CR 7568 and 7556 - GP10's at Shiremanstown, PA

GP10's CR 7568 and 7556, along with N21 caboose #21267, rest in the yard at Shiremanstown, PA on 7/2/1994.

CR 7569 and CR 7570 at Harrisburg

Conrail GP10s 7569 (ex-PC 7118, nee-PRR 7118) and 7570 (ex-PC 7063, nee-PRR 7063) are eastbound in Harrisburg, PA in 1983.

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