EMD MP15DC

Conrail received 10 EMD MP15DC's that were under lease to the Reading Company.  Conrail reassigned them from RDG series 2771-2780 to CR 9621-9630.

The former RDG units were built in 1974 with power provided by EMD's supercharged V12 645 prime mover producing 1,500hp.

Conrail returned these reliable switchers to EMD at the end of their lease.

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An ex-Reading MP15 and an ex-PC N5 caboose make up this scene in PA's hard coal country.

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A lone blue MP15DC brings a sole covered hopper through CP Potts at Pottsville, the home of the Yuengling Brewery.

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A trio of MPDCs idle in the small yard at Cressona PA.

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9622 sits under the yard lights in Cressona.

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A pair of MP15DCs, still wearing their Reading green, roll through Cressona.

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Former RDG 2773 in the yard at Shiremanstown, PA on 10/8/1988. This unit would later be returned to the lessor and would become GATX 9623.
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Former RDG 2774 is seen at Maclay St. Harrisburg, PA on 7/15/1984.
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Three MP15DCs idle in the small yard at Cressona PA between assignments.

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One of the handful of CR MP15s brings some hoppers through the Bethlehem Steel facility at Arlington PA.

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9625 moves some empty hoppers through a scene that only exists in coal country.

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One of the rare ex-EL N-3A cabooses holds down an assignment on the Greenwood Branch alongside an ex-Reading MP15DC.

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A trio of MP15DCs bring empty hoppers through Hamburg PA, the future home of the Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern, who took over many of the branches in this area from Conrail in the early 90s.

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MP15DC 9627 single handedly handles a train of empty coal hoppers heading back to the mines.

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A profile shot of three of the five end cabs on the train.

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An approaching shot of a pair of MP15s.

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A pair of MP15s performing the task which CR usually assigned them. Here they pull some hoppers through the snow at Donaldson PA.

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Clearing out flangeways after a snow or ice storm is an important process. It helps prevent snow and ice buildup from derailing a train. When the local power consists of MP15s, of course you're going to send one out to do the job.

Here's the flanger and locomotive passing through East Mahanoy Jct.

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The second Ore Train ZBB-412 on 5/28/78 is powered by MP15DC's
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A pair of MP15DCs at the St Nick breaker. These units were regular power on the mine runs in the area before the expiration of their leases.

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Four MP15DCs roll through CP Belt in the setting sun.

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MP15DC 9630 is switching cars at Cressona PA.

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The ex-Reading MP15DCs stayed around the ex-Reading anthracite branches until their leases expired. Here, three patched units (still in their Reading Green) are seen at the Saint Nicholas Breaker, just west of Mahanoy City.

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MP15DCs hanging around at the St Nick breaker. These units were regular power on the mine runs in the area before the expiration of their leases.

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A trio of MP15DCs idles near the station in Cressona PA.

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