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.

CR 9621 and N5 Caboose 22981 at Shamokin

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

CR 9621 rolls through CP Potts with a single covered hopper

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

CR 9622 9630 and 9627 at Cressona PA

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

CR 9622 At Night in Cressona

9622 sits under the yard lights in Cressona.

CR 9622 Working Cressona, 10/77

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

CR 9623 - MP15DC at Shiremanstown, PA

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.

CR 9624 - MP15DC at Harrisburg, PA

Former RDG 2774 is seen at Maclay St. Harrisburg, PA on 7/15/1984.

CR 9624, 9628 and 9630 in Cressona PA.

Three MP15DCs idle in the small yard at Cressona PA between assignments.

CR 9625 Moves Hoppers at Arlington PA

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

CR 9625 With Empty Hoppers at Arlington PA

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

CR 9627 and CR 19677 N-3A Caboose on the Greenwood Branch

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

CR 9627 and Two More MP15DCs roll through Hamburg PA

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.

CR 9627 leads WHSN04 upgrade by an anthracite loadout at Cabel, PA on April 29, 1987

Eastbound Conrail Local WHSN04 works upgrade by an anthracite loadout at Cabel, PA on April 29, 1987 with three MP15s. By this time, most of the huge collieries were gone, and the remaining business was loaded at these small truck load outs. Track conditions were rough. Check out the cars on the siding, leaning in all different directions.

CR 9627 Singlehandedly handles empties through New Philadelphia

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

CR 9628 and 9627, 10/83

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

CR 9628 and 9630 at Donaldson PA

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

CR 9628 Brings a Flanger Through East Mahanoy Jct

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.

CR 9630 Allentown (BURN) 5/78

The second Ore Train ZBB-412 on 5/28/78 is powered by MP15DC's

CR 9630 and CR 9626 at the St Nick Breaker

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.

CR 9630 at CP Belt

Four MP15DCs roll through CP Belt in the setting sun.

CR 9630 Switching at Cressona PA

MP15DC 9630 is switching cars at Cressona PA.

CR 9630, 9628 and 9624 at Saint Nicholas Breaker

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.

CR 9630, CR 9626 and CR 9621 at the St Nick Breaker

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.

CR MP15DCs Cressona PA

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

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