EMD NW2

Conrail inherited EMD NW-2's from the Penn Central(102), Erie Lackawanna(31), Lehigh Valley(6) and the Central Railroad of New Jersey(2).  CR assigned the NW-2's to series 9151-9296.

Built from February 1939 to December 1949, EMD's 12-cylinder 567-powered switcher produced 1,000hp. 

CR 2072 Bethlehem, PA 7-16-1978

CR C420 2072 belches typical Alco smoke coming off the turntable at the Bethlehem roundhouse in July, 1978.

CR 8800 on Tioga St in Phildelphia, 5/78

Its 2 + years into Conrail, and it appears neither of these have been CR'ed over yet. Ex PC NW-2 #8800 trundles down Tioga St, (near Tulip) in Philadelphia, PA.

CR 9156 at Pershing Rd Chicago, IL

Conrail NW2 No. 9156 is flat switching at the Pershing Avenue Support Yard. This is former Chicago River & Indiana / Chicago Junction trackage. June 1980. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 9158 creeps across a crossing, north of Queen, PA on the Bedford Secondary, 10/82

A southbound Conrail freight creeps across a crossing, north of Queen, PA, on Oct. 1, 1982 with NW2 No. 9158. It wasn't a high speed operation.

CR 9158 - NW2m at Roaring Spring, PA

Former PC 9158, rebuilt from NW2 PC/NYC/IHB 8733, is seen at Roaring Spring, PA on 5/17/1983.

CR 9158 ambles along the Bedford Secondary near Sproul PA, 10/82

A southbound Conrail freight ambles along on the Bedford Secondary near Sproul, PA on Oct. 1, 1982 with NW2 No. 9158. In hindsight, I wish I had spent a few less days on the East Slope, and a few more days on the Bedford Secondary.

CR 9158 rolls along the Bedford Secondary south of Queen PA, 10/82

When most of us, me included, look back at Conrail, we think of large trains and good track...big time railroading. There was another side to Conrail. On Oct. 1, 1982 a southbound freight slowly rolls along on the Bedford Secondary south of Queen, PA w/ NW2 No. 9158.

CR 9159 Marysville, PA 6-18-1977 (1)

Former PC GP38-2 8042 leads U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504), GP38 7832, and NW-2 9159 across Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.

CR 9159 Marysville, PA 6-18-1977 (2)

CR NW-2 9159 trails former PC GP38-2 8042, U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504) and GP38 7832 as they cross Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.

CR 9159 Marysville, PA 6-18-1977 (3)

CR NW-2 9159 trails former PC GP38-2 8042, U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504), and GP38 7832 as they cross Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.

CR 9160 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

Former LV SW-8 258 (CR 8672) and PC NW-2 9160 rest at the Bethlehem roundhouse in April, 1977.

CR 9164 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

Enola's busy engine terminal in May, 1977 shows E-33 4604 and E-44 4417 still in PC lettering, and CR NW-2 9164.

CR 9174 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

Former PRR NW-2 9174 rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in July, 1978.  An interesting handwritten note below the number is "Cut this end only."

CR 9195 Detroit Terminal 104 Cleveland 10-81

On October 1st, 1981 the Detroit Terminal RR was merged into Conrail. Twenty days later on Oct 20th, 1981 we find several ex DT switchers lined up behind the P1A shop in Collinwood,Ohio. DT 104, 112, 106, CR 8881, and DT 109 add yet another paint scheme to the Conrail rainbow. DT 104 would become CR 9195 and work the Cleveland area yards before being sold to a private operator.

CR 9195 NW-2 ex Detroit Terminal 03-82

After the 1981 take over of the Detroit Terminal Railroad their power was brought to Collinwood for renumbering. Several of the units remained in the Cleveland area, including ex DT 104, now CR 9195, shown at Motor yard.

CR 9201 Elizabethport, NJ 2-28-1979

CR NW-2 9201 lined up with ex-PC U23B 2774 and other CR blue power at Elizabethport in February, 1979.

CR 9201 Elizabethport, NJ 2-28-1979

CR NW-2 9201 at Elizabethport, NJ in February, 1979.

CR 9209 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

CR NW-2 9209 (ex-EL 401) works Croxton yard in March, 1979.

CR 9209 Secaucus, NJ 8-17-1979

CR NW-2 9209 (ex-EL 401) works at Croxton in August, 1979.

CR 9210 Secaucus, NJ 8-17-1979

An ancient NW-2, CR 9210, rests at Croxton in August, 1979.

CR 9211 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

CR NW-2 9211 (ex-EL 404) at Croxton yard in March, 1979.

CR 9211 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

CR NW-2 9211 (ex-EL 404) at Croxton yard in March, 1979.

CR 9212 Port Newark, NJ 1/79

NW2 9212 works the Port of Newark trackage...

CR 9213 & DH 7320 Hornell, NY 6/24/1978

An Eastbound D&H freight and a CR switcher at Hornell

CR 9213 Binghamton, NY 3/31/1979

An ex EL NW-2 does some switching while a Westbound freight waits by the station for a recrew.

CR 9213 Scranton, PA 4-21-1977

CR NW-2 9213, ex-EL 406, receives service outside the Scranton Diesel shop in April, 1977.

CR 9213 Scranton, PA 4-21-1977

CR NW-2 9213, ex-EL 406, receives service outside the Scranton Diesel shop in April, 1977.

CR 9213 Scranton, PA 4-21-1977

CR NW2 9213 (ex-EL 406) and SW900 449, soon to be renumbered 9020, rest outside the Scranton Diesel shop in April, 1977.

CR 9215 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR NW-2 9215 (ex-EL 408) outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in November, 1978.

CR 9215 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR NW-2 9215, with ex-EL 408 showing through, rests outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in November, 1978.

CR 9215 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR NW-2 9215 (ex-EL 408) outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in November, 1978.

CR 9216 EL 409 NW-2 10-76

Erie Lackawanna NW-2 #409 was assigned Conrail number 9216, but I doubt it ever received the new number. It appears to have been involved in a roundhouse fire as opposed to a wreck. It's shown in the former EL yard in Akron, Ohio in October of 1976, on it's way to the ex PC Collinwood Diesel shop if the writing on the cab is correct. I'm not sure of the details of what happened...if anyone has info please email me- thanks!

CR 9218 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

CR NW-2 9218 (ex-EL 411) rests between yard assignments at the Croxton engine facility in March, 1979.

CR 9219 Secaucus, NJ 8-17-1979

CR NW-2 9219 (ex-EL 412) teams up with RS-3M 9933 and GP-40 3213 at the Croxton engine terminal in August, 1979,

CR 9220 EMD NW2 Akron 08-76

A former Erie Lackawanna NW2, still wearing it's EL number a little over 4 months into the Conrail merger, sits under a classic Erie searchlight signal in Akron, Ohio in August 1976. EL 413 would shortly become CR 9220.

CR 9222 Garfield, NJ 2/77

The "Dundee" rolls down Monroe Street toward Passaic on a warm Feburary day. NW2 9222 leads the short train. The former EL locomotive was later painted completly black at Croxton...

CR 9225 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

EL NW-2 418 (CR 9225) shuffles one of the ancient green Pullman-built Erie Lackawanna MU's at Hoboken in August, 1977..

CR 9225 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

The scene at Hoboken in August, 1977 is still all EL as NW-2 418 (CR 9225) shuffles U34CH 3365 (CR 4165) and Comet I cars at the busy terminal.

CR 9225 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

The engineer of former EL NW2 418 (CR 9225) pauses while working Hoboken terminal in August, 1977.

CR 9226 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

CR NW-2 9226 (ex-EL 419) rests with SW-7 8864 (ex-EL 432), GP-35 2398, and a CR blue U-boat at the Croxton engine facility n March, 1979.

CR 9226 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

CR NW-2 9226 (ex-EL 419) rests at the Croxton engine terminal in March, 1979. Almost all of the EL paint and number remain on CR 9226.

CR 9228 Secaucus, NJ 8-17-1979

CR NW-2 (ex-EL 421) rests from working the Croxton yard in August, 1979.

CR 9231 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

EL NW-2 424 waits for service near the Juniata shops turntable in May, 1977.

CR 9236 Owego, NY 1/80

It still looks like the EL as a local freight makes its way west at Owego, NY

CR 9236, Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1981

Looking worn from many years of service, CR NW-2 9236 (ex-EL 442) rests outside the Elizabethport shops in July, 1981.

CR 9240 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

One of two ex-CNJ NW-2's on the April, 1976 roster, a crudely hand-numbered CR NW-2 9240 (ex-CNJ 1060) looks ready for the scrapper as it rests outside the Juniata locomotive shops in July, 1978.

CR 9240 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

One of two ex-CNJ NW-2's on the April, 1976 roster, CR NW-2 9240 (ex-CNJ 1060) looks ready for the scrapper alongside the shell of an EL RS-3, and ex-PC GP-7 5708, outside the Juniata locomotive shops in July, 1978.

CR 9240 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

Along with a NJ Transit Budd RDC and an ancient ex-CNJ SW-1, CR NW-2 9240 (ex-CNJ 1060) waits for service at Elizabethport in July, 1977.

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