EMD SD45

Conrail inherited a fleet of 174 SD-45’s from the Reading 6100-6104 (5), the Erie Lackawanna 6066-6099 (34), and the Penn Central 6105-6239 (135).  Built between December 1965 and December 1971, these 20-cylinder six-axle units produced 3,600hp using EMD’s 645E3 prime mover. 

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Westbound tonnage behind SD45 6083 and SD45-2 6665 in Hinsdale center, MA. on March 14, 1981.
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SD45 6153 tags along for the ride down to Pittsfield after helping BOSE climb the east slope on July 18, 1981.
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SD45 6153 shoves hard on ex New Haven NE-5 buggy 23801. There are times when dirty is good. Clean, glossy black in bright sunlight doesn't photograph worth a damn.
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ENPI-3B proceeds west passing "BANKS" Tower with an all EMD lash-up. Banks got it' s name because of its location......
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Conrail SD45 6145 (ex-PC 6145, nee-PRR 6145) shoves against Class N5B caboose 22965 at Gallitzin, PA in 1981.
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OIPI-2 crosses over at ConPit Jct. to run the Conemaugh to Pittsburgh
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SD45 6212 aids the extra 2587 west at Ballou's in Washington, MA. in Aug., 1979.
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HB-3 rolls by the Waldwick Commuter Yard as it crosses into Allendale, NJ
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Reading GP35 3627 leads SD45's 6109 and 6121 on JN-5
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Mail-9 starts down the Atglen & Susquehanna at Parksburg, PA
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Conrail train TV-77 departs ex EL rail at South St TBS in Akron for a trip down the CA&C to Orrville and then west on the ex PC Ft Wayne line. In the background a local with a former EL pup waits it's turn to cross over.
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In a sea of locomotives at Enola in August, 1980, CR SD45 6066 (ex-EL 3601) is in the fifth line back from U23B 2733.
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CR SD-45 6067 (ex-EL 3602) between black and blue CR units at Enola in May, 1977.
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CR GP30 2192, SD45 6067 (ex-EL 3602), and GP38-2 8127 at Enola in May, 1977.
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CR SD45 6067 (ex-EL 3602) between black and blue CR units at Enola in May, 1977.
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An ex EL SD-45 was sitting deep in the yard. The yardmaster gave me permission to walk in and get photo's.
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This ex EL SD-45 was parked deep in the yard. The yardmaster gave me permission to walk in and get some photo's of it. It was unusual to see big power like this parked in Rochester.
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An Eastbound finds a pocket of sun as the shadows creep across the valley at MP 318.
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The deadlines at Rutherford have collected a large group of SD45's, along with a U30B and at least one SDP45 of EL heritage. While, by 1985, their time had come, it was still sad to see these distinctive beasts go to slaughter.
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Former EL 3603 in storage at Rutherford, PA on 12/30/1984.
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A pair of SD45's, 6068 (ex-EL 3603) and 6076 (ex-EL 3611), rest with other stored units at Rutherford in April, 1984.
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Conrail SD45 6069 (ex-EL 3604) is trailing a westbound freight as it prepares to stop in Altoona to drop its helpers in 1982.
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CR SD-45 6069 (ex-EL 3604) assigned pusher duty at Altoona in August, 1977.
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CR SD-45 6069 (ex-EL 3604) assigned pusher duty at Altoona in August, 1977.
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Conrail SD45 6069 (ex-EL 3604) is seen passing MO tower in Cresson in 1982.
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On an overcast day in August, 1979, a trio of SD-45 helpers line up at Cresson ready to tackle Horseshoe. The three 20-cylinder, 3,600hp brutes included CR blue 6070 (ex-EL 3605) and PC black 6169 and 6146.
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PC GP-30 2227 and SD45 6070 (ex-EL 3605) smoke it up as they lead PC GP 2210 and PRSL GP38 2003 (CR 7663) with a mixed freight through Abrams yard.
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PC GP-30 2227 smokes it up leading SD45 6070 (ex-EL 3605), PC GP30 2210, and PRSL GP38 2003 (CR 7663) with a mixed freight through Abrams yard.
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CR SD45 6070 (ex-EL 3605) rests at Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.
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Former EL 3605 in storage at Rutherford, PA on 2/20/1983.
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CR 6071 SD-45, former EL 3606, is at the tail end of a tripleheader at Cresson, PA. CR 6516 ex-PC U25C is in front, with the lead unit in CR blue.
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Conrail SD45 6071 (ex-EL 3606) is seen laying over at Chessie's Eastside Yard in Philadelphia, PA on 12/16/1979
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An eastbound Grain Extra climbs the West Slope crossing over RT-53 approaching Cassandra @ Jamestown, Pa
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Former EL 3607 stored at Rutherford, PA on 2/4/1984.
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CR SD-45 6074 (ex-EL 3609) and SD-40 6295 at Enola in May, 1977.
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CR SD45 6075 (ex-EL 3610) leads SD40-2 6389 with a load of hoppers through Allentown in July, 1978.
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CR SD45 6075 (ex-EL 3610) leads 1977-built SD40-2 6389 with a load of hoppers through Allentown in July, 1978.
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CR SD45 6075 (ex-EL 3610) leads SD40-2 6389 with a load of hoppers through Allentown in July, 1978.
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CR SD45 6075 (ex-EL 3610) leads 1977-built SD40-2 6389 with a load of hoppers through Allentown in July, 1978.
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CR SD45 6075 (ex-EL 3610) leads 1977-built SD40-2 6389 with a load of hoppers through Allentown in July, 1978.
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CR SD45 6075 (ex-EL 3610) leads 1977-built SD40-2 6389 with a load of hoppers through Allentown in July, 1978.
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Conrail SD45 6075 (ex-EL 3610) is seen heading west at Horseshoe Curve in 1982.
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Conrail SD45 6075 (ex-EL 3610) is seen just west of Horseshoe Curve in 1982.
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Former PC GP38-2 8075 leads GP35 3655 (ex-RDG), SD45 6075 (ex-EL 3610), and U25B 2549 as they brake a load of piggybacks down Horseshoe in August, 1977.
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Former PC GP38-2 8075 leads GP35 3655 (ex-RDG), SD45 6075 (ex-EL 3610), and U25B 2549 as they brake a load of piggybacks down Horseshoe in August, 1977.
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The 6075 shoving on a westbound ballast train at Bancroft, MA. on April 11, 1981.
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Conrail is only a few weeks old, but the EL west of Akron has already lost many of it's trains. This eastbound CR freight has come from Chicago via the former Penn Central Ft Wayne Line, then up the CA&C out of Orrville, passing Warwick (a former PC tower) in Clinton on it's way north to regain EL rail at South St TBS. It's an all EL consist on PC rail, a nice catch considering how fast the heritage power was spread to every corner of the railroad. The tower still stands today as a CSX MofW base, but the line the train is on is gone, as is the EL power.
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The weed covered former Erie Lackawanna main was host to this Creston Turn swapping trains with the N&W in Creston, Ohio July 1979. The EL and N&W had interchanged ore trains here for years, but with the advent of Conrail, the end of the Republic contract, and the general decline in Youngstown steel making, these moves were on borrowed time. They originated in Brier Hill and traveled the old KM Division to Creston, the next town west of the more well known Sterling, where empties were exchanged for loads of ore off the N&W. While the N&W through here is today's Wheeling, you'd never even know the EL ran through here as all traces are gone.
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Former EL 3611 in storage at Rutherford, PA on 2/20/1983.
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A pair of SD45's, 6068 (ex-EL 3603) and 6076 (ex-EL 3611), rest with other stored units at Rutherford in April, 1984.

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