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.

(01) Both ways in Hinsdale, MA. on 3/14/81.

Westbound tonnage behind SD45 6083 and SD45-2 6665 in Hinsdale center, MA. on March 14, 1981.

(3) Strangers in Hinsdale, MA. on 7/18/81.

SD45 6153 tags along for the ride down to Pittsfield after helping BOSE climb the east slope on July 18, 1981.

Boston Line on 8/1/81 (D)

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.

CR 2285 Marysville, PA 3/3/1979

ENPI-3B proceeds west passing "BANKS" Tower with an all EMD lash-up. Banks got it' s name because of its location......

CR 22965 and CR 6145 Gallitzin, PA 1981

Conrail SD45 6145 (ex-PC 6145, nee-PRR 6145) shoves against Class N5B caboose 22965 at Gallitzin, PA in 1981.

CR 2323 ConPit Jct, PA 10/81

OIPI-2 crosses over at ConPit Jct. to run the Conemaugh to Pittsburgh

CR 2587 at Ballou's in 8/1979. (2)

SD45 6212 aids the extra 2587 west at Ballou's in Washington, MA. in Aug., 1979.

CR 2701 Allendale, NJ 7-24-1977

HB-3 rolls by the Waldwick Commuter Yard as it crosses into Allendale, NJ

CR 3627 Manville, NJ 3-9-1977

Reading GP35 3627 leads SD45's 6109 and 6121 on JN-5

CR 6033 Parksburg, PA 8-28-1977

Mail-9 starts down the Atglen & Susquehanna at Parksburg, PA

CR 6066 Akron, OH 12-18-1976

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.

CR 6066 Enola, PA 8-10-1980

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.

CR 6067 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

CR SD-45 6067 (ex-EL 3602) between black and blue CR units at Enola in May, 1977.

CR 6067 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

CR GP30 2192, SD45 6067 (ex-EL 3602), and GP38-2 8127 at Enola in May, 1977.

CR 6067 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

CR SD45 6067 (ex-EL 3602) between black and blue CR units at Enola in May, 1977.

CR 6067 Rochester, NY 4/12/1977

An ex EL SD-45 was sitting deep in the yard. The yardmaster gave me permission to walk in and get photo's.

CR 6067 Rochester, NY 4/12/1977

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.

CR 6067 West Cameron, NY 3/15/1980

An Eastbound finds a pocket of sun as the shadows creep across the valley at MP 318.

CR 6068 dead line Rutherford 08061985

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.

CR 6068 Rutherford, PA 12-30-1984

Former EL 3603 in storage at Rutherford, PA on 12/30/1984.

CR 6068 Rutherford, PA 4-12-1984

A pair of SD45's, 6068 (ex-EL 3603) and 6076 (ex-EL 3611), rest with other stored units at Rutherford in April, 1984.

CR 6069 Altoona, PA 1-1-1982

Conrail SD45 6069 (ex-EL 3604) is trailing a westbound freight as it prepares to stop in Altoona to drop its helpers in 1982.

CR 6069 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

CR SD-45 6069 (ex-EL 3604) assigned pusher duty at Altoona in August, 1977.

CR 6069 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

CR SD-45 6069 (ex-EL 3604) assigned pusher duty at Altoona in August, 1977.

CR 6069 Cresson, PA 1-1-1982

Conrail SD45 6069 (ex-EL 3604) is seen passing MO tower in Cresson in 1982.

CR 6070 Cresson, PA 8-4-1979

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.

CR 6070 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

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.

CR 6070 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

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.

CR 6070 Pitcairn, PA 8-19-1978

CR SD45 6070 (ex-EL 3605) rests at Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.

CR 6070 Rutherford, PA 2-20-1983

Former EL 3605 in storage at Rutherford, PA on 2/20/1983.

CR 6071 Cresson, PA 7-1-1978

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.

CR 6071 Philadelphia, PA 12-16-1979

Conrail SD45 6071 (ex-EL 3606) is seen laying over at Chessie's Eastside Yard in Philadelphia, PA on 12/16/1979

CR 6072 Jamestown, Pa 10-24-1977

An eastbound Grain Extra climbs the West Slope crossing over RT-53 approaching Cassandra @ Jamestown, Pa

CR 6072 Rutherford, PA 2-4-1984

Former EL 3607 stored at Rutherford, PA on 2/4/1984.

CR 6074 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

CR SD-45 6074 (ex-EL 3609) and SD-40 6295 at Enola in May, 1977.

CR 6075 Allentown, PA 7-16-1978 (1)

CR SD45 6075 (ex-EL 3610) leads SD40-2 6389 with a load of hoppers through Allentown in July, 1978.

CR 6075 Allentown, PA 7-16-1978 (2)

CR SD45 6075 (ex-EL 3610) leads 1977-built SD40-2 6389 with a load of hoppers through Allentown in July, 1978.

CR 6075 Allentown, PA 7-16-1978 (3)

CR SD45 6075 (ex-EL 3610) leads SD40-2 6389 with a load of hoppers through Allentown in July, 1978.

CR 6075 Allentown, PA 7-16-1978 (4)

CR SD45 6075 (ex-EL 3610) leads 1977-built SD40-2 6389 with a load of hoppers through Allentown in July, 1978.

CR 6075 Allentown, PA 7-16-1978 (5)

CR SD45 6075 (ex-EL 3610) leads 1977-built SD40-2 6389 with a load of hoppers through Allentown in July, 1978.

CR 6075 Allentown, PA 7-16-1978 (6)

CR SD45 6075 (ex-EL 3610) leads 1977-built SD40-2 6389 with a load of hoppers through Allentown in July, 1978.

CR 6075 Altoona, PA 1-1-1982

Conrail SD45 6075 (ex-EL 3610) is seen heading west at Horseshoe Curve in 1982.

CR 6075 Altoona, PA 1-1-1982

Conrail SD45 6075 (ex-EL 3610) is seen just west of Horseshoe Curve in 1982.

CR 6075 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

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.

CR 6075 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

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.

CR 6075 Bancroft, MA 4/11/81

The 6075 shoving on a westbound ballast train at Bancroft, MA. on April 11, 1981.

CR 6075 Clinton, OH 04-16-1976

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.

CR 6075 Creston, OH 07-12-1979

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.

CR 6076 Rutherford, PA 2-20-1983

Former EL 3611 in storage at Rutherford, PA on 2/20/1983.

CR 6076 Rutherford, PA 4-12-1984

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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