EMD SD45-2 - Page 2

EMD produced over 100 of these monsters and CR was one of four railroads to roster them, 13 to be exact. Adopted from the Erie Lackawanna, these locomotives featured dual control stands, cab mounted air horns, low profile fans, and though not officially mentioned in Conrails' Locomotive Data books, some were cleared for operation in third rail territory. The railroad also defined the entire class as being equipped with snowplows on both ends with the exception of 6664. While at one point this may have been the case several photographs have proven this not entirely true.

CR 6657 leads a light helper set upgrade east of Bennington Curve, 10/82

A westbound Conrail light helper climbs the East Slope, east of Bennington, PA, 10/3/82 with SD45-2 No. 6657 and SD45 No. 6066. With the amount of EL paint showing through on No. 6657, one has to wonder if it was repainted with watercolors.

CR 6657 pushes OIPI at Altoona, PA 7/89

6663, 6654, and 6657 push on the rear of OIPI as they depart Altoona. CP-Slope MP237.2 CR Pittsburgh Line

CR 6658 - SD45-2 at Altoona, PA

Former EL 3673 is seen at Altoona, PA on 10/5/1985.

CR 6658 aids a westbound Conrail intermodal train upgrade at MG Tower, PA on Oct. 2, 1982

A head end helper set aids a westbound Conrail intermodal train upgrade at MG Tower, PA on Oct. 2, 1982

CR 6658 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

CR SD45-2 6658 (ex-EL 3673) and SD40-2 6369 (1977-built) push hard up Horseshoe in July, 1978.

CR 6658 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

CR SD40-2 6369 (1977-built) and SD45-2 6658 (ex-EL 3673) push hard up the Curve in July, 1978.

CR 6658 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD45-2s 6658 and 6656 are seen running light westbound at Bennington Curve in 1986.

CR 6658 at Hinsdale, MA. on 8/5/84.

CR SD45-2 6658 with a stencil on the sill showing it's former E-L number.

CR 6658 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD45-2 6658 (ex-EL 3673) is seen heading past the Pennsy K4 Pacific 1361 at Horseshoe Curve in 1982.

CR 6658 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD45-2 6658 (ex-EL 3673) is seen heading shoving a westbound TV train around Horseshoe Curve in 1982.

CR 6658 Gallitzin PA Nov 1987

SD45-2 6658 and 6656 push WB TV at Gallitzin tunnels

CR 6659 - SD45-2 at Altoona, PA

Former EL 3674 is seen at Altoona, PA on 10/5/1985.

CR 6659 - SD45-2 at Cresson, PA

Former EL 3674 idling at Cresson, PA on 7/1/1988.

CR 6659 1978

CR 6659 leads PO98 east from Port Jervis NY to Croxton NJ in 1978.

CR 6659 Altoona, PA 7-24-1978

SD45-2's 6659 (ex-EL 3674) and 6665 (ex-EL 3680) prepare for pusher duty on the Curve in July, 1978.

CR 6659 Altoona, PA 7-24-1978

SD45-2's 6659 (ex-EL 3674) and 6665 (ex-EL 3680) prepare for pusher duty on the Curve in July, 1978.

CR 6659 and CR 6288 Help a Westbound on the Pittsburgh Line, 7/82

A mis-matched pair of EMD 6 axle units (an SD45-2 and an SD40) help a westbound train over the mountain on the Pittsburgh Line.

CR 6659 at Altoona, PA 1994

Former EL 3674 fresh out of the paint shop at Juniata, late 1994.

CR 6659 Horseshoe Curve, PA 5/27/1978

6659 is part of a helper set that has been cut in behind the trains engines.

CR 6659 Shoves CR 22853 Up Horseshoe Curve, 5/86

Conrail's newest were up front, but here some veteran SD45-2s push on a much older N5 class caboose. These N5s were built for the Pennsy in the first half of the century, and you can only guess how many times this car has been around the curve.

CR 6660 - SD45-2 at Cresson, PA

Former EL 3675 is seen at Cresson, PA on 6/14/1986.

CR 6660 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

CR SD45-2 6660, ex-EL 3675, and SDP-45 6691, ex-EL 3660, pull hard on GP-40 3181 and a load of piggybacks in July, 1978.

CR 6660 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

CR 6660, ex-EL 3675 and SDP-45 6691, ex-EL 3660, run light down the hill to begin their next pushing operation.

CR 6660 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

CR SD-45-2 6660 (ex-EL 3675) and SDP-45 6691 (ex-EL 3660) run light down the hill to begin their next pushing operation.

CR 6660 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

CR SD45-2 6660 (ex-EL 3675) and SDP-45 6691 (ex-EL 3660) run light down the hill to begin their next pushing operation in July, 1978.

CR 6660 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

CR 6660, ex-EL 3675 and SDP-45 6691, ex-EL 3660, run light down the hill to begin their next pushing operation in July, 1978.

CR 6660 and another SD45-2 are helpers on the head end of TV1 through MG Interlocking, 5/86

MG Stood for Mid Grade, and it was indeed. Here two SD45-2 helpers assist three more units on TV1 as it heads west up the mountain.

CR 6660 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD45-2 6660 (ex-EL 3675) is seen shoving an empty coal train west past Bennington Curve in 1982.

CR 6660 at Johnstown PA, 11/93

Pittsburgh Line - Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA
November 20, 1993
SD45-2 6660
A pair of Conrail's former Erie Lackawanna SD45-2s hang out on the West Slope. Big Blue's 20 cylinder beasts put in a lot of time around Pennsylvania until the Black Plague decended upon the railroad world.
Photo by Don Kalkman III

CR 6660 in Pittsfield, MA. on 6/16/84.

SD45-2 6660 at the south yard in Pittsfield, MA. on June 16, 1984. The signal bridge marks the west side of the old CP 148 which was replaced by CP 147 when the B&A was single-tracked in the late '80's.

CR 6661 Altoona, PA 7-28-1978

CR SD45-2's 6661, ex-EL 3676, and 6655, ex-EL 3670, help in braking as they head down the Curve in July, 1978.

CR 6661 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD45-2 6661 (ex-EL 3676) is seen helping a westbound TV train around Horseshoe Curve in 1983.

CR 6661 Cresson, PA 5-28-1978

CR 6661 is laying over at Cresson between helper assignments.

CR 6661 Horseshoe Curve, PA 5/28/1978

The helpers are on the head end of this Westbound train. The ex EL SD-45-2's & SDP-45's were the most common helper power on this visit to the area and another visit in July 1978.

CR 6661 Horseshoe Curve, PA 5/28/1978

6661 was in a helper set, and it seemed to be everywhere on this particular weekend. It is heading light back down to Altoona for another assignment.

CR 6662

CR 6662 at the locomotive shops in Union Pacific's Centennial Yard, Fort Worth, Texas, October 15, 1997

CR 6662 - SD45-2 at Cresson, PA

Former EL 3677 is seen at Cresson, PA on 7/21/1985.

CR 6662 at Hinsdale, MA. on 8/5/84.

Another CR SD45-2, the 6662, with it's former E-L number stenciled on the sill.

CR 6662 in Becket, MA. on 7/21/84.

SD45-2 6662 leads two of her sisters and a C30-7 with NHSE at the "new location" in Becket, MA. on July 21, 1984.

CR 6663

CR 6663 at Cleveland, OH on August 28, 1978. Photographer unknown, Chris Howe collection

CR 6663 - SD45-2 at Altoona, PA

Former EL 3678 is seen with CR 6346 and 6429 on a helper set near "ALTO" at Altoona, PA on 12/2/1984.

CR 6663 - SD45-2 at Altoona, PA

Former EL 3678 on a helper set near "ALTO" at Altoona, PA on 12/2/1984.

CR 6663 Altoona, PA 8-1-1978

CR 6663 SD45-2 (ex-EL 3678) and SPD45 6686 (ex-EL 3655) push hard against an ex-NYC N7A class cabin CR 21691 at Horseshoe Curve in August, 1978. Photo by permission from Andrew J. Erlichman.

CR 6663 and CR 21791 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD45-2 6663 (ex-EL 3678) is seen ahead of N7 class caboose 21791 on Horseshoe Curve in 1982.

CR 6663 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD45-2 6663 is seen helping an eastbound TV train down Bennington Curve in 1986. D

CR 6663 at CP-Slope

Conrail SD45-2 6663 (ex-EL 3678) is seen helping an eastbound freight into Altoona, PA in 1982.

CR 6663 at Cresson, PA

As SD45-2 6663 looks on, an eastbound Conrail coal train led by SD60I 5646 on the Cresson Secondary passes the Helper Terminal at Cresson, PA in August 1995. Engines in the diesel pit that can be identified are 6385, 6398, 6380, and 6382. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 6663 at Gallitzin, PA

Conrail SD45-2 6366 is seen leading a westbound TV train at CP-UN in Gallitzin, PA in 1986.

CR 6663 at MP 241 On the Pittsburgh Line, 5/86

Two SD45-2s assist two SD50s on this train as it heads downhill. Note what appears to be a wreck damaged hopper car on a flat first out in the train.

CR 6663 at Tunnelhill, PA

Conrail SD45-2 6663 (ex-EL 3678) is seen shoving a westbound freight into the Gallitzin Tunnel at Tunnelhill, PA in 1982.

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