EMD SD45-2 - Page 3

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 6663 east Pittsfield Mass 081984

For a time, ex EL SD45-2's were a common sight on the Boston Line, both as helpers and as road power. A quartet of them rolls past the Amtrak platform, headed for Washington Hill.

CR 6663 in Middlefield, MA. on 6/30/84. (1)

Three "Bathtubs" and a lone C30-7, led by the 6663, power NHSE through Bancroft, MA. on June 30, 1984.

CR 6663 Leads a train down "The Slide", 5/86

A pair of SD45-2s have stopped pulling and are now helping slow the descent of a train down "The Slide" through the New Portage Tunnel.

CR 6664 Altoona, PA 7-24-1978

CR SD-45-2 6664 (ex-EL 3679) rolls by heading for more pusher service on the Curve in July, 1978.

CR 6664 at W. Springfield, MA

Conrail SD45-2 6664 and a smaller EMD relative work at W. Springfield, Massachusetts on 3 July 1984.

CR 6664 Conway, PA 8-19-1978

CR SD-45-2 6664 (ex-EL 3679) and GP-38 7911 wait for assignment at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1978.

CR 6664 Enola, PA 9-5-1983

CR SD-45-2 6664 (ex-EL 3679) and SW-1001 9406 (ex-RDG 2606) mixed in with lines of CR blue power at Enola in September, 1983.

CR 6665 - SD45-2 at Altoona, PA

Former EL 3680 is seen at Altoona, PA on 3/8/1987.

CR 6665 - SD45-2 at Cresson, PA

Former EL 3680 and another SD45-2 are passing under the flyover in this view at Cresson, PA on 12/18/1983.

CR 6665 - SD45-2 at Cresson, PA

Former EL 3680 is seen at Cresson, PA on 8/12/1990.

CR 6665 Altoona, PA 7-24-1978

CR SD-45-2's 6665 and 6659, both ex-EL units, run light to their next pushing operation at Altoona in July, 1978.

CR 6665 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 6665 at Cresson, Pa. 8/19/95

Conrail 6665 ios at Conrails's Cresson, Pa. engine facility.

CR 6665 at Walnuttown, PA in 1991

Conrail SD45-2 6665 is leading ALSR through Walnuttown, PA on 9/28/1991

CR 6665 in Huntington, MA. on 5/27/84.

Another "bathtub", the 6665, leads an SENH7X across the east branch of the Westfield River in Huntington, MA. on May 27, 1984.

CR 6665 in Washington, MA. on 6/16/84. (1)

CR 6665 is the leader of a quartet of SD45-2's with TV8B at Washington, MA. on June 16, 1984.

CR 6665 in Washington, MA. on 6/16/84. (2)

The 6656 has the trail in TV8B at Washington, MA. on June 16, 1984.

CR 6665 near Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD45-2 6665 is seen bringing up the rear of a westbound freight just east of Horseshoe Curve in 1986.

CR 6666

CR 6666 date and location unknown

CR 6666 & 6284 on MAIL-9

CR 6666 & 6284 is seen on MAIL-9 at Johnstown, PA on 8/28/98.

CR 6666 (1) at Canaan, NY. on 8/18/84.

"Bathtub" SD45-2 6666 leads BAL786 over Flint's Crossing in Canaan, NY on Aug. 18, 1984. Most of the big bruiser '45's spent the first half of 1984 in road service on the Boston Line.

CR 6666 - SD45-2 at Cresson, PA

Former EL 3681 is seen with CR 6285 at Cresson, PA on 2/26/1984.

CR 6666 and another SD45-2 help a westbound at Bennington Curve, 5/86

A pair of SD45-2s assist a westbound freight past Bennington Curve. The head end of the train has probably already crested the hill in the Gallitzin tunnels, which are just around the curve.

CR 6666 at Altoona on 8/24/85.

SD45-2 6666 at Altoona on Aug. 24, 1985.

CR 6666 at Gallitzin, PA

Conrail SD45-2 6666 is seen leading a westbound TV train out of the Allegheny Tunnel in Gallitzin, PA in 1986.

CR 6666 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD45-2 6666 is seen shoving on the rear of a westbound auto parts train at Horseshoe Curve in 1986.

CR 6698 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978 (1)

SD45-2 6698 heads down the Curve for more pusher duty as SD40 6256 leads a quartet of units up in March, 1978.

CR 6698 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978 (2)

SD45-2 6698 heads down the Curve for more pusher duty as SD40 6256 leads a quartet of units up in March, 1978.

CR BOEL in Becket, MA. on 5/7/83. (2)

"Bathtub" SD45-2's 6656 and 6666 (?) have the trail on BOEL at MP 129 in Becket, MA. on May 7, 1983.

CR SD45-2 6655

CR SD45-2 6655 in fresh paint at JLS in Altoona, PA on February 2nd, 1994. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.

SD45-2s 6654 and CR 6664 at Bennington Curve, 7/90

Pittsburgh Line, Bennington Curve - Bennington, Pennsylvania, USA
July 08, 1990
SD45-2 6654 & SD45-2 6664
A pair of Conrail's former Erie Lackawanna SD45-2s roll light westward around Bennington Curve, heading for Cresson for servicing back in 1990.
Photo by Don Kalkman III

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