EMD SD45 - Page 3

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.

CR 6101 Berea, OH 5-1976

Conrail was barely a month old when this photo was taken in May 1976, and RDG 7601 had yet to be given her new Conrail number, 6101 as she rolled through Berea, OH

CR 6101 Buffalo, NY 4/16/1978

One of only 5 ex Reading SD-45's is seen backing into the West end of Frontier Yard

CR 6101 Newburgh, NY 5-6-1976

RDG SD45 7601 leads EL GP35's 2582 and 2558 on WV-1 north bound at Newburgh, NY. Conrail is one month and 6 days old..

CR 6102 Altoona, PA 4-11-1981

A sad day for a RDG 20-cylinder workhorse in April, 1981. SD45 CR 6102 (ex-RDG 7602) rests at the Juniata shops deadline.

CR 6103 Secaucus, NJ 8-11-1979

CR SD45 6103 (ex-RDG 7603) leads a line of eight CR blue units, and a lone PC black unit, idling at Croxton yard in August, 1979.

CR 6103 Secaucus, NJ 8-11-1979

Power is everywhere at Croxton yard in August, 1979.  CR SD45 6103 (ex-RDG 7603) leads a line of eight CR blue units, and a lone PC black unit, idling and waiting for assignment.  Ex-PC SD40 6245 leads a pair of units alongside.

CR 6103 Secaucus, NJ 8-11-1979

CR SD45 6103 (ex-RDG 7603) leads a line of eight CR blue units, and a lone PC black unit, idling at Croxton yard in August, 1979.

CR 6104 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

CR SD-45 6104 (ex-RDG 7604) at the Enola engine terminal in May, 1977.

CR 6105 Elizabeth, NJ 1/79

PIOI-6 crosses over from track one to track two at ELMORA Elizabeth, NJ

CR 6105 Oak Island, NY 8-17-1979

A trio of massive SD-45's at Oak Island, has CR 6105 in the middle in August, 1979.

CR 6105 Oak Island, NY 8-17-1979

A pair of 20 cylinder monsters, CR SD45's 6105 and 6207, rest at Oak Island, NY in August, 1979.

CR 6105-6239 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981

An ex-PC SD45 leads a sextet of black and blue power as they pound up Horseshoe Curve in March, 1981.

CR 6106 Rutherford, PA 4-22-1984

Former PC/PRR 6106 in storage at Rutherford, PA on 4/22/1984.

CR 6108 Harrisburg, PA 3-17-1985

Former PC/PRR 6108 stored at Reily St., Harrisburg, PA on 3/17/1985.

CR 6108 Harrisburg, PA 4-24-1984

CR SD-45's 6108 (ex-EL 3616), 6081, and 6164 (ex-PC) along with U33B 2960 rest in a line of retired power at Harrisburg in April, 1984.

CR 6108 Harrisburg, PA 4-24-1984

CR SD-45's 6108, 6081, and 6164 along with U33B 2960 rest in a line of retired power at Harrisburg in April, 1984.

CR 6108 on Northbound - Bellefonte, DE 6/81

CR 6108, 3009, and 2195 are on a northbound parked just short of "BELL" interlocking, north of the yard at Edgemoor. (I-495 is in the foreground).

CR 6109 Altoona, PA 3-17-1979

CR SD-45 6109 is the second unit in a sextet of CR power heading through Altoona in March, 1979.

CR 6109 Gallitzin, PA 10-22-1977

One SD45 and two SDP45's on the head-end and four helpers on the rear lift this Ore Extra up the east slope on 10/22/77

CR 6109 Gallitzin, PA 5/27/1978

The sun has just about set, but still enough light for a shot of 1 more train as it has just exited the tunnel.

CR 6112 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

CR SD35 6037 heads down the Curve, while SD45 6112 leads six other units up the hill on May 22, 1977.

CR 6112 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

SD45 6112 leads six other units, 6262, 3165, 2759, 1755, 3065, and 3071, up the Curve on May 22, 1977.

Railfans were gathered on the hill behind awaiting a scheduled run up the Curve by former-RDG 4-8-4 #2102. 

CR 6112 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (1)

CR SD45 6112 and SD40 6262 give braking assistance down the hill at Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6112 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (2)

CR SD45 6112 and SD40 6262 help with braking down the hill at Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6112 Middlefield, MA 6/1979

SD45 6112 pushing a westbound near Bancroft, MA. in June, 1979.

CR 6112 Rutherford, PA 4-12-1984

Ex-PC SD45's 6112, 6143, and 6078 (ex-EL 3613) rest with other stored units at Rutherford yard in April, 1984.

CR 6114 Gallitzin, PA 8-4-1979 (2)

Former PC SD45's 6177 and 6114 push hard on CR N12-class caboose 24531 at Gallitzin in August, 1979.

CR 6114 Gallitzin, PA 8-4-1979 (2)

Former PC SD45's 6177 and 6114 push hard on CR N12-class caboose 24531 at Gallitzin in August, 1979.

CR 6115 and CR 6099 Rutherford, PA 8-14-1982

As Conrail inched closer and closer to profitability, some of the casualties were older, less-efficient workhorses like these SD45s. Conrail 6115 and 6099 await their fate at Rutherford, PA on 8/14/1982

CR 6115 Rutherford, PA 2-20-1983

Former PC/PRR 6115 in storage at Rutherford, PA on 2/20/1983.

CR 6115 Rutherford, PA 9-11-1983

Former PC/PRR 6115 in storage at Rutherford, PA on 9/11/1983.

CR 6116 Altoona, PA 7-24-1978

Former PC SD-45 6116 and CR SD-40-2 6365 on pusher duty at Altoona in July, 1978.

CR 6118 Chester, MA Winter 1977/1978

Going-away shot of a westbound light move at Chester, MA during the winter of 1977/78.

CR 6118 Rutherford, PA 4-12-1984

Ex-PC SD45's 6154 and 6118 rest with other stored units at Rutherford yard in April, 1984.

CR 6120 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

CR SD40 6252 and SD45 6120 help with braking as PC N-5C 23329's train heads down the Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6120 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (1)

CR SD45 6120 and SD40 6252 push hard on ex-PC N10 class cabin 24041 at Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6120 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (2)

CR SD45 6120 and SD40 6252 push hard on ex-PC N10 class cabin 24041 at Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6120 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (3)

CR SD45 6120 and SD40 6252 push hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6120 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (4)

CR SD45 6120 and SD40 6252 push hard on ex-PC N10 class cabin 24041 at Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6120 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (5)

CR SD45 6120 and SD40 6252 push hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6121 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

CR SD-45 6121 pairs up with U30C 6581 at Croxton in March, 1979.

CR 6123 Rutherford, PA 2-4-1984

The Pennsy keystones are beginning to show through in this view of former PC/PRR 6123 stored at Rutherford, PA on 2/4/1984.

CR 6124 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980

Former PC SD-45 6124 leads CR blue GP38-2 7978, U33C 6861(ex-PC 6556), and GP-40 3138 with a string of piggybacks through Spruce Creek in November, 1980.

CR 6124 Willow Grove, PA 3-19-1977

Late in the day on March 19, 1977, PC-lettered SD45 6124 roars by the cab of GP30 2241 on the Trenton cutoff at Willow Grove, PA.  

Still in PC colors, GP30 2241 was waiting for westbound clearance with GP7 5814 and a line of hoppers.  The friendly crew of 2241 gave me permission to climb aboard for this great view.

CR 6125 and CR 6321 near MG Tower PA 1981

CR 6125 (ex-PC 6125, nee-PRR 6125) is seen leading CR 6321 (ex-PC 6068, nee-PRR 6068) are on the point of an eastbound mixed freight near MG tower in 1981.

CR 6125 at MG Tower, 4/77

A WB TV Train grinds upgrade at MG Tower, PA on 4/29/77 w/ former PC SD45 No. 6125 and a former EL SDP45. The first few years after Conrail's birth on 4/1/76 weren't pretty. Back then, I would have never guessed that Conrail would turn out to be the success it was.

CR 6127 Hornell, NY 5/5/1979

A Westbound waits for a new crew at Hornell.

CR 6129 and 6144 head back downgrade at Bennington, PA. 10/79.

Its push done, a Conrail light helper drops downgrade at Bennington, PA on 10/15/79. For me, a pair of SD45s on a helper was always a treat.

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