EMD SD45 - Page 4

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 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.

CR 6129 Cresson, PA 8-4-1979

A powerful pair of SD-45's line up for helper duty at Cresson on an overcast day in August, 1979. This EMD 20-cylinder duo included CR blue 6129 and 6144, both ex-PC units.

CR 6129 Cresson, PA 8-4-1979

A powerful pair of SD-45's line up for helper duty at Cresson on an overcast day in August, 1979. This EMD 20-cylinder duo included CR blue 6144 and 6129, both ex-PC units.

CR 6129 Cresson, PA 8-4-1979

A powerful pair of SD-45's line up for helper duty at Cresson on an overcast day in August, 1979. This EMD 20-cylinder duo included CR blue 6144 and 6129, both ex-PC units.

CR 6131 Enola, PA 9-5-1983

CR SD-45 6131 works with GP-35 3691 (ex-EL 2585) at Enola in September, 1983.

CR 6132 Enola, PA 7-9-1977

CR SD-45 6132 sits outside the Enola engine terminal.

Some Penn Central lettering is showing through, but it appears that a Pennsy fan would rather people notice PRR roots by the cleaned up Keystone!

CR 6132 Enola, PA 7-9-1977

CR SD45 6132 rests at the Enola engine terminal in July, 1977.

Some Penn Central lettering is showing through, but it appears that a Pennsy fan would rather people notice PRR roots by the cleaned up Keystone!

CR 6132 Enola, PA 7-9-1977

CR SD45 6132 rests at the Enola engine terminal.

Some Penn Central lettering is showing through, but it appears that a Pennsy fan would rather people notice PRR roots by the cleaned up Keystone!

CR 6133 Cresson, PA 8-4-1979

A pair of SD-45 helpers waits for a call to head up Horseshoe on an overcast August day in 1979. This set of CR blue 20-cylinder power included 6133 and 6192, both ex-PC.

CR 6134 Altoona, PA 3-17-1979

CR SD-40-2 6446 and SD-45's 6134 and 6156 lead Sante Fe GP39-2 3645 and U23B 6312 as they pound up the Curve in March, 1979.

CR 6135 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

The crews Ford Maverick and Olds station wagon date the scene as SD45 6135 and  E-33's 4601 and 4605 wait for assignment outside the Morrisville shops on a snowy March, 1978.

CR 6135 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

With SD45 6135 behind, former PC E-33's 4601 and 4605 wait for assignment outside the Morrisville shops on a snowy March, 1978.

CR 6135 Pitcairn, PA 8-20-1978

CR SD-45 6135 leads a quartet of CR blue power at Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.

CR 6139 Altoona, PA 8-29-1981

CR SD-45 6139 and GP-38 7909 assist in braking as they head down the Curve in August, 1981.

CR 6139 Rutherford, PA 2-4-1984

Former PC/PRR 6139 in storage at Rutherford, PA on 2/4/1984. Note the two "CR"s on the long hood.

CR 6140 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

Helper duo CR SD45 6140 and 6198 assist in braking a train down the hill on May 22, 1977.

CR 6140 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

CR SD45's 6140 and 6198 push hard on N8 class cabin 23233 (ex-PRR 478102) as they head up Horseshoe on May 22, 1977.

Many railfans gathered at the Curve for a scheduled run of restored RDG 4-8-4 #2102 later that day.

CR 6140 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

CR SD45 pushers 6198 and 6140 run light down track 1 at the Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6141 Harrisburg, PA 6-18-1977

CR GP35 3664 (ex-EL 2558) and ex-PC SD45 6141 roll past the Harrisburg engine terminal in June 1977.

CR 6143 Allentown, PA 10-6-1979

OIPI-6 westbound on the Reading Line @ CP-Burn Allentown, Pa

CR 6143 Rutherford, PA 4-12-1984

CR SD45's 6112, 6143, and 6078 rest with other stored units at Rutherford yard in April, 1984.

CR 6143 Rutherford, PA 4-22-1984

Former PC/PRR 6143 with some front handrail damage; seen stored at Rutherford, PA on 4/22/1984.

CR 6143 Springfield, MA 1-22-1977

Conrail SD45s 6143 & 6194 with U23B 2760 trailing bring a TV into the Columbus Avenue yard at Springfield, MA. It is early afternoon on 22 January 1977.

CR 6144 Cresson, PA 8-4-1979

A powerful pair of SD-45's line up for helper duty at Cresson on an overcast day in August, 1979. This EMD 20-cylinder duo included CR blue 6144 and 6129, both ex-PC units.

CR 6144 Cresson, PA 8-4-1979

A powerful pair of SD-45's line up for helper duty at Cresson on an overcast day in August, 1979. This EMD 20-cylinder duo included CR blue 6129 and 6144, both ex-PC units.

CR 6144 Cresson, PA 8-4-1979

A powerful pair of SD-45's line up for helper duty at Cresson on an overcast day in August, 1979. This EMD 20-cylinder duo included CR blue 6144 and 6129, both ex-PC units.

CR 6146 Altoona, PA 1-1-1983

Conrail SD45 6146 (ex-PC 6146, nee-PRR 6146) is rusting away in the deadlines at Altoona in 1983.

CR 6146 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 ex-PC 6146 and 6169, and CR blue 6070 (ex-EL 3605).

CR 6146 Cresson, PA 8-4-1979

It was all 20-cylinders at Cresson on this overcast day in August, 1979.

Ready to flex their 3,600hp La Grange muscle, this helper trio included ex-PC 6146 and 6169, and CR blue 6070 (ex-EL 3605).

CR 6147 Boundbrook, NJ 7/82

CR 6147, 6524 & another SD45 lead TV-4 east over the diamond with the Reading at Boundbrook NJ in July of 1982.

CR 6148 Conway, PA 1-1-1983

Conrail SD45 6148 (ex-PC 6148, nee-PRR 6148) is seen trailing on a westbound freight at Conway Yard in 1983.

CR 6149 Altoona, PA 8-4-1979

CR SD45 6149 and a sister unit push up the hill at Horseshoe in August, 1979.

CR 6149 Bennington Curve, PA 1-1-1979

Conrail SD45 6149 is part of a light helper set drifting down around Benny in 1979. Due to poor reliability and fuel economy, these beasts would not last much longer on Conrail.

CR 6149 Rutherford, PA 2-26-1983

Former PC/PRR 6149 in storage at Rutherford, PA on 2/26/1983.

CR 6150 Harrisburg, PA 4-12-1984

CR SD-45 6150 in lines of retired power at Harrisburg in April, 1984.

CR 6151 Pittsburgh Line PA 6/21/77

A freight passes over a bridge on the Pittsburgh Line led by an SD45 in PC black, an SDP45 in blue, and another ex-PC SD45.

CR 6153 Becket, MA 7/18/81

SD45 6153 shoves RISE through the Middlefield Twin Ledges on July 18, 1981. The ledges are about 3/4 mile west of Bancroft.

CR 6153 Middlefield, MA 8/1/81

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 6154 Bethlehem, PA 11-25-1978

Their powerful 3,600hp V20's idling, CR SD45's 6154 and 6170 wait for their next assignments at Bethlehem in November, 1978.

CR 6154 Rutherford, PA 4-12-1984

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

CR 6155 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (1)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

Steam railfans were everywhere at the Curve waiting for the scheduled run through of RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyohoga Valley Lines 2-8-2 #4070.

CR 6155 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (2)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.  

Steam railfans were everywhere at the Curve waiting for the scheduled run through of RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyohoga Valley Lines 2-8-2 #4070.

CR 6155 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (3)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6156 Altoona, PA 3-17-1979

Up front, SD40-2 6446 leads ex-PC SD45's 6134 and 6156, followed by Sante Fe GP-39-2 3645 and U23B 6312, as they charge up the curve in March, 1979.

CR 6156 Altoona, PA 8-4-1979

CR SD45's 6156 and 6079 (ex-EL 3614) run light down Horseshoe for another pusher assignment in August, 1979.

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