EMD SD45 - Page 5

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 6157 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

CR SD45 6157, SDP45 6689 (ex-EL 3658), and SD40 6277 hard at work dragging containers up Horseshoe on May 22, 1977.

CR 6161 Altoona, PA 7/3/1978

An Eastbound rolls into Altoona at Alto Tower on a rainy 4th of July weekend.

CR 6163 Harrisburg, PA 7-9-1977

A ground shaking rumble in Harrisburg revealed 10 CR units pulling freight on a dark July, 1977 day! Rolling quickly through, I was only able to capture the first seven black and blue units in one picture!

The entire consist included leading unit CR SD-45 6163 followed by SD-35 6009, an unidentified third unit, GP-38-2 8090, PC U25B 2636, GP-38-2 8124, SD-40 6288, SDP-45 6696, GP-38 7806, and trailing SDP-45 6697.

CR 6163 Horseshoe Curve, PA 5/27/1978

An SD-45 leads a freshly painted U-33-C on a Westbound.

CR 6163 Horseshoe Curve, PA 7/2/1978

A Westbound rounds the Curve on a dreary day where the clouds are just above the train.

CR 6164 Harrisburg, PA 4-24-1984

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

CR 6164 Tunnelhill, PA 1-1-1979

Conrail SD45 6164 (ex-PC 6164, nee-PRR 6164) is shoving hard on the rear of a westbound empty coal train at Tunnelhill, PA in 1979. The caboose appears to be CR 21237, which would be a class N21, one of a group of 113 cars built by Fruit Growers Express in 1978 at their Alexandria, VA plant.

CR 6165 Hammond, IN 7-1-1976

A Conrail eastbound freight train behind former PC SD45 No. 6165 and EL U33C No. 3313 departs Colehour Yard in Hammond, IN, in July 1976. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 6168 Middlefield, MA 6/1979

SD45 6168 on eastbound at Bancroft, MA. in June, 1979.

CR 6168 Middlefield, MA 6/1979

SD45 6168 with U28C 6830 lead eastbound downgrade at Bancroft, MA. in June, 1979.

CR 6168 Westfield, MA 3-1977

A varied lashup brings an eastbound past Williams Riding Way in Westfield, MA on the Boston Line in this March, 1977 view. Ex-PC(PRR) SD45 6168 is on the point, followed by ex-RDG GP-35 3638, then ex-PC GP38-2 8027, ex-PC(NYC) U-25B 2533 and the trailing unit appears to be ex-PC(PRR) SD35 6009.

CR 6169 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 6169 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 6170 Bethlehem, PA 11-25-1978

A pair of SD-45's, led by CR 6170 rests at the Bethlehem engine terminal in November, 1978.

CR 6172 Pittsburgh, PA 8-18-1978

PC SD-45 6172 leads SD-40's 6295 and 6250 quickly through Pittsburgh in August, 1978.

CR 6173 at Bancroft, MA. on 1/10/81. (1)

A pair of big, black '45's, the 6173 and 6202, charge through Bancroft, MA. with westbound tonnage on Jan. 10, 1981.

CR 6174 Duncannon, PA 1981

Conrail SD45 6174 (ex-PC 6174, ex-PRR 6174) is trailing a pair of other units on an eastbound TV train approaching VIEW tower in 1981.

CR 6175 (1) at Springfield, MA. on 5/16/79.

Extra 6175 crossing over from Boston Line track 1 to track 2 at the west end of the station in Springfield, MA. on May 16, 1979.

CR 6175 Morrisville, PA 2-28-1979

CR SD-45 6175 teams up with U25B 2601 at Morrisville yard in February, 1979.

CR 6175 Selkirk, NY 8-10-1979

Venturing into U-boat territory at Selkirk, CR SD45 6175 waits for assignment in August, 1979.

CR 6177 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981

CR SD-40-2 6378 (1977-built) leads GP-38 7910 and SD-45 6177 racing piggybacks up Horseshoe Curve in March, 1981.

CR 6177 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981

CR SD-40-2 6378 (1977-built) leads GP-38 7910 and SD-45 6177 racing piggybacks up track 2 past a mixed freight at Horseshoe Curve in March, 1981.

CR 6177 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981

CR SD-40-2 6378 (1977-built) leads GP-38 7910 and SD-45 6177 racing piggybacks up track 2 past a mixed freight at Horseshoe Curve in March, 1981.

CR 6177 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (1)

CR pushers SD45 6177 and PC SD40 6070 (soon to be CR 6323) run light down track 1 at the Curve on May 22, 1977.

Crowds of steam railfans were all around the Curve awaiting the arrival of RDG 4-8-4 #2101 and helper Cuyahoga Valley Line 2-8-2 #4070 later that day.

CR 6177 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (2)

CR SD45 6177 and ex-PC SD40 6070 run light down Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.  

CR SD40 6070 will soon be renumbered 6323 to make room for EL SD45's.

CR 6177 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (3)

CR pushers SD-45 6177, and SD-40 6070 run light down track 1 at Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977. Former PC 6070 would later be renumbered 6323 to make room for EL SD45's in series 6066 to 6099.

Crowds of steam railfans were all around the Curve awaiting the arrival of RDG 4-8-4 #2101 and helper Cuyahoga Valley Line 2-8-2 #4070 later that day.

CR 6177 Gallitzin, PA 8-4-1979

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

CR 6177 Marysville, PA 10-16-1977

An absolutely crap day weather wise, but I took this grab shot of an eastbound passing Banks tower in October 1977. A former PC/PRR SD45 is leading, but the 2nd unit is worth mentioning as it is one of the ex EL U33C's that was on the D&H prior to the Conrail merger. CR 6564 still carries it's Mars light package on the nose, a D&H addition.

CR 6179 Altoona, PA 10-16-1982

Former PC/PRR 6179 in storage at Altoona, PA on 10/16/1982.

CR 6179 Enola, PA 8-3-1979

CR D-45 6179 at Enola's engine terminal in August, 1979.

CR 6182 Harrisburg, PA 8-11-1978

CR SD45's 6182 and 6184 at Harrisburg on a dreary day in August, 1978.

Photo by permission from Andrew J. Erlichman.

CR 6184 Harrisburg, PA 8-11-1978

CR SD-45's 6182 and 6184 at Harrisburg on a dreary day in August, 1978.

CR 6185 Altoona, PA 8-4-1979

Former PC SD45 6185 pushes hard up Horseshoe Curve in August, 1979.

CR 6185 Altoona, PA 8-4-1979

CR SD45's 6185 and 6193 run light down Horseshoe for another pusher assignment in August, 1979.

CR 6185 Gallitzin, PA 8-4-1979

With CR N7A-class caboose 21540 (ex-NYC 20339) trailing, CR SD-45's 6185 and 6193 push hard into the tunnels at Gallitzin in August, 1979.

CR 6185 Gallitzin, PA 8-4-1979

With CR N7A-class caboose 21540 (ex-NYC 20339) trailing, CR SD-45's 6185 and 6193 push hard into the tunnels at Gallitzin in August, 1979.

CR 6191 Altoona, PA 8-21-1981

A pair of CR's V-20-powered SD-45 pushers (ex-PC 6191 and 6218) head down the curve for another helper assignment in August, 1981.

CR 6192 Cresson, PA 8-4-1979

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

CR 6192 Cresson, PA 8-4-1979

The face of 3,600 horses awaits the call to head up Horseshoe.

A former PC pair of SD-45's, 6192 and 6133, line up along with other 20-cylinder helper sets at Cresson on an overcast August day in 1979.

CR 6193 Altoona, PA 8-4-1979

CR SD45's 6185 and 6193 run light down Horseshoe for another pusher assignment in August, 1979.

CR 6193 Gallitzin, PA 8-4-1979

With CR N7A-class caboose 21540 (ex-NYC 20339) trailing, CR SD-45's 6185 and 6193 push hard into the tunnels at Gallitzin in August, 1979.

CR 6193 Gallitzin, PA 8-4-1979

With CR N7A-class caboose 21540 (ex-NYC 20339) trailing, CR SD-45's 6185 and 6193 push hard into the tunnels at Gallitzin in August, 1979.

CR 6193 Leads a short westbound TV train at Benny, 3/18

Conrail painted power is starting to show up on a somewhat regular basis at this point. SD45 No. No. 6193 leads a WB TV Train upgrade at Benny Interlocking in Bennington, PA on 3/18/78.

CR 6193 Pitcairn, PA 8-19-1978

With CR blue paint gleaming in the sun, SD-45 6193 is ready to go at Pitcairn in August, 1978.

CR 6193 Pitcairn, PA 8-19-78

CR SD40 6333 (ex-PC 6080) with SD45 6193 (ex-PC) at Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.

CR 6195 Enola, PA 5-27-1979

With a 40' LV boxcar in the background, CR SD-45 6195 rests with U25B 2543 at the Enola engine terminal in May, 1979.

CR 6197 Hornell, NY 6/4/1978

An Eastbound freight departs Hornell at ZY.

CR 6198 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 6198 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

CR SD45's 6198 and 6140 push hard as they head up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977. Passing by on the way down the curve is ex-PC N-7B caboose 21040.

CR 6198 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (1)

CR SD45's 6140 and 6198 push hard on N-8 class cabin 23233 (ex-PRR 478102) as they head up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

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