EMD SD50 - Page 2

Conrail had 135 "fightin fifties" numbered 6700 through 6834 and built from 1983 through 1986. Conrail's fleet of SD50s (the second largest in the country) was delivered with a number of variations from "stock" EMD units.

Conrail's first three orders (delivered in 1983, 84 and 85) all came equipped with EMD's older Flexicoil truck instead ot the standard, at the time, HTC-II truck. This was because of Conrail's irroneously blaming the HTC truck for a number of derailments involving AMTRAK units. It turned out not to be the fault of the truck, and the last order that arrived in 1986 was delivered with the standard EMD trucks.

The second two orders (6779-6834) were also delivered with a large 4500gal fuel tank, as opposed to the 4000gal tank on the previous two orders.

For a more indepth analysis of the Conrail SD50, visit the CRCYC.

CR 6707 on UCG-22E at Eddystone, PA 1

The "We Support Our Troops" SD50 sits outside of the Philadelphia Electric Company's power plant after shoving 76 loads of coal in. Conrail painted this unit during Operation: Desert Storm in Iraq.

CR 6707 on UCG-22E at Eddystone, PA 2

The "We Support Our Troops" SD50 sits outside of the Philadelphia Electric Company's power plant after shoving 76 loads of coal in. Conrail painted this unit during Operation: Desert Storm in Iraq.

CR 6709 at Green Spring, WV 10/15/98

CR 6709 is seen leading a CSX train WB thru the early morning fog at Green Spring, WV on 10/15/98.

CR 6709 in Chester, MA. on 8/22/92. (1)

SD50 6709 leads SEBO into Chester, MA. on Aug. 22, 1992.

CR 6710 SD50 Twinsburg 01-84

Conrail train TV-26 blasts east through the hand crossovers at Twinsburg, Ohio. Today this is CP 102 on the NS Cleveland Line. TV-26, a Detroit to Baltimore train, often carried mixed freight on the head end of the vans.

CR 6713 Owego, NY 2/87

SD50's 6713 and 6709 with GP38-2 8184 in tow power OIBU-1 at Owego, NY

CR 6715 in Chester, MA. on 5/27/84.

SD50 6715 leads TV-6 past the old roundhouse in Chester, MA. on May 27, 1984.

CR 6716

6716 is seen in Quality paint at Conrail's Ashtabula Harbor Ohio Yard

CR 6716 - SD50 at Allentown, PA

CR 6716 is seen at Allentown, PA on 9/29/1985.

CR 6716 at Ashtabula, Ohio 9/2/98

Conrail SD-50 #6716 takes a break between assignments at Conrail's Ashtabula Harbor Ohio Yard.

CR 6716 on TV-2H at Cassandra, PA 6/8/97

CR 6716, 6735 & 6459 are seen leading TV-2H east at Cassandra, PA on 6/8/97.

CR 6717 in Becket, MA. on 3/19/92.

SD50 6717 heads SEBO just east of MP 130 in Becket, MA. on March 19, 1992.

CR 6717 on ELSE-3 at Ashtabula, OH on 6/24/95

Conrail 6717 leads Eastbound Conrail ELSE-3 at CP 127.9 on Track 2 on Conrail's Chicago Line.

CR 6717 on TV-2H at Portage, PA 5/15/98

CR 6717, 6708, 5601 & 5598 are seen leading TV-2H at Portage, PA on 5/15/98 at 2:26p.

CR 6718 at Bancroft, MA. on 6/26/93. (1)

CR 6718 charging upgrade through Bancroft, MA. with TV-9 at 07:41 on June 26, 1993.

CR 6718 at Bancroft, MA. on 6/26/93. (2)

CR 6718 hammering into Bancroft, MA. with TV-9 at 07:41 on June 26, 1993.

CR 6719 & 6785 at West Portal, NJ 6/14/98

CR 6719 & 6785 are seen about to enter Pattenburg Tunnel at West Portal, NJ on 6/14/98.

CR 6719 Leads a Westbound Through Pinecroft PA, 10/19

A relatively new SD50 leads an westbound manifest through Pinecroft PA, on the Pittsburgh Line.

CR 6719 Rolls through the Wye at Rockville's West End, 2/87

Conrail 6719 approaches Enola Yard from the west, creeping through the wye at the west end of Rockville Bridge.

CR 6720 leads ALCS6 at Longswamp, PA 1/26/93

Conrail SD50 6720 brings ALCS west through Longswamp Township on the afternoon of January 26, 1993. The ALCS ran from Allentown to Rocky Mount, NC and became CSX R413 at Park Junction in Philadelphia.

CR 6721 Canisteo, NY 4/8/1989

The head end brakeman waits for ELOI to pull down to the crossing so he can get on. I don't recall what the reason was for him to be at Canisteo. The old Canisteo station was an Agway at the time of this photo, and there was an active siding at the elevator. 6721 has some reflective tape on its nose for some reason.

CR 6721 leads eastbound Conrail upgrade at Gallitzin, PA on June 15, 1985

An eastbound Conrail unit grain train climbs upgrade at Gallitzin, PA on June 15, 1985, led by SD50 No. 6721.

CR 6721 West at Fortville, IN

A westbound Conrail freight with 6721 on the point at Fortville, IN on May 20, 1996

CR 6722

CR 6722, soon to become NS 5413, is at Cumberland, MD on 2/14/99.

CR 6722

CR 6722, soon to become NS 5413, is at Cumberland, MD on 2/14/99.

CR 6722 west Utica 081984

A stone train in charge of a pair of SD 50's rolls west through the Utica station as the light fades.

CR 6723 at Altoona PA 10/5/97

CR 6723 & NS 8563 are seen on a EB roadrailer at Altoona PA on 10/5/97.

CR 6723 at Altoona PA 10/5/97

CR 6723 is seen on a EB roadrailer at Altoona PA on 10/5/97.

CR 6724 at Middlefield, MA

Conrail SD50 6724 is on the head end as this TV crosses the West Branch of the Westfield River running downgrade at Middlefield, MA., at 1000 hrs on 5 October 1990.

CR 6725 at Altoona PA 10/5/97

Freshly painted CR 6725 is seen on display during Railfest at Altoona PA on 10/5/97.

CR 6726 - SD50 at Rutherford, PA

CR 6726 is seen at Rutherford, PA on 11/24/1984, years before it received its 1992 USCF Olympic Road Trials paint scheme.

CR 6726 - SD50 at West Brownsville, PA

A head-on view of the 6726, lettered for the "1992 USCF Olympic Road Trials", as it rests at West Brownsville, PA on 11/21/1993.

CR 6726 - SD50 at West Brownsville, PA

CR 6726, lettered for the "1992 USCF Olympic Road Trials", rests with CR 6719 in this view at West Brownsville, PA on 11/21/1993.

CR 6726 Beaver Falls, PA 3/13/1993

Specially painted 6726 leads ENEL up the grade on the Fort Wayne Line during a snow storm that fell on the Pittsburgh area on March 13, 1993

CR 6726 east ML 440 Hunt 10081994

ML 440 rolls through Hunt on the now single track line, a new Rule 261 signal replacing the semaphore that stood approximately where the new light stands. Track 2, which was in worse shape than track 1, has been removed, and track 1 upgraded. The leader on this train is one of the units painted to promote US Savings Bonds. The trailing unit is NS 6189. Behind the power are 17 cars of COFC, and 78 auto racks for Doremus Av.

CR 6726 in Becket, MA. on 5/22/93.

"Special Olympics" SD50 6726 in SEFR at Becket, MA. on May 22, 1993.

CR 6727 east Cranesville 05271996

An eastbound TV train passes Lock 10 at Cranesville behind an interesting mix of power.

CR 6727 Iona Island, NY 5-1998

CR 6727 with an oddball paint scheme, note the small Conrail but the regular size quality on the nose, is on the point of SESA at Iona Island, NY on a dreary day in May of 1998.

CR 6727 west CP 293 08201996

CR 6727 and 6017 lead a stack train west through CP 293, the connection to the NYSW and the Oswego Branch, the hazy Syracuse skyline in the background.

CR 6728 at Hinsdale, MA. on 9/5/97. (3)

SD50 6728 with TV8W at Hinsdale, MA. on Sept. 5, 1997.

CR 6728 Plymouth, OH 04-26-1997

CR 6728 SD-50 and UP 9496 are southbound on Conrail's Youngstown Line on BUPI-6 near the Route 11 bridge and Seven Hills Road in Plymouth Township, Ohio

CR 6729, CR 6011 at Berea, OH Summer 1997

SD50 6729 at C39-8 6011 are just about to pass Berea Tower on an overcast summer 1997 day pulling a general merchandise train. This train is eastbound on the Chicago Line through Cleveland.

CR 6730 at 47th Street Chicago, IL

Conrail light power led by SD50 6730 is being relayed from 51st Street Yard to 55th Street Yard, shown here passing the former C&WI 47th Street Tower, in September 1997. Other units that can be identified in the photo are 6147, 6111, 6221, and LMS 713. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 6730 at Lancaster PA 11/22/97

CR 6730 is seen at Lancaster PA on 11/22/97.

CR 6730 Swain, NY 10/18/1995

CP 270 waits at SWAIN as TV-201 passes.

CR 6731 Loshs Run, Pa 8/93

SD50 6731 and SD40-2 6422 power USD-22 eastbound @ Loshs Run. Train is bound for Shamokin Dam, Pa

CR 6731 Pond Eddy, PA 3/90

OIBU-6 approaches the road crossing @ Pond Eddy, NY

CR 6732 Andover, NY 12/31/1987

OIEL casts its reflection in the Andover Pond on New Years Eve.

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