EMD SD50 - Page 6

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 6807 east BUOI Kirkwood 06201994

BUOI rolls through Kirkwood behind a trio of units, including help from NS 8027.

CR 6807 in Chester, MA. on 9/5/92. (1)

SD50 6807 leads three SD40's on SEPW at Chester, MA. on Sept. 5, 1992. This same set had taken TV9 westward earlier in the day.

CR 6807 passes through the MG signals with a Bethelehem Steel Coke Train, 5/86

A very new SD50 leads a slightly older SD40-2 as they knock down the signals at MG. This was a unit train of Bethlehem Steel BSCX Coke Gons heading from Bethlehem PA to the Pittsburgh area.

CR 6807, a CNW and a CSX Unit Marysville, PA 5/28/1994

An eastbound Conrail train is waiting at CP Banks to head in toward Enola.

CR 6808 on SEOI-7 at Ridgefield Park, NJ

Southbound SEOI-7 hard on the heels of SEAL-7 at Ridgefield Park, NJ 7/27/1998

CR 6808 on XSH-09E at Antis, PA 1/26/99

CR 6808 is seen on XSH-90E at Antis, PA on 1/26/99.

CR 6808 Susquehanna, PA 8/17/1986

OIBU pauses at lonely SR Tower on the Southern Tier Line.

CR 6809 at Syracuse, NY

A pair of EMD standard cabs lead this manifest through Syracuse, NY.

CR 6809 at Waterloo, IN

Conrail SD50 6809 and NS 8865 lead a westbound freight at Waterloo, IN back in 1995.

CR 6809 leads XNS-184 at Porter, IN

Conrail XNS-184 with the 6809 and 6635 at Porter, IN on May 9, 1999. This is unusual since this train normally had NS power.

CR 6810 at Conneaut, OH

Conrail SD50 No. 6810 is on the point of a westbound manifest meeting an eastbound auto train at Conneaut, OH, in August 1997. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 6812 at Conneaut, OH. 4/29/95

Conrail 6812 leads an Eastbound Conrail TV-204 at Gore Rd. in Conneaut Ohio on track number two.

CR 6812 Gulf Summit, NY 7/5/1986

OIBU is just about at the top of the grade as it roars into Gulf Summit.

CR 6813 at Washington, MA. on 3/14/98.

SD50 6813 and crew drag LASE out of the cut at Washington depot on March 14, 1998.

CR 6815 east ML 440 Binghamton 04271995

ML 440 gets underway after a crew change, rolling through BD as it heads for darkness on the Delaware Division with 10 platforms of stacks and 87 auto racks for Doremus Av.

CR 6815 Hauls Empty Hoppers Alone at Mexico, 10/86

An empty westbound train of hoppers is lead by a brand new solo SD50, 6815, through Mexico PA on the eastern part of the Pittsburgh Line.

CR 6816 on TV-2 at Gallitzin, PA 6/15/96

CR 6816 is seen trailing on TV-2 at Gallitzin, PA on 6/15/96.

CR 6816 Portageville, NY 5/6/1989

BUOI is high above the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park. Trains had to slow down to cross this bridge which is made of iron and was 111 years old at the time of this photo. NS has plans to replace this bridge, now 135 years old, possibly in 2010.

CR 6817 leads BUEN at Lane, PA

6817-6856-6718-8042 at Lane, PA. March 1991

CR 6818 & 6739 on ALPI-5 at Cassandra, PA 5/15/98

CR 6818 & 6739 are seen on ALPI-5 at Cassandra, PA on 5/15/98 at 1:57p.

CR 6820 at Altoona

CR 6820 leads NS 1622 westbound at Altoona, PA.

CR 6820 Buffalo 1993

Conrail SD50 and BN SD40-2 7038 lead a string of Conrail boxcars westward from Buffalo on the Chicago line in 1993. Probably taken from the Tift St. Bridge.

CR 6820 on the Chicago Line

Conrail SD50 6820 is seen leading a stack train on the Chicago Line in upstate New York.

CR 6821 Altoona, PA 5/16/99

CR 6821 is on the point of eastbound PIAT-5 at Rose, Altoona, PA on 5/16/99.

CR 6821 at Altoona, PA 6/7/97

CR 6821 is seen leading a EB coal train at Altoona, PA on 6/7/97.

CR 6821-6822 UFY Empty Hoppers South of Watsontown, PA 5/15/92

Consecutively numbered SD50s 6821-6822 take 102 northbound empty hoppers UFY-??? passing the Fair siding just south of Watsontown, PA on 5/15/92. Units after the split became the property of Norfolk Southern and were renumbered 5469-5470. Both were retired upon termination of their leases and after a lengthy storage at RMDI in Pittston, PA, 5469 joined the NREX lease fleet and was last seen reposing in the deadline at Silvis, Illinois. The 5470 was sold to Progress Rail and sent to Patterson, GA where at last report still sits..

CR 6822 with ENBU at Lock Haven, PA 2/1990

SD50 6822 leads 2 GE's on the ENBU passing the site of the old passenger and LCL freight yard.. Now it's all built up... 2/90

CR 6823 Canisteo, NY 5/18/1986

A nice clean SD-50 leads a coal train at the Carson bridge.

CR 6824 at Washington, MA. on 9/5/92.

SD50 6824 leads SERE through Washington, MA. on Sept. 5, 1992.

CR 6825 at Ashtabula, Ohio 12-31-91

Conrail 6825 awaits its next assignment at Conrail's Ashtabula Harbor yard 2-31-91

CR 6825 Leads a Grain Train Through Birmingham, PA, 10/86

A pair of relatively new SD50s hustle a grain train through Birmingham PA in 1986.

CR 6826 at Iona Island, NY. on 10/22/92.

CR SEAL crossing Snake Hole Creek at the south end of Iona Island, NY. on Oct. 22, 1992.

CR 6826 at Wilmore PA 2/8/98

CR 6826 is seen leading a power move at Wilmore PA on 2/8/98.

CR 6827 at Washington, MA. on 6/26/98.

SD50 6827 leads TV6 across Lower Valley Rd. at Ballou's in Washington, MA. on June 26, 1998.

CR 6828 - SD50 at West Brownsville, PA

CR 6828 is seen at West Brownsville, PA on 11/8/1987. This unit became NS 5472 and was part of a group of SD50's returned to the lessor, later becoming NREX 5472, then KCS 7009.

CR 6828 Browns Crossing, NY 6/1/1986

OIEL heads thru the Canisteo River valley at Browns crossing.

CR 6828 Longswamp, PA 9/86

Almost new 6828 leads 6412 on PIOI-5 @ Longswamp, PA

CR 6830 in Hinsdale, MA. on 3/6/99.

SD50 6830 on the head end of an SEPW-X at the summit in Hinsdale, MA. on March 6, 1999.

CR 6831 and PICA at Cove, PA, 5/94

Pittsburgh Line - Cove, Pennsylvania, USA - May 28, 1994
SD50 6831 on PICA-7
Big Blue waits on a new crew from Enola before continuing on to Camden with freight from Conway. A pair of CSX CW40-8s trail the CR motor on what is now NS trackage.
Photo by Don Kalkman III

CR 6831 Marysville PA, 5/28/1994

A Conrail SD50 leads some CSX units on an eastbound tied up in the controlled siding at CP Banks.

CR 6831 with HBBU-8 at McElhattan, PA

HBBU-8 is seen passing under the PRR signal bridge at McElhattan, PA behind SD50 6831, LMS C40-8W 703, SD40-2 6410 and SD40-2 6405. "The site of the old Rich tower would be close to the last unit on the left.. The old NYC had trackage rights starting here to access their old Beech Creek RR and to access Clearfield over the old PRR.."

CR 6832 east BUOI Endicott 06301994

A trio of SD's lead a short(41 car) BUOI past Endicott Forge as it blows for the Hayes Av crossing.

CR 6832 in Middlefield, MA. on7/25/92.

SD50 6832 leads SERE near MP 130 in Middlefield, MA. on July 25, 1992.

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