EMD SW7, SW9 & SW1200

The SW7 was EMD's 1,000 horsepower switcher option in the 1950's. Conrail inherited many of these SW7's and they appeared in scattered number blocks in the 8836 to 9098 range and were of NYC, EL, CNJ, IHB, LV, CR&I, P&E and PRR origins. All of these units were removed from the Conrail roster by the early 1990's although many remain in service throughout the country on shortlines and industrials.

The SW9 was a 1,200 horsepower offering from EMD at the same time as the SW7, and at first glance appears almost identical in outward appearance, but it has less louvers on the hood doors. Again Conrail inherited these units from a variety of original owners (LV, EL, CNJ, PRR, NYC) and had them scattered in the 8922 to 9141 number range. During the great switcher purge of the late 1980's and early 1990's, these too were removed from the CR roster, although many also see service elsewhere to this day.

The SW1200 was also a 1,200 horsepower locomotive from EMD, purchased by CR predecessors RDG, DL&W (EL), New Haven (later PC) and PRR (later PC). These units occupied the 9315 to 9382 number block on Conrail. CR 9301 to 9319 (ex Reading 2701 to 2719) are of note as they were rebuilt by EMD from Baldwin switchers and are rated as only 1,000 horsepower. All the others are pure 1,200 hp SW1200's. Some of these saw service much later into Conrail, not being retired until 1995, and almost alll work for other railroads and industrials.

CR 5676 and CR 9011 Enola, PA 1-1-1983

Conrail GP7 5676 (ex-CNJ 1520) is seen at Enola Yard, along with SW9 9011 (ex-EL 435) in 1983.

CR 5872 and CR 9137 Lewistown, PA 1-1-1982

A 1982 shot of the Lewistown yard shows GP7 5872 (ex-PC 5872, exx-PRR 5872, nee-PRR 8572) and SW9 9137 (ex-PC 9137) sitting by the sand tower.

CR 6508 with CR 6895 and CR 8863 Conway, PA 1-1-1983

Conrail SD40-2 6508 is seen leading a westbound freight through Conway Yard in 1983. The train is passing a line of stored units, including CR U36C 6895 (ex-CR 6598, nee-EL 3327) and CR SW7 8863 (ex-EL 431).

CR 6508 with CR 9026 Conway Yard 1-1-1983

Another shot of Conrail SD40-2 6508 at Conway Yard, this time passing SW9 9026 (ex-EL 455) in 1983.

CR 7476 yard Newark 051984

One trip I used to do often was the PATH to Newark, which allowed a good view of parts of Meadows Yard, as well as some of the action in Harrison, which still had some rail business then. In 1984, it was till possible to see some older power in original paint schemes, such as this set here, a GP 9 still painted LV, a Raritan River SW, and an ex Reading SW 1500. Cool stuff.

CR 8657 Bethlehem, PA 7-16-1978

Red and blue switchers fill up the Bethlehem roundhouse tracks in July, 1978 as CR SW-900 8657 and SW-9 8939, ex-LV 130 and 292, and NW-2 9244, ex-LV 182, rest between assignments.

CR 8711 Enola, PA 1-1-1983

Conrail SW900 8711 (ex-RDG 1511) is seen resting near the hump at Enola Yard while a pair of TOFC flatcars go for a ride down the hump. We can be certain that this is NOT recommended operating practices, but it makes for an interesting photo.

CR 8841 and CR 6827 Denholm, PA 1992

Conrail SW7 8841 is seen trailing SD50 6827 on an eastbound freight at Denholm, PA in 1992.

CR 8861 Altoona, PA 8-18-1978

CR SW-7 8861 (ex-EL 429) rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978. 

One year before, the SW-7 was still in EL colors and shuffling cars in Hoboken, NJ.

CR 8861 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

Former EL SW7 429, not yet renumbered 8861, works at Hoboken in August, 1977.

CR 8861 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

Former EL SW7 429 (CR 8861) works at Hoboken in August, 1977.

CR 8861 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

Former EL SW7 429, not yet renumbered 8861, works at Hoboken in August, 1977.

CR 8864 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

CR SW-7 8864 (ex-EL 432) rests at the Croxton engine terminal in March, 1979.

CR 8870 Elizabethport, NJ 8-17-1979

CR SW-7 8870 (ex-CNJ 1082) rests in the service line outside the Elizabethport shops with SW-1 8408 in August, 1979.

CR 8871 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

With access doors open, CR SW7 8871 rests in a service line outside the Elizabethport shops in November, 1978.

CR 8877 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

CR SW-7 8877 (ex-LV 222) with a former PC RS-11 outside the South Amboy diesel facility in July, 1977.

CR 8904 Buffalo, NY 07-2-1976

Conrail made some strange bedfellows...witness this Peoria and Eastern SW-7 pup along with a Lehigh Valley RS-3 at the former LV yard in Buffalo in July 1976. The 8904 would retain the same number under Conrail, and you have to love the "New York Central" lettering showing through.

CR 8908 Binghamton, NY 9-4-1983

Former PE SW-7 8908 is seen at Binghamton, NY on 9/4/1983.

CR 8920 Enola, PA 9-19-1982

Former PC/NYC SW-7 8920 at Enola, PA on 9/19/1982.

CR 8923 Rochester, NY 7/1977

There is no doubt about the heritage of this little unit that is switching the intermodal yard in Rochester.

CR 8923 Rochester, NY 7/1977

The heritage of this SW-9 is obvious as it switches the intermodal terminal in Rochester.

CR 8924 at Altoona, PA 6/7/97

What's left of CR 8924 is seen at Altoona, PA on 6/7/97.

CR 8924 at Altoona, PA 8/14/98

What's left of CR 8924 is seen at Altoona, PA on 8/14/98.

CR 8932 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

LV SW-9 281 (CR 8932) rests outside the Elizabethport shops in July, 1977.

CR 8932 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

Still in LV livery, SW9 281 (CR 8932) works at Elizabethport in July, 1977 with RS-3 5389 (ex-CNJ 1564).

Just ahead, former PC GP35 2288 leads lines of power awaiting maintenance outside the Elizabethport shops. 

CR 8932 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

A veteran crewman guides former LV SW9 281 (CR 8932) and RS-3 5389 (ex-CNJ 1564) behind the Elizabethport shops in July, 1977.

CR 8934 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR SW-9 8934 (ex-LV 283) at Elizabethport, NJ in November, 1978.

CR 8934 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR SW-9 8934 (ex-LV 283) at Elizabethport, NJ in November, 1978.

CR 8934 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR SW-9 8934 (ex-LV 283) at Elizabethport, NJ in November, 1978.

CR 8937 at Juniata in 1981

Conrail SW9 8937 (ex-LV 286) is seen behind the E&M Shop at Juniata in 1981.

CR 8938 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

Her old LV number 287 visible behind the CR stencil, SW-9 8938 rests at the Juniata shops deadline in March, 1978.

CR 8943 Brighton Park, IL

Conrail switcher 8943and transfer hack 18466(a class N11)in Ashland Avenue Yard from the Damen Avenue bridge in October 1984. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 8945 and CR 8958 Altoona 1990

A pair of SW9s, 8945 and 8958 sit outside of the Juniata shops in 1990.

CR 8970 - SW9 at McKees Rocks, PA

Former PC/NYC 8970 is seen in fresh Quality paint at McKees Rocks, PA on 6/6/1993.

CR 8970 at Brighton Park, IL

Conrail SW9 No. 8970 switches an industry on the former Panhandle at 43rd Street in October 1984. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 8970 at McKees Rocks, PA

Another view of Conrail SW9 No. 8970 switching former PC&Y trackage on September 28, 1994. By this date, Conrail had very few SW9s left on its roster. No. 8970 was of New York Central heritage, built in 1953, and retired by Conrail on August 1, 1995. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 8970 at McKees Rocks, PA yard office

Conrail SW9 No. 8970 at the former PC&Y yard office at McKees Rocks, PA on Sept. 27, 1994. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 8975 Crosses East Delaware Ave in 1980

The local getting ready to cross Delaware Ave. Note the Mr. Donut on other side of Caboose.

CR 8986 Morrisville, PA 7-9-1978

CR SW-1200M 9304 (ex-RDG Baldwin VO1000M 2704) between a GG-1 and SW9 8986 in lines of power outside the Morrisville shops in July, 1978.

CR 8988 Mingo Junction, OH 9-2-1978

PC SW-9 8988 rests at Mingo Junction, OH in September, 1978.

CR 9013 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

Retired PC units, Alco T-6 9847 and GP-7 5653, rest with CR SW-9 9013 (ex-EL 437) and GP-7 5974 (ex-EL 1236) at Croxton yard in March, 1979.

CR 9014 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

To support CR-operated commuter operations in NJ, CR lettered former EL SW-9 438 as NJDOT 438 rather than 9014 for the CR roster.  The former EL SW-9 waits in the service line at Elizabethport, NJ in November, 1978.

The April, 1952-built SW-9 served NJDOT until transferred to NJ Transit following cessation of CR-operated passenger operations on January 1, 1983.  The ancient SW-9 survives as part of the United Rairoad Historical Society museum roster after donation by NJ Transit in 1995.

CR 9014 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

To support CR-operated commuter operations in NJ, CR lettered former EL SW-9 438 as NJDOT 438 rather than 9014 for the CR roster. The former EL SW-9 waits in the service line at Elizabethport, NJ in November, 1978. The April, 1952-built SW-9 served NJDOT until transferred to NJ Transit following cessation of CR-operated passenger operations on January 1, 1983. The ancient SW-9 survives as part of the United Rairoad Historical Society museum roster after donation by NJ Transit in 1995.

CR 9014 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

Former EL SW-9 438 (CR 9014) rests at Hoboken, NJ in August, 1977.

CR 9015 at Marion Junction, N.J. October 14, 1980

Conrail (ex EL) SW-9 #9015 at Marion Junction, N.J. October 14, 1980.

CR 9015-Glen Rock NJ 1/78

CR 9015 is seen passing WJ Junction with the Patterson Drill at Glen Rock NJ in Jan of 1978.

CR 9016 Allentown, PA 7-7-1979

CR SW-9 9016 (ex-EL 440) works Allentown yard in July, 1979.

CR 9016 Allentown, PA 7-7-1979

CR SW-9 9016 (ex-EL 440) teams up with NE-6 cabin 23813 (ex-PC 19819) to work Allentown yard in July, 1979.

CR 9017 - SW9 at Lewistown, PA

Former EL 446/DLW 551 is seen at Lewistown, PA on 1/14/1989. This unit would later become BVRY 8202.

CR 9017 - SW9 at Lewistown, PA

Former EL 446/DLW 551 is seen at Lewistown, PA on 1/14/1989. This unit would later become BVRY 8202.

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