EMD SW1500 - Page 3

Probably the most well known switcher from the Conrail roster, the 121 EMD SW1500's were a 1,500 horsepower variation offered by EMD. Inherited from the PC, RDG, IHB and IU, all but five (which were retired and sold in 1982-1984) made it from 1976 to 1996 when a few were retired and sold off to regionals and/or shortlines.

During the split in 1999, CSX and NS both got their share of this popular EMD switcher.

CSX has since traded theirs to LLPX in exchange for higher horsepower road units.  As of 2012, NS retired all of this venerable switcher except 2120 and 2121, which were rebuilt by NS to RP14BD Genset.

CR 9612 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

The crew of RDG SW1500 2762 (CR 9612) takes a breather from switching duties at Abrams yard on a snowy January 3, 1977.

RDG 2762's mate this day was N4A class cabin 94013 (CR 18830).

CR 9612 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

RDG SW1500 2762 (CR 9612) and N4A class cabin 94013 (CR 18830) take a break from Abrams yardwork under the signal bridge in January, 1977.

CR 9612 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

RDG SW1500 2762 (CR 9612) and N4A class cabin 94013 (CR 18830) take a break from Abrams yardwork in January, 1977.

CR 9613 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

On a cold February, 1977 day, the engine terminal at Abrams yard is full of green and yellow RDG GP-7's and SW-1500's.

CR 9613 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

Abrams engine terminal in February, 1977 shows RDG 2763 SW1500(soon to be CR 9613), sister unit CR 9595(ex-RDG 2756) and a still RDG-numbered GP-7.

CR 9613 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

RDG SW1500 2763, soon to be CR 9613, works Abrams yard with recently CR-stenciled sister-unit 9595 (ex-RDG 2756).

CR 9613 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

RDG SW1500 2763, soon to be CR 9613, works Abrams yard with recently CR-stenciled sister-unit 9595 (ex-RDG 2756).

CR 9613 King of Prussia, PA 3-26-1977

RDG 2763 SW1500, soon to be CR 9613, works Abrams yard with RDG sister unit 2770 (CR 9620).

CR 9613 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

After working Abrams yard from February through March 1977, ex-RDG 2763 (CR 9613) waits for service outside the Morrisville shops in April, 1977.

CR 9615

Former RDG 2765 was working at Abrams Yard on 3/11/78.

CR 9615 and CR 23342 Morrisville, PA 1984

Conrail SW1500 9615 (ex-RDG 2765) is seen on the Morrisville hump with class N8 caboose 23342 in 1984.

CR 9616 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

In February, 1977, SW1500 2766 (CR 9616) and GP7 636 (CR 5838) work Abrams yard in their last days of Reading paint.

CR 9616 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG SW1500 2766 (CR 9616), CR GP10 7567, and two GP7's work Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 9616 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

Many railfans were on hand at Abrams while RDG GP7 625, GP10 7567, RDG SW1500 2766, and RDG GP7 636 worked the yard on February 12, 1977.

CR 9617 and N4B 18889 Lansdale, PA 1982

Conrail SW1500 9617 (ex-RDG 2767) is seen with class N4B cabin car 18889 at Lansdale, PA in 1982.

CR 9617 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

RDG SW1500 2767 (CR 9617) idles under the signal bridge at Abrams yard in January, 1977.

CR 9617 King of Prussia, PA 2-15-1982

CR SW-1500 9617 (ex-RDG 2767) takes a break from yard work at the Abrams engine terminal on President's Day in February, 1982.

The Conrail crews painted the flag pole CR blue!

CR 9617 King of Prussia, PA 2-15-1982

The engineer of SW-1500 9617 (ex-RDG 2767) was smiling as he passed by while working Abrams yard on President's day, 1982.

CR 9617 Lansdale, PA 1982

Conrail SW1500 9617 (ex-RDG 2767) is seen at Lansdale, PA in 1982.

CR 9618 King of Prussia, PA 10-27-1979

More than 3 years after the formation of Conrail, sister-units CR 9617 and 9618 are seen working their home turf at Abrams Yard. The pair is pausing for a crew change on October 27, 1979.

CR 9619 and 18889 Lansdale, PA 1983

Conrail SW1500 9619 (ex-RDG 2769) is seen at Lansdale, PA with class N4B caboose 18889 in 1983.

CR 9619 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG SW1500 2769 (CR 9619), a caboose mate, and a sister SW1500 wait for clearance at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

Former PRSL GP38's 2001 and 2007, CR GP7 7157 and PC C424 2423 pause with their mixed freight in the background.

CR 9619 Lansdale, PA 1983

A closer view of SW1500 9619 (ex-RDG 2769) at Lansdale in 1983.

CR 9619 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

CR sister SW-1500's 9619 (ex-RDG 2769) and 9620 (ex-RDG 2770) are surrounded by snow outside the Morrisville shops in March, 1978.

CR 9620 King of Prussia, PA 11-20-1976

Late in the day in Novemer, 1976, RDG SW1500 2770 (CR 9620) works Abrams yard.

CR 9620 King of Prussia, PA 11-20-1976

RDG SW-1500 2770 (CR 9620) works Abrams yard at sunset in November, 1976.

Kodak Instamatic photo.

CR 9620 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG SW1500 2770 (CR 9620) works Abrams yard sandwiched between ex-PC N5B 22841 and RDG N4 92887 (CR 18752) cabooses.

CR 9620 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG SW1500 2770 (CR 9620) works with CR cabins 22841 (ex-PRR N5B class) and soon to be CR 18752 (RDG N4 class 92887) at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 18752 (built 3/41) was preserved by the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey at Ridgefield Park, NJ.

CR 9620 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG SW1500 2770 (CR 9620) works Abrams yard sandwiched between ex-PC N5B 22841 and RDG N4 92887 (CR 18752) cabooses.

CR 9620 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

CR sister SW-1500's 9619 (ex-RDG 2769) and 9620 (ex-RDG 2770) are surrounded by snow outside the Morrisville shops in March, 1978.

CR 9627 and 9527 pull a cut of loaded coal hoppers out of a loadout at Good Spring, PA on May 12, 1988

Eastbound Conrail Local WHWC21 pulls a cut of loaded coal hoppers out of a loadout at Good Spring, PA on May 12, 1988, led by MP15 No. 9627.

CR 9627 drops downgrade after spotting some empties at Good Spring, PA on May 12, 1988

Eastbound Conrail Local WHWC21 drops downgrade after spotting some empties at Good Spring, PA on May 12, 1988, led by MP15 No. 9627.

CR 9627 leads the Saturday light engine movement ready to depart West Cressona PA, 5/2/1987

It is Saturday, May 2, 1987 and Conrail's Shamokin Secondary light engine movement has arrived at West Cressona to pick up three more units. From here they will run to Enola for the unit's weekly servicing. For the record, there are five MP15s, two SW1500s and two GP10s.

CR 9629 and 9522 working the Exxon Plastics facility in Minersville, PA 5/1/1987

On May 1, 1987, in the days before corporate buzzwords like "job briefing," the crew on Conrail Local WHWC02 is simply discussing what needs to be done and how to do it. Oh heavens! They are having a "job briefing" and don't even know it. They are working the Exxon Plastics facility in Minersville, PA.

CR local Hershey, PA 5-1-1996

A Conrail local freight is seen servicing the Hershey Chocolate Plant at Hershey, PA, in May 1996. The caboose appears to be an old N8B. Doug Davidson photo with permission

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