EMD SW8 Series

The EMD SW8 was introduced as a medium horsepower switcher built on the same frame as an SW7. It was purchased by Conrail predecessors Chicago River & Indiana (2 units, later NYC/PC), Erie Lackawanna (11 units), Lehigh Valley (27 units) and New York Central (28 units). Eighteen of the former LV units were built with dynamic braking, the only Conrail SW8's with this feature, although they were removed by Conrail. A few of Conrail's SW8's also received radiator cooling fans from retired EMD E8's, making an odd appearance to the long hood! Numbered in the 8600 to 8627 and 8664 to 8700 ranges, all of these units were retired by the early 1990's although many continue to see service on shortlines and industrials throughout the country.

CR 368 in Binghamton NY, 4/76

Two trainmen appear to be having a heated discussion as former EL SW8 No. 368 switches the yard. Binghamton, NY. 4/10/76.

CR 8601 Enola Yard 1986

Another view of the Enola deadlines in 1986, showing GP35 2264 and SW8 8601.

CR 8604 Hollidaysburg, PA 8-30-1987

Former PC/NYC 8604 is seen at Hollidaysburg, PA on 8/30/1987. This unit would later become LTEX 905.

CR 8623 Rutherford, PA 3-12-1983

Former PC/NYC 8623, NYC 9623 is seen at Rutherford, PA on 3/12/1983. Note the NYC "cigar band" logo beginning to show through on the cab.

CR 8653 Hamilton Street Allentown, Pa 4-4-1979

Four SW8's power local freight LA-2 (Lehighton-Allentown) @ Hamilton Street, Allentown, Pa

CR 8655 Bethlehem, PA 9-25-1983

Former LV 128 is seen at Bethlehem, PA still in LV paint on 9/25/1983.

CR 8664 Allentown, PA 4-9-1977

LV SW-8 250 works the Allentown hump with three sister SW-8's in April, 1977.

CR 8664 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

LV 250 (CR 8664), first in LV's series of 250-276 SW-8M's, works in a quartet of all LV colors at Bethlehem yard in April, 1977.

CR 8665 Bethlehem, PA 7-16-1978

CR SW8 8665 (ex-LV 251) lined up with D&H wide vision caboose 35756 (ex-RDG 94115 built 10/1971) and a number of CR blue cabins at Bethlehem in July, 1978.  The SW8's hood shows extensive modifications compared to the other former LV SW8's that worked Allentown yard in 1977.

CR 8667 Sayre, PA 2/12/1978

An SW-8 with the Sayre shops in the background.

CR 8668 Bethlehem, PA 5-28-1977

Former LV SW-8 254 (CR 8668) waits for assignment at the Bethlehem engine terminal in May, 1977.

CR 8669 Allentown, PA 4-9-1977

LV SW-8 255 smoking it up with 3 sister SW-8's as they work the Allentown hump in April, 1977.

CR 8669 Allentown, PA 9-25-1983

Former LV 255 is seen with sister CR 8673 at Allentown, PA on 9/25/1983. Note the LV red paint showing through on the 8669.

CR 8669 Bethlehem, PA

CR SW8s 8669 and 8666 are seen with CR GP30 2232 at Bethlehem PA.

CR 8670 Sayre, PA 8/21/1979

An ex LV SW-8 at the ex LV Sayre yard.

CR 8671 Allentown, PA 4-9-1977

LV SW-8 257 works the hump at Allentown yard with three sister SW-8's in April, 1977.

CR 8671 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

LV 257 SW8, soon to be CR 8671, sits coupled up with sister units at the engine terminal in Bethlehem, PA.

CR 8671 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

• LV 257 SW8, soon to be CR 8671, sits coupled up with sister units LV 260 and LV 255, at the engine terminal in Bethlehem, PA.

CR 8672 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

LV 258 SW8, soon to be CR 8672, sits outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in April, 1977.

CR 8672 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

Former LV SW-8 258 (CR 8672) and PC NW-2 9160 rest at the Bethlehem roundhouse in April, 1977.

CR 8672 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

LV 258 SW8, soon to be CR 8672, rests outside the Bethlehem roundhouse alongside PC NW2 9160 in April, 1977.

CR 8672 Bethlehem, PA 7-16-1978

CR SW-8 8672, ex-LV 258, works downtown Bethlehem in July, 1978.

CR 8673 Bethlehem, PA 10-1-1977

The former Lehigh Valley #259, now CR 8673, rests at the Bethlehem roundhouse in October 1977. Interesting units, they were equipped with dynamic brakes and MU and often ran in sets of 3-5 units on jobs to Hazelton.

CR 8673 Bethlehem, PA 4-16-1977

LV 259 SW8, soon to be CR 8673, sits at the engine terminal in Bethlehem, PA.

CR 8674 Allentown, PA 4-9-1977

LV SW-8 260 works the hump at Allentown yard with three sister SW-8's in April, 1977.

CR 8674 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

In April, 1977, LV SW-8 260 worked the Bethlehem yard coupled to multiples of sister SW-8's.

At the Juniata shops in July, 1978, however, a renumbered CR 8674 appears to have seen her last operating days.

CR 8674 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

In April, 1977, LV SW-8 260 worked the Bethlehem yard coupled to multiples of sister SW-8's. At the Juniata shops in July, 1978, however, a renumbered CR 8674 appears to have seen her last operating days.

CR 8674 Bethlehem, PA 4-16-1977

LV 260 SW8, soon to be CR 8674, rests at the engine terminal in Bethlehem, PA on April 16, 1977.

CR 8674 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

Still all LV, SW8's 257, 260 (CR 8674) and 255 make up part of a quartet of SW8's returning from working the hump at Allentown yard in April, 1977.

CR 8674 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

Still all LV, SW8's 257 and 260 (CR 8674) make up part of a quartet of SW8's returning from working the hump at Allentown yard in April, 1977.

CR 8675 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

While PC SD35 6031 rests nearby, LV SW8 261 (CR 8675) rounds the turntable at Bethlehem in April, 1977.

CR 8675 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

LV SW-8 261, soon to be CR 8675, works Allentown yard with N5G class cabin 18629, ex-LV 95016, in April, 1977. Ex-LV cabin 95016 has been reported preserved at Casey's Caboose Motel, near Oil Creek & Titusville Depot in Titusville, PA.

CR 8675 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

CR 18629, ex-LV 95016 N5G class cabin follows SW8 LV 261 (CR 8675) as she works the hump at Allentown yard. Ex-LV cabin 95016 has been reported preserved at Casey's Caboose Motel, near Oil Creek & Titusville Depot in Titusville, PA.

CR 8676 Bethlehem, PA 9-30-1984

Former LV 262 is seen at Bethlehem, PA on 9/30/1984.

CR 8677 Rutherford, PA 3-12-1983

Former LV 263 is seen at Rutherford, PA on 3/12/1983.

CR 8678 Bethlehem, PA 8-6-1977

Former LV SW-8 264 (CR 8678) waits between yard assignments at Bethlehem in August, 1977.

CR 8678 Bethlehem, PA 8-6-1977

Former LV SW-8's 273 (CR 8687) and 264 (CR 8678) idle beside the Bethlehem turntable, while ex-L&HR C420 2077 rests at the roundhouse in August, 1977.

CR 8678 Bethlehem, PA 8-6-1977

Former LV SW-8 264 (CR 8678) outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in August, 1977.

CR 8678 Bethlehem, PA 8-6-1977

Former LV SW-8 264 (CR 8678) outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in August, 1977.

CR 8680 Bethlehem, PA 5-28-1977

CR SW-8 8680, still in LV 266 livery, waits for routine maintenance at the Bethlehem engine terminal.

CR 8681 Syracuse, NY 7-29-1978

Conrail SW8 8681 (ex-LV 267) at the Dewitt Yard, Syracuse, NY on 29 July 1978.

CR 8683 Allentown, PA 12-26-1978

CR SW-8M 8683 (ex-LV 269) works a load of light tanks, along with support from the big hook of CR 48313, at Allentown yard in December, 1978.

CR 8683 Bethlehem, PA 9-25-1983

Former LV 269 at Bethlehem, PA on 9/25/1983. The old LV paint is beginning to show through in various places.

CR 8686 Johnstown, PA 8-1-1995

Conrail SW8 No. 8686 at Johnstown, PA, in August 1995. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 8687 Bethlehem, PA 8-6-1977

All LV SW-8's 273 and 264, and RS-11 7643, outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in August, 1977.

CR 8687 Bethlehem, PA 8-6-1977

In a typical summer, 1977 scene at the Bethlehem roundhouse, former LV RS-11 7643 belches smoke behind idling LV SW-8 273 (CR 8687).

CR 8687 Bethlehem, PA 8-6-1977

This day in August, 1977 has former LV Alco RS-11 7643 and SW-8 273 (CR 8687) outside the Bethlehem roundhouse.

CR 8687 Bethlehem, PA 8-6-1977

Former LV SW-8's 273 (CR 8687) and 264 (CR 8678) idle beside the Bethlehem turntable, while ex-L&HR C420 2077 rests at the roundhouse in August, 1977.

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