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.

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Another view of the Enola deadlines in 1986, showing GP35 2264 and SW8 8601.
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Former PC/NYC 8604 is seen at Hollidaysburg, PA on 8/30/1987. This unit would later become LTEX 905.
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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.
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Four SW8's power local freight LA-2 (Lehighton-Allentown) @ Hamilton Street, Allentown, Pa
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Former LV 128 is seen at Bethlehem, PA still in LV paint on 9/25/1983.
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LV SW-8 250 works the Allentown hump with three sister SW-8's in April, 1977.
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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.
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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.
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An SW-8 with the Sayre shops in the background.
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A view of the cab end of 8667.
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An ex LV SW-8 at the Sayre yard.
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Former LV SW-8 254 (CR 8668) waits for assignment at the Bethlehem engine terminal in May, 1977.
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LV SW-8 255 smoking it up with 3 sister SW-8's as they work the Allentown hump in April, 1977.
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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.
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CR SW8s 8669 and 8666 are seen with CR GP30 2232 at Bethlehem PA.
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An ex LV SW-8 at the ex LV Sayre yard.
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LV SW-8 257 works the hump at Allentown yard with three sister SW-8's in April, 1977.
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LV 257 SW8, soon to be CR 8671, sits coupled up with sister units at the engine terminal in Bethlehem, PA.
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• 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.
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LV 258 SW8, soon to be CR 8672, sits outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in April, 1977.
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Former LV SW-8 258 (CR 8672) and PC NW-2 9160 rest at the Bethlehem roundhouse in April, 1977.
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LV 258 SW8, soon to be CR 8672, rests outside the Bethlehem roundhouse alongside PC NW2 9160 in April, 1977.
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CR SW-8 8672, ex-LV 258, works downtown Bethlehem in July, 1978.
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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.
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LV 259 SW8, soon to be CR 8673, sits at the engine terminal in Bethlehem, PA.
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LV SW-8 260 works the hump at Allentown yard with three sister SW-8's in April, 1977.
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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.

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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.
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LV 260 SW8, soon to be CR 8674, sits at the engine terminal in Bethlehem, PA.
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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.
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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.
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While PC SD35 6031 rests nearby, LV SW8 261 (CR 8675) rounds the turntable at Bethlehem in April, 1977.
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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.
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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.
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Former LV 262 is seen at Bethlehem, PA on 9/30/1984.
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Former LV 263 is seen at Rutherford, PA on 3/12/1983.
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Former LV SW-8 264 (CR 8678) waits between yard assignments at Bethlehem in August, 1977.
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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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Former LV SW-8 264 (CR 8678) outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in August, 1977.
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Former LV SW-8 264 (CR 8678) outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in August, 1977.
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CR SW-8 8680, still in LV 266 livery, waits for routine maintenance at the Bethlehem engine terminal.
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Conrail SW8 8681 (ex-LV 267) at the Dewitt Yard, Syracuse, NY on 29 July 1978.
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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.
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Former LV 269 at Bethlehem, PA on 9/25/1983. The old LV paint is beginning to show through in various places.
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Conrail SW8 No. 8686 at Johnstown, PA, in August 1995. Doug Davidson photo with permission
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All LV SW-8's 273 and 264, and RS-11 7643, outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in August, 1977.
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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).
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This day in August, 1977 has former LV Alco RS-11 7643 and SW-8 273 (CR 8687) outside the Bethlehem roundhouse.
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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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Former LV SW-8 275 (CR 8689) rests with one of the few GP9s with paper air box on the long hood outside the South Amboy diesel facility in July, 1977.

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