E33 Electrics

Conrail acquired 10 PC class E33 electrics numbered 4600-4610 in 1976.

The GE model EL-C electrics led a very storied career before they made it to Conrail rails, having been born in 1956 and 1957 as 130-141 for the Virginian Railway. Originally built with dynamic braking and the latest technology Ignitron rectifiers, they became the property of the N&W upon the December 1959 merger of VGN into N&W.  

When N&W deemed their electric lines surplus and shut them down in June 1962, the units were sold to the New Haven, classed EF-4, and assigned series 300-310.  Upon the addition of the NH into the PRR, NYC merger, units 300 and 302-310 were classed as Penn Central E33 and assigned series 4601-4610. Unit 301 had been accident damaged and scrapped.

Upon the formation of Conrail in April 1976, the E33's served well until CR ceased electric operations in the early '80's. A few wore CR blue before being traded into GE in 1984.

Two EL-C electrics have been reported preserved as follows:

The Virginia Museum of Transportation, Roanoke, VA, lists CR 4604 (ex-VGN 135) as part of their collection.

CR 4601 (ex-Virginian 131) is reported on it's way to the Illinois Railway Museum.

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The highline above Philadelphia's 30th Street Station was busy with a pair of boxcab electrics pulling a mixed freight in April, 1977.

A pair of Amtrak GG-1's led by the Savings Bond 921 pull into 30th Street, below. In March 1980, GG-1 921 was seen relettered as 4921.

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With light almost gone, still PC E-33 4601 and a sister-unit join the GG-1's at the Enola engine terminal on May 7, 1977.
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With light almost gone on May 7, 1977, still PC E-33's 4601 and a sister-unit line up with the GG-1's.
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With SD45 6135 behind, former PC  E-33's 4601 and 4605 wait for assignment outside the Morrisville shops on a snowy March, 1978.
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Still in their PC colors, E-33's 4606 and 4601 roll through on the high line at 30th Street Station in April, 1977.
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CR E-33 4601 follows sister unit 4606 along the high line at 30th Street Station, Philadelphia in April, 1977.
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CR E-33 4601 follows sister unit 4606 along the high line at 30th Street Station, Philadelphia in April, 1977.
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Former PC 4601/NH 301/NW 232/VGN 132 in storage at Rutherford, PA on 8/7/1983.
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Conrail E-33s 4602 &4608 lead a westbound freight past the station at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, Pa. 1978

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Still in PC black,  E-33’s 4602 and 4609 wait for action under the catenary at Enola in May, 1977.
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CR E-33 4602 roaring through Morrisville, PA on November 17, 1979.
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Former PC 4602/NH 302/NW 233/VGN 133 in storage at Rutherford, PA on 4/15/1984.
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A sad August day at Morrisville in 1979 as a retirement train of E-33's and E-44's prepares for a move west. SD45 6209, with E-33 tucked behind, and SD40 6370 assist a trio of E-44's with 4417 on the point.
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A sad August day at Morrisville in 1979 as E-33 4603 makes up part of a retirement train preparing to move west.

The train was led by a trio of E-44's with SD45 6209 and SD40's 6352 and 6370 assisting.

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Conrail E33 4603 is seen at Greenwich yard in South Philly, PA on 4/12/1980
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Enola's busy engine terminal in May, 1977 shows E-33 4604 and E-44 4417 still in PC lettering, and CR NW-2 9164.
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CR E33 4605 prepares for service at the Enola engine facility in May, 1977.
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CR E33 4605 being readied for service at the Enola engine facility in May, 1977.
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With SD45 6135 behind, former PC E-33's 4601 and 4605 wait for assignment outside the Morrisville shops on a snowy March, 1978.
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CR WWWA-0 (Waverly Yard, Newark, NJ-Washington (Pot yard)DC) a symbol that didn't last very long, at track speed on Amtrak's NorthEast Corridor @ Monmouth Jct., NJ
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Still in their PC colors, E-33's 4606 and 4601 roll through on the high line at 30th Street Station in April, 1977.
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Still in their PC colors, E-33's 4606 and 4601 roll through on the high line at 30th Street Station in April, 1977.
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CR E33 4607 and 4609 pause at Morrisville yard in March, 1979.
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CR E33's 4607 and 4609 pause at Morrisville yard in March, 1979.
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CR E-33 4607 pauses with sister-unit 4609 and a line of mixed freight at Morrisville yard in March, 1979.
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CR E-33's 4609 and 4607 pause at Morrisville yard in March, 1979.
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CR E33's 4607 and 4609 pause with a line of mixed freight at Morrisville yard in March, 1979.
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Ex-PC E-33 4608 with a fresh coat of CR blue outside the Harrisburg locomotive shops in May, 1977.  However, painting was a little overzealous as the trailing truck shows some CR blue.
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CR E33 electric 4608 leads a row of stored electrics at Rutherford in April, 1984.
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CR E33 electric 4608 leads a row of stored electrics at Rutherford in April, 1984.
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PC-lettered E-33s 4609 and 4602 wait for action under the catenary at Enola in May, 1977.
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A pair of E33's power a CREN-4 west on the Corridor..
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CR E-33's 4609 and 4607 pause at Morrisville yard in March, 1979.
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CR E-33's 4609 and 4607 pause at Morrisville yard in March, 1979.
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CR 4609 & 4607 are seen leading MD-3 at North Elizabeth, NJ in Feb of 1978.
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E33 4609 pushing westbound on April 26, 1976
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Former PC 4609/NH 309/VGN 140 in storage along with two E33's, two E44's, and another E33 at Rutherford, PA on 3/17/1984.
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Former PC 4609/NH 309/VGN 140 in storage at Rutherford, PA on 3/17/1984.
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The E33s looked like a squatter E44. Here a pair layover in Baltimore's Orangeville engine terminal in October of 77.

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An overview of Enola Yard from 1979.

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