GE C30-7A - Page 6

GE built 50 C30-7A's for Conrail in 1984.  A variant of the C30-7, this 12-cylinder version produced the same 3,000hp as the C30-7 V16.  Conrail assigned them CR series 6550-6599. 

CR 6585 at East Chatham, NY. om 6/10/88.

A trio of C30-7A's and one Camel bring MBSE-8 across the bridge spanning the New England Thruway Extension in East Chatham, NY. on June 10, 1988. This bridge was one of the few short single track stretches that existed on the Boston Line before CR single tracked the route during the time frame this photo was made. Spring switches at either end of the bridge lined trains to the proper track to keep traffic flowing correctly. Today, CP 171 is at this end of the bridge with a controlled passing siding extending to CP 176 in Chatham.

CR 6585 at Huntington, MA. on 10/10/98. (1)

Light engine move, symboled as SHP301, heads for Selkirk along Rt. 20 in Huntington, MA. near the Chester town line/MP 121 on Oct. 10, 1998.

CR 6585 on SEMB at Westfield, MA. on 9/7/88.

C30-7A 6585 leads SEMB past MP 107 in Westfield, MA. on Sept. 7, 1988.

CR 6586 at Chester, MA. on 1/18/85.

The 6586 leads a SEBO-B through Chester, MA. on Jan. 18, 1985.

CR 6586 at Hinsdale, MA. on 9/29/84. (1)

Westbound ballast train BAL786 near MP 141 in Hinsdale, MA. on Sept. 29, 1984. MASS State Rt. 8 overpass in the background.

CR 6586 at Hinsdale, MA. on 9/29/84. (2)

BAL786 passing MP 141 in Hinsdale, MA. on Sept. 29, 1984.

CR 6586 C30-7A Youngstown 07-85

A pair of Conrail C30-7A's, 6586 and 6578, have PIBU in tow on the ex PRR/PY&A at Center St in Youngstown,Ohio on a fine July 1985 afternoon. The Republic mill off to the right still stands, but has been cold for some time by this date. It would be totally torn down in the 90's. CR 6586 would survive long enough to become NS 8129 but not last long on their roster.

CR 6586 in Hinsdale, MA. on 2/15/91. (1)

C30-7A 6586 has 'em rolling along downgrade near Old Dalton Rd. in Hinsdale, MA. on Feb. 15, 1991. Despite the mixed freight on the head end, this train was symboled as a UBO-21X, a Bow coal train.

CR 6586 in Middlefield, MA. on 5/10/85.

The 6586 with BOEL coming up on MP 129 on May 10, 1985.

CR 6586 on 7/4/93

Conrail C30-7A 6586 leads a NS GE unit and others east across the diamond with the Pioneer Valley RR at MP107. The Westfield station is the building on the right.

CR 6586 Rathbone, NY 8/18/1985

BUOI rounds the big curve at Saunders Road just West of the village of Rathbone.

CR 6587 at Chester, MA. on 12/2/95.

C30-7A 6587 rolling into Chester, MA. with SENE on Dec. 2, 1995.

CR 6587 at Washington, MA. on 8/30/97.

Not as common as they once were on the B&A, but still putting appearances from time to time, a quartet of C30-7A's with the 6587 in the lead have SENE at Washington depot on Aug. 30, 1997.

CR 6587 on the Chicago Line

Conrail C30-7A 6587 is seen leading a stack train on the Chicago Line in upstate New York

CR 6588 at Becket, MA. on 9/7/85.

C30-7A 6588 leads BOEL at the "new location" in Becket, MA. on Sept. 7, 1985.

CR 6588 at Washington, MA. on 8/30/97.

CR 6588 leads part of BOSE's power back to their train after assisting a TV9X at Ballou's on Aug. 30, 1997.

CR 6588 in Washington, MA. 1/17/98.

TV-9 along the shore of Muddy Pond at the Washington/Hinsdale town line on Jan. 17, 1998. Note the different number boards on the 6588.

CR 6588 on TV6 at Becket, MA. on 8/31/85.

At 09:15, TV-6 drops out of the west cut at an area on the east slope of Washington hill known as the "new location". Called such because an approximately one and a half mile section of the railroad was relocated between roughly mile 128.8 and 130.2 in 1912. Construction of this stretch in Becket, MA. consisted of excavating two cuts which supplied the fill on which the train is seen. It eliminated two river crossings, some drainage problems, and eased curvature.

CR 6589 at Middlefield, MA. on 10/12/84. (1)

TV-6 rolls downgrade through the autumn color at the "art colony" in Middlefield, MA. around mile 128.4 on the morning of Oct. 12, 1984. Full-frame view, for those who want "proof", see the accompanying cropped version.

CR 6589 at Pittsfield, MA. on 6/1/87.

CR 6589 leads SEMB up the "ramp" out of North Adams Jct. in Pittsfield, MA. on June 1, 1987. Ahead are 5 1/2 miles of steady 1.4% grade to Hinsdale center at MP 142.

CR 6589 in Hinsdale, MA. on 12/30/89. (2)

The 6589 leads SEFR past the summit of Washington hill in Hinsdale, MA. on Dec. 30, 1989.

CR 6589 Selkirk,NY 4/93

SENS-1 turns the power. CR 6589 will be the leader for the southbound River Line train

CR 6590 at Becket, MA. on 10/12/84. (1)

CR 6590 leads NHSE at the Middlefield/Becket town line near MP 129 on Oct. 12, 1984. The C30-7A's were barely four months old on this gorgeous fall morning.

CR 6590 at Canaan Center, NY

Three GE stablemates, of which C30-7A 6590 is the trailing unit, lead a westbound through the remaining bore of Stateline Tunnel, near Canaan Center, NY., at 0825 hrs on 17 August 1990.

CR 6590 in Washington, MA. on 8/29/92. (1)

C30-7A 6590 leads a ballast extra westward at Ballou's in Washington, MA. on Aug. 29, 1992.

CR 6591 at Bancroft, MA. on 10/13/84.

C30-7A 6591 is at the head end of SEBO-B as it rolls downgrade through Bancroft, MA. on the afternoon of Oct. 13, 1984.

CR 6591 at Chester, MA. on 1/12/85.

The 6591 passing the depot in Chester, MA. with SEBO-B on Jan. 12, 1985.

CR 6591 at Chester, MA. on 8/14/97.

TV9 by MP 126 at Chester depot at 07:10 on Aug. 14, 1997.

CR 6591 at Middlefield, MA. on 11/2/84. (1)

C30-7A 6591 is just a few months old as it leads NHSE around the curve coming into Bancroft, MA. on Nov. 2, 1984.

CR 6591 at Middlefield, MA. on 4/5/85.

CR 6591 drops downgrade at the "art colony" around mile 128.5 in Middlefield, MA. with SEBO-A on April 5, 1985.

CR 6591 at White Marsh MD, 6/90

C30-7A 6591 on PYSE/CSX Z410-24
Conrail's PYSE runs on CSX trackage rights to avoid Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, running eastward on the B&O approaching Mohrs Lane. That lead unit now toils on in Estonia.

CR 6591 in Chester, MA. on 10/31/98.

CR 6591 leads SEPW eastward near C&B Jct. in sweet morning light at 07:31 on Oct. 31, 1998.

CR 6592 in Middlefield, MA. on 1/12/85.

The 6592 with a PWSE-2X at mile 130.3 near Bancroft, MA. on Jan. 12, 1985.

CR 6593 at Washington, MA. on 7/22/90.

The 6593 and mates muscle westbound ballast train BAL377 near MP 138 in Washington, MA. at 07:11 on July 22, 1990.

CR 6593 in Middlefield, MA. on 4/5/85.

TV9, with the 6593 in charge, rounds the horseshoe at the east end of the "new location" in Middlefield, MA. on April 5, 1985.

CR 6593 Selkirk, NY 10-12-1991

CR C30-7a 6593, B&M GP40 329 (exCR 3245) and C30-7a's 6592 and 6589 power SEPW-1 approaching the C astleton Bridge Selkirk, NY on 10/12/1991 my 24th year employed on the railroad.

CR 6594 - C30-7A at West Brownsville, PA

CR 6594 is seen with CR 6484 at West Brownsville, PA on 6/30/1988.

CR 6594 and 64611 on 9/29/85.

C30-7A 6594 and Jordan spreader 64611 ditching along the B&A near MP 121, the Chester/Huntington town line on Sept. 29, 1985.

CR 6594 at Ashtabula, Ohio 8/6/94

CR 6594 leads Eastbound Conrail INSE-5 @ the CP127.9 signals on Track 2

CR 6594 in Hinsdale, MA. on 8/14/97.

SEFR topping out at MP 142 in Hinsdale center on Aug. 14, 1997.

CR 6594 Selkirk, NY 9/97

C30-7A 6594 and three sisters bring BOSE-0 west at CP-SK Selkirk, NY

CR 6595 at Hinsdale, MA. on 11/24/84. (1)

CR 6595 crests the grade with SEBO-B at MP 142 in the center of Hinsdale, MA. on Nov. 24, 1984.

CR 6595 at Hinsdale, MA. on 11/24/84. (2)

SEBO-B, led by the 6595 et al, at Hinsdale center, MA. on Nov. 24, 1984.

CR 6595 at State Line, West Stockbridge, MA. on 8/17/96. (2)

ML482 pours into West Stockbridge, MA. from Canaan, NY. as it crosses the State Line crossing on Aug. 17, 1996.

CR 6596 at Chester, MA. on 1/25/92.

SERE rolls into Chester, MA. on Jan. 25, 1992.

CR 6596 at Hinsdale, MA. on 12/23/84. (1)

C30-7A 6596 leads TV6 over the crest of the grade at MP 142 in Hinsdale, MA. on Dec. 23, 1984.

CR 6596 at Hinsdale, MA. on 12/23/84. (2)

TV6 topping out in the center of Hinsdale, MA. on Dec. 23, 1984.

CR 6596 on ELBH-7 at LaPorte, IN

CR 6596 and fellow GE leads westbound ELBH-7 under the CP 463 signal bridge at LaPorte, IN on January 7, 1997

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