GE U23B - Page 2

Conrail inherited 77 units from Penn Central, 12 from Lehigh Valley, and 10 new, assigning them to series CR 2700-2798.

CR 2759 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (2)

CR GP40 3165 runs third in a seven-unit consist that blasted up the Curve on May 22, 1977.

The GP40 leads U23B 2759, F-7A 1755, and GP40's 3065 and 3071.

CR 2759 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (3)

U23B 2759 and F-7A 1755 make up the 4th and 5th units of a seven-unit consist battling up the Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 2761 Crestline, OH 04-6-1979

A late day photo of a westbound on the ex PRR Ft Wayne Line hitting the Big 4 diamond in Crestline, Ohio. In this April 1979 shot the old passenger depot was still standing, and was that a CR blue phone booth? Today, phone booths are about as rare as U23B's!

CR 2769 Cresson, PA 4-17-1988

Former PC 2769 is seen at Cresson, PA on 4/17/1988.

CR 2769 Cresson, PA 8-12-1990

Former PC 2769 is seen at Cresson, PA on 8/12/1990. Note the lack of "CONRAIL" on the long hood.

CR 2769 Ridgewood, NJ 1977

PC 2769 is seen running long-hood foward on PO-87A at Ridgewood NJ sometime in 1977. The 2769 was delivered with dual controls.

CR 2773

Former PC 2773 was at Buffalo, NY on 3/16/77.

CR 2774 Elizabethport, NJ 2-28-1979

CR U23B (ex-PC) lined up with CR blue NW-2 9201 at Elizabethport in February, 1979.

CR 2777 Rochester, NY 11-30-1977

Not very good quality, but worth posting since it was an LV unit. Wish I had a better camera those first 2 years of CR.

CR 2778 Akron, OH 04-3-1976

Three Lehigh Valley U23B's would be the first non PC/EL power I would see after the ConRail merger. They had come up from Columbus on OM-8 on April 3rd, and I just had to get them in front of an Akron icon, the Firestone Tire and Rubber factory. Solid sets of heritage power like this would soon be a thing of the past.

CR 2778 Akron, OH 4-3-1976

A set of 3 Lehigh Valley U23B's work the former PRR/PC South Akron yard with OM-8. This was the first non-PC or EL power to show up on the new ConRail in Akron- only 3 days into April 1976. LV 502 would become CR 2778.

CR 2778 South Plainfield, NJ 9-1977

CR 2778 is seen on JN-5 making a pickup at S. Plainfield NJ in 9-77.

CR 2779 Enola, PA 6-18-1977

CR U23B 2779 (ex-LV 503) rests in the lines of power at Enola in June, 1977.

CR 2779 Enola, PA 6-18-1977

The quick CR stencil and paint over did not cover the Lehigh Valley lettering on U23B 2779 (ex-LV 503) at Enola in June, 1977.

CR 2780 Enola, PA 6-18-1977 (1)

CR GP38-2 8042 leads U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504), GP38 7832, and NW-2 9159 as they prepare to head westbound out of Enola in June, 1977.

CR 2780 La Grange, IL 7-1-1983

Conrail U23B No. 2780 leads an eastbound freight on the IHB at LaGrange, IL in July 1983. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 2780 Marysville, PA 6-18-1977 (2)

CR U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504) follows former PC GP38-2 8042 in a four unit lashup crossing Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.

CR 2780 Marysville, PA 6-18-1977 (3)

Former PC GP38-2 8042 leads U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504), GP38 7832, and NW-2 9159 across Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.

CR 2780 Marysville, PA 6-18-1977 (4)

Former PC GP38-2 8042 leads U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504), GP38 7832, and NW-2 9159 across Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.

CR 2780 Marysville, PA 6-18-1977 (5)

Former PC GP38-2 8042 leads U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504), GP38 7832, and NW-2 9159 across Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.

CR 2780 Marysville, PA 6-18-1977 (6)

Former PC GP38-2 8042 leads U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504), GP38 7832, and NW-2 9159 across Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.

CR 2781

Former LV 505 was at Toledo, OH on 6/24/78. On 10/3/96 it would be sold to RBMN 2394.

CR 2781 Akron, OH 5-1-1976

Lehigh Valley U23B 505 leads 2 Penn Central units east on the former EL as a local with PC F7A 1790 tip toes down the 103 track beside it in this May 1976 view at Akron,Ohio. Grubby day, but I figured this shot was worth it.

CR 2781 Gallitzin, PA 8-4-1979

CR GP38-2 8151 leads U23B's 2719, 2748, and 2781, and a GP into the tunnels at Gallitzin in August, 1979.

CR 2781 Harrisburg PA May, 1987

CR 2781 is seen meeting C&O 4278 at Amtrak's Harrisburg Station while a set of Amtrak Metroliners waits for its return trip to Philadelphia. Action was captured in May of 1987. The Chessie powered train is coming of the Lurgan Branch and is enroute to Enola Yard.

CR 2783 Binghamton, NY 4-21-1977

CR U23B 2783 (ex-LV 507) waits with GP40 3048 for assignment at Binghamton, NY in April, 1977.

CR 2783 West Englewood, NJ 2/77

U23B 2783 ex Lehigh Valley 507 leads eight other locomotives on WV-2 in emergency @ mp10 West Englewood, NJ

CR 2785 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

Two smoking PC U-boats, along with CR U23B 2785 (ex-LV 509), pull hard on the Northeast corridor at Morrisville in April, 1977.

CR 2785 Pitcairn, PA 8-19-1978

CR U23B's 2785 (ex-LV 509) and 2729 rest at Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.

CR 2785 Pitcairn, PA 8-19-1978

CR U23B 2785 (ex-LV 509) rests at Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.

CR 2786 at Greenfield, MA. on 1/14/84 (1)

U23-B 2786 leads another westbound empty UBO coal train at Russell St. in Greenfield, MA. on Jan. 14, 1984. B&M train SPCP sits on the Conn River Line at right, while the UBO is on the Fitchburg Route, as the two lines parallel each other between Cheapside and Greenfield station.

CR 2788 Akron, OH 10-19-1976

U-boats from the Lehigh Valley and Penn Central work the former Erie Lackawanna yard in Akron, Ohio in October 1976.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

Not typical yard workers, LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) leads PC GP-30 2238 as they shuffle gondolas and boxcars at Abrams.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) smokes up Abrams yard, during switching duties with PC GP-30 2238.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

After switching duties, LV U23B 512 and PC GP-30 2238 are ready to pull out of Abrams with their mixed freight on a dark day in February, 1977.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (LV's last of 12 U23B's inherited to Conrail) and PC GP-30 2238 worked Abrams yard and now prepare to depart with a mixed freight on a dark day in February, 1977

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 team up at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 team up at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 team up at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 teamed up and worked Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 team up at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 team up at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2789 & 8120 Leading a Freight Past MG Tower, 4/82

CR U23B-2789 & GP38-2-8120 are leading a W/B freight as they pass MG Tower at Mid-Grade on the east slope. 1:29PM on 4/24/82 west of Altoona, PA.

CR 2792 in Hinsdale, MA. on 7/23/83. (1)

CR 2792, with SENH blows past GP15-1 1697 at the crossovers in Hinsdale, MA. The 1697 had just helped a westbound and is waiting for SENH to clear before crossing over and returning to West Springfield yard.

CR 2794 and 2786 Altoona, PA 11-1-1992

Conrail U23Bs 2794 and 2786 (ex-LV 510) are leading GP38 7684 (ex-PC 7684) on of WHAL-46 at Altoona, PA in November, 1992. 2794 would later become Providence & Worcester 2208, while the 2786 would go on to be used by Pennsy Supply at Annville, PA until just a few yrs ago.

CR 2794 Enola, PA 7-9-1977

Only a few months old, CR U23B 2794 waits for assignment with GP38 7841 at Enola in July, 1977.

The new unit will not endure the GP38's many rough years served with the Penn Central.

CR 2794 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980

CR U23B 2794 pulls round the curve at Spruce Creek in November, 1980.

CR 2798 at Middlefield, MA. in 6/79. (A)

CR 2798, the "last U-Boat", leads westbound tonnage around the horseshoe curve near MP 129 in Middlefield, MA. in June, 1979.

CR 2798 in Middlefield, MA. in June, 1979. (1)

CR 2798 leads westbound tonnage in Middlefield, MA. on June, 1979.

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