GE U33C

Conrail inherited 24 U33C's from Penn Central and 15 from the Erie Lackawanna. Conrail assigned them to series CR 6540-6578 then renumbered them to 6845-6882.

CR 6072 Jamestown, Pa 10-24-1977

An eastbound Grain Extra climbs the West Slope crossing over RT-53 approaching Cassandra @ Jamestown, Pa

CR 6105 Elizabeth, NJ 1/79

PIOI-6 crosses over from track one to track two at ELMORA Elizabeth, NJ

CR 6280 in Chester, MA. on 6/13/79. (2)

U33-C 6555 lends a hand to the extra 6280 west at MP 127 in Chester, MA. on June 13, 1979. Note the fairing on the leading edge of the radiator "wings", a feature unique to GE's U33 models.

CR 6541 Allentown, PA 12-26-1978

With a light coating of snow, former PC U33C 6541 works Allentown yard in December, 1978.

CR 6547 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former PC U33C 6547 leads a trio of U-boats pulling a string of hoppers as they pass by the weeds of the Juniata shops deadline.

CR 6550 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

PC U33C 6550 and GP9's 7418 and 7457 await service outside the Juniata shops in May, 1977.

CR 6550 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

A year into Conrail operations and the continued power shortage was visible as evidenced by the lines of units outside the Juniata shops.

EL GP7 1209 (CR 5939), PC GP9 7418, and PC U33C 6550 make up the front row as they await service in May, 1977.

CR 6550 Warsaw, IN 5/1977

CR 6550, a U33C still in pure Penn Central paint leads a eastbound at Warsaw, IN back in May 1977. The tower that guards the diamond of the Marion Branch with the Pennsy main can be seen in the background and the connection track that ELFW/FWEL uses can be seen in the foreground. Photographer unknown, Chris Howe collection

CR 6551 Hornell, NY 10-30-1977

A Westbound leaves Hornell behind as it starts to climb the "hill" on the line to Meadville.

CR 6555 Washington, MA 2-6-1977

Conrail U33C 6555 pushing an eastbound through the cut at Washington, MA on 6 February 1977

CR 6557 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

You can feel the thunder as CR U33C 6557 and an SD-45 pull hard up Horseshoe in March, 1978.

CR 6559 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

Paired with a 20-cylinder SD45, ex-PC U33C 6559 prepares for action at Conway in August, 1977.

CR 6560 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

Former PC 6560 U33C, now in CR blue, waits for action in the power lineup at Enola in May, 1977.

CR 6560 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

Ex-PC 6560 U33C, now in CR blue, smokes while moving through the lines of power at Enola in May, 1977.

CR 6561 Elizabethport, NJ 2-28-1979

Former Selkirk-based ex-PC U33C 6561 rests outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in February, 1979.

CR 6562 Chester, MA 10/1978

U33C 6562 takes a break from pusher duty at Chester, MA. in October, 1978. The depot looked much better in the red with white trim rather than the two-tone gray job it got a few years later.

CR 6564 Altoona, PA 8-4-1979

With EMD leading, U25B 2675 (ex-PC) second, U33C 6564 (ex-EL 3301) third, and two more U-boats following, a quintet of units pound through Altoona in August, 1979.

CR 6564 Altoona, PA 8-4-1979

With EMD leading, U25B 2675 (ex-PC) second, U36C 6564 (ex-EL 3301) third, and two more U-boats following, a quintet of units pound through Altoona in August, 1979.

CR 6564 Harrisburg, PA 8-3-1979 (1)

CR U33C 6564 (ex-EL 3301) runs second in a quartet of U-boats as they roll past Amtrak E-units. CR U30C 6579(ex-RDG 6300) and U23B 2701(ex-PC) follow at Harrisburg in August, 1979.

CR 6564 Harrisburg, PA 8-3-1979 (2)

CR U33C 6564 (ex-EL 3301) runs second in a quartet of U-boats as they roll past Amtrak E-units. CR U30C 6579(ex-RDG 6300) and U23B 2701(ex-PC) follow at Harrisburg in August, 1979.

CR 6564 Harrisburg, PA 8-3-1979 (3)

CR U33C 6564 (ex-EL 3301) runs second in a quartet of U-boats as they roll past Amtrak E-units. CR U30C 6579(ex-RDG 6300) and U23B 2701(ex-PC) follow at Harrisburg in August, 1979.

CR 6564 Harrisburg, PA 8-3-1979 (4)

CR U33C 6564 (ex-EL 3301) runs second in a quartet of U-boats as they roll past Amtrak E-units. CR U30C 6579(ex-RDG 6300) and U23B 2701(ex-PC) follow at Harrisburg in August, 1979.

CR 6565 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

CR U33C 6565 (ex-EL 3302) and a sister U33C blast through Altoona in March, 1978.

CR 6565 Collinwood, OH 12-15-1976

Another one of those early Conrail goodies, this former EL U33C has it's Conrail number applied but still retains it's EL lettering and nose diamond. The 6565 would in time receive a coat of blue.

This unit started life on the EL as their 3302, and would spend several years on the D&H, returning back to the EL in that SD45/U33C swap prior to C-day. It never got the mars light package like the other two (CR 6564, 6566) did.

CR 6565 King of Prussia, PA 6-8-1979

CR U33C 6565 (ex-EL 3302) leads ex-PC GP-9B 3826 at Abrams in June, 1979.

CR 6565 King of Prussia, PA 6-8-1979

CR U33C 6565 (ex-EL 3302) leads ex-PC GP-9B 3826 at Abrams in June, 1979.

CR 6566 Sterling, OH 03-3-1976

A well traveled unit even before Conrail inherited it, Erie Lackawanna U33C leads a westbound through Sterling, Ohio. This was one of those neat 3 builder consists- GE U33C, EMD SD45-2, Alco C424 and a pair of Alco RS-3's. The paint job is pretty fresh on the 3303 as it was returned from several years on the Delaware and Hudson in late December 1975 and repainted EL. It was part of a trade that sent 3 GE's to the D&H in exchange for 3 SD45's. The SD's would run on the EL in their D&H numbers of 801,02, and 03. The 3303 was renumbered 753 while on the D&H. This swap lasted until just before C-day when it was "undone" and the units sent back to the original owners. The 3303 would become Conrail 6566 and be one of only a handful (the ex Auto Train U36B's come to mind) that would have Mars lights on the nose.

CR 6569 Allentown (BURN), PA 3-24-1978

Look Ma, no logo's! An AH Extra departs Allentown for Rutherford @ CP-Burn....

CR 6569 Chester, MA Summer 1977

Ex-PC(EL) U33C 6569 leads a freight westbound at Chester, MA on the Boston Line during the summer of 1977.

CR 6571 Heads west through MG interlocking with a caboose hop, 3/79

Since Conrail's early years, the term "patch job" has made me cringe. Up until Conrail, the only "patch jobs" I had ever seen were those done by SCL, when ACL and SAL merged. Compared to Conrail, those were an absolute class act. The former EL units seemed to get the best patches of all the Conrail predecessors. U33C No. 6571 wasn't one of them. It leads a cab light move upgrade at MG Tower, PA on 3/19/78.

CR 6572 Rochester, NY 3-1978

An ex EL unit backs into the piggyback terminal for a pickup at Rochester.

CR 6573 Macedonia, OH 03-6-1978

I'm in the cab of Conrail F7A 1733 heading down the switching lead as a set of power goes east on the house lead. Former EL U33C 6573 heads up a good mix of early Conrail power that includes F's, geeps, and a BAR GP-38.

CR 6575 Elizabethport, NJ 8-17-1979

CR U33C 6575 (ex-EL 3312) rests outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in August, 1979.

CR 6575 Elizabethport, NJ 8-17-1979

CR U33C (ex-EL 3312) and other blue units lined up behind the Elizabethport locomotive shop in August, 1979.

CR 6575 Elizabethport, NJ 8-17-1979

CR U33C 6575 (ex-EL 3312) lined up for maintenance at Elizabethport in August, 1979.

CR 6576 Rochester, NY 3/25/1979

A pair of ex EL units get wyed at the Rochester Engine faciliies.

CR 6577 Barberton, OH 05-2-1977

Time was running out on this man's flag job in Barberton, Ohio by this May 1977 date. Even though crossing lights and bells are installed and working, the crossing guard remains due to this being a "main drag" into the high school just beyond the tracks. The EL had ran 25 to 30 trains a day through here, easily justifying the need for the extra protection, but Conrail has pulled all but a handful of trains off this line, negating the need for that "personal touch" at this crossing. Note the shanty off to the far right, complete with a heater exhaust pipe and the guard's auto. There also appears to be a track gang "in the clear" down near the previous crossing. CR 6577 was delivered to the EL as their 3314.

CR 6577 Cresson, PA 5-27-1978

Former PC C636 6788 follows CR U33C 6577 (ex-EL 3314) as they roll through Cresson, PA in May, 1978.

CR 6577 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

With a full crew, CR U33C 6577 (ex-EL 3314) pauses at Croxton yard in March, 1979.

CR 6578 Rochester, NY 8/1977

A Westbound CR pig train is passing the once busy Goodman Street Yard.

CR 6861 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980

Former PC SD-45 6124 leads CR blue GP38-2 7978, U33C 6861(ex-PC 6556), and GP-40 3138 with a string of piggybacks through Spruce Creek in November, 1980.

CR 6868 (U33C)

Former CR/PC 6563 was at S. Philadelphia, PA on 4/19/80.

CR 6868 (U33C) Rear

Rear view of CR 6868 (ex CR/PC 6563) at S. Philadelphia, PA on 4/19/80.

CR 6868 S. Phila. PA 4/80

CR 6868, 3628, 3196 lead empty hoppers out of Greenwich yard west, on the elevated trackage at 25th St. and Washington Ave., (between Penrose and Arsenal), S. Phila. PA on 4/19/80.

CR 6872 Akron, OH 06-14-1980

Conrail got to rub elbows with some pretty interesting railroads during it's life span, and the Chessie System was one of them. Here Conrail train MECI waits to go west on the former EL while a Chessie eastbound with Western Maryland GP-9 6401 passes on the joint CR/B&O Warwick to Akron line. CR U33C 6872 is a former Erie Lackawanna unit on home rails, but that WM chop nose geep is far from the WM. Today CSX still uses the tracks the Chessie train is on, the EL is long gone.

CR 6875 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980 (1)

The trailing U33C 6875 (ex-EL 3307 and former CR 6570) smokes it up while a pair of 1977-built SD-40-2's (6439 and 6432) leads mixed freight through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

Both 6439 and 6432, part of CR series 6431-6440, underwent an operational cost comparison program in 1977.  Participants of the program received a white star under their cab numbers.

CR 6875 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980 (2)

Smoking U33C 6875 (ex-EL 3307 and former CR 6570) trails a pair of SD-40-2's (6439 and 6432) as they lead mixed freight through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

SD40-2 6432 showed the white star under the cab number showing the unit's participation in the 1977 operational cost comparison program for CR series 6431-6440.

CR 8121 Bogota, NJ 5-4-1976

No patch outs yet as VW-1 operates siding to main south at CP-7.

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