GE U36C

Built for the Erie Lackawanna as their 3316 to 3328, these thirteen 3,600 6-axle locomotives became Conrail 6587 to 6599. In November of 1979 they were renumbered to 6884 to 6896 in order to make room for more new C30-7A's. All were retired in December 1987 and returned to the lessor and are presumed scrapped.

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Conrail SD40-2 6508 is seen leading a westbound freight through Conway Yard in 1983. The train is passing a line of stored units, including CR U36C 6895 (ex-CR 6598, nee-EL 3327) and CR SW7 8863 (ex-EL 431).
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CR U36C 6587, ex-EL 3316, in the middle of a trio of units near Bethlehem in June, 1978.
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CR U36C 6587, ex-EL 3316, rests between assignments at Bethlehem in June, 1978.
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CR GP38-2 8112, U36C 6587, and SDP45 6697 run light near Bethlehem in June, 1978.
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With a PC green bus behind, CR U36C 6587 (ex-EL 3316) has the power on at the service area outside the Morrisville shops in August, 1979.
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CR had a small yard and engine facility in Binghamton. A set of 3 engines is parked along the engine house.
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An ex EL U36-C is in the middle of a lahup at Goodman Street Yard.
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One of 13 ex-EL U36C's, CR 6590 (ex-EL 3319), is ready to go at Conway in August, 1978.
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With the helper unit on the front, an Eastbound lays down a blanket of smoke as it climbs the grade across Starrucca Viaduct.
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Before the can opener logo, there was the equal sign logo, but nobody quite got that one. Here's 1/2 a logo CR U36-C #6591, in the yard at Port Richmond, Phila., PA. 6/5/1978.

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Two fresh out of high school railfans first visited Conway in August of 1977 and found a mixture of CR predecessor roads and many locomotive builders. My friend captured CR U36C 6592 (ex-EL 3321) late in the day.
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At the Conway engine facility late in the day in August, 1977, CR U36C 6592 (ex-EL 3321) waits for assignment alongside SD45-2 6657 (ex-EL 3672).
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A general freight is roaring around the curve as it assaults the grade at Horseshoe Curve. It looks like the sanders are getting a workout!

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A Westbound train is climbing the East leg of the curve, as seen from the West leg of the curve.
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Still in it's attractive EL scheme and number, this Conrail U36C leads an eastbound on the former EL in Akron, Ohio in November of 1976. The U25B behind is already in the new dress blue. The Conrail roster contained 13 U36C's, all from the EL. The train is TV-98, one of the few priority trains still routed over the ex EL.
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CR U36C 6594 (ex-EL 3323) follows an SDP45 in a trio of units readying for pusher duty at Cresson in March, 1978.
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CR SDP45 6697 (ex-EL 3666) leads U36C 6594 (ex-EL 3323) and an SD38 as they ready for pusher duty at Cresson in March, 1978.
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U36C 6596 sails along Rt. 20 in Huntington, MA. with an eastbound in April, 1979.
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Erie Lackawanna U36C #3326, by this date the property of Conrail, sits at the former EL Breir Hill facility near Youngstown, Ohio. Keeping these big GE's company are a pair of BN RS-3's still in SP&S colors, a colorful leased power addition to an already colorful Conrail. Conrail used these GE units for a few weeks on the Creston turn ore trains. The 3326 would become CR 6597 and wear a coat of blue.
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A pair of GEs fill in for the common fleet of SDs as helper units approach the Horseshoe Curve. The first unit is an ex-EL unit, while the second was a built new for Conrail C30-7A.

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Renumbered from 6591 in 1979 to make room for C30-7A's, CR U36C 6888 (ex-EL 3320) rests in lines of CR power at Enola in August, 1980.
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U36C 6892 leads the charge up hill through Warren, MA. on June 4, 1980.
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NE-2 approaches CP-7 to run the siding from 7 to 13 meeting three southbounds.

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