Conrail Bicentennial Units

CR 1776 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

Conrail 1776, ex-EL 3351, waits to depart from Hoboken in August, 1977.

Following the 1983 transition of Conrail passenger operations from contract by NJDOT to operation by NJ Transit, the unit was renumbered to NJ Transit 4151.

CR 1776 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

Conrail 1776 (ex-EL 3351), rests along with NJDOT 3358 at Hoboken in August, 1977.

CR 1776 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

With Comet I cars behind, Conrail 1776 (ex-EL 3351) waits for assignment at Hoboken in August, 1977.

CR 1776 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

The coach yard tracks are overgrown as Conrail 1776, ex-EL 3351, waits to depart from Hoboken in August, 1977.

CR 3351 Port Jervis, NY 1977

CR 3351 is seen at Port Jervis NY in 1977.

CR 6097 Harrisburg, PA 5-7-1977

CR SD45 6097, still lettered EL 3632 in Bicentennial paint, idles at Harrisburg under the catenary along wih SDP45 6683 (ex-EL 3652) and ex-PC GP9 7109.

CR 6097 Harrisburg, PA 5-7-1977

CR SD45 6097, still lettered EL 3632 in Bicentennial paint, idles at Harrisburg under the catenary along wih SDP45 6683 (ex-EL 3652) and ex-PC GP9 7109.

CR 6097 Harrisburg, PA 5-7-1977

·      CR SD45 6097, still lettered EL 3632 in Bicentennial paint, idles at Harrisburg under the catenary along wih SDP45 6683 (ex-EL 3652) and ex-PC GP9 7109.

CR 6097 Harrisburg, PA 5-7-1977

CR SD45 6097, still lettered EL 3632 in Bicentennial paint, idles at Harrisburg under the catenary along wih SDP45 6683 (ex-EL 3652) and ex-PC GP9 7109.

CR 6669 Akron, OH 10-18-1977

Ordered with dual control stands, the former EL SDP45's could be ran long hood lead as witnessed by CR 6669, the ex EL 3638 leading "hammerhead" style through Akron, Ohio in October 1977.

CR 6669 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

CR SDP45 6669 (ex-EL 3638), still in EL Bicentennial colors, at Enola in May, 1977.

Unit 3638 was one of EL's 3635-3653 EMD order in 1969, when EL was under control of N&W. These units were returned to Norfolk Southern in 1984.

CR 6669 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

CR SDP45 6669 (ex-EL 3638), still in EL Bicentennial colors, at Enola in May, 1977.

Unit 3638 was one of EL's 3635-3653 EMD order in 1969, when EL was under control of N&W. These units were returned to Norfolk Southern in 1984.

CR 6669 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

Ex-EL Bicentennial SDP-45 6669 (ex-EL 3638) rests just outside the Enola shops during a GG-1 crew change on a dreary May 7, 1977.

CR 6669 SDP45 6097 SD45 Akron, OH 12-17-1975

Since today is the 4th, I'll toss this on the site. Both of these Erie Lackawanna RW&B units would become property of Conrail in a few months and get new numbers, 6669 and 6097, and run in this paint for a couple of years before dress blue was applied. The 3632/6097 survives today as the engine test bed at Altoona (ex CR Q1). In this photo 2nd NY100 cools it's wheels at JO in Akron for a Chessie to cross over in front of them. You can tell JO was a PC/Chessie controlled tower, as anyone in an EL tower that stopped this train would probably be unemployed after doing so!

CR 6669 Walbridge, OH 05-14-1977

I seemed to run across this unit a lot, which is OK in my book. A pair of ex EL SDP45's have pulled up to a stop in Walbridge, Ohio to wait on C&O traffic. The sun was right on the horizon, and I'm fighting shadows, but the lowest of low light sure brings out the under frame detail.

CR 6669 Wooster, OH 07-01-1979

A westbound coke train drifts down Wooster Hill near Wooster, Ohio in July 1979. Still in it's (rough) EL red/white/blue scheme, it would receive a coat of dress blue. Of interest is the trailing unit, CR 6688, the former EL SDP-45 #3657 that has a wreck replaced long hood.

CR 6683 Harrisburg, PA 5-7-1977

CR SD45 6097, still lettered EL 3632 in Bicentennial paint, idles at Harrisburg under the catenary along wih SDP45 6683 (ex-EL 3652) and ex-PC GP9 7109.

CR 7776

Here, compliments of member Pat Livingston, is a picture of CR GP38 7776 in its rare Bicentennial paint scheme. Unit was supposed to stay this way for a while, but it got accidentally repainted full CR blue a few months later.

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