Surviving SD50s

Conrail had 135 "fightin fifties" numbered 6700 through 6834 and built from 1983 through 1986. Conrail's fleet of SD50's (the second largest in the country) were delivered with a number of variations from "stock" EMD units. The first three orders (delivered in 1983, 84 and 85) all came equipped with EMD's older Flexicoil truck instead of the standard, at the time, HTC-II truck. This was because of Conrail's erroneously blaming the HTC truck for a number of derailments involving AMTRAK units. It turned out not to be the fault of the truck, and the last order that arrived in 1986 was delivered with the standard EMD trucks. The second two orders (6779-6834) were also delivered with a large 4,500 gallon fuel tank, as opposed to the 4,000 gallon tank on the previous two orders.

In 1999, the fleet was divided between Norfolk Southern and CSX. Those assigned to NS were renumbered into the 5400-5477 series, while CSX allocated units became 8499, 8644-8699. In addition to the above, CSXT 8668-8699 and NS 5446-5477 went to NREX.

CR 6717

CR 6717, soon to become NS 5411, is at West Brownsville, PA on 8/11/99. Unit would later be rebuilt by NS to SD40-E NS 6328.

CR 6736

CR 6736, soon to become CSXT 8657, is at Cumberland, MD on 9/4/99.

CR 6763

CR 6763, soon to become CSXT 8671, is at Cumberland, MD on 7/5/99.

CR 6763

CR 6763, soon to become CSXT 8671, is at West Keyser, WV on 7/5/99.

CR 6781

CR 6781 is idling at Baltimore St., Cumberland, MD, in this June 1999 photo just after the split. Soon after this unit would be renumbered to CSXT 8677, and at the end of its lease it would be sent to NREX, later becoming KCS 7012.

CR 6815

CR 6815 (soon to become CSXT 8691) is at Cumberland, MD on 9/4/99. It would later be returned at the end of the lease, becoming NREX 8691 - then later refurbished as KCS 7024.

CSXT 2474 (CR 6701)

Former CSX 8499/CR 6701 is seen leading D021 at Newark DE on 10/8/08. The unit has been derated by CSX to 3,000 HP and reclassed SD50-2.

CSXT 2474 (CR 6701)

Former CSX 8499/CR 6701 is seen in fresh paint on D021 at Newark DE on 10/9/08. CSX has derated the unit to 3,000 HP and reclassed it as a SD50-2.

CSXT 2474 (CR 6701) (1)

CSXT SD50-2's 2474 (CSX 8499/CR 6701) and 8639 (ex-C&O) work E.R. Snell in Tyrone, GA.

CSXT 2474 (CR 6701) (2)

CSXT SD50-2's 2474 (CSX 8499/CR 6701) and 8639 (ex-C&O) take a rest on the siding that serves E.R. Snell in Tyrone, GA.

CSXT 2474 (CR 6701) (3)

CSXT SD50-2's 2474 (CSX 8499/CR 6701) and 8639 (ex-C&O) take a rest on the siding that serves E.R. Snell in Tyrone, GA.

CSXT 2474 (CR 6701) (4)

CSXT SD50-2 2474 (CSX 8499/CR 6701) takes a rest on the siding that serves E.R. Snell in Tyrone, GA.

CSXT 2474 (CR 6701) (5)

CSXT SD50-2's 2474 (CSX 8499/CR 6701) and 8639 (ex-C&O) take a rest on the siding that serves E.R. Snell in Tyrone, GA.

CSXT 2475 (CR 6703)

CSXT SD50-2's 2483 (CSX 8652/ CR 6725) and 2475 (CSX 8644/ CR 6703) roll through Tyrone, GA on January 3, 2015.

CSXT 2476 (CR 6704)

Former CSX 8645/CR 6704 is seen at Elsmere DE on 4/18/09. CSX has derated the unit to 3,000hp and reclassed it as a SD50-2.

CSXT 2476 (CR 6704)

Seen here is former CSX 8645/CR 6704 which has been derated by CSX to 3,000hp and reclassed as an SD50-2.

CSXT 2477 (CR 6705)

Former CSXT 8646/CR 6705 is seen at Elsmere, DE on 11/10/15.

CSXT 2478 (CR 6709)

CSXT 2478 is seen on CSX Q217-13 at Fairhope, PA on 6/13/15. Unit is ex CSXT 8647/CR 6709 and was derated to 3,000hp by CSX.

CSXT 2478 (CR 6709)

CSXT 2478 is seen on CSX Q217-13 at Fairhope, PA on 6/13/15. Unit is ex CSXT 8647/CR 6709 and was derated to 3,000hp by CSX.

CSXT 2479 (CR 6711)

Former CSX 8648/CR 6711 is seen in fresh paint on D021 at Newark DE on 10/9/08. CSX has derated the unit to 3,000 HP and reclassed it as a SD50-2.

CSXT 2479 (CR 6711)

Former CSX 8648/CR 6711 is seen on V778-15 at Newark DE on 5/17/10.

CSXT 2480 (CR 6718)

CSXT SD50-2's 2492 (CSX 8669/CR 6759) and 2480 (CSX 8649/CR 6718) at work in Tyrone, GA at E.R. Snell.

CSXT 2480 (CR 6718)

CSXT SD50-2's 2492 (CSX 8669/CR 6759) and 2480 (CSX 8649/CR 6718) at work in Tyrone, GA at E.R. Snell.

CSXT 2482 (CR 6720)

Former CSX 8651/CR 6720 is seen at Elsmere DE on 10/13/07. CSX has derated the unit to 3,000 HP and reclassed it as a SD50-2.

CSXT 2482 (CR 6720)

Former CSX 8651/CR 6720 is seen at Elsmere DE on 4/9/08. CSX has derated the unit to 3,000 HP and reclassed it as a SD50-2.

CSXT 2483 (CR 6725) (1)

CSXT SD50-2's 2483 (CSX 8652/ CR 6725) and 2475 (CSX 8644/ CR 6703) roll through Tyrone, GA on January 3, 2015.

CSXT 2483 (CR 6725) (2)

CSXT SD50-2's 2483 (CSX 8652/ CR 6725) and 2475 (CSX 8644/ CR 6703) roll through Tyrone, GA on January 3, 2015.

CSXT 2483 (CR 6725) (3)

CSXT SD50-2's 2483 (CSX 8652/ CR 6725) and 2475 (CSX 8644/ CR 6703) roll through Tyrone, GA on January 3, 2015.

CSXT 2483 (CR 6725) (4)

CSXT SD50-2's 2483 (CSX 8652/ CR 6725) and 2475 (CSX 8644/ CR 6703) roll through Tyrone, GA on January 3, 2015.

CSXT 2483 (CR 6725) (5)

CSXT SD50-2's 2483 (CSX 8652/ CR 6725) and 2475 (CSX 8644/ CR 6703) roll through Tyrone, GA on January 3, 2015.

CSXT 2483 (CR 6725) (6)

CSXT SD50-2's 2483 (CSX 8652/ CR 6725) and 2475 (CSX 8644/ CR 6703) roll through Tyrone, GA on January 3, 2015.

CSXT 2483 (CR 6725) (7)

CSXT SD50-2's 2483 (CSX 8652/ CR 6725) and 2475 (CSX 8644/ CR 6703) roll through Tyrone, GA on January 3, 2015.

CSXT 2485 (CR 6728)

Former CSXT 8654/CR 6728 is seen in the consist of CSX X769-11 at Cumberland, MD on 6/17/16. Unit was headed to Russell, KY for long term storage.

CSXT 2485 (CR 6728) (1)

CSXT SD50-2 2485 (CSX 8654/CR 6728) and SD40-2 8069 race a work train through N.E. Aberdeen in Peachtree City, GA on October 8, 2014.

CSXT 2485 (CR 6728) (2)

CSXT SD50-2 2485 (CSX 8654/CR 6728) and SD40-2 8069 race a work train through N.E. Aberdeen in Peachtree City, GA on October 8, 2014.

CSXT 2485 (CR 6728) (3)

CSXT SD50-2 2485 (CSX 8654/CR 6728) and SD40-2 8069 race a work train through N.E. Aberdeen in October, 2014.

CSXT 2485 (CR 6728) (4)

CSXT SD50-2 2485 (CSX 8654/CR 6728) and SD40-2 8069 race a work train through N.E. Aberdeen in October, 2014.

CSXT 2485 (CR 6728) (5)

CSXT SD50-2's 2486 (CSX 8655/CR 6731) and 2485 (CSX 8654/CR 6728) roll through the Crestwood Road gates in Tyrone, GA on March 6, 2015.

CSXT 2486 (CR 6731) (1)

CSXT SD50-2's 2486 (CSX 8655/CR 6731) and 2485 (CSX 8654/CR 6728) roll through the gates at Crestwood Road in Tyrone, GA on March 6, 2015.

CSXT 2486 (CR 6731) (2)

CSXT SD50-2's 2486 (CSX 8655/CR 6731) and 2485 (CSX 8654/CR 6728) roll through the gates at Crestwood Road in Tyrone, GA on March 6, 2015.

CSXT 2486 (CR 6731) (3)

CSXT SD50-2's 2486 (CSX 8655/CR 6731) and 2485 (CSX 8654/CR 6728) roll through the gates at Crestwood Road in Tyrone, GA on March 6, 2015.

CSXT 2486 (CR 6731) (4)

CSXT SD50-2's 2486 (CSX 8655/CR 6731) and 2485 (CSX 8654/CR 6728) roll past the signal at S.E. Tyrone ANB - 834.83 on March 6, 2015.

CSXT 2489 (CR 6738) (01)

CSXT SD50-2's 2489 (CSX 8658/CR 6738) and 2498 (CSX 8675/CR 6771) wait for clearance with a line of ballast cars in Tyrone, GA on February 18, 2015.

CSXT 2489 (CR 6738) (02)

CSXT SD50-2's 2489 (CSX 8658/CR 6738) and 2498 (CSX 8675/CR 6771) wait for clearance with a line of ballast cars in Tyrone, GA on February 18, 2015.

CSXT 2489 (CR 6738) (03)

CSXT SD50-2's 2489 (CSX 8658/CR 6738) and 2498 (CSX 8675/CR 6771) wait for clearance with a line of ballast cars in Tyrone, GA on February 18, 2015.

CSXT 2489 (CR 6738) (04)

CSXT SD50-2's 2489 (CSX 8658/CR 6738) and 2498 (CSX 8675/CR 6771) wait for clearance with a line of ballast cars in Tyrone, GA on February 18, 2015.

CSXT 2489 (CR 6738) (05)

CSXT SD50-2's 2489 (CSX 8658/CR 6738) and 2498 (CSX 8675/CR 6771) wait for clearance with a line of ballast cars in Tyrone, GA on February 18, 2015.

CSXT 2489 (CR 6738) (06)

CSXT SD50-2's 2489 (CSX 8658/CR 6738) leads 2498 (CSX 8675/CR 6771) and a line of ballast cars in Tyrone, GA on February 18, 2015.

CSXT 2489 (CR 6738) (07)

CSXT SD50-2's 2489 (CSX 8658/CR 6738) and 2498 (CSX 8675/CR 6771) wait for clearance with a line of ballast cars in Tyrone, GA on February 18, 2015.

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