EMD SW1

EMD's early switcher offering, a 600 horsepower unit was first offered in 1939. Conrail inherited almost 200 of these units from PC, RDG, CNJ and LV. They were some of the earliest 'victims' of retirements, all being gone from the roster by 1984. While a large number of them were scrapped, some went to Amtrak while others found new life on some Conrail lines that were created during the early 1980's line abandonments.

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An old RDG SW-1 sits in the Altoona deadlines.
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CR SW-1 8408 (ex-CNJ 1012) rests outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in February, 1979. With the number lined out, the SW-1's operating days have ended.
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CR 8408 (ex-CNJ 1012) and SW-7 8870 (ex-CNJ 1082) in the service line outside the Elizabethport shops in August, 1979.
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CR SW-1 8409 and 8413 rest in a line of retired units at Morrisville yard in June, 1980.
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Conrail SW-1 #8409 is the rear unit in an "Engine Changer" waiting to head west at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. July 22, 1979.

If the Blue Room liked the crews, these could be real good paying 12 hour jobs shuttling engines around the system.

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CR SW-1 8413 and 8409 rest in a line of retired units at Morrisville yard in June, 1980.
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CR SW-1 8414 (ex-PC) at Newark, NJ in February, 1982.
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CR SW-1 8414 (ex-PC) at Newark, NJ in February, 1982.
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Alongside retired T-6 9847, CR SW-1 rests at the Croxton yard engine terminal in August, 1979.
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CR SW-1 8415 (ex-CNJ) at Elizabethport yard in November, 1978.
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CR SW-1 8415 (ex-CNJ) at Elizabethport yard in November, 1978.
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CR 8419, ex-LV 8419 SW1, awaiting work at the Bethlehem roundhouse.
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CR 18714 N-4 class (ex-RDG 92882) caboose works with former LV SW-1 8419 at Bethlehem in April, 1977.
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Ex-LV SW-1 8419 idles at the Bethlehem engine terminal in August, 1978.
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Ex-LV SW-1 8419 pauses at the Croxton engine facility in March, 1979.
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Former LV SW-1 8419 pauses at the Croxton engine facility in March, 1979.
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Short on length and horsepower, Conrail's SW-1's did manage to survive for several years into the big blue era. CR 8424, one of several assigned to the coach yards in Chicago, passes under the Roosevelt St bridge as passenger cars from the PRR and EL sit idle.
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CR RS-3M 9962, SW-1 8429, and NW-2 9270 at Selkirk yard in August, 1979.
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Ancient CR blue SW-1 8449 lines up with GP30 2220 at a busy Enola engine terminal in May, 1977.
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SW-1 8470 parked outside the engine house at Hartford, CT. in June, 1978.wish I had taken a shot of the ex E-L RS-3 (5554) in the background.........but didn't! D'oh!
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CR SW-1 8487 and GP-9B 3839 in a line of other retired SW-1's at Morrisville yard in June, 1980.
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CR 8493 at Niagara Yard Niagara Falls,NY 8-00-1980 Franklin H. Folemsbee photo
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CR SW-1 8501, 8539, and 8550 rest in a line of retired units at Morrisville yard in June, 1980.
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Ancient PC SW-1 8501 works at 30th Street station in Philadelphia in August, 1976.
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Former PC SW-1 8503 sits in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.
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CR GP-9 7476 (ex-LV 300) and CR blue SW-1 8508 (ex-PC) in lines of power awaiting service outside the Elizabethport shops in November, 1978.
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Conrail SW1 8509 (ex-PC 8509) is seen at Hollidaysburg, PA back in 1981.
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Removed from the CR roster, former PC SW-1 8516 rests at the Juniata shops deadline in March, 1978.
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CR SW-1 8520 (ex-PC) at Elizabethport yard in February, 1979.
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Ex-PC SW-1 8520 rests at Oak Island, NY in August, 1979.
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Ancient ex-PC SW-1 8531 rests from working Croxton yard in August, 1979.
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CR SW-1 8531 rests at Croxton yard in August, 1979.
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RDG SW-1 23 (CR 8535) rests at the Juniata shops deadline in March, 1978.
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RDG SW-1 23 will not be renumbered to CR 8535. The ancient switcher rests in the Juniata shops deadline in July, 1978.
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RDG SW-1 23 will not be renumbered to CR 8535. The unit rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.
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Former RDG SW-1 23 rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.
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CR SW-1 8536 rests in a line of retired SW-1's at Morrisville yard in June, 1980.
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CR SW-1 8501, 8539, and 8550 rest in a line of retired units at Morrisville yard in June, 1980.
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Conrail SW-1 #8539 is bringing some trailers east (bound for the Aramingo Ave.TrailVan Terminal) through the station at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. April 29, 1979.

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CR SW-1 8547 rests in a line of retired units at Morrisville yard in June, 1980.
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This little switcher was in the Altoona yard. Seemed like it was out of place around all the big units that were used on the mountain.
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With U25B 2593 in the background, ancient SW-1 8561 was working at the Enola engine terminal with GP40 3084 in May, 1979.
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CR SW-1 8571 rests in a line of retired SW-1's at Morrisville yard in June, 1980.
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CR SW1 8587 in the deadline at Altoona, PA on February 17th, 1994. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.
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Former PC U30B 2843 sits surrounded by Alcos at the Conway yard turntable in August, 1977, while former PC SW-1 8589 rests at the roundhouse. The autorack loaded with new 1977 Ford Pintos gives a historical perspective.
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Former PC SW-1's 8590 and 8597 rest in lines of black and blue power at the Enola engine terminal in August, 1979.
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Former PC SW-1 8591 rests on freight trucks alongside other wrecked, damaged, or cannibalized units outside the Juniata locomotive shops in August, 1977.
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Former PC SW-1 8591 rests on freight car trucks in lines of wrecked, damaged, and cannibalized units outside the Juniata Locomotive shops in August, 1977.
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Ex-EL E-8A 814 (CR 4004) sits with ex-PC/PRR SW-1 8593 in the maintenance line outside the Juniata shops.

Both units may have seen their last operating days, and are being readied for retirement to the Juniata shop's large deadlines.

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Former PC SW-1's 8590 and 8597 rest in lines of black and blue power at the Enola engine terminal in August, 1979.

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