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.

CR 23 Altoona, PA 5/27/1978

An old RDG SW-1 sits in the Altoona deadlines.

CR 8408 Elizabethport, NJ 2-28-1979

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.

CR 8408 Elizabethport, NJ 8-17-1979

CR 8408 (ex-CNJ 1012) and SW-7 8870 (ex-CNJ 1082) in the service line outside the Elizabethport shops in August, 1979.

CR 8409 Morrisville, PA 6-14-1980

CR SW-1 8409 and 8413 rest in a line of retired units at Morrisville yard in June, 1980.

CR 8409 on an "Engine Changer" at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. July 22, 1979.

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.

CR 8413 Morrisville PA 6-14-1980

CR SW-1 8413 and 8409 rest in a line of retired units at Morrisville yard in June, 1980.

CR 8414 Newark, NJ 2-15-1982

CR SW-1 8414 (ex-PC) at Newark, NJ in February, 1982.

CR 8414 Newark, NJ 2-15-1982

CR SW-1 8414 (ex-PC) at Newark, NJ in February, 1982.

CR 8414 Secaucus, NJ 8-17-1979

Alongside retired T-6 9847, CR SW-1 rests at the Croxton yard engine terminal in August, 1979.

CR 8415 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR SW-1 8415 (ex-CNJ) at Elizabethport yard in November, 1978.

CR 8415 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

CR SW-1 8415 (ex-CNJ) at Elizabethport yard in November, 1978.

CR 8419 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

CR 8419, ex-LV 8419 SW1, awaiting work at the Bethlehem roundhouse.

CR 8419 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

CR 18714 N-4 class (ex-RDG 92882) caboose works with former LV SW-1 8419 at Bethlehem in April, 1977.

CR 8419 Bethlehem, PA 8-27-1978

Ex-LV SW-1 8419 idles at the Bethlehem engine terminal in August, 1978.

CR 8419 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

Ex-LV SW-1 8419 pauses at the Croxton engine facility in March, 1979.

CR 8419 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

Former LV SW-1 8419 pauses at the Croxton engine facility in March, 1979.

CR 8424 Chicago, IL 08-19-1978

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.

CR 8429 Selkirk, NY 8-10-1979

CR RS-3M 9962, SW-1 8429, and NW-2 9270 at Selkirk yard in August, 1979.

CR 8449 Enola, PA 5-27-1979

Ancient CR blue SW-1 8449 lines up with GP30 2220 at a busy Enola engine terminal in May, 1977.

CR 8470 Hartford, CT 6/1978

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!

CR 8487 Morrisville, PA 6-14-1980

CR SW-1 8487 and GP-9B 3839 in a line of other retired SW-1's at Morrisville yard in June, 1980.

CR 8493 Niagara Falls, NY 8-1-1980

CR 8493 at Niagara Yard Niagara Falls,NY 8-00-1980 Franklin H. Folemsbee photo

CR 8501 Morrisville, PA 6-14-1980

CR SW-1 8501, 8539, and 8550 rest in a line of retired units at Morrisville yard in June, 1980.

CR 8501 Philadelphia, PA 8-14-1976

Ancient PC SW-1 8501 works at 30th Street station in Philadelphia in August, 1976.

CR 8503 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former PC SW-1 8503 sits in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 8508 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

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.

CR 8509 Hollidaysburg, PA 1981

Conrail SW1 8509 (ex-PC 8509) is seen at Hollidaysburg, PA back in 1981.

CR 8516 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

Removed from the CR roster, former PC SW-1 8516 rests at the Juniata shops deadline in March, 1978.

CR 8520 Elizabethport, NJ 2-28-1979

CR SW-1 8520 (ex-PC) at Elizabethport yard in February, 1979.

CR 8520 Oak Island, NY 8-17-1979

Ex-PC SW-1 8520 rests at Oak Island, NY in August, 1979.

CR 8531 Secaucus, NJ 8-17-1979

Ancient ex-PC SW-1 8531 rests from working Croxton yard in August, 1979.

CR 8531 Secaucus, NJ 8-17-1979

CR SW-1 8531 rests at Croxton yard in August, 1979.

CR 8535 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

RDG SW-1 23 (CR 8535) rests at the Juniata shops deadline in March, 1978.

CR 8535 Altoona, PA 7-25-1978

RDG SW-1 23 will not be renumbered to CR 8535. The ancient switcher rests in the Juniata shops deadline in July, 1978.

CR 8535 Altoona, PA 8-21-1978

RDG SW-1 23 will not be renumbered to CR 8535. The unit rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1978.

CR 8535 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former RDG SW-1 23 rests retired in the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 8536 Altoona, PA 6-14-1980

CR SW-1 8536 rests in a line of retired SW-1's at Morrisville yard in June, 1980.

CR 8539 Altoona, PA 6-14-1980

CR SW-1 8501, 8539, and 8550 rest in a line of retired units at Morrisville yard in June, 1980.

CR 8539 is bringing some trailers through the station at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia. April 29, 1979

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.

CR 8547 Morrisville, PA 6-14-1980

CR SW-1 8547 rests in a line of retired units at Morrisville yard in June, 1980.

CR 8557 Altoona, PA 5/27/1978

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.

CR 8561 Enola, PA 5-27-1979

With U25B 2593 in the background, ancient SW-1 8561 was working at the Enola engine terminal with GP40 3084 in May, 1979.

CR 8571 Altoona, PA 6-14-1980

CR SW-1 8571 rests in a line of retired SW-1's at Morrisville yard in June, 1980.

CR 8587 Altoona, PA 2-17-1994

CR SW1 8587 in the deadline at Altoona, PA on February 17th, 1994. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR 8589 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

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.

CR 8590 Enola, PA 8-3-1979

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

CR 8591 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former PC SW-1 8591 rests on freight trucks alongside other wrecked, damaged, or cannibalized units outside the Juniata locomotive shops in August, 1977.

CR 8591 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

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.

CR 8593 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

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.

CR 8597 Enola, PA 8-3-1979

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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