Conrail placed additional orders for SD80MACs but due to the pending takeover by Norfolk Southern and CSX the order was changed. Norfolk Southern, not wanting to take the plunge into AC power, changed the order to standard cab SD70's built to NS specification. The 4,000hp locomotives were numbered 2557 - 2580, in sequence with NS's own SD70's.

They were assembled and painted at the Juniata Locomotive Shop between July and October 1998 in traditional Conrail paint.

CR 2558 Ridgefield Park, NJ 5-1999

CR 2558, is on the point of ALSE at Ridgefield Park, NJ 5/1999.

CR 2559 & 6002 on XSG-400 at Gallitzin, PA 3/5/99

CR 2559 & 6002 are seen leading XSG-400 out of the tunnels at Gallitzin, PA on 3/5/99.

CR 2559 SD70 Port Royal 03-99

A pair of SD70's pass under the 1910 bridge at Port Royal, Pa with PIMO-0 in March 1999.

CR 2561

CR SD70 2561, photographer unknown, Chris Howe collection

CR 2564 on TV10B at Oak Harbor, OH

CR 2564 and 2567 power TV10B eastbound thru Oak Harbor, OH on December 9, 1998. Chris Howe photo

CR 2564 SD70 leads Northbound loaded coal train UOH-87 at West 32nd Street.

Conrail SD-70's 2564 and 2566 lead northbound coal train UOH-87 at West 32nd Street in Ash, Ohio, on Conrail's Youngstown Line.

CR 2565 on Mail-8M at Edgerton, OH

CR 2565 leads Mail-8M past some parked camp cars at Edgerton, OH on October 28, 1998. Chris Howe photo

CR 2565 on TV261 near Stryker, OH

CR 2565 and fellow SD70 leads TV261 near Stryker, OH on October 31, 1998. Chris Howe photo

CR 2566 with STBN-7 at Union City, OH

STBN-7 with the 2566 and a GE for power at Union City, OH on May 27, 1999

CR 2568 at 51st Street yard Chicago, IL

Conrail power that includes some new SD70's like the 2568 facing the photographer is seen at the former Erie Lackawanna 51st Street Yard in Chicago, IL in November 1998. Other units that can be identified in the shot includes CR 6810(SD50), 2577(SD70), 5607(SD60I), and 2560(SD70). Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 2568 on TV11 at Oak Harbor, OH

CR 2568 leads TV11 under the NS line to Bellevue at Oak Harbor, OH on April 25, 1999. Chris Howe photo

CR 2569 at Brookfield, MA. on 9/5/98.

SD70 2569 leads TV6 across the flats in Brookfield, MA. on Sept. 5, 1998. Sharp-eyed observers will note the second unit is not CR, it's an EsPee SD45.

CR 2573 at Chester, MA. on 2/20/99.

A rare visitor to the Boston line, SD70 2573 leads a BOSE-X through Chester, MA. on Feb. 20, 1999.

CR 2573 in Washington, MA. on 2/20/99.

Because of it's rarity up here, BOSE-X was worth a chase to get another crack at SD70 2573 as he works up by Ballou's on Feb. 20, 1999.

CR 2573 Shire Oaks, PA 4/3/1999

UBT-406 departs Shire Oaks yard, heading to the coal fields to load.

CR 2574 at Huntington, MA. on 2/20/99.

A pair of SD70's, led by the 2574, take TV9 through Huntington, MA. on Feb. 20, 1999.

CR 2574 Ridgefield Park, NJ 1-1999

CR 2574 is on the point of SECS at Ridgefield Park, NJ 1/1999

CR 2575 at Cove, PA in 1998

Conrail SD70 2575 is seen leading Mail3 westbound at Cove, PA on 10/15/1998

CR 2575 Cresson 12-98

A pair of SD70's built to NS specs cross over at CP MO in Cresson, Pa with train ALPI-2F. These were nice units despite being built with a standard cab well into the wide cab era. I put the first miles on many of these when they came out of JBS and went west to Conway on train ATPI, smooth ride, sweet horn, but a little noisy.

CR 2575 on BUHE-9X at Porter, IN in 5/99

BUHE-9X with the 2575 and 3310 for power at Porter, IN on May 9, 1999

CR 2577 on ELBU-8 at Butler, IN

CR 2577 and 2562 are eastbound with ELBU-0 at Butler, IN on May 30, 1999. Chris Howe photo

CR 2579 Ashtabula, OH

Conrail 2579 rests between assignments in the former Conrail Ashtabula Harbor Ohio Yard (now owned by NS)

EMD 7001 Shire Oaks, PA 4/93

EMD Demonstrator locomotives 7001, 7000 and 7002 wait for permission to head south to West Brownsville yard for a train..

EMD SD70M Demo's Shire Oaks, PA

EMD SD70M' Demo's 7000, 7001 and 7002 at Conrail's Shire Oak Yard, PA 4/19/1993

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