EMD SW900

A 900 horsepower offering using the 567C engine from EMD, the SW900 was built from 1954 to 1965. Conrail acquired two groups when it was formed in 1976. The first had numbers in the 8628 to 8663 and consisted of former PC, LV and Raritan River (acquired in 1980) units, while the second group were former Reading units in the 8701 to 8721 block. The former RDG units were rebuilt by EMD from older switchers, the 8701 to 8715 rebuilt from VO660's and the 8716 to 8721 rebuilt from SW's. Removed from the CR roster by 1995, many are still in use on industrials within the US and Canada.

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A Conrail local freight with SW900 8630(ex CUT) leading is heading for the far west end of the CR&I(Chicago River & Indiana), west of Corwith Yard(ATSF) in October 1979. It is seen approaching Elsdon Jct. The GTW mains are in the foreground and the IHB Stock Yards Branch runs through here, too. Doug Davidson photo with permission
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Former PC 8641/NYC 9641 is seen at Hollidaysburg, PA on 2/8/1987. This unit would later become MDDE 801 and be one of the few to be painted in the "Conrail Express" paint scheme.
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Former PC 8641/NYC 9641 is seen with SW1200 CR 9340 at Hollidaysburg, PA on 3/9/1991. The 8641 would later become MDDE 801 and be one of the few to be painted in the "Conrail Express" paint scheme.
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Amtrak F40PH-2 No. 389 and Conrail SW900 No. 8646 are seen at Toledo Central Union Terminal in August 1993. Doug Davidson photo with permission
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LV SW900 125, soon to be CR 8652, at Binghamton, NY in April, 1977.
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LV SW900 125, soon to be CR 8652, at work in Binghamton, NY in April, 1977..
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CR SW-900 8655 (ex-LV 128) rests at Bethlehem in May, 1982.
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An ex LV SW-900m switches the yard and a caboose sits on the end of a train.
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An ex LV switcher works the yard at Sayre.
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One year after startup, LV NW2 183 (CR 9245) and SW900 129 (CR 8656) rest with a PC unit at Scranton.
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CR 8657, ex-LV 130, rests outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in April, 1977.
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CR 8657 SW-900, ex-LV 130, rests outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in April, 1977.
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Former Raritan River SW900's 8659(ex-RR 2) and 8663(ex-RR 6) lined up with CR blue power by the westbound Enola hump tower in September, 1983.
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Former Raritan River SW900's 8659 (ex-RR 2) and 8663 (ex-RR 6) lined up with CR blue power by the Westbound hump tower at Enola in September, 1983.
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Former RDG 1503 is seen at Rutherford, PA on 5/28/1983.
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CR SW-900 8703 (ex-RDG 1503) rests at Morrisville in February, 1979.
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CR SW900 8707 (ex-RDG 1507) lined up with former PC GP30 2199 at Morrisville yard in February, 1979.
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Former RDG SW900 1508, and soon to be CR 8708, hooks up with ex-PC RS11 7623 at Morrisville yard in April, 1977. 

Although "Reading" was stenciled out, the SW900 still retained it's former owner's number.

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Late in the day at Morrisville yard, RDG SW900 1508 (CR 8708) lines up with PC RS11's 7623 and 7618 in April, 1977.
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CR 8709 Lebanon, PA
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Former RDG 1510 is seen with GP10 7579 and MP15DC 9622 at the Iron Bridge in Enola, PA on 12/24/1982.
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Former RDG 1510 is seen at Enola, PA on 12/24/2982.
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Former RDG 1510 is seen at Enola, PA on 12/24/1982. Note the RDG number still visible above the steps.
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CR SW900 8711 (ex-RDG 1511) waits with other units for service at Morrisville in March, 1977.
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Former RDG 1514 in the yard at S. Philly. PA on 3/8/81.
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Former RDG 1515 is seen at Rutherford, PA on 4/30/1983.
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Soon to be CR 8715, former RDG 1515 SW900 works Abrams yard in January, 1977.
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Former RDG SW900 1515 (CR 8715) is sandwiched between CR blue N4A class cabins 18811 (ex-RDG 94016) and 18810 (ex-RDG 94015) at Abrams in January, 1977.
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RDG SW900 1515 (CR 8715) is sandwiched between CR blue N4A class cabins 18811 (ex-RDG 94016) and 18810 (ex-RDG 94015) at Abrams yard in January, 1977.
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Seen from the cab of RDG SW1500 2762 (CR 9612), RDG SW900 1515 (CR 8715) is sandwiched between CR blue N4A class cabins 18811 (ex-RDG 94016) and 18810 (ex-RDG 94015) at Abrams yard in January, 1977.
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Former RDG 1517/RDG 11 was at the engine terminal in S. Phila, PA on 1/3/81.
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CR 8719 - ex RDG 1519, nee RDG 13, an SW900M (retired on 8-4-86 and probably scrapped at Hollidaysburg) - switches the Jack Frost National Sugar Refining Co. facility, located on N. Delaware Ave. in Philadelphia, PA. This facility was shut down in 1982 and torn down in 1997. An interesting note: The 8719 was featured briefly in a scene in the movie Rocky II, which was filmed in the former Reading yard in Port Richmond around the time this photo was taken. Photo processed 9/78.

Collection of Jeff Weaver, courtesy of eBay seller "tchowee"

For more history on the refinery itself, check out this link.

The scene from Rocky II featuring the 8719 can be viewed on Youtube.

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CR 8721 working a local at Manayunk on the Venice Industrial Track.

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CR SW-900 8960 (ex-CNJ 1093) rests behind the Elizabethport locomotive shops in July 1977.
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CR SW-8 8695 (ex-EL 366) and SW-900 9017 (ex-EL 446) teamed up at the Bethlehem engine terminal in July, 1979.
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EL SW-900 449, soon to be renumbered 9020, receives service outside the Scranton Diesel shop in April, 1977.
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CR NW2 9213 (ex-EL 406) and SW900 449, soon to be renumbered 9020, rest outside the Scranton Diesel shop in April, 1977.
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PC SW-900 9138 sits just outside the Mingo Junction roundhouse.  Cleveland Electric EMD's were also present this day in August, 1977, joining the usual assortment of Alcos.

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