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Because it was the only C-420 to be repainted blue, the 2072 has a unique place in the Conrail pantheon. Originally built in 1963 as the L&HR 21, the unit was one of only six out of nine L&HR C-420's to find their way onto the Conrail roster in 1976. Here we see the 2072 with its original L&HR scheme painted out and renumbered for Conrail. By the looks of things, the Bethlehem shop crews were getting the unit ready for its repaint into Conrail blue, which would occur shortly after this photo was taken.
Location: Bethlehem, PA   10-77
Photo Online:June 13, 2002
xL&HR2072
Roger Durfee - Bethlehem, PA   10-77
xL&HR 2072
Roger Durfee

Though Marty no longer has the date for this photo, logic suggests that it was taken shortly after being repainted into Conrail blue. While we cannot yet pinpoint the exact date that Conrail repainted the 2072, we do know that it was sometime between November 1977 and April 1978. Conrail Motive Power Review 1 has a photo of a blue 2072 taken on 4-23-78 in Warwick, NY. Marty also shot this photo of 2072 in Warwick, but there is still no sign of green on any of the trees in the background. So you all can figure out about when the 2072 got its blue paint.
Location: Warwick, NY   [no date]
Photo Online:June 13, 2002
CR 2072
Marty Feldner - Warwick, NY   [no date]
CR 2072
Marty Feldner

The 2072 did not go through the typical repainting process at a large facility, such as Juniata. Instead, the crews at Bethlehem cleaned up the engine as best they could, then applied the blue using roller brushes. This is why 2072 lacks large Conrail logos but has the typical CR decals instead; the Allentown crews simply didn't have access to the large logo stencils. An interesting note about the 2072 is that ALCo rebuilt the unit in August 1966, replacing the original 2000 gallon fuel tank with a 3100 gallon unit.
Location: Warwick, NY   [no date]
Photo Online:June 13, 2002
CR 2072
Marty Feldner - Warwick, NY   [no date]
CR 2072
Marty Feldner

The 2072's life in Conrail blue didn't last long. In March 1979, Roger Durfee photographed it on the Collinwood deadlines. He saw it once again in September 1979 when it had been pulled from the deadlines and was being worked on, probably for its trip off line to its new owner. In December 1979, Conrail officially retired the 2072. Thanks to Roger Durfee, Rich Shirey, and Dan Halpert for information on 2072.
Location: Cleveland, OH   9-79
Photo Online:June 13, 2002
CR 2072
Roger Durfee - Cleveland, OH   9-79
CR 2072
Roger Durfee)

Lehigh & Hudson River Railway Alco C-420 23 waits out the weekend in Bethlehem, PA in December 1976. It would become CR 2073.
Location: Bethlehem, PA   12-76
Photo Online: January 8, 2008

Roger Durfee - Bethlehem, PA   12-76
(CR 2073] LHR 23
Roger Durfee

A tired and painted-out LHR C-420 #2074 sits on Bethlehem Service Track outside the roundhouse.
Location: Bethlehem, PA   2-28-80
Photo Online: May 13, 1999
xL&HR 2074 C-420
John Durant - Bethlehem, PA   2-28-80
xL&HR 2074
John Durant

Another nice shot of 2074 taken a few years earlier than the above.
Location: Croxton, NJ   2-12-77
Photo Online: August 13, 2000
xL&HR 2074
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Croxton, NJ   2-12-77
xL&HR 2074
Joe Testagrose Coll.

They are sitting out side of the L&HR's office building in Warwick, NY months before Conrail.
Location: Warwick, NY   2-16-76
Photo Online: June 3, 1999
L&HR 24 C-420
John Durant - Warwick, NY   2-16-76
(CR 2074] L&HR 24
John Durant)

Roger recalls the 2077's long and interesting life. Originally built in July 1966 as L&HR 29, the unit survived on the Conrail roster as 2077. In late 1980 the Delaware & Hudson bought the unit for parts, but the 2077 was in such good shape that the D&H decided to run it in revenue service, renumbering the unit as D&H 401. Starting in early 1981, the D&H ran the 401 for several years, until Guilford ran it through the paint shops, where it became numbered into the Guilford system roster as 420. Sometime in the late 1980s Guilford sold the unit off to the A&M, though I am not sure if the unit is still in service their, though the railroad is an ALCo haven.
Location: Warwick, NY   7-77
Photo Online: November 24, 1998
xL&HR 2077 C-420
John Durant - Warwick, NY   7-77
xL&HR 2077
John Durant)

Here is another shot of the 2077 still in its paint-out scheme.
Location: Croxton, NJ   2-12-77
Photo Online: December 4, 1999
xL&HR 2077
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Croxton, NJ   2-12-77
xL&HR 2077
Joe Testagrose Coll.

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