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Former EL 1019. If modeling this paint-out, make sure to get your cab numbers as uneven as the shop crews did!
Location: Youngstown, OH   9-78
Photo Online:December 14, 2002
xEL 5239
Roger Durfee - Youngstown, OH   9-78
xEL 5239
Roger Durfee (78K)

Because all the former Erie RS-3's were equipped with 6-SL brake systems, they were able to MU (multiple unit) with only other former Erie RS-3's and GP-7s. This alone assured their demise. The former DL&W RS-3's, on the other hand, were equipped with 24-RL brake systems, allowing them to MU with anyother locomotive. Former Erie 1022 would have been CR 5242.
Location: Altoona, PA   6-25-77
Photo Online: June 9, 2000
EL 1022
Arnie Morscher - Altoona, PA   6-25-77
(CR 5242) EL 1022
Arnie Morscher (106K)

The fixed marker lights were a unique feature of the EL RS-3's. Also, different units had different battery box covers. Former Erie 1023, would have been CR 5243.
Location: Altoona, PA   6-25-77
Photo Online: June 9, 2000
EL 1023
Arnie Morscher - Altoona, PA   6-25-77
(CR 5243) EL 1023
Arnie Morsher (103K)

EL 1036 is in amazing condition, as if the EL repainted it just prior to Conrail. This unit would have been CR 5252 if it had been renumbered.
Location: Altoona, PA   6-25-77
Photo Online: June 9, 2000
EL 1036
Arnie Morscher - Altoona, PA   6-25-77
(CR 5252) EL 1036
Arnie Morscher (104K)

Here is a rare and interesting bird for early Conrail fans! CR 5532 is a former PC/NYC 5332 passenger RS-3, complete with the high air tank on the hood, making for an interesting modeling project.
Location: Youngstown, OH   4-77
Photo Online:December 14, 2002
xPC 5332
Roger Durfee - Youngstown, OH   4-77
xPC 5332
Roger Durfee (70K)

It really blew my mind that this unit survived two years into Conrail without being stenciled or repainted. It looks as good as it did the day the CNJ repainted it into the 'Coast Guard' scheme!
Location: Bethlehem, PA   3-26-78
Photo Online: January 10, 2000
CNJ 1540
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Bethlehem, PA   3-26-78
(CR 5370) CNJ 1540
Joe Testagrose Coll. (71K)

Unit was it the Baltimore & Ohio influenced blue and yellow sheme and original numbers 16 months into the Conrail merger.
Location: Elizabethport, NJ   8-6-77
Photo Online: January 10, 2000
CNJ 1543
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Elizabethport, NJ   8-6-77
(CR 5373) CNJ 1543
Joe Testagrose Coll. (79K)

The unit coupled to the 1549 has had its markings painted over and looks a bit stripped. The CNJ 1549 was to be assigned the roster as CR 5379. Did this unit survive to see blue paint or was it scrapped before that?
Location: Elizabethport, NJ   6-23-77
Photo Online: July 10, 1998
CNJ 1549 RS-3
Arnie Morscher - Elizabethport, NJ   6-23-77
(CR 5379) CNJ 1549
Arnie Morscher (80K)

A stenciled and renumberd CNJ unit in the blue scheme.
Location: Redbank, NJ   2-26-78
Photo Online: January 10, 2000
xCNJ 5380
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Redbank, NJ   2-26-78
xCNJ 5380
Joe Testagrose Coll. (68K)

The photo is a bit grainy, but it shows the 1550 fairly well.
Location: Kearny, NJ   2-12-77
Photo Online: January 10, 2000
CNJ 1550
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Kearny, NJ   2-12-77
(CR 5380) CNJ 1550
Joe Testagrose Coll. (71K)

It seems a number of the CNJ RS-3's survived in original paint and numbers well into the Conrail merger.
Location: Unknown   2-12-77
Photo Online: January 10, 2000
CNJ 1555
Joe Testagrose Coll. - 2-12-77
(CR 5384) CNJ 1555
Joe Testagrose Coll. (55K)

PC 5483 is on the dead line. Not sure if it ever ran on Conrail.
Location: Williamsport, PA (Newberry Yard)   6-19-77
Photo Online: January 15, 2006
PC 5483
Jim Appleman - Williamsport, PA (Newberry Yard)   6-19-77
(CR 5483) PC 5483
Jim Appleman (147K)

CR RS-3 5487. Nice short hood view of the ex-LV 211 seen below in the LV section.
Location: Allentown, PA   10-77
Photo Online: January 8, 2008

Roger Durfee - Allentown, PA   10-77
xLV 5487
Roger Durfee (136K)

An LV 'hammerhead' RS-3. Survived on roster as CR 5487. Unit is now on display as the Rochester & Genese Valley Railroad Museum.
Location: Allentown, PA   6-19-77
Photo Online: June 9, 2000
LV 211 RS-3
Arnie Morscher - Altoona, PA   6-19-77
(CR 5487) LV 211
Arnie Morscher (155K)

Former C&O 5500 now LV 219 works the Oak Island facility. It will be renumbered as CR 5491.
Location: Oak Island, NJ   12-77
Photo Online:July 29, 2001
LV 219
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Oak Island, NJ   12-77
(CR 5491) LV 219
Joe Testagrose Coll. (117K)

The Erie Lackawanna contributed 44 RS-3's to the Conrail roster in 1976. Many of them were renumbered and stenciled for Conrail, yet several did go to their grave wearing their original EL scheme and number. This former Erie unit would have been CR 5544 if it had been renumbered prior to its official retirement in October 1976. Unfortunately, EL had already stored many of these units back in January 1976, such as EL 922. So this little engine moved from EL's Marion deadline to the Altoona deadline, never seeing active service on Conrail.
Location: Altoona, PA   6-25-77
Photo Online: June 9, 2000
EL 922
Arnie Morscher - Altoona, PA   6-25-77
(CR 5544) EL 922
Arnie Morscher (94K)

Erie and the Lackawanna purchased their RS-3's from ALCo's Schenectady, NY, shops between 1950 and 1953. Later they were transferred to the Erie Lackawanna. By the time Conrail received this unit in 1976 it was already 24 years old. That's old for any locomotive, especially a tempermental ALCo. Erie ordered this unit with a steam generator in the short hood for passenger service. This unit would have been CR 5547 and was offically retired in October 1976.
Location: Altoona, PA   6-25-77
Photo Online: June 9, 2000
EL 925
Arnie Morscher - Altoona, PA   6-25-77
(CR 5547) EL 925
Arnie Morscher (103K)

The former EL RS-3's were equipped with 12 cylinder 244-series engine rated at 1,600 horsepower. This poor unit is looking ratty and has been ready for the torch since the EL stored it in January 1976.
Location: Altoona, PA   6-25-77
Photo Online: June 9, 2000
EL 932
Arnie Morscher - Altoona, PA   6-25-77
(CR 5553) EL 932
Arnie Morsher (109K)

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