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This was the first GP35 that Penn Central purchased and it's still in its livery, though the CR logos have been applied.
Location: Philadelphia, PA (Frankford Junction)   5-3-83
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
xPC 2250
John Bondura - Philadelphia, PA (Frankford Junction)   5-3-83
xPC 2250
John Bondura (93K)

In the early 1990s, Conrail had removed this unit's prime mover and all internal equipment so it could be used to stage grade crossing collisions during OLS events. The locomotive was rebuilt in the Juniata shops, where all valuable components, including the horns, were removed. The unit then received a fresh coat of blue and the Operation Lifesaver scheme. On November 10, 1999, Norfolk Southern shipped 2255 to RailRhodes in GA, where it joined other vintage diesels.
Location: Reading, PA   3-22-99
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
CR 2255 GP35
Craig Zeni - Reading, PA   3-22-99
CR 2255
Craig Zeni (73K)

Cab signal box has been removed. Former PC/PRR 2256.
Location: Macedonia, OH   8-21-92
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
CR 2256 GP35
Arnie Morscher - Macedonia, OH   8-21-92
CR 2256
Arnie Morscher (104K)

Conrail GP35 2263 (ex-PC 2263, former-PRR 2263) with 'Conrail' spelled out on the nose in place of the usual 'CR' initials.
Location: Youngstown, OH   12-79
Photo Online: December 17, 2007

Roger Durfee - Youngstown, OH   12-79
xPC 2263
Roger Durfee (183K)

The nose of the unit had been damaged and a tarp placed across it. This would make an interesting modeling project!
Location: Enola, PA   1990's
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
CR 2266
Rob Russell - Enola, PA   1990's
CR 2266
Rob Russell (45K)

One of the last surviving GP35's sits in the Ashtabula storage line.
Location: Ashtabula, OH   9-26-92
Photo Online: January 21, 2004
CR 2321
Dave Trenn - Ashtabula, OH   9-26-92
CR 2321
Dave Trenn (126K)

Conrail GP35 2369 (ex-PC 2369, former-NYC 2369, nee-NYC 6125) with no dynamic brakes sits in clean blue paint.
Location: Collinwood, OH   12-79
Photo Online: December 17, 2007

Roger Durfee - Collinwood, OH   12-79
CR 2369
Roger Durfee (125K)

An easy spotting feature for former NYC GP35's is the missing dynamic brake blister on the long hood, such as on this unit. Again we have another of the many Conrail paint scheme variations. This unit doesn't have a CR logo on the long hood. It was painted in 1977 like this and lasted without a logo until at least January 1980. Several other GP35's were like this.
Location: Cleveland, OH   [no date]
Photo Online: May 12, 1999
CR 2386 GP35
George Elwood - Cleveland, OH
CR 2386
George Elwood (50K)

Another former NYC/PC GP35 with its logo painted out and CR stencils added. All former PC/NYC GP35's (CR 2371-2399) did not have dynamic brakes. The exception to this is CR 2399, which did have dynamics. All former PC/PRR, EL, and RDG units were equipped with dynamics. Just one way to pick out former NYC units.
Location: Croxton, NJ   7-76
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
xPC 2388
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Croxton, NJ   7-76
xPC 2388
Joe Testagrose Coll. (79K)

Conrail GP35 2398 (ex-PC 2398, former-NYC 2398, nee-NYC 6155) without dynamic brakes still has its Penn Central numbers but CR stencils.
Location: Macedonia (Motor Yard), OH   12-78
Photo Online: December 17, 2007

Roger Durfee - Bedford (Motor Yard), OH   12-78
xPC 2398
Roger Durfee (98K)

Built as an GP35 demonstrator EMD 1964 in February 1964, Conrail GP35 2399 (ex-PC 2399, ex-NYC 2399, ex-NYC 6156, ex-EMD 5561, ex-EMD 1964) sits at Collinwood, OH. Roger says, not the best lighting on this unit, but it's the only ex-NYC GP35 with dynamic brakes because it was a demo unit, so I took it anyway. It would turn out to be the only time I ever saw this unit, so I'm glad I did take the shot.
Location: Collinwood, OH   4-79
Photo Online: December 17, 2007

Roger Durfee - Collinwood, OH   4-79
CR 2399
Roger Durfee (102K)

The black painted on this former Reading Company geep (RDG 3620) has worn off fairly quickly, exposing the old logos and numbers. Now, it wasn't uncommon for crews to carry some paint thinner and remove the black from their favorite locomotives, revealing the old logos underneath. Back in the late 70s, I had one crewman brag to me about how he used to do this. Railfans also liked to pull such pranks. Though this loco looks like simple weather got to its paint. Still, it reminds me of all the tension underlying the merger during the early years.
Location: Meadows, NJ   6-78
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
xRDG 3620 GP35
Bob Dobrowolski - Meadows, NJ   6-78
xRDG 3620
Bob Dobrowolski (50K)

Even though Conrail kept the Reading GP35's in the RDG numbering scheme, Conrail paint crews often painted over the old numbers on the long hood. As you can see from other CR-stenciled RDG units on this page, usually the entire number got painted out. But 3626 only got a partial paint job and CR stencil. This unit used to roam eastern PA quite often during the late 1970s.
Location: Lebanon Valley Jct. (West Reading, PA)   6-77
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
xRDG 3626 GP35
Robert Waller - Lebanon Valley Jct. (West Reading, PA)   6-77
xRDG 3626
Robert Waller (55K)

The blue paint is rubbing off and the old Reading Company logos are coming through on the 3626 fifteen years after I shot her above.
Location: Ashtabula, OH   11-22-92
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
CR 3626
Dave Trenn - Ashtabula, OH   11-22-92
CR 3626
Dave Trenn (170K)

I like the way the road numbers on the long hood were painted over on this loco. 3630 sits with xPC 3029 and PC 2647.
Location: Unknown   9-17-77
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
xRDG 3630
Joe Testagrose Coll. - 9-17-77
xRDG 3630
Joe Testagrose Coll. (56K)

Former Reading Company 3632 sitting at the Bethlehem Roundhouse, one of my favorite spots to hang out on weekends when I was a teenager.
Location: Bethlehem, PA   8-25-76
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
xRDG 3632
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Bethlehem, PA   8-25-76
xRDG 3632
Joe Testagrose Coll. (114K)

Another totally bizarre CR-stencil repaint of a former Reading locomotive. Just totally nasty. Also note the unpainted Conrail cab signal box retrofitted onto the short hood. Today many people look back on these stenciled locos with fondness or at least curiosity. But back then, such a sight used to make those of us who grew up with the Reading Company real in horror. Of course, I didn't know even one Conrail modeler in the 70s! Times do change, don't they?
Location: Croxton, NJ   1-15-79
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
xRDG 3635 GP35
Bob Dobrowolski - Croxton, NJ   1-15-79
xRDG 3635
Bob Dobrowolski (90K)

We see another shot of 3635 from a slightly different angle.
Location: Unknown   3-19-78
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
xRDG 3635
Arnie Morsher - 3-19-78
xRDG 3635
Arnie Morsher (78K)

It may be only a black and white shot, but we finally get to see the other side of 3635, looking pretty bad regardless.
Location: Allentown, PA   3-31-83
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
xRDG 3635
John Prock - Allentown, PA   3-31-83
xRDG 3635
John Prock (54K)

Fully repainted former Reading Company GP35 3637 with added cab signal box. Plus PC 2763.
Location: Elizabethport, NJ   8-6-77
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
CR 3637
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Elizabethport, NJ   8-6-77
CR 3637
Joe Testagrose Coll. (83K)

A green GP35 with CR stencils. Bob's original photo was really faded out, but this is the best restoration I can do.
Location: Harrington Park, NJ   4-78
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
xRDG 3640
Bob Benjamin - Harrington Park, NJ   4-78
xRDG 3640
Bob Benjamin (124K)

This former RDG 3643 also has its new Conrail cab signal box applied.
Location: Meadows, NJ   6-78
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
xRDG 3643 GP35
Bob Dobrowolski - Meadows, NJ   6-78
xRDG 3643
Bob Dobrowolski (48K)

The Reading Company cream-and-green paint is showing through the blue paint. Conrail usually just painted blue over the predecessor colors, making for interesting units like this. Looks like the cab signal box was removed somewhere along the line.
Location: Collinwood, OH   4-27-93
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
CR 3645 GP35
Arnie Morscher - Collinwood, OH   4-27-93
CR 3645
Arnie Morscher (99K)

a pretty simple CR-stencil job on this former RDG 3650. Plus it also has a new cab signal box.
Location: Chicago, IL   8-5-78
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
xRDG 3650 GP35
Bob Dobrowolski - Chicago, IL   8-5-78
xRDG 3650
Bob Dobrowolski (70K)

Yet another stenciled Reading unit, coupled to CR 7566.
Location: Kearny, NJ   2-6-77
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
xRDG 3651
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Kearny, NJ   2-6-77
xRDG 3651
Joe Testagrose Coll. (93K)

Another fully repainted former Reading GP35 with added cab signal box and plow.
Location: Kingston, NY   6-3-79
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
CR 3653
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Kingston, NY   6-3-79
CR 3653
Joe Testagrose Coll. (59K)

The 3654 began life as RDG 3654 before Conrail painted it blue. Notice that the standard RDG rain gutter above the engineer's cab have been removed from the roof, though you can see where Conrail patched over it. An intersting feature!
Location: Olean, NY   2-12-83
Photo Online:April 11, 2002
CR 3654
Kevin DeGroff - Olean, NY   2-12-83
CR 3654
Kevin DeGroff (91K)

The engine is still in its original EL paint and numbers, but the Conrail crews have placed a brand new, unpainted cab signal box on the front walkway. The EL units were originally not equipped with such equipment. Part of the EL's Bicentennial SDP45 is in the background.
Location: Croxton, NJ   10-11-76
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
EL 2552
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Croxton, NJ   10-11-76
(CR 3658) EL 2552
Joe Testagrose Coll. (93K)

Another Conrail GP35 without the logo on the long hood, this time on former EL 2557.
Location: Croxton, NJ   7-6-76
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
CR 3663 GP35
John Durant - Croxton, NJ   7-6-76
CR 3663
John Durant (48K)

A former EL unit (EL 2558) is hooked up to the Search Test Center for some troubleshooting.
Location: Cleveland, OH   5-78
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
xEL 3664
Roger Durfee - Cleveland, OH   5-78
xEL 3664
Roger Durfee (70K)

An unaltered EL 2560 and PC 2535 U25B sit under the sanding towers at Croxton.
Location: Croxton, NJ   11-14-76
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
EL 2560
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Croxton, NJ   11-14-76
(CR 3666) EL 2560
Joe Testagrose Coll. (103K)

3669 is former EL 2563. I do not know what the stencil says above the hand brake. Anyone know?
Location: Olean, NY   4-7-84
Photo Online:April 11, 2002
CR 3669
Kevin DeGroff - Olean, NY   4-7-84
CR 3669
Kevin DeGroff (117K)

Note the open access panels on the nose.
Location: Unknown   8-76
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
EL 2563
Joe Testagrose Coll. - 8-76
(CR 3669) EL 2563
Joe Testagrose Coll. (118K)

CR-stenciled Erie Lackawanna 2569. Note the high placement of the CR logos on the nose and long hood.
Location: Cleveland, OH   [no date]
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
xEL 3675 GP35
George Elwood - Cleveland, OH
xEL 3675
George Elwood (64K)

xEL 3684 never made it into blue paint since it was stored while still in its original colors.
Location: Selkirk, NY   1985
Photo Online: July 7, 2005
xEL 3684
Scott Wisner - Selkirk, NY   1985
xEL 3684
Scott Wisner (85K)

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