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Unit was rebuilt from a GP35 into a GP38. Check the GP38 Proto page for more info on this unique locomotive. I'd appreciate more photos of this unit and its original GP35 CR/PC/PRR 2363.
Location: Cleveland, OH   2-3-90
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
CR 7635 GP38
Arnie Morscher - Cleveland, OH   2-3-90
CR 7635
Arnie Morscher (66K)

Another shot of the unit above, but safety stripes have been added. Thanks go to the Model Railroad Club of New Jersey for allowing me to re-post their photo. A great club with an equally great layout.
Location: North Bergen, NJ   [no date]
Photo Online: January 8, 1999
CR 7635 GP38
CR 7635
MR Club NJ (50K)

Extended cab version of the GP38 on the PRSL.
Location: Camden, NJ   3-26-76
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
PRSL 2002 GP38
Robert Waller Collection - Camden, NJ   3-26-76
(CR 7662) PRSL 2002
Robert Waller Collection (44K)

The Pennsylvania, Reading Seashore Lines bought several dual control stand GP38's. To accomodate the stands, the cab had to be extended outward. These were in the series PRSL 2000-2009, which became CR 7660-7669.
Location: Enola, PA   1981
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
xPRSL 7665 GP38
Tom Wolfgang - Enola, PA   1981
xPRSL 7665
Tom Wolfgang (33K)

Here we see 7665 a few years later, still in its paint-out scheme. Notice how a shop crew simply slapped the new Conrail numbers directly over the old PRSL 2005!
Location: Philadelphia, PA (Frankford Junction)   2-84
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
xPRSL 7665
John Bondura - Philadelphia, PA (Frankford Junction)   2-84
xPRSL 7665
John Bondura (66K)

Additional extended GP38's were received but painted for the Penn Central and numbered in the PRSL series 2010-2014, which became CR 7670-7674.
Location: Enola, PA   1981
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
xPRSL 7672 GP38
Tom Wolfgang - Enola, PA   1981
xPC 7672
Tom Wolfgang (39K)

Here is a shot of the engineer side of the unit. Notice that the CR stencil on the long hood is at a different location than on the conductor side. 7672 is coupled with xPC 2250, the first GP35 the Penn Central ordered.
Location: Philadelphia, PA (Frankford Junction)   5-3-82
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
xPC 7672
John Bondura - Philadelphia, PA (Frankford Junction)   5-3-82
xPC 7672
John Bondura (89K)

Extended cab (for dual controls) and no dynamics set GP38 7674 apart from the majority of "standard" CR GP38's. Originally PC 7674, the unit first had the number PC 2014.
Location: Northfield, OH   2-28-93
Photo Online:March 28, 2003
CR 7674
Roger Durfee - Northfield, OH   2-28-93
CR 7674
Roger Durfee (60K)

Overhead shot of the entire unit taken from the W. 6th St. Bridge in Cleveland. For some reason Conrail had trouble with rust-colored grime building up on their their GP38's, GP38-2's, and some General Electric Dash-7 models as well. Here is a quick tip to model this grime. Spray paint the entire model with a clear flat finish to give it some tooth. Using chunks of makeup application foam or foam tipped makeup brushes, apply a good layer of rust-colored ground pastel chalk to the areas, rubbing it in to the paint. I make my own ground chalk by running it along sandpaper of various grits, then storing it in old 35mm film cans. Spray a ligh coat of clear flat finish on the model, then apply more chalk, maybe of a different shade. Repeat this process until you get the desired affect. If you don't like the results, wash off the chalk before spraying the next coat of flat finish. Complete the model with some touches of dry brushing. Don't forget that pile of sand on the pilot walkway!
Location: Cleveland, OH   8-24-90
Photo Online: January 8, 1999
CR 7703 GP38
Arnie Morscher - Cleveland, OH   8-24-90
CR 7703
Arnie Morscher (89K)

In its original paint scheme.
Location: Ashtabula Harbor, OH   5-5-92
Photo Online: December 24, 2005
CR 7710
Dave Trenn - Ashtabula Harbor, OH   5-5-92
CR 7710
Dave Trenn (243K)

A regular unit in the Reading area, 7727 was a grime magnet. You see it here in a fresh coat of Conrail blue, but a few months later the rust-colored grime began forming on it. Of course, some areas of the unit did have real rust, which Conrail simply painted over. Such an area can be seen around the battery boxes. Former PC 7727 built in 1969.
Location: Wyomissing, PA   3-26-96
Photo Online: Aug 8, 2016
CR 7727
Robert Waller - Wyomissing, PA   3-26-96
CR 7727
Robert Waller (332K)

During the late 1990s, Conrail repainted several locomotives into their Operation Lifesaver scheme for use programs to increase public awareness of grade crossing safety. When not in OLS use, these locomotives often saw duty on regular merchandise trains such as this one.
Location: Abrams, PA   3-29-98
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
CR 7735 OLI
John Schodowski - Abrams, PA   3-29-98
CR 7735 OLI
John Schodowski (66K)

This is probably the unit's third paint scheme since being delivered to the Penn Central in 1969 as PC 7744. Of course, I'm not including various CR stencil applications during the early years of the railroad.
Location: Wyomissing, PA   1-8-97
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
CR 7744
Robert Waller - Wyomissing, PA   1-8-97
CR 7744
Robert Waller (104K)

While the paint scheme of this former Penn Central GP38 isn't very inspiring, the unit does have an all-weather window on the engineer's cab. This was more a Penn Central practice than a Conrail one. I honsetly cannot remember seeing an all-weather window on a Conrail GP38.
Location: Unknown
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
xPC 7797 GP38
Arnie Morscher
xPC 7797
Arnie Morscher (55K)

The paint scheme of this GP38 is no better than former-Penn Central 7797 above, but it does have a very odd all-weather window. I have never seen this style of window on any other locomotive. It would make an interesting scratchbuilding project.
Location: Mansfield, OH   3-18-78
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
xPC 7798 GP38
Arnie Morscher - Mansfield, OH   3-18-78
xPC 7798
Arnie Morscher (57K)

Above is a shot of 7798 in its old black stenciled scheme, but here is the same unit repainted blue.
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada   7-28-85
Photo Online: September 26, 2004
CR 7798
Earl Minnis - Windsor, Ontario, Canada   7-28-85
CR 7798
Earl Minnis (116K)

Conrail completely painted out some Penn Central locomotive logos, while other units barely got their's covered, as on this GP38. Over time the hastily applied black would wear off the logos, but Steve caught this unit in 1978. You can barely see the CR stencils in the PC logo. These units are challenging weathering jobs and really capture the nature of early Conrail.
Location: Harrisburg, PA   4-78
Photo Online: February 6, 2000
xPC 7803
Steve Geisler - Harrisburg, PA   4-78
xPC 7803
Steve Geisler (104K)

Pulling local duty. Ben shot this with his new 35mm when he was a kid.
Location: Fairport, NY   12-82
Photo Online: October 7, 2007

Ben Vernille - Fairport, NY   12-82
CR 7853
Ben Vernille (200K)

Rear shot of 7853 above.
Location: Fairport, NY   12-82
Photo Online: October 7, 2007

Ben Vernille - Fairport, NY   12-82
CR 7853
Ben Vernille (162K)

Retired by 1995, possibly earlier. Built 1970.
Location: Unknown  
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
PC 7862 GP38
Vic Mailloux
(CR 7862) PC 7862
Vic Mailloux (87K)

Someone was up to some shananigans when we heard that Conrail had begun decaling equipment with the NYC labels before the NS/CSX acquisition. John caught some funky LHR decals on 7878. Of course, that stood for the Lehigh & Hudson River, a Conrail predecessor.
Location: Allentown, PA   3-7-99
Photo Online:April 1, 2001
CR 7878
John Prock - Allentown, PA   3-7-99
CR 7878
John Prock (77K)

John then shot a close-up of the cab with the LHR initials, which were applied just a little sloppily.
Location: Allentown, PA   3-7-99
Photo Online:April 1, 2001
CR 7878
John Prock - Allentown, PA   3-7-99
CR 7878
John Prock (59K)

Here we see an overhead shot of 7880, a regular in the Reading ares. Former PC 7880.
Location: Reading, PA (CP Belt)   2-13-97
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
CR 7880 GP38
Robert Waller - Reading, PA (CP Belt)   2-13-97
CR 7880
Robert Waller (111K)

Still in original Penn Central logo and paint two years after the Conrail merger.
Location: Croxton, NJ   9-11-78
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
PC 7880
Bob Dobrowolski - Croxton, NJ   9-11-78
(CR 7880) PC 7880
Bob Dobrowolski (63K)

A typical filthy Conrail GP38. This elevated shot shows the rust colored dust on the roof and walkways. This was a middle unit on mixed freight HBBE (Harrisburg, PA - Bethlehem, PA) and was just pulling out of Reading yard after setting off a cut of cars. Former PC 7885.
Location: Reading, PA (CP Belt)   2-13-97
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
CR 7885 GP38
Robert Waller - Reading, PA (CP Belt)   2-13-97
CR 7885
Robert Waller (181K)

The same 7885 as above, but two years later. She's setting off cars in Hershey.
Location: Hershey, PA   6-15-99
Photo Online: April 29, 2015
CR 7885
Robert Waller - Hershey, PA   6-15-99
CR 7885
Robert Waller (189K)

Having finished setting off the cars, they reverse to couple up with the train.
Location: Hershey, PA   6-15-99
Photo Online: April 29, 2015
CR 7885
Robert Waller - Hershey, PA   6-15-99
CR 7885
Robert Waller (240K)

Looking from the rear of the loco.
Location: Hershey, PA   6-15-99
Photo Online: April 29, 2015
CR 7885
Robert Waller - Hershey, PA   6-15-99
CR 7885
Robert Waller (234K)

This is what CR 7885 above looked liked when it was still in its CR stencils in 1977. By 1997, the cab shade is gone, plus a wind deflector has been added along with a plow. That appears to be the only major changes made to the unit in 22 years. Rests with PC 8073 GP38-2.
Location: Danbury, CT   8-27-77
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
xPC 7885
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Danbury, CT   8-27-77
xPC 7885
Joe Testagrose Coll. (62K)

I was surprised when Roger submitted this photo because it looks as if the 7888 had never even gotten a CR stencil over its logos nor had them painted out, though Conrail did slap on a maintenance assignment sticker onto the cab.
Location: Painsville, OH   2-27-82
Photo Online:October 24, 2002
PC 7888
Roger Durfee - Painsville, OH   2-27-82
(CR 7888) PC 7888
Roger Durfee (52K)

Unit has an Operation Life Saver sticker on front of battery boxes. Former PC 7895. Built 1971.
Location: Wyomissing, PA   2-97
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
CR 7895 OLI
Robert Waller - Wyomissing, PA   2-97
CR 7895 OLI
Robert Waller (72K)

Yellow painted nose for grade crossing visibilty for this unit assigned to local duty. As far as I know, this is the only engine to get the yellow.
Location: Bound Brook, NJ   2-6-94
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
CR 7898
CR 7898
Unknown (30K)

A bombed-out GP38 with oil leaks galore also got the shananigan decals such as 7878 above, but this time they were CNJ decals.
Location: Allentown, PA   2-13-99
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
CR 7899
John Prock - Allentown, PA   2-13-99
CR 7899
John Prock (110K)

Conrail inherited these units from the PRSL, originally numbered them CR 7660-7669 then later renumbered them into 7900 series. They have an extended cab for dual controls. As the photo shows, these units survived until the very last day of Conrail. For photos of units still in PRSL paint, see below.
Location: Ashtabula, OH   3-3-92
Photo Online: April 7, 2005
CR 7904
Dave Trenn - Ashtabula, OH   3-3-92
CR 7904
Dave Trenn (90K)

The end of Conrail is almost here as one of the former PRSL units awaits work.
Location: Unknown   5-31-99
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
CR 7905 GP38
Shawn Noe - 5-31-99
CR 7905
Shawn Noe (67K)

Another shot of 7905 taken from the engineer's side.
Location: Unknown   5-31-99
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
CR 7905 GP38
Shawn Noe - 5-31-99
CR 7905
Shawn Noe (72K)

Repainted unit in the original blue scheme.
Location: Massena, NY   1983
Photo Online: July 12, 2005
CR 7923
Paul Charland - Massena, NY   1983
CR 7923
Paul Charland (75K)

xPC 7937 still wears her PC black at Collinwood.
Location: Collinwood, OH   11-79
Photo Online: December 3, 2005
xPC 7937
Roger Durfee - Collinwood, OH   11-79
xPC 7937
Roger Durfee (122K)

The last of the series is running YIAS-11, the local job. Not how its pilot and fuel tank are majorly rusted. The streaking looks like someone painted on the rust.
Location: Ashtabula, OH   9-29-88
Photo Online: February 3, 2004
CR 7939
Dave Trenn - Ashtabula, OH   9-29-88
CR 7939
Dave Trenn (101K)

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