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These used to be the premier diesel locomotives of the old Reading Company during the 1970s. They were assigned to hauling ore service in the Reading area. 3275 is far from home and its normal haunt of eastern Pennsylvania.
Location: Fort Wayne, IN   8-11-78
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
xRDG 3275
Arnie Morscher - Fort Wayne, IN   8-11-78
xRDG 3275
Arnie Morscher (68K)

This little gal was far from her home rails again when Bob D. snapped her. Conrail added the modern coupler lever extensions.
Location: Croxton, NJ   4-27-79
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
xRDG 3275 GP40-2
Bob Dobrowolski - Croxton, NJ   4-27-79
xRDG 3275
Bob Dobrowolski (73K)

This angle clearly shows what a Phase I class light looks like along with the headlight assembly. Of course the cab signal box on the engineer side of the nose is a Conrail addition to the unit, but other than that the locomotive changed little since the Reading Company owned it.
Location: Nashville, TN   9-99
Photo Online: June 18, 2000
CR 3276
Wes Reminder - Nashville, TN   9-99
CR 3276
Wes Reminder (46K)

If you were the engineer standing behind your chair, this would be your view of the cab and control stand. Notice the locomotive number painted on the stand, a common practice in locomotives. To the left are your brake controls, one for the locomotive the other for the entire train. On the right is the throttle and direction lever. Unlike automobiles, locomotives run in 'notches.' So you put the engine in forward, then open the throttle to notch one. You speed will then depend on how heavy your train is and how much horsepower you have.
Location: Nashville, TN   9-99
Photo Online: June 18, 2000
CR 3276
Wes Reminder - Nashville, TN   9-99
CR 3276
Wes Reminder (80K)

Former RDG 3672. Built 1973.
Location: Meadows, NJ   11-3-78
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
xRDG 3276 GP40-2
Bob Dobrowolski - Meadows, NJ   11-3-78
xRDG 3276
Bob Dobrowolski (73K)

Close up of the engineer's cab.
Location: Reading, PA   1977
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
RDG 3672 GP40-2
Robert Waller - Reading, PA   1977
(CR 3276) RDG 3672
Robert Waller (79K)

A repainted former RDG 3673. Note the extensions on the coupler lift bar so that the trainman could open the coupler while standing in the step well.
Location: Cleveland, OH   6-83
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
CR 3277 GP40-2
George Elwood - Cleveland, OH   6-83
CR 3277
George Elwood (48K)

Former RDG 3674. Built 1973.
Location: Croxton, NJ   11-14-78
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
xRDG 3278 GP40-2
Bob Dobrowolski - Croxton, NJ   11-14-78
xRDG 3278
Bob Dobrowolski (66K)

Engineer side of unit.
Location: Enola, PA   4-13-79
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
xRDG 3278 GP40-2
Bob Dobrowolski - Enola, PA   4-13-79
xRDG 3278
Bob Dobrowolski (66K)

A new, unpainted battery-box is just one Conrail addition to this RDG unit. 3279 leads TV-98 over the former EL in Akron.
Location: Akron, OH   11-78
Photo Online: November 17, 2004
xRDG 3279
Roger Durfee - Akron, OH   11-78
xRDG 3279
Roger Durfee (81K)

Taken on a hazy summer afternoon at the Water Station end of the yard. 3675 was the spare Grace Mine locomotive and was being moved around the yard that day for reasons I now forget. It remained in RDG colors for some time into the merger. Eventually became CR 3279.
Location: Reading, PA   7-77
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
RDG 3675 GP40-2
Robert Waller - Reading, PA   7-77
(CR 3279) RDG 3675
Robert Waller (69K)

3/4 shot of entire engine on the conductor's side of the unti still in RDG colors.
Location: Reading, PA (Water Station)   1977
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
RDG 3675 GP40-2
Robert Waller - Reading, PA (Water Station)   1977
(CR 3279) RDG 3675
Robert Waller (69K)

We see 3285 in its Quality scheme on a westbound freight, with GP40-2 3402 on the lead. 3285 is a Phase II unit that Conrail purchased on 1977 and survived until the end.
Location: Hummelstown, PA   4-10-99
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
CR 3285
Kevin DeGroff - Hummelstown, PA   4-10-99
CR 3285
Kevin DeGroff (84K)

I love that funky-looking fuel tank. Talk about a challenge for you modelers who love to weather your locos! And where did that yellow cab shade come from? Stuff like this makes me love--and miss--Conrail. What's even more amazing, this loco still has its as-delivered paint scheme from 20 years prior.
Location: Wyomissing, PA   9:30am. 2-7-97
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
CR 3686
Robert Waller - Wyomissing, PA   9:30am. 2-7-97
CR 3286
Robert Waller (76K)

You can get a better look of that fuel tank in this shot, plus notice a replaced latch on the engineer's door and some replaced latches on the long hood door. This loco was pulling up the rear of TV-211 (Kearny, NJ - Atlanta, GA) that day.
Location: Wyomissing, PA   2-7-97
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
CR 3286 rear
Robert Waller - Wyomissing, PA   2-7-97
CR 3286
Robert Waller (90K)

3932 leads a freight. 3932 is interesting because it is riding on GP38-2 Blomberg Type M trucks.
Location: Bound Brook, NJ (Bound Brook Yard)   10-29-88
Photo Online: October 30, 1999
CR 3292
Rob Russell - Bound Brook, NJ (Bound Brook Yard)   10-29-88
CR 3292
Rob Russell (71K)

A standard unit.
Location: Kearny, NJ   9-19-77
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
CR 3300
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Kearny, NJ   9-19-77
CR 3300
Joe Testagrose Coll. (59K)

The nose on a Phase II unit is 88" long from front to back, whereas the nose on a Phase I unit is merely 81". While some modelers have no problem with this, it is noticable in the larger scales such as HO and O. Plus this shot also clearly shows every detail you need on the front engineer side of the locomotive.
Location: Hershey, PA   2-20-99
Photo Online:February 20, 2002
CR 3305
Kevin DeGroff - Hershey, PA   2-20-99
CR 3305
Kevin DeGroff (109K)

Notice the yellow band around the one vent fan?
Location: Ashtabula Harbor, OH   8-29-98
Photo Online: December 24, 2005
CR 3307
- Ashtabula Harbor, OH   8-29-98<
CR 3307
Dave Trenn (164K)

Not much to say about this repainted loco other than the oil leaks are only just making their marks on the fresh paint.
Location: Reading, PA (CP Belt)   11-96
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
CR 3315
Robert Waller - Reading, PA (CP Belt)   11-96
CR 3315
Robert Waller (62K)

3317 suffered a wreck in the mid-1980s and was rebuilt with a cab from a retired Erie Lackawanna SD45. I have been told that the horn is located where it is because it was the only way the shop crews could get the piping through the cab. Notice how all three bells on the horn face forward, making for a rather loud blasting sound if you're standing in front of the locomotive.
Location: Unknown
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
CR 3317
Rob Russell
CR 3317
Rob Russell (73K)

You can see the old EL cab and horn better in this shot. Note how the horn enters the front cab wall, an EL trademark. Rob quick grabbed a shot of this loco when it surprised him.
Location: Unknown   1992
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
CR 3317
Rob Russell - 1992
CR 3317
Rob Russell (96K)

This is a view of the cab from the engineer's rear.
Location: Unknown   1992
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
CR 3317
Rob Russell - 1992
CR 3317
Rob Russell (82K)

3336 was one of the Phase II units that Conrail ordered in June 1978.
Location: Allentown, PA   5-16-81
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
CR 3336
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Allentown, PA   5-16-81
CR 3336
Joe Testagrose Coll. (64K)

Another Geep still in its as-delivered paint but showing its age, not just in grime but also in missing parts. Anyone know where the headlight hoods got to? This poor, rusted-out beast was pulling a ballast (BAL) train out of Reading that mid-day when I snapped it.
Location: Wyomissing, PA   10-12-96
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
CR 3346 GP40-2
Robert Waller - Wyomissing, PA   10-12-96
CR 3346
Robert Waller (91K)

With the doors open you can catch a glimpse of the inside workings of a GP40-2.
Location: Philadelphia, PA (Frankford Junction)   10-83
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
CR 3355
John Bondura - Philadelphia, PA (Frankford Junction)   10-83
CR 3355
John Bondura (64K)

This old girl was on the point of NSSE (Hagerstown/NS, MD - Selkirk, NY) crisp February afternoon. NSSE had been having troubles that day due to one of its trailing units dying on route, which put an even greater strain on this poor locomotive.
Location: Blandon, PA (CP Blandon)   2-97
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
CR 3357
Robert Waller - Blandon, PA (CP Blandon)   2-97
CR 3357
Robert Waller (66K)

Notice on this Phase II unit how the stripes of the Conrail logo do not wrap around the blower or axle-greaser box. 3359 has only been in service for four years.
Location: Gang Mills, NY   4-28-83
Photo Online:February 20, 2002
CR 3359
Kevin DeGroff - Gang Mills, NY   4-28-83
CR 3359
Kevin DeGroff (102K)

CR 3363 leads eastbound PIBE-5 (Pittsburg - Bethlehem) through Wyomissing Junction.
Location: Wyomissing, PA   3-26-96
Photo Online: July 21, 2016
CR 3363
Robert Waller - Wyomissing, PA   3-26-96
CR 3363
Robert Waller (405K)

CR 3369 is sitting at Collinwood.
Location: Cleveland (Collinwood), OH   3-16-91
Photo Online: March 4, 2005
CR 3369
Dave Trenn - Cleveland (Collinwood), OH   3-16-91
CR 3369
Dave Trenn (84K)

We're looking right down the nose of the unit, a shot that can help you select details for your model. The class lights are still the same as those on the Phase I nose.
Location: Nashville, TN   9-2-99
Photo Online: June 18, 2000
CR 3380
Wes Reminder - Nashville, TN   9-2-99
CR 3380
Wes Reminder (57K)

A shot of the front trucks along with fuel fill on the conductor side.
Location: Unknown
Photo Online: October 30, 1999
CR 3387
Rob Russell
CR 3387
Rob Russell (78K)

Shot of rear trucks on conductor's side.
Location: Unknown
Photo Online: October 30, 1999
Trucks
Rob Russell
CR 3387
Rob Russell (61K)

Thank you, Wes, for showing us how the cab signal box is hooked up to the short hood! I think we can model this piping.
Location: Nashville, TN   9-11-99
Photo Online: June 18, 2000
CR 3393
Wes Reminder - Nashville, TN   9-11-99
CR 3393
Wes Reminder (49K)

Close up view of the pilot and ditch lights on a Phase 3 unit.
Location: Unknown   9-97
Photo Online: October 30, 1999
Pilot
Rob Russell - 9-97
PhIII Pilot
Rob Russell (100K)

A great detail shot of an FRA-approved class light on a Phase 3 unit. These are the beasties that give Conrail modelers fits.
Location: Nashville, TN   9-11-99
Photo Online: June 18, 2000
CR 3393
Wes Reminder - Nashville, TN   9-11-99
CR 3393
Wes Reminder (53K)

CR 3393 was built only one month earlier than 3399 above, but it appears that EMD introduced a phase variation. 3386-3393 was the first order of GP40-2s to arrive on Conrail and appear to have this notched-hood version of the class light mount, whereas 3394-3403 was the second and final order of Phase III units, as pictured above. Could we then call the first batch Phase IIIa units and the second batch Phase IIIb units?
Location: Nashville, TN   9-11-99
Photo Online: June 18, 2000
CR 3393
Wes Reminder - Nashville, TN   9-11-99
CR 3393
Wes Reminder (68K)

Overview of the conrol stand. The heater is in the front.
Location: Nashville, TN   9-11-99
Photo Online: June 18, 2000
CR 3393
Wes Reminder - Nashville, TN   9-11-99
CR 3393
Wes Reminder (67K)

Kind of the view from the Big Chair here. Of course we're looking backward at a freight car, so we'll imagine that we are pushing the car down a siding. Now you know why engineers lean out the window during such moves!
Location: Nashville, TN   9-11-99
Photo Online: June 18, 2000
CR 3393
Wes Reminder - Nashville, TN   9-11-99
CR 3393
Wes Reminder (65K)

Now you know why I never liked to 'go' while on a locomotive! Yep, I had to do that one day while a loco was in motion. A very moving experience. A good railroader learns where all the best restrooms are along the line. They also learn where all the McDonalds are, but that is another photo.
Location: Nashville, TN   9-11-99
Photo Online: June 18, 2000
CR 3393
Wes Reminder - Nashville, TN   9-11-99
CR 3393
Wes Reminder (41K)

You can see the FRA-approved rear marker lights in this shot. Check out the odd snow plow on the rear. Is that and NS Dash-9 in the photo? Hmm...
Location: Wyomissing, PA   6-97
Photo Online: July 18, 2005
CR 3396 GP40-2
Robert Waller - Wyomissing, PA   6-97
CR 3396
Robert Waller (75K)

CR 3399, pictured here, is a Phase III unit Conrail purchased in February 1980, whereas CR 3393, pictured below, is also a Phase III unit Conrail purchased in January 1980. However, both units have different class light mounts on the rear hood. On these units the class lights are mounted much like on the nose, except that they have a hood-like bracket around the light. The photo directly below is a close up of this feature.
Location: Unknown   9-97
Photo Online: October 30, 1999
CR 3399
Rob Russell - 9-97
CR 3399
Rob Russell (77K)

An enlarged shot of the class light mounts on 3399 as pictured above. Now compare this unit's mounts with those of 3393 below.
Location: Unknown   9-97
Photo Online: October 30, 1999
CR 3399
Rob Russell - 9-97
CR 3399
Rob Russell (67K)

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