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Former Penn Central unit. Note the worn off large CONRAIL on the side.
Location: Croxton, NJ   9-11-78
Photo Online: September 10, 1999
xPC 5600
Bob Dobrowolski - Croxton, NJ   9-11-78
xPC 5600
Bob Dobrowolski (56K)

Another view of 5600 above from the previous year.
Location: Croxton, NJ   11-24-77
Photo Online: December 1, 1999
xPC 5600
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Croxton, NJ   11-24-77
xPC 5600
Joe Testagrose Coll. (64K)

A trio of geeps sits idle led by this former PC/NYC unit.
Location: Hammond, IN   4-10-77
Photo Online: December 1, 1999
xPC 5652
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Hammond, IN   4-10-77
xPC 5652
Joe Testagrose Coll. (51K)

Another shot of 5652 several years later in the E'port scrap line.
Location: Elizabethport, NJ   1983
Photo Online: May 26, 2004
xPC 5652
Scott Wisner - Elizabethport, NJ   1983
xPC 5652
Scott Wisner (98K)

Former PC 5663 with spark arrestors.
Location: Detroit, MI   12-4-77
Photo Online: August 27, 2004
CR 5663
Earl Minnis - Detroit, MI   12-4-77
CR 5663
Earl Minnis (92K)

The other end of the trio of geeps above, al former PC/NYC units.
Location: Hammond, IN   4-10-77
Photo Online: December 1, 1999
xPC 5669
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Hammond, IN   4-10-77
xPC 5669
Joe Testagrose Coll. (52K)

CR 5676 (former CNJ 1520) sits in the deadline.
Location: Elizabethport, NJ   1983
Photo Online: May 26, 2004
xCNJ 5676
Scott Wisner - Elizabethport, NJ   1983
xCNJ 5676
Scott Wisner (108K)

This is one of those sad sights we used to see all too often several years into the Conrail merger. Predecessor equipment literally rotting away, such as this former GP 7 CNJ 1521.
Location: Bethlehem, PA   2-81
Photo Online: September 16, 1998
xCNJ 5677 GP7
Robert Palmer - Bethlehem, PA   2-81
xCNJ 5677
Robert Palmer (71K)

Still painted in its original dark CNJ colors and hauling a loco equipped with an EL caboose.
Location: Ridgefield Park, NJ   8-23-77
Photo Online: December 17, 1999
CNJ 1531
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Ridgefield Park, NJ   8-23-77
(CR 5678) CNJ 1531
Joe Testagrose Coll. (74K)

I lost my information on the location and date this photo was taken. xCNJ 5679 is former CNJ 1532.
Location: Unknown  
Photo Online:December 14, 2002
xCNJ 5679
xCNJ 5679
Unknown (79K)

Former Central Railroad of New Jersey geep in the red 'Coast Guard' scheme but stenciled for Conrail.
Location: Red Bank, NJ   2-26-78
Photo Online: August 13, 2000
xCNJ 5680
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Red Bank, NJ   2-26-78
xCNJ 5680
Joe Testagrose Coll. (112K)

By the looks of the side numbers, I think it's plain to see that this former Reading Company GP7, RDG 622, was renumbered at the Reading, PA, shops. Some RDG geeps got the cream-and-green repaint while others remained in the drab olive green.
Location: Location Unknown   2-11-78
Photo Online:January 12, 2002
xRDG 5806
Mike Szilagyi - Location Unknown   2-11-78
xRDG 5806
Mike Szilagyi (41K)

Note the winterization hatch over the rear fans, indicating a unit assigned to cold-weather service.
Location: Windsor, ON (Canada)   2-21-80
Photo Online: August 27, 2004
CR 5821
Earl Minnis - Windsor, ON (Canada)   2-21-80
CR 5821
Earl Minnis (91K)

Another unit from Canada with a winterization hatch.
Location: Windsor,ON (Canada)   10-28-78
Photo Online: August 27, 2004
CR 5825
Earl Minnis - Windsor,ON (Canada)   10-28-78
CR 5825
Earl Minnis (108K)

Gary shot this duo of interesting GP7s while he was travelling in a CTA train; you can see the reflection in the lower corner. The lead unit is CR 5832 (former RDG 630). It looks as if the rain gutters that are normally on the cab roof have been removed, plus it has no logo! The second unit is CR 5898 (former PC 5898). Look at the EL diamond decal on the nose of this unit. How in the world did that get there? I think Gary got awefully lucky with this photo!
Location: Cleveland, OH   12-78
Photo Online:August 16, 2002
CR 5832
Gary Morris - Cleveland, OH   12-78
CR 5832
Gary Morris (91K)

We're slowly filling in the gaps among all the former Reading Company geeps. This one, former RDG 631, sports a larger than normal logo, for small geeps anyway.
Location: Cleveland, OH   4-10-82
Photo Online:October 24, 2002
CR 5833
Roger Durfee - Cleveland, OH   4-10-82
CR 5833
Roger Durfee (62K)

Spotting a former Reading Company locomotive, in this case RDG 632, is the rain gutters on the cab.
Location: Bethlehem, PA   7-8-79
Photo Online:January 12, 2002
CR 5834
John Prock - Bethlehem, PA   7-8-79
CR 5834
John Prock (53K)

Though not a roster-shot, I still had to include this photo here. The 5835 is one messed-up loco. The old Reading number, 633, on the long hood is painted over but the '6' is coming through. The CR number on the cab uses the old gothic RDG numbers since the CR style because the unit was repainted at Reading, PA. I used to see this unit all the time when it was in its original RDG colors.
Location: Reading, PA   2-11-78
Photo Online: September 10, 2003
xRDG 5835
John Prock - Reading, PA   2-11-78
xRDG 5835
John Prock (47K)

Former RDG 652 got one of the economy paint jobs without the full logo.
Location: Cleveland, OH   2-78
Photo Online:December 14, 2002
CR 5839
Roger Durfee - Cleveland, OH   2-78
CR 5839
Roger Durfee (68K)

Another quickie CR stencil job was done in this former PC GP7 #5855.
Location: Enola, PA   1977
Photo Online: October 15, 1998
xPC 5855 GP7
Walt Gay - Enola, PA   1977
xPC 5855
Walt Gay (57K)

A former Penn Central/New York Central GP7 sitting in the deadline. Tom says, note the green tinge to the paint but the engine is ex-NYC!
Location: Altoona, PA   12-09-84
Photo Online:March 15, 2002
xPC 5903
Tom Haag - Altoona, PA   12-09-84
xPC 5903
Tom Haag (29K)

Painted in the Coast Guard scheme and working on the NJDOT passenger trains.
Location: Bayhead Jct, NJ   5-29-77
Photo Online: December 17, 1999
CNJ 1529
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Bayhead Jct, NJ   5-29-77
(CR 5908) CNJ 1529
Joe Testagrose Coll. (62K)

More of a roster shot of the same unit a day later.
Location: East Stroudsburg, PA   6-26-77
Photo Online: June 11, 2000
EL 1400 GP7
Arnie Morscher - East Stroudsburg, PA   6-26-77
(CR 5920) EL 1400
Arnie Morscher (110K)

A Phase III unit, the 5924 simply got its CR numbers slapped over its EL numbers, but no logo on the noses. Former Erie 1404.
Location: Unknown
Photo Online: September 10, 2003
xEL 5924
Harry Scholtz
xEL 5924
Harry Scholtz (42K)

Another shot of 5924 showing the numbers slapped over the original EL numbers. The unit sits at the Juniata Locomotive Shop.
Location: Altoona, PA   5-22-82
Photo Online: August 10, 2008

Jim Appleman - Altoona, PA   5-22-82
xEL 5924
Jim Appleman (144K)

This unit was sitting in the deadline, but was later saved. Erich Doerr, a railfan in Bay City, MI, informed me that the Central Michigan Railway (CMGN), a local shortline, purchased the 1207 and is still using it today. This unit never made it into CR stencils; it would have been CR 5937.
Location: Altoona, PA   6-25-77
Photo Online: June 11, 2000
EL 1207 GP7
Arnie Morscher - Altoona, PA   6-25-77
(CR 5937) EL 1207
Arnie Morscher (92K)

Painted-out Erie Lackawanna GP7 (nee-EL/Erie 1215) and xEL 5992 NW2 sit idling in Buffalo. Note the numbering style used on these locomotives. From what I can tell, this style was only applied to the EL units. "Dollar Bill," who literally grew up in Niagra Yard, mentioned to me that these abnormal looking CR markings and the NYC style numbers on the cab of the unit were a product of restenciling and renumbering done at the ex-PC Frontier Yard in Buffalo, NY. Many of these same PC, EL, and LV units were assigned to the Buffalo area even before the merger and received this "CR'd" treatment in the late 70's. They hung around for many years; even after they went to Juniata to get the full blue repaint, they came back to Buffalo.
Location: Naiagra Falls (Niagra Yard), NY   12-22-77
Photo Online: May 12, 1999
xEL 5945 GP7
Arnie Morscher - Naiagra Falls (Niagra Yard), NY   12-22-77
xEL 5945
Arnie Morscher (62K)

5958 and 5959 pull out a hodge-podge assortment of PC and PRR coaches out of Chicago terminal. What an awesome sight!
Location: Chicago, IL   8-4-78
Photo Online: October 23, 1999
xPC 5958
Bob Dobrowolski - Chicago, IL   8-4-78
xPC 5958
Bob Dobrowolski (87K)

Here is a closer view of the pair of geeps from the photo above. Check out the large logo on 5959's side.
Location: Chicago, IL   8-4-78
Photo Online: October 23, 1999
xPC 5959
Bob Dobrowolski - Chicago, IL   8-4-78
xPC 5959
Bob Dobrowolski (79K)

Here is an interesting paint-out scheme. CR 5974 (nee-EL 1236) has its logo painted out and CR numbers applied, but no "CR" stencils, except for the nose.
Location: Croxton, NJ   [no date]
Photo Online:January 22, 2002
xEL 5974
John Durant - Croxton, NJ   [no date]
xEL 5974
John Durant (50K)

Sitting in the dead line.
Location: Elizabethport, NJ   1983
Photo Online: May 26, 2004
xEL 5982
Scott Wisner - Elizabethport, NJ   1983
xEL 5982
Scott Wisner (102K)

Former EL 1215 (nee-ERIE 1215) still has its Erie Lackawanna colors but with CR stencils and numbering in this shot by Arnie.
Location: Buffalo, NY   12-22-77
Photo Online: September 16, 1998
xEL 5992 GP7
Arnie Morscher - Buffalo, NY   12-22-77
xEL 5992
Arnie Morscher (53K)

5998 (EL 1283) is missing one spark arrestor in this shot.
Location: Cleveland, OH   11-78
Photo Online: March 8, 2004
xEL 5998
Roger Durfee - Cleveland, OH   11-78
xEL 5998
Roger Durfee (87K)

Another former EL GP7 (EL 1284/DL&W 695) repainted in blue at work but looking fairly worn. Notice the old EL paint showing through on the body, along with the upper rear headlight being burned out. Also note the transfer cabooses in the shot.
Location: Brea, OH   7-24-78
Photo Online: September 16, 1998
CR 5999 GP7
Arnie Morscher - Brea, OH   7-24-78
CR 5999
Arnie Morscher (87K)

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