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GP7
  Conrail's GP7's came from Jersey Central, Erie Lackawanna, Penn Central, and Reading Company, placing the units in series CR 5600-5999. In the 1970's Conrail began rebuilding their GP7's into improved GP8's.

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GP8
  Beginning in the 1970's, Conrail started rebuilding their aging GP7 fleet into 1,500hp GP8's in series CR 5400-5462. These units generally saw yard and local service until their retirement in the late 1980's.

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GP9
  Conrail's fleet of GP9's came from Penn Central, Erie Lackawanna, and Lehigh Valley. They took series CR 7000-7559 In the 1970's, Conrail began rebuilding their GP9's into improved GP10's.

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GP9B
  Penn Central was the only Conrail predecessor to own the cabless GP9B. Used to increase traction, the GP9B (CR 3800-3839) was interesting but didn't survive beyond 1980, when CR quickly retired them.

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GP10
  Between 1976 and 1979, Conrail rebuilt their aging GP9's into 1,800hp GP10's (CR 7513-7597). They generally saw yard and local service until CR retired the last of the fleet in 1997.

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GP15-1
  Conrail was the largest Class 1 railroad in North America to own the 1,500hp GP15-1 road switcher, with 100 units arriving on the system in late 1979 and being assigned series CR 1600-1699.

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GP18
  Conrail received only four GP18's from the Lehigh Valley (LV 302-305) and assigned them to the series CR 7496-7499. Standardizing their roster, Conrail retired all four units during the early 1980's.

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GP20
  Conrail received only 13 GP20's from the Penn Central (x-NYC) and assigned them series CR 2100-2112. These orphan locomotives remained in active duty until CR retired them in 1985.

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GP30
  Conrail inherited their GP30's from Reading Company and Penn Central as CR 2100-2249. During the 1980's, CR retired, stored, reactivated, and stored them again. They left the roster in the early 1990's.

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GP35
  Conrail inherited their GP35's from Reading Company, Erie Lackawanna, and the Penn Central. Conrail assigned these locomotives to the series CR 2250-2399 and 3620-3692.

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GP38
  The Penn Central and the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines gave Conrail all of its GP38 road switchers. Though they began in a different series, they eventually took most of series CR 7600-7939.

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GP38AC
  Conrail inherited their fleet of four 2,000hp GP38AC's from the Lehigh Valley and assigned them to the series CR 7656-7659. These units remained in service until the end of Conrail.

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GP38-2
  Conrail inherited 223 GP38-2's from Penn Central, but government gave Lehigh Valley's geeps to the D&H. Between 1977 and 1979, Conrail purchased new GP38-2's. They took CR 7940-8281.

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GP40
  Conrail's GP40's came from Penn Central as well as newly purchased units, assigning them series CR 3000-3274. By 1995, Conrail retired and sold off all their GP40's except one (CR 3264).

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GP40-2
  The GP40-2's (CR 3275-3403) came from the Reading Company and several orders of new units between 1977 and 1980. Conrail used these engines primarily for fast, light freights, such as intermodals.

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