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SD7
SD7   Conrail inherited their fleet of 2 SD7's from Penn Central, who inherited them from the Pennsylvania Railroad. Conrail placed these two units in the 6998-6999 series.

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SD9
SD9   Former PRR and Penn Central units, the SD9 took the series 6900-6925. Primarily hump-duty locomotives, the SD9's were retired in the early 1980's.

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SD35
SD35   Conrail received their SD35's from the Penn Central and Jersey Central, placing them in series 6000-6051. Conrail began retiring these locomotives in 1983, finishing in 1984.

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SD38
SD38   The SD38 (CR 6925-6959) was best suited for hump and yard duty. Conrail inherited their fleet from the Penn Central and often paired them with slugs.

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SD40
SD40   Conrail inherited its entire SD40 fleet (CR 6240-6357) from the Jersey Central and Penn Central. By 1976, production on the 3,000hp SD40 had been replaced with the upgraded Dash-2 series.

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SD40-2
SD7   In 1977 the first order of SD40-2's came on Conrail property. With their high-tractive effort and horsepower, they quickly replaced aging SD45's on mainline trains, taking the series 6358-6524.

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SD40-2R
SD40-2R   In 1993 Conrail began rebuilding 40 SD40's to the improved Dash-2 specifications, assigning them to series 6960-6999.

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SD45
SD45   Conrail inherited their SD45's from Penn Central, Reading Company, and Erie Lackawanna, placing them in CR 6066-6239. Maintenance headaches and inefficient, the SD45's were eventually replaced by SD40-2's.

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SD45-2
SD45-2   Conrail inherited 13 3,600hp SD45-2's from Erie Lackawanna, placing them in series CR 6654-6666. Famous as pushers over the Horseshoe Curve, all units survived until 1999.

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SDP45
SDP45   All of Conrail's SDP45's (6998-6999) came from the Erie Lackawanna, which purchased the units in two orders in 1969 for fast merchandise freights.

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SD50
SD50   Between 1983-1986 Conrail purchased 135 3,500+ horsepower SD50's in series 6700-6834, making Conrail the second largest owner in the nation.

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SD60
SD60   In 1985, Conrail purchsed the original three SD60 demo units, making them CR 6840-6842. Then in 1989 they purchased another 25 units, making them CR 6843-6867.

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SD60M
SD60M   In late-1992, Conrail purchased 74 3,800hp SD60M's, basically SD60's with a wide-cab, assigning them series CR 5500-5574. CR 5544 is an SD60I.

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SD60I
SD60i   Unable to purchase more SD60M's from an over-booked EMD, Conrail's Juniata shops assembled SD60I kits that EMD supplied, assigning finished units to CR 5575-5654 and CR 5544.

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SD70
SD70   The last locomotives to wear Conrail blue, the standard cab, DC-powered SD70 (2557-2580) was purchased by Norfolk Southern instead of the ordered SD80MAC's. Units follow NS numbering.

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SD70MAC
SD70MAC   Conrail purchased the 4,000hp SD70MAC instead of more SD80MAC's, building the units to CSX specifications. These were the final locomotives to wear the special "white-face" paint scheme.

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SD80MAC
SD7   Needing high-horsepower, high-tractive-effort locomotives in the 1990's for hauling coal over the Pittsburgh and Boston Lines, Conrail purchased General Motors Locomotive Group's (GMLG) new 5,000hp SD80MAC

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