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A fairly battered 6667 still wearing its EL colors but stenciled for CR.
Location: Cresson, PA   6-26-77
Photo Online: May 5, 2000
xEL 6667 SDP45
Arnie Morscher - Cresson, PA   6-26-77
xEL 6667
Arnie Morscher (123K)

A typical unit (former EL 3645) in Conrail's first paint scheme. Not much to really say about this roster shot.
Location: Cleveland, OH   7-3-78
Photo Online: June 3, 1999
CR 6667 SDP45
Arnie Morscher - Cleveland, OH   7-3-78
CR 6667
Arnie Morscher (55K)

Another shot of 6667 above showing off the nose. The paint does look fairly fresh.
Location: Cleveland, OH   7-3-78
Photo Online: November 26, 1998
CR 6667 SDP45
Arnie Morscher - Cleveland, OH   7-3-78
CR 6667
Arnie Morscher (62K)

It's three years into Conrail and 6669 (former EL 3638) is looking pretty worn down, but she's still in the lead even on this ex-EL trackage in Akron. She will eventually get a fresh coat of Conrail blue not far in the future. Also, notice how the shop crew used red to paint out the original EL logo and numbers, and the pattern it has created around the decal cab numbers. This would be an interesting effect to model. See EL 3638 below for a good photo of her prior to the paint-out.
Location: Akron, OH   6-79
Photo Online:December 14, 2002
xEL 6669
Roger Durfee - Akron, OH   6-79
xEL 6669
Roger Durfee (57K)

Here is another shot of 6669 taken two years earlier. Compare how weather has taken its toll between 1977 and 1979 above.
Location: Toledo, OH   6-26-77
Photo Online: September 26, 2004
xEL 6669
Earl Minnis - Toledo, OH   6-26-77
xEL 6669
Earl Minnis (99K)

Erie Lackawanna's salute the America's 200th anniversary in 1976. I would like to know if this unit ever got CR stencils, or did it go straight to a blue repaint? Sean Steele informed me that the unit was stenticiled and renumbered into CR 6669. The numbers are white on a red panel on the side of the cab.
Location: Croxton, NJ   10-11-76
Photo Online: August 13, 2000
EL 3638
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Croxton, NJ   10-11-76
(CR 6669) EL 3638
Joe Testagrose Coll. (97K)

A nice, fresh-looking repainted SDP45.
Location: Detroit, MI   5-7-77
Photo Online: September 26, 2004
CR 6671
Earl Minnis - Detroit, MI   5-7-77
CR 6671
Earl Minnis (91K)

Captured sitting under the old coaling tower. Former EL 3646.
Location: Meadville, PA   6-13-77
Photo Online: May 5, 2000
CR 6678 SDP45
Arnie Morscher - Meadville, PA   6-13-77
CR 6678
Arnie Morscher (98K)

You can really see the brake notch in the nose in this shot. Also notice the old EL "Safety First" logo in the lower corner of the nose that the shops decided to leave in tact. Former EL 3649.
Location: Cleveland, OH   8-2-78
Photo Online: November 26, 1998
xEL 6680 SDP45
Arnie Morscher - Cleveland, OH   8-2-78
xEL 6680
Arnie Morscher (76K)

Former EL 3650 still wearing its original paint but in CR stencils. Note the red flag on the roof.
Location: Cleveland, OH   1-1-79
Photo Online: June 3, 1999
xEL 6681 SDP45
Arnie Morscher - Cleveland, OH   1-1-79
xEL 6681
Arnie Morscher (70K)

Conrail is not far into the future as SDP45 EL 3650 works the line.
Location: Buffalo, NY   [no date]
Photo Online:July 23, 2001
EL 3650
Kevin DeGroff - Buffalo, NY
(CR 6681) EL 3650
Kevin DeGroff (104K)

In this nose shot you can really see the notch for the hand brake wheel. An in case you tried to stand on the air hose storage area on the pilot, please read the signs--No Footboards! An unusual touch. Former EL 3651.
Location: Cleveland, OH   1-1-79
Photo Online: June 3, 1999
CR 6682 SDP45
Arnie Morscher - Cleveland, OH   1-1-79
CR 6682
Arnie Morscher (66K)

Former EL 3654 is looking a little worn out in this shot. Unfortunately, Walt didn't know the year he snapped this shot.
Location: Buffalo, NY   [no date]
Photo Online: November 26, 1998
CR 6685 SDP45
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CR 6685
Walt Gay (78K)

Pan shot of SDP45 6685, the trailing unit on TV-8BX at Middlefield station, MA.
Location: Middlefield, MA   5-27-84
Photo Online: September 12, 2007

Carl Weber - Middlefield, MA   5-27-84
CR 6685
Carl Weber (235K)

Kevin recalls, it's shortly after "C" day and this EL SDP45/SD45 combo is eastbound on the NYC main at Depew, NY, just east of Buffalo's Frontier yard. Note the trademark NYC cantilever signal in the distance, and the IC boxcar to the right with its "Mainline of Mid America" slogan in script. Sure wish they'd paint boxcars like that nowadays. The 3654 is one of the few 6-motors to receive the experimental plow stripes. I don't recall seeing the plow stripes on EL 4-motors, but the GP35's did carry experimental Canadian snow shields over the engine air intakes.
Location: Depew, NY   4-76
Photo Online:July 23, 2001
EL 3654
Kevin DeGroff - Depew, NY   4-76
(CR 6685) EL 3654
Kevin DeGroff (141K)

Head on shot of former EL 3656. Just in case you didn't know, that pole is not attached to the hood of the locomotive.
Location: Cleveland, OH   1-1-79
Photo Online: June 3, 1999
CR 6687 SDP45
Arnie Morscher - Cleveland, OH   1-1-79
CR 6687
Arnie Morscher (59K)

Both units are still in original EL colors and numbers. They're heading up the connection track to continue west on the Lebanon Valley Branch, which would be renamed the Harrisburg Line.
Location: West Reading, PA (Lebanon Valley Jct)   9-4-76
Photo Online: May 30, 2004
EL 3661
Don Oltmann - West Reading, PA (Lebanon Valley Jct)   9-4-76
(CR 6692) EL 3661
Don Oltmann (82K)

The 6694 was retired from Conrail then sold off to VMV leasing, where she sat as a rusting hulk. Unfortunately, I will need more information about the locomotive.
Location: Conemaugh, PA   11-27-98
Photo Online:July 13, 2002
CR 6694
Kieth Burkey - Conemaugh, PA   11-27-98
CR 6694
Kieth Burkey (88K)

From this angle, you can see how she has been stripped of various parts over the years.
Location: Conemaugh, PA   11-27-98
Photo Online:July 13, 2002
CR 6694
Kieth Burkey - Conemaugh, PA   11-27-98
CR 6694
Kieth Burkey (79K)

Moving a bit farther out, we can clearly see how parts have been stripped out, including parts from the prime mover.
Location: Conemaugh, PA   11-27-98
Photo Online:July 13, 2002
CR 6694
Kieth Burkey - Conemaugh, PA   11-27-98
CR 6694
Kieth Burkey (78K)

Robert caught this unit still in PA. What is it with that clean strip of blue along the running board? Former EL 3664.
Location: Bethlehem, PA   2-81
Photo Online: September 16, 1998
CR 6695 SDP45
Robert Palmer - Bethlehem, PA   2-81
CR 6695
Robert Palmer (89K)

A classic roster shot months before the start up of Conrail, though the exact date is unknown.
Location: Port Jervis, NY   [no date]
Photo Online:July 23, 2001
EL 3668
Kevin DeGroff Collection - Port Jervis, NY
(CR 6699) EL 3668
Kevin DeGroff Collection (132K)

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