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This little SW1 was switching out the Amtrak yard in Chicago. It looks like the PC never got around to repainting from NYC to PC. Note the NYC white stripe along the running board.
Location: Chicago, IL   8-4-78
Photo Online: October 23, 1999
xNYC 8403
Bob Dobrowolski - Chicago, IL   8-4-78
xNYC 8403
Bob Dobrowolski (81K)

Nearly ten months after the Conrail merger, and this unit is still in its original paint and numbers. It appears as if a Conrail paint crew painted some handrails white, while leaving others their original yellow.
Location: Kearny, NJ   1-30-77
Photo Online: December 1, 1999
CNJ 1011
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Kearny, NJ   1-30-77
(CR 8407) CNJ 1011
Joe Testagrose Coll. (68K)

A worn-out former CNJ 1012 SW1 sits in the E'port deadline.
Location: Elizabethport, NJ   1983
Photo Online: May 5, 2004
CR 8408
Scott Wisner - Elizabethport, NJ   1983
CR 8408
Scott Wisner (121K)

Former Central of New Jersey unit stenciled for CR. Includes yellow stripe from the B&O days.
Location: Elizabethport, NJ   12-17-77
Photo Online: December 1, 1999
xCNJ 8415
Joe Testagrose Coll. - Elizabethport, NJ   12-17-77
xCNJ 8415
Joe Testagrose Coll. (58K)

This paint-out job on the cab is very unusual and seems to only have been done on some LV switchers. Former LV 115.
Location: Allentown, PA   6-19-77
Photo Online: May 5, 2000
xLV 8419 SW1
Arnie Morscher - Allentown, PA   6-19-77
xLV 8419
Arnie Morscher (160K)

This is a former CR&I unit switching the Amtrak yard.
Location: Chicago, IL   8-1-78
Photo Online: October 23, 1999
xPC 8420
Bob Dobrowolski - Chicago, IL   8-1-78
xPC 8420
Bob Dobrowolski (76K)

A great overhead shot of an SW1!
Location: Chicago, IL   9-24-79
Photo Online:August 6, 2001
xPC 8434
Glen Beans - Chicago, IL   9-24-79
xPC 8434
Glen Beans (195K)

Another former PC unit working the Chicago passenger terminal yard. She looks beaten up. Are those shot gun wounds on the cab?
Location: Chicago, IL   6-82
Photo Online:August 16, 2002
xPC 8438
Gary Morris - Chicago, IL   6-82
xPC 8438
Gary Morris (127K)

Conrail SW1 8470 at the engine house in Hartford, CT, sometime in mid-1978. The switcher still has its NYC numbers with white running boad paint showing through. Check the boxcars behind and the ex EL RS-3 at the left edge of the photo.
Location: Hartford, CT   1978
Photo Online: November 18, 2007

Carl Weber - Hartford, CT   1978
xPC 8470
Carl Weber (220K)

Nothing was changed on this former Penn Central unit other than painting out the old logo with CR stencils.
Location: Philadelphia, PA (Frankford Jct)   4-78
Photo Online: March 11, 2000
xPC 8485
Joe Testagrosse Coll. - Philadelphia, PA (Frankford Jct)   4-78
xPC 8485
Joe Testagrosse Coll. (73K)

What is it with crews leaving water jugs on the battery boxes of these locomotives?
Location: Philadelphia, PA (Frankford Jct)   4-78
Photo Online: March 11, 2000
xPC 8487
Joe Testagrosse Coll. - Philadelphia, PA (Frankford Jct)   4-78
xPC 8487
Joe Testagrosse Coll. (64K)

Deadline but in good shape. Former PRR 9203.
Location: Altoona, PA   6-25-77
Photo Online: May 5, 2000
PC 8503 SW1
Arnie Morscher - Altoona, PA   6-25-77
(CR 8503) PC 8503
Arnie Morscher (109K)

The last unit in the Penn Central series, 8533 never seems to have gotten repainted by Penn Central but Conrail has stenciled it. Thankfully they left the logo and numbers intact. I bet the paint shop had to know this was the last PRR painted engine on property and couldn't paint over the old logo! The remnants of PRR's original PRR 1900 series number next to the headlight. Heck, it still has its original canvas radiator cover. Thanks a ton for this unique photo, John!
Location: Albany, NY   6-80
Photo Online: February 3, 2004
xPRR 8533
John Sieber - Albany, NY   6-80
xPRR 8533
John Sieber (K)

The Reading Company liked to apply some funky looking spark arrestors on their SW1's, as can be seen in this and other photos. This is a spotting feature of former RDG units when repainted blue, if any were repainted. Former RDG 22.
Location: Philadelphia, PA   4-18-79
Photo Online: September 19, 1998
xRDG 8534 SW1
Bob Dobrowolski - Philadelphia, PA   4-18-79
xRDG 8534
Bob Dobrowolski (61K)

Again like deadline units, many parts are missing or damaged on this unit. Always a sad sight.
Location: Altoona, PA   6-25-77
Photo Online: May 5, 2000
RDG 23 SW1
Arnie Morscher - Altoona, PA   6-25-77
(CR 8535) RDG 23
Arnie Morscher (112K)

The original Reading Company numbers are still on the unit.
Location: Unknown   12-27-79
Photo Online: September 10, 2003
xRDG 8550
John Prock - 12-27-79
xRDG 8550
John Prock (53K)

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