Nov 11, 1999
The Reading Company was the only class one railroad in the the United States to order the SW1001 from EMD. 25 units were purchased in 1973. The SW1001 is identical to its close cousin the SW1000 except that the SW1001 has a lower cab roof the Reading specially ordered so the locomotives could negotiate the close clearance of some plants and steel mills the railroad served.
On the techincal side, the SW1001 had a 1000 horsepower, 8-cylinder, 8-645E prime mover. All the units were cab signal equipped, allowing them to serve anywhere on Conrail's system. Even though CR 9400-9424 were equipped with hump control, I don't remember them ever doing such duty at least on Conrail. They were often found working Eastern Pennsylvania yards some local duties.
The roster below is comprehensive for these units between April 1976 and May 1999, and contains all predecessor units of the locomotive class that Conrail inherited as well as those Conrail purchased. If numbers are missing from the roster, Conrail intentionally left them open. It does not contain retirement dates and dispositions due to their complex nature.
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