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SW1200M EMD introduced the SW1200 in 1954 as the successor to the SW900. Between 1959 and 1963, EMD began rebuilding the Reading Company's aging Baldwin VO1000's into these new improved switchers. While the Reading classed them as VO1000M's, Conrail classed them as SW1200M's. EMD reused the following parts of the VO1000's on the new locomotives: main generator, auxiliary generator, batteries, trucks, frame, cab, horn, and bell.

These repaint rosters are my attempt to discover how long a predecessor ran in its original paint scheme and when Conrail painted it blue for the first time. All dates listed are the earliest and latest the unit was seen in that paint scheme. Dates often change as new photos are examined. If I know for certain that a date is the absolute earliest or latest, then I mention this in the notes. This is a constant work in progress aimed at helping those of us who model the transition era get our consists looking reasonably accurate for blue, stenciled, and original paint scheme ratios.

                    Latest    Earliest    Latest    Earliest
 CR #   Former #    Former    Stencils   Stencils     Blue     Note
 ==================================================================
 9301   RDG 2701   --------   --------   --------   --------
 9302   RDG 2702   --------   09/??/77   --------   --------
 9303   RDG 2703   --------   --------   --------   09/??/77
 9304   RDG 2704   --------   --------   --------   --------
 9305   RDG 2705   --------   --------   --------   --------
 9306   RDG 2706   --------   --------   --------   --------
 9307   RDG 2707   --------   --------   --------   --------
 9308   RDG 2708   --------   04/18/79   07/01/80   ********     B
 9309   RDG 2709   --------   --------   --------   --------
 9310   RDG 2710   --------   03/03/79   03/??/81   --------
 9311   RDG 2711   --------   --------   --------   --------
 9312   RDG 2712   --------   04/??/78   --------   --------
 9313   RDG 2713   --------   --------   --------   --------
 9314   RDG 2714   --------   --------   --------   --------
 9315   RDG 2715   --------   02/??/79   --------   --------
 9316   RDG 2716   --------   --------   --------   --------
 9317   RDG 2717   --------   --------   --------   --------
 9318   RDG 2718   --------   --------   --------   --------
 9319   RDG 2719   --------   --------   06/07/81   --------
 Roster Notes:
  A. Engine spotted stored in CR stencils by latest date listed.
  B. Engine spotted in deadline in CR stencils by latest date listed.
  C. Engine spotted stored in original predecessor paint and numbers by latest date listed.
  D. Engine spotted stored though fully repainted in Conrail colors. Still looking for date loco had been repainted while still in service.

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