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Former PC 8600 sits idle at Frankfort Junction.
Location: Philadelphia, PA   8-85
Photo Online:June 4, 2002
CR 8600
John Bondura - Philadelphia, PA   8-85
CR 8600
John Bondura (65K)

Former Penn Central unit switching at the Chicago terminal. Notice the stencils on the cab.
Location: Chicago, IL   8-4-78
Photo Online: October 23, 1999
xPC 8606
Bob Dobrowolski - Chicago, IL   8-4-78
xPC 8606
Bob Dobrowolski (67K)

Another view of the unit but from above. I like the PC/PRR coach it's pulling.
Location: Chicago, IL   8-4-78
Photo Online: October 23, 1999
xPC 8606
Bob Dobrowolski - Chicago, IL   8-4-78
xPC 8606
Bob Dobrowolski (76K)

Location: Toledo, OH   9-14-80
Photo Online: July 6, 2009

Alan Gaines - Toledo, OH   9-14-80
xPC 8611
Alan Gaines (175K)

Former PC 8612 (nee-NYC) looks small against one of Conrail's 86' boxcars.
Location: Philadelphia, PA (Frankfort Junction)   9-83
Photo Online:June 4, 2002
CR 8612
John Bondura - Philadelphia, PA (Frankfort Junction)   9-83
CR 8612
John Bondura (62K)

Tom Wolfgang says that this former-LV unit never had dynamic brakes as formerly reported, noting the simple handrails and lack of MU cables. The rear of the hood also slopes down to the cab, denoting lack of dynamics. The huge box on the front of the hood is a modified cooling system that eliminated the belt drive to the main cooling fan, replacing it with a pair of motor-driven 36" fans. This was a CR modification and resulted in the 'M' designation. Former LV 251.
Location: Allentown, PA   6-19-77
Photo Online: May 5, 2000
CR 8665 SW8M
Arnie Morscher - Allentown, PA   6-19-77
CR 8665 SW8M
Arnie Morscher (173K)

A trio of worn out Lehigh Valley SW8M's--257, 265, and 250--sits idle at the Bethlehem terminal at the end of Conrail's first year.
Location: Bethlehem, PA   8-25-76
Photo Online:August 4, 2001
LV 257 SW8M
Joe Testagrosse Coll. - Bethlehem, PA   8-25-76
(CR 8671) LV 257 SW8M
Joe Testagrosse Coll. (127K)

You can see the dynamic brake housing on the long hood directly in front of the cab. When Conrail removed the brakes, this section was replaced with smooth plating. Former LV 259.
Location: Bethelehem, PA   10-28-78
Photo Online: October 15, 1998
xLV 8673 SW8
Bob Dobrowolski - Bethelehem, PA   10-28-78
xLV 8673 SW8M
Bob Dobrowolski (70K)

The dynamic brakes on this unit can be clearly seen directly in front of the cab. Note the built-up hood, brake fans on the hood, and vents on the side of the body. Survived on roster as CR 8675. Built 1951.
Location: Allentown, PA   6-19-77
Photo Online: August 7, 1998
LV 261 SW8M
Arnie Morscher - Allentown, PA   6-19-77
(CR 8675) LV 261 SW8M
Arnie Morscher (83K)

Windows are smashed and parts are missing on this sad switcher in the deadline.
Location: Elizabethport, NJ   1983
Photo Online: May 5, 2004
xLV 8681 SW8M
Scott Wisner - Elizabethport, NJ   1983
xLV 8681 SW8M
Scott Wisner (100K)

This unit was also equipped with dynamics, note the MU hoses on the pilot and the dynamic grids of the body near the cab. Survived on roster as CR 8684. Built 1951.
Location: Allentown, PA   6-19-77
Photo Online: August 7, 1998
LV 270 SW8M
Arnie Morscher - Allentown, PA   6-19-77
(CR 8684) LV 270 SW8M
Arnie Morscher (101K)

A former EL unit repainted blue sits in the storage line with another unit still in its EL paint.
Location: Elizabethport, NJ   1983
Photo Online: May 5, 2004
CR 8694
Scott Wisner - Elizabethport, NJ   1983
CR 8694
Scott Wisner (86K)

Nearly a year after Conrail, and this EL SW8 is still in its original paint scheme and numbers.
Location: Akron, OH   3-77
Photo Online: April 7, 2005
EL 365
Roger Durfee - Akron, OH   3-77
(CR 8694) EL 365
Roger Durfee (172K)

Looking natty, 8695 sits in the scrap line with its exhaust stack covered.
Location: Elizabethport, NJ   1983
Photo Online: March 26, 2004
xEL 8695
Scott Wisner - Elizabethport, NJ   1983
xEL 8695
Scott Wisner (133K)

Note the canvas cab shade, which is missing on the engineer's side. Former DL&W 506.
Location: Scranton, PA   6-18-77
Photo Online: August 7, 1998
EL 366 SW8
Arnie Morscher - Scranton, PA   6-18-77
(CR 8695) EL 366
Arnie Morscher (83K)

Different angle of unit above sitting outside the Scranton Diesel Shops.
Location: Scranton Diesel Shop   1977
Photo Online: June 11, 2000
CR 366 SW8
Arnie Morscher - Scranton Diesel Shop   1977
(CR 8695) EL 366
Arnie Morscher (100K)

Check the old EL cab numbers underneath the Conrail decals.
Location: Linden, NJ   8-6-77
Photo Online: March 11, 2000
xEL 8696
Joe Testagrosse Coll. - Linden, NJ   8-6-77
xEL 8696
Joe Testagrosse Coll. (88K)

Former EL unit hauling a D&H boxcar.
Location: Unknown  
Photo Online: September 10, 2003
xEL 8697
Harry Scholtz
xEL 8697
Harry Scholtz (56K)

Former EL 370 sits in the deadline. Note the original EL number is still on the cab's battery boxes!
Location: Elizabethport, NJ   1983
Photo Online: May 5, 2004
xEL 8699
Scott Wisner - Elizabethport, NJ   1983
xEL 8699
Scott Wisner (109K)

At least this EL unit got a "balloon" spark arrestor on its exhaust stack. Modifications to exhaust stacks on early SW's seem common on most railroads. Fireman's side. Former EL 371 (DL&W 511).
Location: Meadville, PA   8-5-78
Photo Online: June 3, 1998
xEL 8700 SW8
Arnie Morcsher - Meadville, PA   8-5-78
xEL 8700
Arnie Morcsher (100K)

View from the other side of 8700 above.
Location: Meadville, PA   8-5-78
Photo Online: June 3, 1998
xEL 8700 SW8
Arnie Morscher - Meadville, PA   8-5-78
xEL 8700
Arnie Morscher (69K)

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