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CR U28C Conrail's 2800 horsepower U28C's were built for the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1960 and then given to Penn Central, which placed them in the 6520-6534 series. Conrail assigned these units to New York in order to work heavy coal drags and merchandise freights between Albany and Buffalo, NY. They rarely left that area. In their final two years of service they could be found working Buffalo and Albany in hump service, slow freights, and MoW trains until retired in the late 1980's. In 1979 Conrail renumbered them into the 6820-6834 series to make way for newly arriving SD-40-2's.

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
 ==================================================================
 6520    PC 6520   --------   --------   --------   --------
 6521    PC 6521   --------   --------   --------   --------
 6522    PC 6522   --------   --------   --------   --------
 6523    PC 6523   --------   --------   --------   --------
 6524    PC 6524   --------   --------   --------   --------
 6525    PC 6525   --------   --------   --------   --------
 6526    PC 6526   --------   --------   --------   --------
 6527    PC 6527   --------   --------   --------   --------
 6528    PC 6528   --------   11/24/78   --------   --------
 6529    PC 6529   --------   11/24/78   --------   --------
 6530    PC 6530   --------   --------   --------   01/23/77
 6531    PC 6531   --------   --------   --------   --------
 6532    PC 6532   --------   --------   --------   --------
 6533    PC 6533   --------   --------   --------   --------
 6534    PC 6534   --------   --------   --------   --------
 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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