ALCO C424 and C425 - Page 2

Conrail inherited 41 Alco C425's from Penn Central (10 were former New Haven and the remainder were ex Pennsy) and 26 C424's of PC, EL and RDG ancestry in 1976. Originally scheduled to be 53 C425's, Erie Lackawanna's 12 units were sold to the British Columbia Railway as their 801 to 812 before Conrail took over. Several C424's and C425's wore Conrail blue paint and logos. Twenty-nine C425's were renumbered to the 5060-5089 series in the early 1980's, but most were sitting in dead lines by this time and few pictures are known to exist of them in service in this number series. Fifteen C424's came from the EL, 10 from the Reading, and one lone unit (CR 2474, ex PC, exx PRR 2415, nee Alco RS27 Demonstrator 640-1, rebuilt to C424 specifications) from PC. A few went on to serve other owners after being retired from Conrail in the early 1980's.

CR C425 2443 rests at Youngwood, PA in August, 1978.
CR C425 2443 rests at Youngwood, PA in August, 1978.
CR C425 2443 rests at Youngwood, PA in August, 1978.
Ex-PC C425 2444 leads a quartet of three ALCos and one GP-9 in Weirton, WV in August, 1978.
Ex-PC C425 2444 leads a quartet of CR power in Weirton, WV. This was becoming a rare lineup in August, 1978 as three of the four units were ALCos.
Ex-PC C425 2444 leads a quartet of CR power in Weirton, WV. This was becoming a rare lineup in August, 1978 as three of the four units were ALCos.
Ex-PC C425 2444 leads a quartet of three ALCos and one GP-9 in Weirton, WV.

Two C425's pass by the massive lines of power at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977.

Numbered 2416 and 2446, these Alcos represent the first and last of the series of 31 ex-PRR C425's brought to Conrail.

Amidst a sea of power at the Conway engine terminal, CR C425's 2416 and 2446 wait for assignment. Former Alco C425's 2416 and 2446 represent the first and last of the 31 ex-PRR series. CR 21656 N7A and ex-PC 19324 N5 cabooses rest in the foreground.
CR C425 2451 ready to go at Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.
CR C425 2451 ready to go at Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.
A crewman makes sure everything is ready to for CR C425 2451 at Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.
CR blue C425 2455 is mixed with SD40-2 6380 and SD-45 6149 at Conway in August, 1978.
CR C425 2455 is at the tail end of a rare CR engine lineup in Weirton, WV in August, 1978. Three of the four units were ALCos.
Just out of the Collinwood paint shop, this former New Haven/Penn Central Alco C425 looks pretty snazzy. It only got to run in it's new coat for less than 2 years. The small fuel tank and lack of dynamic brake grids are two spotting features of ex New Haven units. It's already lost it's Hancock air whistle though.
Another "almost Conrail" unit, Erie Lackawanna C425 #2457 at Youngstown, Ohio in 1975. There was a question about ex PC and ex EL C425 features- here is a down on look at one of the EL units, 2457, to look at. It was assigned CR number 2469, but was sold to the British Columbia in Canada just weeks before C-day.

The sun was down low when two rare birds were at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977.

CR 2474, the only ex-PRR class AF24a ALCo C424, leads one of only two ex-RDG C430's, CR 2049 (ex-RG 5212).

The C424 unit was built in 1963 using the electrical equipment from ALCO's DL-640 demonstrator 640-1.

The sun was down low when two rare birds were at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977.

CR 2474, the only ex-PRR class AF24a ALCo C424, leads one of only two ex-RDG C430's, CR 2049 (ex-RG 5212).

The C424 unit was built in 1963 using the electrical equipment from ALCO's DL-640 demonstrator 640-1.

The sun was down low at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977 as CR 2485 (ex-EL 2411) idles along with 2474, the only ex-PRR class AF24a ALCo C424.

2474 was an ex-PC, nee PRR Alco C424.

CR 2477 is under the sand tower at the Cresson service facilty.
With her CR 2483 number lined out, ex-EL C424 2409's operating days may be over at the Juniata shops in March, 1978.
Cold and snow during February of 1978 made things pretty tough for Conrail in Northern Ohio. Two trains sit outlawed at South St TBS in Akron, a Cinci to Meadville freight with ex EL C424 #2484 leading, and the west local with ex PC GP-9 #7356.
Renumbering of Conrail's heritage fleet took a while, but it was still neat to catch "pure" and "renumbered" units together. Erie Lackawanna C424 2407 is still in it's EL number while CR 2484- ex EL 2410- is close by. Most if not all of the ex EL C424's were renumbered at the Brier Hill shops in Youngstown,Ohio due to their assignment at that former Erie facility. These two are shown at the ex EL E. 55th St facility in Cleveland that is located on the Youngstown to Cleveland line.
The sun was down low at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977 as CR 2485 (ex-EL 2411) waits along with 2474, the only ex-PRR class AF24a ALCo C424.
Late in the day at Conway in August, 1977, CR C424 2485 (ex-EL 2411) and GP38 7768 idle by the yard tower.
With CR GP9 7010 above, former EL C424 2485 is coupled up at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977.
Former EL 2411 partially dismantled at Hornell, NY in the summer of 1981.
CR C424 (ex-EL 2413) shows retirement coming as it's number is lined out outside the Juniata shops in March, 1978.  Former PC SW9 9134 and GP40 3007 are lined up behind awaiting service.
CR 2492, ex-RDG 5203, with number boards removed, sits alongside SD40 6290(ex-CNJ 3066) outside the Juniata shops in March, 1978.
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