EMD SD50 - Page 8

Conrail had 135 "fightin fifties" numbered 6700 through 6834 and built from 1983 through 1986. Conrail's fleet of SD50s (the second largest in the country) was delivered with a number of variations from "stock" EMD units.

Conrail's first three orders (delivered in 1983, 84 and 85) all came equipped with EMD's older Flexicoil truck instead ot the standard, at the time, HTC-II truck. This was because of Conrail's irroneously blaming the HTC truck for a number of derailments involving AMTRAK units. It turned out not to be the fault of the truck, and the last order that arrived in 1986 was delivered with the standard EMD trucks.

The second two orders (6779-6834) were also delivered with a large 4500gal fuel tank, as opposed to the 4000gal tank on the previous two orders.

For a more indepth analysis of the Conrail SD50, visit the CRCYC.

CR 6817 & 6662 are seen on TV-2H at Conemaugh, PA on 8/20/98.
6817-6856-6718-8042 at Lane, PA. March 1991
CR 6817 is seen on TV-2H at Conemaugh, PA on 8/20/98.
CR 6818 & 6739 are seen on ALPI-5 at Cassandra, PA on 5/15/98 at 1:57p.
CR 6820 leads NS 1622 westbound at Altoona, PA.
Conrail SD50 6820 is seen leading a stack train on the Chicago Line in upstate New York.
CR 6821 is on the point of eastbound PIAT-5 at Rose, Altoona, PA on 5/16/99.
Consecutively numbered SD50s 6821-6822 take 102 northbound empty hoppers UFY-??? passing the Fair siding just south of Watsontown, PA on 5/15/92. Units after the split became the property of Norfolk Southern and were renumbered 5469-5470. Both were retired upon termination of their leases and after a lengthy storage at RMDI in Pittston, PA, 5469 joined the NREX lease fleet and was last seen reposing in the deadline at Silvis, Illinois. The 5470 was sold to Progress Rail and sent to Patterson, GA where at last report still sits..
SD50 6822 leads 2 GE's on the ENBU passing the site of the old passenger and LCL freight yard.. Now it's all built up... 2/90
A nice clean SD-50 leads a coal train at the Carson bridge.
SD50 6824 leads SERE through Washington, MA. on Sept. 5, 1992.
Conrail 6825 awaits its next assignment at Conrail's Ashtabula Harbor yard 2-31-91

A pair of relatively new SD50s hustle a grain train through Birmingham PA in 1986.

CR SEAL crossing Snake Hole Creek at the south end of Iona Island, NY. on Oct. 22, 1992.
CR 6826 is seen leading a power move at Wilmore PA on 2/8/98.
SD50 6827 leads TV6 across Lower Valley Rd. at Ballou's in Washington, MA. on June 26, 1998.
CR 6828 is seen at West Brownsville, PA on 11/8/1987. This unit became NS 5472 and was part of a group of SD50's returned to the lessor, later becoming NREX 5472, then KCS 7009.
OIEL heads thru the Canisteo River valley at Browns crossing.
Almost new 6828 leads 6412 on PIOI-5 @ Longswamp, PA
SD50 6830 on the head end of an SEPW-X at the summit in Hinsdale, MA. on March 6, 1999.

Pittsburgh Line - Cove, Pennsylvania, USA - May 28, 1994
SD50 6831 on PICA-7
Big Blue waits on a new crew from Enola before continuing on to Camden with freight from Conway. A pair of CSX CW40-8s trail the CR motor on what is now NS trackage.
Photo by Don Kalkman III

A Conrail SD50 leads some CSX units on an eastbound tied up in the controlled siding at CP Banks.

HBBU-8 is seen passing under the PRR signal bridge at McElhattan, PA behind SD50 6831, LMS C40-8W 703, SD40-2 6410 and SD40-2 6405. "The site of the old Rich tower would be close to the last unit on the left.. The old NYC had trackage rights starting here to access their old Beech Creek RR and to access Clearfield over the old PRR.."
SD50 6832 leads SERE near MP 130 in Middlefield, MA. on July 25, 1992.
A pair of new SD50's, 6832 and 6833, have BUPI in tow at CP Graham in Struthers,Ohio on March 10th, 1986. The track off to the left is the LE&E (Lake Erie and Eastern), a track that, at one time, connected the NYC with the P&LE and crossed the PRR at this spot located just south of Haselton yard. Note some of the Youngstown Sheet & Tube mill is still standing in the background on this date. Both units would become property of NS as their 5476 and 5477, both are now off the roster.
PISE crosses the Beaver River at Wampum.
Fairly fresh CR 6833 is seen at West Brownsville, PA on 10/26/1986.
SEFR dropping downgrade just past MP 129 in Becket, MA. on Oct. 17, 1992.

Smell that? That's the new paint on the SD50. These three units are just hitting the hill as they cruise past the famous "brickyard" location in Altoona in this May of 86 view. They have ALPI in tow, a manifest freight from Allentown to Pittsburgh.

Westbound TV7X with the 6834 and 2573 on the point are just east of Stryker, OH on January 23, 1999.  This is the very last SD50 purchased by Conrail.
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