EMD SDP45

Conrail inherited 32 SDP45s from the Erie Lackawanna, reassigning their EL series 3635-3668 to CR 6667-6699.

Built from May, 1969 through August, 1970 for the EL, EMD added a longer frame for concrete ballast aft of the radiators and a larger fuel tank for greater range.  EMD's turbocharged V20 20-645-E3 prime mover produced 3,600hp.

As EL was under control of the N&W when the original series 3635-3653 was ordered, Conrail returned them in 1984 to the Norfolk Southern.  EL's second order series 3654-3668 were returned to their lessor on January, 1984

Just a collection of early CR'd power nose shots surrounding SD80mac 4111, the pinnacle of Conrail's power. Left to right, F7A, SDP45, C630, C420, SD80mac, and RS11.
One SD45 and two SDP45's on the head-end and four helpers on the rear lift this Ore Extra up the east slope on 10/22/77
CR SDP-45 6667 (ex-EL 3635) at Enola in May, 1977. Unit 3635 was the first SDP-45 in EL's 3635-3653 EMD order in 1969, when EL was under control of N&W. These units were returned to Norfolk Southern in 1984.
Big power like this SDP-45 & SD-45-2 did not show up at the Rochester engine house very often. The occasion on this day was the crew was unhappy with the leader and was rearranging the consist. The leader had been C-630 #6775.
A busy morning at the South St TBS as the op has just handed the 19's to a southbound(westbound) Conrail train headed up by former Erie Lackawanna SDP45 #3636. Holding a little west of the crossovers is CR 7991 on OM-8, and over on the ex EL an eastbound waits with Penn Central F7A 1773, RDG C430 5211, and a PC GP-9. Conrail is only a month old and a lot of the inherited power has been scattered to every corner of the railroad.
It was unususal to find big power parked at Goodman Street. An ex EL SDP-45 & U33-C are at the West end of the yard.
A pair of ex EL units get turned on the wye at the Rochester Diesel Shops.
Ordered with dual control stands, the former EL SDP45's could be ran long hood lead as witnessed by CR 6669, the ex EL 3638 leading "hammerhead" style through Akron, Ohio in October 1977.

CR SDP45 6669 (ex-EL 3638), still in EL Bicentennial colors, at Enola in May, 1977.

Unit 3638 was one of EL's 3635-3653 EMD order in 1969, when EL was under control of N&W. These units were returned to Norfolk Southern in 1984.

CR SDP45 6669 (ex-EL 3638), still in EL Bicentennial colors, at Enola in May, 1977.

Unit 3638 was one of EL's 3635-3653 EMD order in 1969, when EL was under control of N&W. These units were returned to Norfolk Southern in 1984.

Ex-EL Bicentennial SDP-45 6669 (ex-EL 3638) rests just outside the Enola shops during a GG-1 crew change on a dreary May 7, 1977.
The trailing unit on a van train. I never did catch any of the EL Bicentennial units leading.
Since today is the 4th, I'll toss this on the site. Both of these Erie Lackawanna RW&B units would become property of Conrail in a few months and get new numbers, 6669 and 6097, and run in this paint for a couple of years before dress blue was applied. The 3632/6097 survives today as the engine test bed at Altoona (ex CR Q1). In this photo 2nd NY100 cools it's wheels at JO in Akron for a Chessie to cross over in front of them. You can tell JO was a PC/Chessie controlled tower, as anyone in an EL tower that stopped this train would probably be unemployed after doing so!
I seemed to run across this unit a lot, which is OK in my book. A pair of ex EL SDP45's have pulled up to a stop in Walbridge, Ohio to wait on C&O traffic. The sun was right on the horizon, and I'm fighting shadows, but the lowest of low light sure brings out the under frame detail.
A westbound coke train drifts down Wooster Hill near Wooster, Ohio in July 1979. Still in it's (rough) EL red/white/blue scheme, it would receive a coat of dress blue. Of interest is the trailing unit, CR 6688, the former EL SDP-45 #3657 that has a wreck replaced long hood.
A former EL SDP-45 gets a little help from a PC F7A and a PC FP7A as it waits for railroad west on the ex EL at Voris St in Akron, Ohio.
The Gulf Summit helper passes the train order forks at BD tower. The engine was headed up to the station for a crew change.
CR 6673, ex-EL 3642, sits behind sister units 6679 and 6689 as they wait for action at Mingo Junction in August, 1978.
CR 6673, ex-EL 3642, sits behind sister units 6679 and 6689 as they wait for action at Mingo Junction in August, 1978.
A former EL unit on home rails, CR 6675, the ex EL 3644, leads an eastbound through Akron, Ohio.
CR SDP45 6675 follows GP38-2 8068 down Horseshoe on May 22, 1977.
CR SDP-45 6675 (ex-EL 3644) with PC U25B 2658 at Enola in May, 1977.
CR SDP-45 6675 (ex-EL 3644) at Enola in May, 1977.
An SDP-45 and a leased CN GP-38 have cut off of their train and are heading up to the crossovers to make a pickup in the yard.
CR SDP-45 6677, ex-EL 3646, trails two GP-35's as they brake down the hill at Horseshoe in August, 1977.
Late in the day at Conway in August, 1978, CR SDP-45 6677 (ex-EL 3646) leads ex-RDG GP-35 3641 as they wait for assignment alongside GP-38-2 8032.
CR 6678 in blue paint & 6688 still in EL colors drop down thru Horseshoe Curve with what appears to be an ore train.
Looking tired and worn, CR SDP45 6683 (ex-EL 3652) and 6678 (ex-EL 3647) are paired up in storage at Rutherford yard in April, 1984.
Former EL 3647 stored at Rutherford, PA on 9/11/1983.
A great lineup of three monster SDP-45's, that are still in their beautiful EL paint, sit ready to go at Mingo Junction in August, 1978.
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