Purchased by Conrail to power its hotshot piggyback trains, these sixty units spent many years doing just that. Built in 1983, with 3,600 horsepower and GE's floating bolster trucks, the fleet survived (minus four or five units due to wrecks) right until the split in 1999. While the remaining 55 or 56 units saw brief service on CSX and NS, their new claim to fame is in Brazil, where 44 have been rebuilt into BB36-7's featuring a four foot frame addition on each end of the locomotive to clear and extra two axle truck for narrow gauge EFVM.
Four high horsepower four axle units haul Mail 3 down "the hill" at Cresson.
Here a westbound Mail-3 rolls through the semi-famous Route 53 crossing in Cresson PA. This view was taken from around the corner from the iconic shot though, providing a somewhat different angle on this popular location.
Buffalo line, CP Stoney - Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA
April 23, 1994
With a pair of B36-7s bracketing a CSX SD50 and a CR U23B bringing up the rear, a classic Conrail (and PRR, if you add the position signal) scene is captured on the Buffalo Line back in '94.
Photo by Don Kalkman III