Conrail inherited a large number of early GPs from its predecessors. 7182 is a GP that is an ex-Penn Central unit that hasn’t been given its coat of blue yet.
I’m using the post-holiday downtime to make some progress on a few projects I’ve got going: repairing my GP10 5863, detailing my new SW1500s: 9590 and 9594, and detailing my new GP7 5601.
I admit it, I’m a sucker for GP30s. There’s something about the purposeful “bulldog” look to them that I find appealing. Also, they were common secondary power during the early years of Conrail. I already have one, but when Atlas came out with a new run of them a few years ago, and they went […]
Conrail 7883 is an almost stock Atlas GP38.
This geep started out as an undecorated Atlas model that I detailed and painted to match a Conrail prototype.
This engine started as an undecorated Atlas GP40 that I detailed and painted up as one of the surprisingly few mid-80s Conrail GP40s.
The GP30s had an interesting career with Conrail.Some of the oldest second generation power on the road, they survived through the early 1990s, being put into, and taken out of storage as traffic dictated. My model reflects one of these engines in the middle of its Conrail career.
Conrail’s aged fleet of roadswitchers underwent a rebuilding program. Modifications included reconfiguring air intakes, removing dynamic brakes and other internal upgrades. When outshopped, these units were classified GP8s (for units that began as GP7s) and GP10s (for units that began as GP9s).
When it was formed, Conrail inherited a mess of unreliable locomotives from it’s predecessors. Some of it’s first purchases were a group of GP40-2s. These were initially purchased to work on the line’s high priority Trailvan trains, however, by the mid 80s they were no longer restricted to this service and were found system wide.
Conrail 7894 is also an almost stock Atlas GP38. I have weathered it a little more than #7883, giving it the beginnings of the signature Conrail Rust using a drybrushing and wash technique