Railroading as it Once Was: Former E Units of the EL Kept A Clean Face Until the End of Service

EL locos washing

Even towards the end of its corporate existence the Erie Lackawanna tried to keep up a good image.

Case in point is this set of tired E units getting pushed through the wash rack at Marion in 1975. Of particular interest is that 817, the last E unit on the roster to still carry its porthole windows. The 809 was the lowest numbered E on the EL roster, renumbered from the highest numbered E unit on the DL&W (820) with the Erie/DL&W merger.

Neither unit had too many showers left in their future anyway as by late 1976 Conrail had pretty much taken all but the two passenger geared ones (825 and 833) out of service.

Article and Photograph by Roger Durfee

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