Railroading as it Once Was: A CR Locomotive So Ugly That it Actually Looked Quite Good to Me

Early CR ratty

This is just a roster grab at Collinwood in Cleveland in June 1978.

If I’m going to see a rag-tag unit, I like ‘em like this – history showing through layers of paint.

This GE U25B started its career on the New Haven Railroad, became a Penn Central unit when the NYNH&H was folded into that losing cause, and eventually became property of Conrail.

So it’s all here with the New Haven orange stripe showing through, some PC black over the NH stripes, the CR on the nose, and yes, a Conrail blue battery box cover.

It’s so ratty that she looks good in my humble opinion.

Article and Photograph by Roger Durfee

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