GP10 Repainted Into Conrail Livery

The Cincinnati Scenic Railway has repainted an EMD GP10 into a Conrail livery and plans to use the unit in tourist train revenue service starting in August.

The locomotive was built as a GP9 for the Illinois Central before being rebuilt in 1974 as a GP10 by Illinois Central Gulf.

The unit then was sold to the Paducah & Louisville. It later wound up at the Tennessee Central Railway Museum in Nashville.

CSR President Ray Kammer Jr. said his company acquired the 9037 from the Tennessee museum.

Mechanical work on the unit was done by Silcott Railway Equipment of Worthington, Ohio, and included a new main generator, new injectors, traction motor work, and minor running repairs.

The unit was painted in Cleveland by the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

In the restoration process the GP10 received roster number 7644, a number never used by Conrail for its fleet of 75 GP10 locomotives.

 “Even though the locomotive itself is not historic to the Cincinnati area, the paint scheme was chosen because it represents a scene that was common in the region during the 1980s,” Kammer told Trains magazine.

The 7544 differs from Conrail’s low-hood units with its nose-mounted headlight, which was not a feature of the Conrail units.

CSR operates 12-mile round-trip tourist trains over the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad and also operates the Ohio Rail Experience.

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