General Electric Locomotive Photos
Penn Central rostered a single GE 44 ton switcher and it wore the highest road number on the roster. The former PRR 9353 was the sole survivor of the Pennsy's fleet of 44 tonners. Here, PC 9999 is seen at Pavonia Yard, Camden, NJ, on June 24, 1977. Photo by Arnold Morscher. (68 K)
The U25B was the first successful road locomotive produced by General Electric after its split with Alco, and this locomotive put GE well on the road to being the USA's top locomotive producer today. All three PC predecessor railroads owned U25Bs, and all were numbered in the 2500 series. Obviously, there was plenty of renumberings to eliminate duplicate numbers. The New York Central's U25Bs retained their original numbers, with the PRR and New Haven units numbered in the 2600 series. Penn Central rostered a total of 154 U25Bs.
PC U25B 2539 seen in a consist with other locomotives. This one was an ex-NYC U-Boat, as evidenced by the white frame stripe and nose emblem showing through the peeling paint. Photographer and location unknown. (30 K)
Former NH 2505, now PC 2665, shows the "interim" decal job frequently seen after 1970, as PC management decreed that all locomotives still in predecessor colors be relettered. Unlike its FL9 brethren, who were held captive by the New York City area, this former New Haven unit is out to "see the world", or at least Riverdale, Illinois, in May, 1971. RPC photo, collection of Dale A. DeVene Jr. (128 K)
Penn Central rostered 58 of the 3,000 horsepower U30Bs. All were former New York Central locomotives and retained their original NYC numbers.
New York Central U30B 2873 is seen at Detroit, MI, in January 1970, still wearing the as-delivered paint of the NYC U30B fleet. Check out the green PC fuel truck to the left of the locomotive! Photographer unknown, contributed by J.L. Hunt. (83 K)
PC U30B 2885 is seen moving from the roundhouse to the service tracks at the ex-PRR Conway Yard in Conway, PA, on July 1, 1973. The 2885 was originally built as NYC 2885 in 1967, builder #36436. Photo by Dennis Bydash. (107 K)
Penn Central rostered 24 of these 3300 HP locomotives. They were originally ordered by the PRR but were delivered in PC paint just weeks after the merger.
In July 1972, PC 6563, the last in PC's U33C series, waits for its next call to duty at the engine facility at Port Jervis, NY, on the Erie Lackawanna. PC and EL pooled power on trains between Port Jervis and New Haven, Ct via the Maybrook gateway starting in 1973, which would explain this engine's presence in EL territory. The pooled power arrangement stopped when the Poughkeepsie Bridge burned and severed the freight route through Maybrook. From the Stephen Foster collection. (61 K)