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D&H U33C #655 Fresh from Conrail and the D&H/Guilford paint shop, the 655 sits at Kenwood yard, Albany, NY in December 1985. Reproduced from a Bill Mischler slide ©copyright. Used by permission.

D&H U33C #753 U33C 753 is shown in its "Delaware and Hudsonized" Erie-Lackawanna paint scheme at Mechanicville, NY, in April 1972. This photo was taken not long after this locomotive, and its sisters, 751 and 752 arrived on the D&H from the Erie-Lackawanna, in exchange for D&H SD45s 801,802 and 803.
Photo taken from a Bill Mischler 35mm slide. Used by permission.

D&H U33C #759 U33C 759 and sister 762 are shown pausing at Mechanicville between assignments in May 1985.
Photo taken from a Bill Mischler 35mm slide. Used by permission.


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Locomotive Numbers:

GE - U33C (Class GRF-33)

Road Number (1): Road Number (2): Road Number (3): Builder: Builder Number: Date Built: Date Rebuilt: Rebuilt By: Date Received: Date Retired/Sold:
PC / 6540 CR / 6845 D&H / 650 GE 36670 2/68 - 4/68     1985 1988
PC / 6551 CR / 6856 D&H / 651 GE 36681 2/68 - 4/68     1985 1988
PC / 6555 CR / 6860 D&H / 652 GE 36685 2/68 - 4/68     1985 1988
PC / 6557 CR / 6862 D&H / 653 GE 36687 2/68 - 4/68     1985 1988
PC / 6559 CR / 6864 D&H / 654 GE 36689 2/68 - 4/68     1985 1988
PC / 6560 CR / 6865 D&H / 655 GE 36863 8/1968     1985 1988
PC / 6561 CR / 6866 D&H / 656 GE 36865 8/1968     1985 1988
                 
EL / 3301 D&H / 751 EL / 3301 GE 36785 7/1968     3/1969 4/1976
EL / 3302 D&H / 752 EL / 3302 GE 36786 7/1968     3/1969 4/1976
EL / 3303 D&H / 753 EL / 3303 GE 36787 7/1968     3/1969 4/1976
                 
D&H / 754     GE 37616 9/1970       9-10/1988
D&H / 755     GE 37617 9/1970       9-10/1988
D&H / 756     GE 37618 9/1970       9-10/1988
D&H / 757     GE 37619 11/1970 10/1974 M-K   9-10/1988
D&H / 758 D&H / 653 D&H / 658 GE 37620 11/1970       1988
D&H / 759   D&H / 659 GE 37621 11/1970       1988
D&H / 760     GE 37622 11/1970 1975 M-K   9-10/1988
D&H / 761 D&H / 652 D&H / 661 GE 37623 12/1970       1988
D&H / 762   D&H / 662 GE 37624 12/1970       1988

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Locomotive Specifications:

Engine: FDL-16
Trucks: C-C
Truck Type: Adirondack or General 
Steel Castings
Fuel (gals.): 3,000
Sand (CuFt): 60
Weight (lbs): 363,000
Horsepower: 3,300
Traction Motors: GE-762
Tractive Effort:  
Gearing: 74:18

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Locomotive Information:

751, 752 and 753 originally EL 3301 - 3303, swapped for SD45s 801 - 803. They retained the EL Scheme for a while except the maroon was repainted D&H blue. They were re-swapped in late December 1975 with the demise of Erie-Lackawana. All three units were in Oneonta on Christmas day. The U33C's received EL's maroon and gray prior to the start up of Conrail.

650 - 656 were ex Conrail locos - Guilford renumbered 758, 759, 761 and 762 to 658, 659, 661 and 662 in 1985. All original locos were painted in the lightning stripe scheme - 758 was the only U33C to receive the all blue and yellow nose stripes. The ex Conrail locos retained their Conrail blue for some time.  Unit #655 was Converted to Super 7 for Mexico by GE's Montreal plant. 

U33C 757 burned with the Binghamton roundhouse and was rebuilt by MK. They replaced the long hood with the later style of the center door latches instead of the customary one at the top and one at the bottom. It also returned with the nose Gyralite signal light and the newer AAR control stand. 760, 761 also received the Gyralite but from the D&H's own shop forces. The U33C were still too new and therefore only the three listed received the nose Gyralite signal light.

The following is a list of the fate for the original D&H U33Cs:

751 - 753 - Returned to EL (see above)
754 - Sold to GE for Super 7 but scrapped in mid 90s by GE Erie
755 - Scrapped By Guilford in Colonie
756 - Sold to GE for Super 7 but scrapped in mid 90s by GE Erie
757 - Sold to GE for Super 7 but scrapped in mid 90s by GE Erie
758 - Converted to Super 7 for Mexico by GE's Montreal plant
759 - Converted to Super 7 for Mexico by GE's Montreal plant
760 - Scrapped by Guilford in Colonie
761 - Sold to GE for Super 7 but scrapped on mid 90s by GE Erie
762 - Sold to GE for Super 7. Sent to Montreal to be converted, but the program was stopped prior to conversion. Presumed scrapped by GE Montreal


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