40 Years Ago

Locomotive PRR 7240 was built in October 1959 by the General Motor’ Electro-Motive Division (EMD) at its LaGrange, IL, facility for the Pennsylvania Railroad as a GP9 diesel locomotive. The GP9 locomotive supplied 1,72 hp. In his 2006 book, EMD Locomotives, Brian Solomon reported that the GP9 was ‘the most advanced, rugged, and reliable in the series sporting EMG’s latest prime mover and other internal components.’ Solomon goes on to report that “the GP9 spelled doom for the last remaining steam operations.” During the 1976 Conrail formation, PRR/PC 7240 became CR 7240. In 1983, photographer Alan Gaines captured this image of CR 7240 outside Berea, OH.