B&O Railroad Museum, Conrail group partner to repaint switcher

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BALTIMORE, Md. — The Conrail Historical Society and the B&O Railroad Museum have launched a joint fund-raising effort to repaint an elderly SW7 into its historic Conrail paint scheme. The locomotive is currently in service at the museum, powering regular excursion trains over the historic first mile of the B&O, which dates to 1826.

Conrail No. 8905 is a 1950 EMD unit, built for the Peoria & Eastern, a New York Central subsidiary that came into Conrail in 1976. Conrail once rostered more than 500 of these end-cab switchers, and a number of them saw service in and around Baltimore, according to the CRHS.

The B&O Museum acquired No. 8905 in 2004 and repainted and renumbered it for its short excursion operation. Now in need of new paint, the museum asked the CRHS for its assistance. The CRHS has provided the museum with photos, paint diagrams, and drawings from its extensive archives to ensure accuracy.

The CRHS and the B&O Railroad Museum are seeking $6,000 to cover the cost of preparing and painting of the locomotive, which will be performed by museum staff and volunteers. Any additional funds will be dedicated to keeping the 68-year old veteran running. Once completed, No. 8905 will return to its regular place at the head of the museum's trains. Donations may be made at www.TheCRHS.org/8905.

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