PRR GP7 8553 1

The following tables illustrate the various spotting features of EMD GP7 and GP9 units purchased by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The basis for these tables are from a Jim Williams presentation at the May 2000 annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society.

Road numbers in bold are in my personal collection (or are on order).

EMD GP-7 vs. GP-9

  GP-7 GP-9
Build Dates October 1949
- May 1954
January 1954
- December 1959
Horsepower 1500 1750
Louvers at Rear of Car Body 2 Full Rows 1 Single Louver
Louvers on Battery Box 3 Single Louvers 1 Louver

 

EMD GP-7, Class ES15 / ES15ms

GP7 8572 was assigned to Lewistown as of 1956 per photo on pages 90 and 93 of "Trackside..." (#65).

GP7 8581 was assigned to Lewistown as of 1957 per photo on page 63 of "Pennsy 1950s Last Great Decade".

Road Numbers Qty Class Options Cooling Fans Carbody Cut Outs Delivery HO Scale Models
8797-88061 10 ES15m TP 4-36" 1 1/52

Atlas2 (8800, 8806); 
Life Like Proto2 (8797, 8799); 
Bachmann2 (8803, 8805)
Walthers (8798, 8799, 8801, 8805)

8500-8501 2 ES15ms TP, SG 4-36" 4 8/52 Bachmann2 (8501)
8502 1 ES15m   4-36" 4 8/52  
8503-8508 6 ES15m TP, DB 4-36" 4 8/52 Atlas2 (8508); 
Life Like Proto2 (8508)
8509-8512 4 ES15m   4-36" 4 8/52  
8545-8546 2 ES15m TP 4-36" 4 8-9/53  
8547-8549 3 ES15m Radio 4-36" 4 8-9/53 Athearn Genesis (8547, 8548, 8549)
8550 1 ES15m   4-36" 4 8-9/53 Athearn Genesis (8550)
8551-8552 2 ES15ms TP, DC, SG 4-36" 4 9/53  
8553 1 ES15ms TP, SG 4-36" 4 9/53  
8554-8582 29 ES15m TP, DB 4-36" 4 8-9/53 Life Like Proto2 (8579, 8580); 
Key Imports (brass; 8562)
8583-8587 5 ES15ms SG 4-36" 4 8-9/53  

OPTIONS
TP=Trainphone
DB=Dynamic Brakes
DC=Dual Cab Control
SG=Steam Generator

1Assigned to Passenger Helper Service
2 Model lacks trainphone per prototype

EMD GP-9 / GP-9B, Class EFS17m

Road Numbers Qty Options Cooling Fans Carbody Cut Outs Delivery HO Scale Models

7000-7049

50 TP, DB 4-36" 4 10-12/55

Athearn Genesis (7024, 7046)
Life Like Proto 20001 (7001, 7010, 7015, 7020);
Bachmann1 (7048)

7050-7104 55 TP, DB 4-36" 4 10-11/56 Bachmann1 (7085)
7105-7144 45 TP, DB 4-36" - 5-6/57 Athearn Genesis (7117, 7138)
Athearn Genesis1 (7109, 7138, 7140)
7145-7204 70 DB 2-48" - 10-12/58 Athearn Genesis (7154, 7184, 7203);
Life Like Proto 2000 (7160)
7175B-7204B 30 DB 2-48" - 10-12/58 Athearn Genesis (7178B, 7197B, 7200B, 7201B)
7205-7269 65 DB 2-48" - 10-12/59  Life Like Proto 2000 (7221)
7230B-7239B 10 DB 2-48" - 10-12/59  

OPTIONS
TP=Trainphone
DB=Dynamic Brakes
DC=Dual Cab Control
SG=Steam Generator

1Model lacks trainphone per prototype.

EMD SD-7, Class ES15a

Purchased specifically for use on 5h3 Madison Hill grade, a 1.5 mile 5.89% grade in Indiana.

Road Numbers Qty Delivery HO Scale Models
8588, 8589 2 11/53

Precision Craft Models (8588, 8589)

Life Like Proto 2000 (8588, 8589)

 

EMD SD-9, Class ES17m

Purchased primarily for use as hump pushers and heavy yard switchers.

Road Numbers Qty Delivery HO Scale Models
7600-7624 25 11/57-1/58

Broadway Limited Imports (7600, 7608, 7609, 7611, 7612)

Life Like Proto 2000 (7607)