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Erie Lackawanna Diesel Roster: All-Time

Published: September 28, 2023

By: Adam Burns

As the heavy underdog in the New York - Chicago market throughout its existence, the Erie Lackawanna was beloved by many train enthusiasts and is still fondly remembered today.

Its creation in 1960 through the merger of the Erie and Delaware, Lackawanna & Western was aimed at accomplishing two tasks:

  • Firstly, to become more competitive against the New York Central, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore & Ohio.
  • Secondly, reduce costs through route and terminal consolidation during an era when many railroads, especially in the Northeast, were struggling to remain profitable.

The Lackawanna had long been the healthier of the two systems although even it was struggling by the 1950s due to declining anthracite coal demand.

For railfans, the Erie Lackawanna era saw an interesting mix of first, and second, generation power.  The EL's declining financial situation throughout the 1960s saw trains led by interesting lashups of F units and SD45s, for example.  In addition, the road even regeared E8s for freight service.

The information presented here offers a complete, all-time diesel roster of the Erie Lackawanna, including all first and second generation power it operated.

Photos

16819018uy2ju6i0001871h1y719026.jpgErie Lackawanna E8A #828 is eastbound over the old DL&W main line with a mail/express train at Binghamton, New York as it passes the former Erie Railroad engine house in June, 1963. American-Rails.com collection.

Switchers

Road Number(s) Heritage Builder/Model EL Class Construction Number Date Built
21-22 Erie 21-22 Alco/GE/Ingersoll-Rand Box Cab - 66951, 66678 -
25 Erie 25 GE Box Cab - 11032 4/1931
26 Erie 26 GE 44-Tonner SG-3 28504 9/1946
302-305 Erie 302-305 Alco HH660 SA-6-a 69136, 69153-69155 10/1939
306 - 308 Erie 306 - 308 Alco S-1 SA-6 74935, 74962-74963 9/1946-11/1946
309-311 Erie 309-311 Alco S-1 SA-6 75119, 75121-75122 1/1947
312-316 Erie 312-316 Alco S-1 SA-6 75353-75357 8/1947-9/1947
317 Erie 317 Alco S-1 SA-6 77478 4/1950
318-320 Erie 318-320 Alco S-1 SA-6 77977-77979 4/1950-5/1950
321 Erie 321 Alco S-1 SA-6 77080 4/1950
322-323 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 405-406 Alco HH600 SA-6-a 68639-68640 1/1934
324 - 325 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 409 - 410 Alco HH600 SA-6-a 69257-58 4/1940
349-359 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 427 - 437 EMD SW1 SE-6 1027-1029,1051-1058 3/1940-5/1940
360 Erie 360 EMD SW1 SE-6 6148 7/1948
361-365 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 501-505 EMD SW8 SE-8 14063-14067 8/1951
366-369 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 506-509 EMD SW8 SE-8 15727-156730 6/1952
370-371 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 510-511 EMD SW8 SE-8 17885-17886 5/1953
381-383 Erie 381-383 BLW DS-4-4-660 SB-6 73043-73044, 73366 11/1947
384-385 Erie 384-385 BLW DS-4-4-660 SB-6 73898-73899 2/1947
386-389 Erie 386-389 BLW DS-4-4-750 SB-7 74430-74433 2/1949, 8/1949
401-403 Erie 401-403 EMD NW2 SE-10 951-953 1/1948
404-413 Erie 404-413 EMD NW2 SE-10 5129-5138 1/1948
414-416 Erie 414-416 EMD NW2 SE-10 6145-6147 11/1948
417-421 Erie 417-421 EMD NW2 SE-10 7460-7464 10/1949
422-427 Erie 422-427 EMD NW2 SE-10 8911-8916 11/1949
428 Erie 428 EMD SW7 SE-6 11825 5/1950
429-433 Erie 429-433 EMD SW7 SE-6 12022-12023, 12026, 12024-12025 11/1950
434 Erie 434 EMD SW9 SE-12 13829 3/1951
435-438 Erie 435-438 EMD SW9 SE-12 15933-15936 4/1952
439-440 Erie 439-440 EMD SW9 SE-12 16176-16174 4/1952
441-445 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 461-465 EMD NW2 SE-10 3391-3395 11/1945
446 - 448 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 551 - 553 EMD SW9 SE-12 14068-14070 6/1951
449-452 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 554-557 EMD SW9 SE-12 15731-15734 7/1952
453-455 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 558-560 EMD SW9 SE-12 17887-17889 6/1953
456-463 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 561-568 EMD SW1200 SE-12 23762-23769 5/1957-6/1957
500-503 Erie 500-503 Alco S-2 SA-10 74809, 74811-74813 10/1946-11/1946
504-508 Erie 504-508 Alco S-2 SA-10 73891-73895 11/1946-12/1946
509 - 512 Erie 509-512 Alco S-2 SA-10 75242, 75247-75248, 75252 6/1947-7/1947
513-514 Erie 513-514 Alco S-2 SA-10 75362-75363 7/1947
515-519 Erie 515-519 Alco S-2 SA-10 76185-76189 10/1948-11/1948
520-523 Erie 520-523 Alco S-2 MSA-10 76776-76779 6/1949
524-525 Erie 524-525 Alco S-2 SA-10 77825-77826 11/1949-12/1949
526-527 Erie 526-527 Alco S-4 MSA-10 78716, 79530 4/1951, 1/1952
528-529 Erie 528-529 Alco S-4 SA-10 80089-80090 10/1952
530-531 Erie 530-531 Alco S-2 SA-10 75550, 75552 12/1947
532-533 Erie 532-533 Alco S-2 SA-10 75554, 75649 12/1947
534-535 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 475-476 Alco S-2 SA-10 73641-73642 9/1945
536-538 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 477-479 Alco S-2 SA-10 74324-74326 9/1945
539-540 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 480-481 Alco S-2 SA-10 75663-75664 3/1948
541-542 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 482-488 Alco S-2 MSA-10 76789-76795 6/1949-7/1949
543-547 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 484-488 Alco S-2 SA-10 76791-76795 6/1949-7/1949
548-550 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 489-491 Alco S-2 SA-10 76926-76928 6/1949-7/1949
600-601 Erie 600-601 BLW DS-4-4-1000 SB-10a 72808-72809 11/1946-12/1946
602-604 Erie 602-604 BLW DS-4-4-1000 SB-10 73568-73570 -
605-606 Erie 605-606 BLW DS-4-4-1000 SB-10 73766-73767 6/1948
607-608 Erie 607-608 BLW DS-4-4-1000 SB-10 73959-73960 3/1949
609-610 Erie 609-610 BLW DS-4-4-1000 SB-10 74203-74204 6/1949
611-615 Erie 611-615 BLW DS-4-4-1000 SB-10 74616-74620 7/1949-8/1949
616 Erie 616 BLW DS-4-4-1000 SB-10 74196 9/1949
617-618 Erie 617-618 BLW S-12 SB-12 74875-74876 2/1951
619-628 Erie 619-628 BLW S-12 SB-12 75672-75681 4/1952-5/1952
650-655 Erie 650-655 Lima-Hamilton 1000 HP Switcher MSL-10 9328-9333 7/1949-8/1949
656-659 Erie 656-659 Lima-Hamilton 1000 HP Switcher MSL-10 9340-9341, 9343-9344 10/1949
660-665 Erie 660-665 Lima-Hamilton 1200 HP Switcher MSL-12 9443-9447, 9456 7/1950-8/1950
B21, B22, B25 Erie B21, B22, B25 Yard Slugs - - -
9723723592968364907823623795868.jpgA shined up Erie Lackawanna GP7, #1209, was photographed here in Buffalo, New York on August 28, 1969. Photographer unknown. American-Rails.com collection.

Early Road-Switchers

Road Number(s) Heritage Builder/Model Construction Number Date Built
900-901 Erie 900-901 Alco RS2 MPSA-15 76973-76974 6/1949
902-904 Erie 902-904 Alco RS2 MPSA-15 77405-77407 9/1949
905-913 Erie 905-913 Alco RS2 MPSA-15 77546-77554 11/1949
914-915 Erie 914-915 Alco RS3 MPSA-16 78322-78323 10/1950
916-923 Erie 916-923 Alco RS3 MPSA-16 78555-78562 4/1951
924-927 Erie 924-927 Alco RS3 MPSA-16 79629-79632 2/1952
928-933 Erie 928-933 Alco RS3 MPSA-16 80226-80231 10/52-3/1953
1000-1004 Erie 1000-1004 Alco RS2 MPSA-15 77555, 77863-77866 11/1949, 12/1949
1005-1006 Erie 1005-1006 Alco RS3 MFSA-16 77975-77976 4/1950
1007-1036 Erie 1007-1028 Alco RS3 MFSA-16 78305-78314, 78320-78321, 78547-78554, 79359-79360 9/1950-10/1950
1029-1036 Erie 1029-1036 Alco RS3 MFSA-16D 80116-80123 7/1952
1037-1038 Erie 1037-1038 Alco RS3 MFSA-16D 80224-80225 10/1952
1039-1042 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 901-904 Alco RS3 MFSA-16-4 78076-78079 8/1950
1043-1048 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 905-910 Alco RS3 MFSA-16D-4 78573-78578 4/1951
1049-1056 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 911-918 Alco RS-3 MFSA-16D-4 79667-79674 3/1952
1100-1105 Erie 1100-1105 BLW DRS-4-4-1500 MFSB-15 73652, 74289-74293 11/1949-12/1949
1106-1107 Erie 1106-1107 BLW AS16 MFSB-16 74903-74904 5/1951
1108-1112 Erie 1108-1112 BLW AS16 MFSB-16 74980-74982, 74986-74987 7/1951, 11/1951
1113-1120 Erie 1113-1120 BLW AS16 MFSB-16 75516-75519, 75538-75541 3/1952, 1/1952
1140 Erie 1140 BLW AS16 MFSB-16 74983 7/1951
1150-1153 Erie 1150-1153 BLW DRS-6-6-1500 MFSB-15A 74714, 74717-74719 6/1950, 9/1950
1154-1158 Erie 1154-1158 BLW DRS-6-6-1500 MFSB-15A 74779-74783 9/1950
1159-1161 Erie 1159-1161 BLW DRS-6-6-1500 MFSB-15A 74930-74932 9/1950
1200-1201 Erie 1200-1201 EMD GP7 MFSE-15 11823-11824 8/1950
1202-1209 Erie 1202-1209 EMD GP7 MFSE-15D 11834-11841 10/1950
1210-1223 Erie 1210-1223 EMD GP7 MFSE-15D 12004-12017 10/1950-12/1950
1224-1227 Erie 1224-1227 EMD GP7 MFSE-15 12242-12245 3/1951
1228-1230 Erie 1228-1230 EMD GP7 MFSE-15 15937-15939 2/1952
1231-1233 Erie 1231-1233 EMD GP7 MFSE-15 16175-16177 4/1952
1234-1246 Erie 1234-1246 EMD GP7 MFSE-15 16926-16938 9/1952
1260-1265 Erie 1260-1265 EMD GP9 MFSE-17D 21821-21826 6/1956
1270-1274 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 951-955 EMD GP7 MFSE-15D 14059-14062, 15866 8/1951, 10/1951
1275-1284 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 956-965 EMD GP7 MFSE-15D 15717-157726 4/1952-5/1952
1400-1404 Erie 1400-1404 EMD GP7 MPSE-15 12021, 12018-12020 12/1950
1406-1409 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 966-970 EMD GP7 MPSE-15-6 17980-17894 2/1953
1850-1859 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 850-859 FM H24-66 MFFM-24D-4 24L734-24L743 6/1953
1860-1861 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 860-861 FM H24-66 MFFM-24D-4 24L1035-24L1036 11/1956
1930-1935 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 930-935 FM H24-66 MFFM-24D-4 16L687-16L692 12/1952

Contemporary Road-Switchers

Road Number(s) Builder/Model EL Class Construction Number Date Built
801 - 803* EMD SD45 MFE-36D-6 32462, 31694-5 6/1966, 1/1966
2401-2415 Alco C424 MFA-24D-6 84543-84557 5/1963-6/1963
2451-2462 Alco C425 MFA-25D-6 3392-01 thru 3392-12 10/1964
2501-2504 GE U25B MFG-25D-6 35160, 35162-35163, 35161 9/1964
2505 - 2512 GE U25B MFG-25D-6 35164-35171 9/1964-10/1964
2513-2527 GE U25B MFG-25D-6 35652-35666 7/1965-9/1965
2551-2554 EMD GP35 MFE-25D-6 29485, 29494-29496 9/1964
2555-2562 EMD GP35 MFE-25D-6 29486-29493 9/1964
2563 - 2586 EMD GP35 MFE-25D-6 30595-30618 8/1965-9/1965
3301-3306* GE U33C MFG-33D-6 36785-36790 9/1964
3307-3315 GE U33C MFG-33D-6 37054-37062 8/1969
3316-3328 GE U36C MFG-36D-6 38586-38598 10/1971-11/1971
3351-3356 GE U34CH MPG-34D-6 37625-37630 11/1970-12/1970
3357-3373 GE U34CH MPG-34D-6 37935-37951 3-5/1971
3374-3382 GE U34CH MPG-34D-6 38749-57 12/1972-1/1973
3601-3620 EMD SD45 MFE-36D-6 33101-33120 6/1967
3621-3634 EMD SD45 MFE-36D-6 33936-33949 5/1968
3635-3668 EMD SDP45 MFE-36-6A 34994-3653 6/1969
3669-3681 EMD SD45-2 MFE-36-6A 7381-1 thru 7381-10 11/1972

* In an odd move, Delaware & Hudson traded SD45s #801-803 (built as demonstrators #4352-4354) for Erie Lackawanna U33Cs 3301-3303. While the SD45s retained their numbers on the EL, the U33Cs were renumbered as D&H 751-753.

The railroads returned the locomotives to one another in December, 1975 and the U33Cs were renumbered back to 3301-3303.


92868171uu390791hh1i89.jpgErie Lackawanna PA-1 #858 (ex-Erie #858) is seen here in Chicago during the 1960s. American-Rails.com collection.

Freight Cab Units

Road Number(s) Heritage Builder/Model Construction Number Date Built
6011,6014 - 6021,6024 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 601A,601C - 602A,602C EMD FTA FE-13DD 2711-2714 4/1945-5/1945
6012, 6022, 6032, 6042 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 601B-604B EMD FTB FE-13DD 2719-2722 4/1945-5/1945
6031,6034 - 6041,6044 DLW 603A,603C - 604A,604C EMD FTA FE-13DD 2717, 2716, 2717, 2715 5/1945
6051,6054 - 6061,6064 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 605A,605C - 606A,606C EMD F3A FE-15D 3723-3726 12/1946
6052, 6062 DLW 605B-606B EMD F3B FE-15D 3727-3728 12/1946
6111, 6112, 6114 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 611A, 611B, 611C EMD F7 FE-15AD 4969, 4972, 4970 7/1949
6211, 6212, 6214 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 621A, 621B, 621C EMD F3 FE-15D 4595-4597 1/1948
6311, 6314 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 631A, 631C EMD F7A FE-15AD 4967-4968 1/1948
6321, 6331, 6341, 6351 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 632A-635A EMD F7A FE-15AD 7445-7448 7/1949
6322, 6332, 6342, 6352 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 632B-635B EMD F7B FE-15AD 7449-7452 7/1949
6361 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 636A EMD F7A FE-15AD 7444 7/1949
6362 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 636B EMD F7A FE-15AD 4971 7/1949
6511, 6521, 6531, 6541 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 651A-654A EMD FTA FE-13D 2703-2706 5/1945
6512, 6522, 6532, 6542 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 651B-654B EMD FTB FE-13D 2707-2710 5/1945
6551, 6552, 6561, 6562 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 655A, 655B, 656A, 656B EMD F3 FE-15D 3729-3732 1/1947
6571, 6581, 6591 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 657A-659A EMD F3A FE-15D 4973-4975 3/1948
6601, 6611, 6621 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 660A-662A EMD F3A FE-15D 4976-4978 3/1948
6602, 6612, 6622 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 660B-662B EMD F3A FE-15D 4982-4984 3/1948
7001,7004 : 7051,7054 Erie 700A,700D : 705A,705D EMD FTA FE-13D 2533-2544 10/1944-11/1944
7002,7003 : 7052,7053 Erie 700B,700C : 705B,705C EMD FTB FE-13D 2545-2556 10/1944-11/1944
7061, 7064 : 7081, 7084 Erie 706A, 706D : 708A, 708D EMD F3A FE-15D 4377-4382 11/1947
7062, 7063 : 7082, 7083 Erie 706B, 706C : 708B, 708C EMD F3B FE-15D 4383-4388 11/1947
7091, 7094 : 7101, 7104 Erie 709A, 709D : 710A, 710D EMD F3A FE-15AD 7465-7468 2/1949
7092, 7093 : 7102, 7103 Erie 709B, 709C : 710B, 710C EMD F3A FE-15AD 7469-7472 2/1949
7111, 7114, 7112, 7113 Erie 711A, 711B, 711C, 711D EMD F7 FE-15AD 10112-10115 1/1950
7121, 7122, 7123, 7124 Erie 712A, 712B, 712C, 712D EMD F7 FE-15AD 15135-15138 12/1951
7131, 7132, 7134 Erie 713A, 713B, 713D EMD F7 FE-15AD 13209-13211 (built as Erie 807A, 807B, 807D) 3/1951
7133 Erie 713C EMD F7B FE-15AD 15932 3/1952
7141, 7142, 7143, 7144 Erie 714A, 714B, 714C, 714D EMD F3A FE-15D 3142-3145 (built as New York, Ontario & Western 821/822/821B/822B) 3/1948
7251,7254 : 7271,7274 Erie 725A,725D : 727A,727D Alco FA-1 FA-15D 75428-75433 12/1947
7252,7253 : 7282,7283 Erie 725B,725C : 728B,728C Alco FB-1 FA-15D 75597-75603 12/1947-1/1948
7281,7284 : 7321,7324 728A,728D : 732A,732D Alco FA-1 FA-15D 75575-75584 12/1947
7292,7293 : 7332,7333 Erie 729B,729C : 733B,733C Alco FB-1 FA-15D 75745-75574 1/1948-2/1948
7331, 7334 Erie 733A, 733D Alco FA-1 FA-15D 75705-75706 2/1948
7341, 7344 : 7351, 7354 Erie 734A, 734D : 735A, 735D Alco FA-1 FA-15D 76713-76716 1/1949
7342, 7343 : 7352, 7353 Erie 734B, 734C : 735B, 735C Alco FB-1 FA-15D 76713-76716 1/1949
7361, 7364 : 7371, 7374 Erie 736A, 736D : 737A, 737D Alco FA-2 FA-16D 78184-78187 10/1950
7362, 7363 : 7372, 7373 Erie 736B, 736C : 737B, 737C Alco FA-2 FA-16D 78194-78197 10/1950
7381, 7384 : 7391, 7394 Erie 738A, 786D : 739A, 739D Alco FA-2 FA-16D 78620-78623 10/1950
7382, 7383 : 7392, 7393 Erie 738B, 738C : 739B, 739C Alco FA-2 FA-16D 78503-78505, 78656 3/1951-4/1951
8001, 8004 : 8061, 8064 Erie 800A, 800D : 806A, 806D EMD F3A FE-15 4086-4099 7/1947
8002-8062 Erie 800B-806B EMD F3B FE-15 4100-4106 7/1947
8411, 8414 : 8421, 8424 DLW 801A, 801C : 802A, 802C EMD F3A FE-15 3717-3720 12/1947
8412, 8422 DLW 801B-802B EMD F3A FE-15 3721-3722 12/1946
8431, 8414 : 8451, 8454 DLW 803A, 803C : 805A, 805C EMD F3A FE-15 4395-4400 12/1947
8432, 8442, 8452 DLW 803B-805B EMD F3A FE-15 4401-4403 12/1947

Passenger Cab Units

Road Number(s) Heritage Builder/Model Construction Number Date Built
809 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 820 EMD E8A PE-22 14019 5/1951
810-811 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 810 - 811 EMD E8A PE-22 13676-13677 1/1951
812-819 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 812 - 819 EMD E8A PE-22 14011-14018 4/1951-5/1951
820-833 Erie 820-833 EMD E8A PE-22 12218-12231 1/1951-3/1951
850-854 Erie 850-854 Alco PA-1 PA-20 76908-76912 4/1949
855-857 Erie 855-857 Alco PA-1 PA-20 77103-77105 9/1949
858-859 Erie 858-859 Alco PA-1 PA-20 77501-77502 9/1949
860-861 Erie 860-861 Alco PA-1 PA-20 75793-75794 11/1949
862-863 Erie 862-863 Alco PA-2 PA-22 78732-78733 4/1951

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