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Owner: Chicago South Shore And South Bend
Model:EMD GP7Built As:FEC 615 (GP7)
Serial Number:17352Order No:6416
Frame Number:6416-9Built:10/1952
Notes:ex-FEC 615, to CAGY 615
Other locos with this serial:  CAGY 615(GP7) CSS 615(GP7)
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Former C&O and FEC Geeps Unite
Title:  Former C&O and FEC Geeps Unite
Description:  CSS 1505, 615, 614, and 618
Photo Date:  4/29/1979  Upload Date: 6/4/2010 9:58:21 PM
Location:  Hammond, IN
Author:  Tom Golden
Categories: 
Locomotives:  CSS 1505(GP7) CSS 615(GP7) CSS 614(GP7) CSS 618(GP7)
Views:  319   Comments: 0
CSS 618, 614, 615, and 1505
Title:  CSS 618, 614, 615, and 1505
Description: 
Photo Date:  4/29/1979  Upload Date: 6/4/2010 9:58:56 PM
Location:  Hammond, IN
Author:  Tom Golden
Categories: 
Locomotives:  CSS 618(GP7) CSS 614(GP7) CSS 615(GP7) CSS 1505(GP7)
Views:  277   Comments: 0
CSS&SB GP7 615
Title:  CSS&SB GP7 615
Description: 
Photo Date:  5/26/1980  Upload Date: 12/5/2008 6:56:23 PM
Location:  Michigan City, IN
Author:  Alan Gaines
Categories: 
Locomotives:  CSS 615(GP7)
Views:  225   Comments: 0
CSS&SB GP7 615
Title:  CSS&SB GP7 615
Description:  CSS&SB GP7 615 at Michigan City, Indiana, October, 1980, photo by Chuck Zeiler. Admittedly a bad photo, it was shot from a passing train. Number 615 was built in October 1952 as FEC GP7 615 (c/n 17352) on EMD Order 6416. The South Shore had eight GP7's from parent C&O in the late-1970's, and as the electric freight locomotives were gradually retired, there came a neeed for additional diesel power, so three GP7's were acquired from the FEC. The following is recalled by J. D. Santucci (Hot Times On The High Iron at railroad.net):

These three units (#'s 614, 615, 618) had been stored for quite some time before coming to the South Shore. They were in poor mechanical shape. Unlike the former C&O Geeps, these units were never repainted or renumbered. They carried their FEC 600 series numbers up to the end of their days on the South Shore. With the addition of the former FEC units, all remaining electric locomotives except the Little Joe’s were retired. The Engineers at the Shore often spoke of their disdain for these Geeps. They complained of their poor mechanical and electrical condition and frequent problems encountered with their operation. They told of the former FEC units being infested with mice while stored in Florida. The mice apparently made the trip to Indiana. Wiring was badly damaged by these pesky critters.

Photo Date:  10/1/1980  Upload Date: 1/8/2011 1:37:53 PM
Location:  Michigan City, IN
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CSS 615(GP7)
Views:  453   Comments: 1
CSS 614, 618, and 615 with NIPSCO Loads
Title:  CSS 614, 618, and 615 with NIPSCO Loads
Description: 
Photo Date:  10/18/1980  Upload Date: 9/3/2009 11:43:08 PM
Location:  Hammond, IN
Author:  Tom Golden
Categories: 
Locomotives:  CSS 614(GP7) CSS 615(GP7) CSS 618(GP7)
Views:  436   Comments: 0
Former FEC Geeps Hauling NIPSCO Coal Eastward
Title:  Former FEC Geeps Hauling NIPSCO Coal Eastward
Description: 
Photo Date:  10/18/1980  Upload Date: 9/3/2009 11:42:29 PM
Location:  Hammond, IN
Author:  Tom Golden
Categories: 
Locomotives:  CSS 615(GP7) CSS 614(GP7) CSS 618(GP7)
Views:  1074   Comments: 4


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