Railroading as It Once Was: When Power Companies Had Their Own Locomotive Fleets

Detroit Edison

Five pretty clean Detroit Edison units hustle the empties back to the mines along Conrail’s Cleveland Line a few miles west of Alliance in April 1988.

The empty moves were good for catching all the power up front as the loaded trains would have two “slave” units cut in back in the train.

The lead U30C has the newer colors applied where a light gray replaced the metallic silver.

Photograph by Roger Durfee

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