Railroading as it Once Was: Some Strange Bedfellows Showed up in Early Conrail Days

EL caboose and loco

There were some strange bedfellows in Conrail’s first year or two as the newly merged railroad was leasing anything it could beg, borrow, or even steal for a day or two.

In this August 1976 example we see a former Erie Lackawanna caboose being moved by a former Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Alco RS-3 (renumbered as BN 4065) at Brier Hill Yard, a former EL facility, in Youngstown.

West Coast meets East Coast in the shadow of the YS&T steel mill. In a few short years, Conrail would get its act together and these SP&S/BN units would make their way back to Washington State.

Article and Photograph by Roger Durfee

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One Response to “Railroading as it Once Was: Some Strange Bedfellows Showed up in Early Conrail Days”

  1. Jonathan Caswell Says:

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    HOW WELL AND FONDLY….I REMEMBER! 🙂

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