The title of this post notwithstanding, I don’t know how much time I spent at East Conway near Pittsburgh in early December.
Hanging out there was not on our agenda when my friend Adam and I ventured toward Pittsburgh. It just sort of happened.
We thought we might be able to catch westbound train 21Q, which was being led by the Pennsylvania Railroad heritage locomotive.
Earlier in the year we had caught the New York Central H unit at East Conway. Given that the PRR and NYC merged in 1968 to form Penn Central, there was a certain symmetry to photographing the PRR and NYC heritage locomotives in the same place in the same year.
As it turned out, we spent more time at East Conway than expected. The 21Q had to wait for a new crew to arrive and there was opposing traffic coming in and out of Conway Yard.
We had been told by local railfans on another trip to Pittsburgh that it is all right to hang out on the bridge over the East Conway interlocking.
The bridge carries a street into the yard and, we were told, it is a public street.
I’m not sure about that, but during the two times that we spent on that bridge in 2016 no one from NS told us to leave and there were always a number of locals there making photographs.
NS has installed security cameras on the bridge, although that may have more to do with checking who and what is coming in and out of the yard.
Getting images of Conway Yard from this bridge had been on my “to do” list for some time.
So everything seemed to work out during this visit. It would have been nice had it not been overcast, but I can live with that.
Now that I’ve made numerous images at the East Conway bridge, I’m not sure I’m all that motivated to go back there except, perhaps, to photograph something specific, like say, the Penn Central heritage unit. I’ve pretty much documented operations there.