Posts Tagged ‘Conrail Fort Wayne Line’

Different Work Assignments on Conrail

December 21, 2022

As Conrail GP40-2 No. 3353 works in the small yard across from the old ex-Pennsylvania Railroad station in Alliance, a westbound intermodal train led by LMS C40-8W No. 710 passes on the Fort Wayne Line on Oct. 19, 1996.

The 3353 was built in March 1979 while No. 710 dates to October 1994. Locomotive Management Services was jointly owned by Conrail and General Electric and provided motive power to railroads, notably Conrail, Union Pacific and Canadian National, that needed additional locomotives to meet their service needs.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Conrail Massillon Triple Play

November 16, 2022

Here is a Conrail triple play from Massillon on the Fort Wayne Line.

In the top image. Conrail 8031 has just crossed the Tuscarawas River with a westbound in Massillon in mid-1987.

In the middle image four locomotives wait on the eastbound track in order to go west to Orrville. They are at CP Mace in Massillon on May 4, 1997.

Just leaving the single track and entering the westbound track is an eastbound trailer train. This was not a common move here.

Finally, we see Conrail 6270 and a westbound RoadRailer train westbound in Massillon in July 1998.

 Photographs by Robert Farkas

RoadRailers in Crestline Two for Tuesday

September 20, 2022

RoadRailers were a common sight in Crestline in the latter years of Conrail. These trains originated in the east in either Rochester, New York; Elizabethport, New Jersey, or Rutherford Yard near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Rochester trains terminated in Crestline while other RoadRailers operated through to Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Sandusky.

I didn’t record the train symbols of the RoadRailer trains shown above. The top image was made from the Ohio Route 61 bridge and shows a train on the Fort Wayne Line crossing the Indianapolis Line at Crest Tower. The view is looking northeastward.

The Crestline passenger station would have once stood in the northeast quadrant of this crossing. The image was made on Sept. 12, 1998.

The bottom image was made at ground level, and shows GP40-2 No. 3277 pulling a westbound RoadRailer on the Fort Wayne Line. The unit was built in December 1973 for the Reading and would later serve CSX. The image was made on Aug. 15. 1998.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Conrail Two for Tuesday on Fort Wayne Line

September 13, 2022

Let’s go out on the Fort Wayne Line during the Conrail era to see trains captured a decade apart. In the top image GP35 No. 2340 is in Massillon on June 24, 1978. The unit was built for the Pennsylvania Railroad in February 1965.

In the bottom image, B40-8 No. 5060 is leading an eastbound through Sebring in October 1988. This unit was built for Conrail in April 1988 and later worked for CSX.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Conrail in Alliance Two for Tuesday

September 13, 2022

I only visited Alliance during the Conrail era once. That came on May 23, 1998, when I was with Dan Davidson. We spent much of our time there that day photographing the westbound signal bridge at the east end of the interlocking plant. At the time, it still had Pennsylvania Railroad position light signals. Both trains shown above are headed eastward on the Fort Wayne Line. Since then I’ve visited Alliance numerous times in the Norfolk Southern era.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Waiting at CP Mace

September 4, 2022

R.J. Corman 9003 is awaiting Conrail’s permission to cross over at CP Mace in Massillon on Sept. 30, 1996, on the Fort Wayne Line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Splitting the Signals at CP Mace

August 3, 2022

Eastbound Conrail C40-8W No. 6111 has just split the westbound Pennsylvania Railroad position light home signals at CP Mace on the Fort Wayne Line in Massillon in August 1998. Built in March 1991, this unit later was assigned to CSX as part of the Conrail split in 1999. It later would be dealt to General Electric leasing.

Photograph  by Robert Farkas

On Foreign Tracks

July 27, 2022

A CSX train is using trackage rights eastbound on Conrail in Massillon in late 1998 or early 1999. This is the “Wooster Local” that served an orphaned piece of ex-Baltimore & Ohio  trackage in Wooster. The caboose was used for a backup move from Massillon to Warwick.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Back to the Conrail Days in Massilon

July 7, 2022

The wayback machine has taken us to the Conrail era in early 1988. SD40-2 No. 6412 is leading an eastbound in Massillon in early 1988. The unit was built in September 1977 and would later work for Norfolk Southern. It is shown on the Fort Wayne Line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Conrail Local in Orrville

June 15, 2022

Westbound Conrail GP 38-2 No. 8224 with a local is about to enter Orrville in June 1996.

Photograph by Robert Farkas