Posts Tagged ‘Conrail motive power’

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 Intermodal Train on the Chicago Line

November 20, 2022

Conrail GP40-2 No. 3396 leads an intermodal train through Danbury, Ohio, in July 1987 on the Chicago Line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Back in Service Again

November 5, 2022

Conrail SD40 No. 6352 is eastbound in Alliance in November 1988. This unit was built for Penn Central and had to be repaired after sustaining damage to his fuel tanks during an accident.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Pair of Conrail 70MACs in Alliance

November 4, 2022

Conrail SD70MAC No. 4131 is eastbound in Massillon with a two-unit motive power consist. Both of these are SD70MAC locomotives pulling a train in late 1998 or early 1999.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Conrail Two for Tuesday

October 11, 2022

Here are a pair of Conrail images from the archives for two for Tuesday. In the top image GP38-2 No. 8126 is in Alliance on Aug. 15, 1984. In the bottom image SD40-2 No. 6479 leads a westbound at Center Road in what is now New Franklin on May 3, 1980. In a few minutes this train will be in Clinton and likely head toward Orrville and beyond.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Life in the Conrail Era

October 3, 2022

Conrail SD40-2 No. 6479 is on the point of a westbound on the former Erie Lackawanna in Akron on May 3, 1980. Above the second unit is the light tower for the EL’s McCoy Street Yard.

At the same time an eastbound Chessie System freight with a caboose has just passed the 6479.

Note the former EL boxcar behind the motive power. The bridge in the background is Thornton Street. Today there are just two tracks at this location near Voris Street.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Harrisburg Area Two for Tuesday

September 27, 2022

Here are two from Pennsylvania made a decade apart. In the top image, the remains of Penn Central EP-5 No. 4976 are in Harrisburg on Aug. 22, 1978. The unit was built for the New Haven by General Electric in April 1955.

In the bottom image, a bevy of Conrail locomotives are leading a freight west on the Rockville Bridge over the Susquehanna River in Marysville on June 27, 1988. Note that one of the units is a Norfolk & Western locomotive in, perhaps, a bit  of foreshadowing of what would happen to Conrail a little over a decade later.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

When AC Tower Was Across the Tracks

September 23, 2022

AC Tower in Marion originally stood on the north side of the Conrail tracks. It would later be moved to the south side and reduced in height by the group that also preserved Marion Union Station. Shown is an eastbound Conrail train on the Indianapolis Line on May 23, 1999. At the end of the month these tracks will be taken over by CSX. In the foreground is the Sandusky District of Norfolk Southern.

Photograph by Craig Sanders

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