Posts Tagged ‘Conrail’s Fort Wayne Line’

Passing at the Amtrak Station in Alliance

June 1, 2022

The photographer is standing on the Amtrak boarding platform in Alliance to capture Conrail SD60M No. 5548 leading an eastbound in Alliance on Oct. 19, 1996. On the other track is a westbound intermodal train. Both trains are on the Fort Wayne Line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Passenger Excursion on Conrail near Massillon

May 20, 2022

Conrail GP38-2 No. 8010 is westbound west of Massillon on May 11, 1985. More likely than not, this is an Orrville Railroad Heritage Society excursion returning from Pittsburgh.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Eastbound Conrail Train in Sebring

May 19, 2022

Conrail GP38-2 No. 8150 is on the point of an eastbound in Sebring in October 1988. This is the former Fort Wayne Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad, a moniker that current operator Norfolk Southern has retained.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Westbound in Smithville on the Former Pennsy

April 27, 2022

Conrail SD50 No. 6775 is westbound in Smithville with a manifest freight on May 3, 1985. The unit was built in in May 1984. Conrail once had another No. 6775, an Alco C630 built in December 1960 for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Through a Signal Bridge

June 5, 2021

Conrail SD 60 No. 6754 SD 50 No. 6711 are on the point of an eastbound train in the Canton yard on Jan. 17, 1987. This is former Pennsylvania Railroad territory as evidenced by the position light signals on the Fort Wayne Line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Westbound in Canton

February 18, 2021

Led by GE C36-7 No. 6628, a Conrail train of gondolas rolls westbound in Canton in late 1998. The lead unit was built in June 1985.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Conrail Blue in Massillon

October 30, 2020

Today’s Conrail Memory takes us back to Massillon on June 4, 1988. This eastbound manifest freight is led by SD50 No. 6757. The tain is on the Fort Wayne Line, once the Chicago-Pittsburgh mainline of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Another Conrail Two for Tuesday

October 19, 2020

Its another Conrail two for Tuesday with images from Orrville (top) and Alliance. Both locomotive shown are GP38-2 models.

In Orrville on June 26, 1996, No. 8226 works on the Fort Wayne Line. The unit was built in September 1978.

No. 8226 is shown working eastbound on the Fort Wayne Line in Alliance in October 1988.

The unit was built for Penn Central in March 1973. Both units were later conveyed to CSX.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

2 For Tuesday: Pair of Conrail SD80MACs in Alliance

October 12, 2020

When I first looked at this image of a westbound Conrail manifest freight in Alliance with a pair of SD80MACs on the point I thought it might have been made at an Akron Railroad Club outing.

In part I thought that because there is a guy standing next the second pole from the left who looks like Don Woods.

Photographer Bob Farkas said the image was made in 1998 but in looking through that year’s issues of the ARRC Bulletin I found no mention of the club having an outing in Alliance that year.

The club did go to Alliance on April 27, 1997. Could that image have been from that outing?

The report on the 1997 outing mentioned seeing westbound PIIN (Pittsburgh to Indianapolis) taking the Fort Wayne Line west as shown above.

That train had a pair of SD80MACs. But taking yet another look at this image convinced me it was not from the 1997 ARRC Alliance outing.

This image shows mostly sunny skies. The 1997 outing occurred under cloudy skies with rain in the afternoon. The only direct sunlight that day came at sunrise.

The ARRC did pay tribute to Conrail in 1998 during its annual July picnic, which was held at the former New York Central station in Olmsted Falls next to the Chicago Line.

After it got dark, picnic attendees enjoyed a member’s night slide show saluting Conrail. Marty Surdyk presented a Conrail quiz that was won by Dave Mangold who correctly answered all 12 questions.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Quite a Motive Power Lash-up There

September 13, 2020

Conrail SD50 No. 6719 leads an eastbound in North Lawrence, Ohio, in late 1987. If you’re not sure where that is, don’t feel bad as we didn’t either. A google check shows its located on the Fort Wayne Line between Massillon and Orrville but is closer to the former.

That is quite a motive power lineup behind No. 6719 with what appear to be Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific units in the consist.

Photograph by Robert Farkas