Posts Tagged ‘Conrail’s Fort Wayne Line’

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

Conrail RoadRailers in Massillon

April 21, 2020

Conrail operated RoadRailer trains between East Coast intermodal terminals and such Midwest points as Sandusky; Willow Run, Michigan; and Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The service was part of the Triple Crown joint venture with Norfolk Southern and trailers featured the heralds of both railroads.

RoadRailers were still common in Northeast Ohio for several years after NS and CSX divided Conrail with the trains operating on NS through Cleveland.

In the photograph above, Conrail GP40-2 No. 3294 has an eastbound RoadRailer in hand in Massillon on April 26, 1997.

Photograph by Robert Farkas


No, It’s Not on the UP

December 8, 2019

It might appear to be a Union Pacific train, but it is actually a Conrail train approaching Massillon, Ohio,  in the middle 1990s. Today the Fort Wayne Line in this location is single track and operated by Norfolk Southern.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Meeting near Massillon on the Fort Wayne Line

November 25, 2019

Eastbound Conrail SD40 No. 6311, wearing the carrier’s blue and white livery, meets a westbound freight on the now-single track but then double track Fort Wayne Line between Massillon and Orrville on July 17, 1980.

The 6311, which had been built February 1966 for the Pennsylvania Railroad, is heading uphill while the westbound is heading downgrade.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

100 Miles From Pittsburgh

October 30, 2019

An eastbound Conrail train passes milepost 100 on the Fort Wayne Line near Canton on March 9, 1985.

On the point is SD40 No. 6305 and a sister unit hauling another load of freight.

Mileposts on the Fort Wayne Line are numbered from downtown Pittsburgh, specially, West Penn, which is 0.2 miles west of the former Pennsylvania Railroad passenger station.

Photograph by Robert Farkas