Posts Tagged ‘early Conrail locomotive power’

EL Monday: Still Celebrating

October 11, 2021

To celebrate America’s 200th birthday many railroads painted or more of their locomotives in a special bicentennial livery, often featuring the colors red, white and blue.

The Erie Lackawanna was no exception. It transformed SD45 No. 3638 into a bicentennial scheme.

This image was made in Akron on June 14, 1979. The bicentennial is long over and the EL has vanished, with some of its components being folded into Conrail.

Shown leading a westbound Conrail manifest freight, the 3638 has since been renumbered 6669 and has had its EL identity either painted over or obscured. Note the “CR” initials toward the rear of the unit.

The train is on former EL track and passing a building once used by the EL and the Erie Railroad.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Conrail at Mace

August 11, 2021

Conrail SD40-2 No. 6470 leads an eastbound trailer train through Mace in Massillon in May 1979. The 6470 was built by EMD for Conrail in 1978. The trailing unit appears to be a GP40 still in Penn Central black with minimal Conrail markings.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Conrail in Canton Yard

July 18, 2021

Early Conrail motive power at its fines is on display in the yard in Canton on March 19, 1977. Pulling the eastbound train at SD40 6355, GP40 3079, and SDP45 No. 6686. The middle unit still wears Penn Central markings while the third unit still has Erie Lackawanna paint. The 6686 was built in June 1969 as EL 3655.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Something Different in Cleveland

July 16, 2021

These are Conrail locomotives although they don’t look like them. No. 6724 is an ex-Lehigh Valley Alco 628), No. 6754 is a former Reading Alco 630 while the 6731 is an ex-LV Alco C-628. The units were photographed in Cleveland on May 14, 1977.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

When Conrail Still Served Akron

July 11, 2021

How is this for an early Conrail era scene? GP9 No. 7074 still wearing Penn Central paint leads another GP9 that has received Conrail blue near Voris Street in early 1979. Note the former Pennsylvania Railroad cabin car in the consist.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Penn Central F Units Two for Tuesday

February 2, 2021

It’s a late afternoon in June 1976 in the early Conrail era in Akron. Four Conrail F-units still in full Penn Central paint are headed to Hudson and on to Motor Yard on train AMA which is led by F7A 1744. How thankful I am for photos like these.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Conrail Monday: A Rare Find

December 14, 2020

It’s the early Conrail era, April 9, 1977 to be exact. We are in West Brownsville, Pennsylvania, looking to see what we can find at work. What a find we found in Conrail Nos. 7793 and 2414. The latter is a rare Alco RS-27 while the former is a GP38.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

What a Heritage Lineup

December 9, 2020

It’s the early Conrail era in Akron where we see an intermodal train cruise past Voris Street and beneath the Interstate 76 overpass. The motive power is a generational portrait with units in Penn Central and Erie Lackawanna liveries. As a reminder of what this is the third unit wears the then new Conrail livery.

During these years intermodal trains continued to operate on the former EL tracks through Akron.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Massilon Two for Tuesday

December 8, 2020

Here are two views in Massillon that show some of the changes in the past 40 plus years.

In the top image, Conrail GP38 7793 is at Mace Tower in March 1978.

Notice the freight cars in the small yard. The steel industry (now gone) and local industries made this yard needed.

The Baltimore & Ohio crossed Conrail (ex-Pennsylvania Railroad) on a diagonal here and there were two tracks west out of Massillon.

In the bottom image it’s April 17, 2009. Notice how the B&O line, now part of R.J, Corman, switches onto NS and then switches directly off. Look at all that’s missing.

Today even the ex-PRR signals are gone, having been replaced by modern signals.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

Looks Like an Alco Except on the Inside

November 6, 2020

By outward apearances Conrail 9931 looks like an Alco locomotive. It was built in March 1953 for the Central of New Jersey as an RS3. But by the time this image was made on Nov. 1, 1980, it’s Alco power plant had been replaced by one built by EMD.

It is shown on the Fort Wayne Line in Canton at McKinley Tower were Conrail crossed the Chessie System branch to Mineral City. This was a Baltimore & Ohio route and much of it has been abandoned south of here.

This line, which is partly visible to the right of the locomotive nose, continued north to Akron and Cleveland and is used today by the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad between Akron and Independence.

The tower is partly visible in the upper left hand corner.

Photograph by Robert Farkas