Posts Tagged ‘early Conrail’

Working for Conrail at the Time

July 30, 2021

At the time this image was made, this Canadian National unit was leased to Conrail. It is working in Stanley Yard in Toledo on Oct. 14, 1977.

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

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

EL Monday: Work Train in Akron

January 11, 2021

Today we witness the overlap between Erie Lackawanna and Conrail. By outward appearances this looks like an EL train given the markings of the locomotive and caboose. But it was made on Sept. 18, 1976, which makes this a Conrail train. It is moving westbound in Akron. The locomotive is an RS3 built for the Erie in October 1950.

Photograph 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

Headed for Bayard in Alliance

October 1, 2020

Conrail SD45 No. 6115 is on the Cleveland Line in southeast Alliance headed toward Bayard on Aug. 11, 1979. It is passing through an industrial section of the city. No. 6115 came from Penn Central and the unit immediate behind it still wears Erie Lackawanna colors.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Wouldn’t Know It’s Conrail

August 13, 2020

Former Penn Central GP35 and two running mates still wear their PC liveries as they roll a Conrail train westbound through Akron in June 1976. Of course Conrail had only been around for just over a couple of months so few locomotives in Conrail blue had shown up yet.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Looks Like EL But it’s Actually Conrail

August 10, 2020

Once again we have a locomotive still painted in Erie Lackawanna colors but which is actually on the Conrail roster. It is noteworthy that although this image was made two years after the EL was folded into Conrail, there are not obvious CR markings on it. The image was made in Massillon on April 30, 1978.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Cart Before the Horse?

July 30, 2020

The phrase putting the cart before the horse is an idiom that often denotes something that is being done contrary to conventions or an expected relationship.

Everyone knows that a caboose is placed on the end of the train, right?

That is not always so when doing a switching move.

In the photo above, made in the early Conrail years, a switcher works at the east end of the yard in Canton with a transfer caboose that still has its Penn Central markings.

Photograph by Robert Farkas