Freight Car Photos (1976 - 1999)

Browse photos of all types of Conrail's revenue earning rolling stock.

Would you like to help? The CRHS is continuously working on expanding our freight car library, and we depend on user contributions to do so. If you have some CR photos that you would like to share, please visit the "How to contribute to the site" page to learn about contributing to the Conrail Photo Archive.

Make sure to also check our "Conrail Survivors" freight car albums as we may have more of what you are looking for there as well.

Autoracks

Conrail rostered a wide assortment of autoracks. From aging open racks dating back to predecessor roads to modern, fully-enclosed TTX cars, you can find them here.

Boxcars

From 40' hand-me-downs from the predecessor roads to massive new 86' hi-cube auto parts cars, Conrail had an eclectic fleet of boxcars. 

Coalporters

Conrail rostered a large fleet of coalporter cars. Hollidaysburg Car shops rebuilt old triple hoppers into the G52H, G52L and G52R class starting in 1991. In 1995, Conrail began assembling and painting the G52X Cromweld class out of kits supplied by Johnstown-America. Conrail also acquired several hundred cars from SFIX (System Fuels, Inc.) which were assigned to the G52W class.

Coil Steel Cars

Conrail rostered a wide variety of coil cars. Their fleet was originally composed of cars of EL, RDG, NYC, PRR, and PC origins, and was augmented by several groups Conrail purchased over the years. Conrail even designed their own Coil cars, the distinctive CoilSHIELD series.

Covered Hoppers

Conrail had many different covered hoppers, the vast majority inherited from predecessor roads. Many were sold off to private companies or leasers in the 1990's.

Flatcars

From the run-of-the-mill 53' flatcar to unique pieces like the one-of-a-kind FD2 "Queen Mary", Conrail had a very interesting and diverse flatcar fleet. Learn more about them in this gallery.

Gondolas

Conrail had a wide variety of 52' and 65' gondolas inherited from the predecessor roads to handle the extensive steel and metal business that existed on the system. In the early 1990s, Conrail also began purchasing gons secondhand from roads like the DT&I, P&LE, CSX, and NS. In the final years, Conrail also purchased new Trinity gondolas and a group of similar cars secondhand from the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia.

Mechanical Reefers

While not a major portion of Conrail's roster, they did own a handful of mechanical reefers, including the experimental 359020 with a satellite-tracking system to monitor the car's location and temperature.

Open Hoppers

For most of its existence, Conrail depended on a fleet of open hoppers to haul coal from mines all over the system to customers. These were eventually supplanted by hundreds of bathtub gons (many of which were built on old 3-bay hopper frames), but a large number saw service until the end of Conrail.

Ore Jennies

Check inside to view photos of the distinctive ex-PRR ore jennies. The PRR designed and built these cars to haul ore from docks in Philadelphia and Cleveland to steel mills in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.

CR cars stored in Rose Yard 6/7/97

An overview of Rose Yard in Altoona, PA on 6/7/97, shows many stored cars that includes 3 bay coal hoppers as well as other rolling stock.

CR cars stored in Rose Yard 6/7/97

An overview of Rose Yard in Altoona, PA on 6/7/97, shows many stored cars that includes 3 bay coal hoppers as well as other rolling stock.

CR cars stored in Rose Yard 6/7/97

An overview of Rose Yard in Altoona, PA on 6/7/97, shows many stored cars that includes 3 bay coal hoppers as well as other rolling stock.

CR cars stored in Rose Yard 6/7/97

An overview of Rose Yard in Altoona, PA on 6/7/97, shows many stored cars that includes 3 bay coal hoppers as well as other rolling stock.

CR cars stored in Rose Yard 6/7/97

Various stored CR freight cars are seen Rose Yard in Altoona, PA on 6/7/97.

CR cars stored in Rose Yard 6/7/97

An overview of Rose Yard in Altoona, PA on 6/7/97, shows many stored cars that includes 3 bay coal hoppers as well as other rolling stock.

CR cars stored in Rose Yard 6/7/97

An overview of Rose Yard in Altoona, PA on 6/7/97, shows many stored cars that includes 3 bay coal hoppers as well as other rolling stock.

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