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.
The 52' gondola was the mainstay of Conrail's gondola fleet, hauling everything from scrap and slabs to finished steel coils. Unlike some other car types, Conrail's thirst for gondolas remained steady throughout the entire life of the railroad. Big Blue bolstered its gondola fleet throughout the years by rebuilding old cars into the G52M, G52N, G52P and G52Q classes, and also purchased used gondolas from roads like the Rock Island, P&LE, Bethlehem Steel, MKT, MP, and the DT&I.
Conrail inherited 65' gondolas from nearly all of its predecessor roads, who used them to haul long steel beams and shapes. Conrail also purchased groups of cars from the UP (ex-MP cars) and Helm (ex-ATSF and ATW cars) for steel service.
Grant Lowry and his wife were inside Rochester tower on the Ft Wayne line for Grant's wife Sara to lens this westbound train heading onto the Cleveland Line.