ALCO C430

Twelve C430's came into the Conrail fold, ten from PC and two former Reading units. Four C430's were painted into Conrail blue (three ex PC, and ex Reading 5212). The C430 was introduced by Alco to compete with EMD's GP40, but only 16 were ever built compared to hundreds of GP40's. These units went to work for the NYS&W and Morristown & Erie upon their retirement from Conrail.

CR 2048 (C430)

Former RDG 5211, one of only two C430's from the Reading, was at Cleveland, OH on 9/19/79. It was sold to Naporano Iron & Metal in 9/81 and scrapped.

CR 2049 (C430)

Former RDG 5212 was at Mingo Jct., OH on 5/8/77. It was later sold to Midwest Steel in 11/81 and scrapped.

CR 2049 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

CR C430 2049 (ex-RDG 5212), one of only two ex-RDG C430's, lined up with CR C424 2474 (ex-PC 2415) at Conway in August, 1977.

CR 2049 Sayre, PA 09-4-1976

This photo pretty much sums up the Conrail merger in it's very early stages. All 4 of the big roads are here at Sayre, Pa this day, Reading C430 5212, Lehigh Valley U23B 509 behind it, with Penn Central GP-35 2334 and Erie Lackawanna SDP-45 3659 beside. I took one look at this lineup and yelled down to a worker and asked if it was ok to come down for a shot or two. As you see, the answer was yes :-) Those ex LV guys were a great bunch.

CR 2049 Weirton, WV 04-3-1978

A trio of Conrail C430's, two ex PC ones and blue ex Reading Lines 2049, work through a set of crossovers at Weirton tower on the Pittsburgh to Columbus "Panhandle" line in Weirton, WVa during April 1978. One of only two ex RDG C430's on Conrail, it was nice to catch it.

CR 2049 Youngstown, OH 03-22-1980

It turned out to be a long winter for these Alcos. None of them have ran since Thanksgiving 1979, and none would ever run again for Conrail. There are 11 in this view, a mix of C430 and C425 units, with the C425's renumbered into the 5000 series. That 5071 was one of only 2 that ran with the new number. CR 2049, the ex Reading 5212 "Old Ironsides II" , would be scrapped down the street at Midwest Steel in 1981.

CR 2050 and 2059, ex-PC ALCO C430

These Alco C430s came from the New York Central, by way of Penn Central.

CR 2050 Mingo Junction, OH 8-8-1977

CR Alco C430 2050 waits for assignment in a trio of ex-NYC C430's at Mingo Junction.

CR 2050 Mingo Junction, OH 8-8-1977

The lights are coming on at Mingo Junction in August, 1977 as a trio of ex-NYC C430's waits for assignment.

CR 2057 leads 2052 and 2050, two Alcos that made it to CR blue.

CR 2051

Former PC/NYC 2051 was at Mingo Jct., OH on 6/4/77.

CR 2051 7-1-1979

CR 2051 7-1979 CRHS Collection

CR 2051 Mingo Junction, OH 8-19-1978

CR C430 2051 (ex-NYC) ready for assignment at Mingo Junction in August, 1978.

CR 2051 Mingo Junction, OH 8-19-1978

CR C430 2051 (ex-NYC) ready for assignment at Mingo Junction in August, 1978.

CR 2051 Mingo Junction, OH 8-19-1978

CR C430 2051 (ex-NYC) ready for assignment at Mingo Junction in August, 1978.

CR 2051 Mingo Junction, OH 8-8-1977

CR C430 2051 rests at the Mingo Junction roundhouse between runs in August, 1977.

CR 2051 Mingo Junction, OH 8-8-1977

CR C430 2051 rests next to C630 6777 at the Mingo Junction roundhouse between runs in August, 1977.

CR 2052 Mingo Jct, Ohio 8-8-1977

Late in the day at Mingo Junction in August, 1977, a trio of ex-NYC C430's waits for assignment.

CR 2057 leads 2052 and 2050, two Alcos that made it to CR blue.

CR 2052 Mingo Junction, OH 8-19-1978

CR C430 2052 (ex-NYC) ready for assignment at Mingo Junction, OH in August, 1978.

CR 2052 Mingo Junction, OH 8-19-1978

CR C430's 2052 (ex-NYC) and 2059, along with GP38 7730, wait for assignment at Mingo Junction in August, 1978.

CR 2052 Mingo Junction, OH 8-8-1977

The lights are coming on at Mingo Junction as a trio of ex-NYC C430's wait for assignment.

CR 2057 leads 2052 and 2050, two Alcos that made it to CR blue.

CR 2052 Youngstown, OH 08-11-1979

Alco C-430 2052 teams up with RS-27 2407 as they negotiate the connection between the former EL and PRR in Youngstown, Ohio on what was probably a local from Haselton to Sharon and return. That's the ex NYC Youngstown passenger station with the line to Ashtabula running under it, and the ex EL and PRR in the foreground. NS still operates the ex NYC as their Youngstown Line with CSX having trackage rights to the docks. This ex NYC/PRR pair operated together for a couple of weeks, shown here on another day with a Brier Hill to Haselton transfer : http://thecrhs.org/?q=Images/CR-2052-C-430-Youngstown-08-79

CR 2052 Youngstown, OH 08-79

A Brier Hill to Haselton transfer negotiates the maze of track at Center St Junction in Youngstown, Ohio in August 1979. The Republic Steel furnaces are still hot on this date, and there is still a good stockpile of ore. This former NYC Alco C-430 has equally rare ex PRR DL-640 #2407 with it, the last one still operating on Conrail. As a side note, to this day I kick myself for not shooting that blue EL car behind the power!

CR 2052 Youngstown, OH 09-19-1979

A pair of blue Alco's, a C430/C425 duo, bring a train through Center St Junction in Youngstown, Ohio. The limestone loads will go to the Republic mill off to the left. The tracks curving to the right are the Chessie, the very far right track is the Youngstown Line.

CR 2054 (C430)

Former PC/NYC 2054 was at Mingo Jct., OH on 5/21/77.

CR 2054 Hubbard, OH 08-6-1979

One of those "hey wow" early Conrail treats, this e/b on the ex EL in Hubbard, Ohio has an all Alco C430/C430/C425/C430 consist.

CR 2056 Youngstown, OH 11-19-1979

Running their last miles in transfer service between Brier Hill and Hazelton yards, former NYC and PRR Alco's wait for traffic ahead to clear. C430 #2056 and C425 #2422 would be sidelined in a few days, never to run for Conrail again.

CR 2057 Mingo Jct, Ohio 8-8-1977

The lights are coming on at Mingo Junction in August, 1977 as a trio of ex-NYC C430's waits for assignment. CR 2057 leads 2052 and 2050, two Alcos that made it to CR blue.

CR 2057 Mingo Jct, Ohio 8-8-1977

Late in the day at Mingo Junction in August, 1977, a trio of ex-NYC C430's waits for assignment.

CR 2057 leads 2052 and 2050, two Alcos that made it to CR blue.

CR 2057 Mingo Junction, OH 8-8-1977

CR Alco C430 2057 heads a trio of ex-NYC C430's late in the day at Mingo Junction.

CR 2058 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

Nothing but ALCo's in sight at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977!

All of the major predecessor roads except CNJ are present with ex-RDG C630 5791, ex-PC C425 2442 and C430 2058, ex-LV C628 6734, and an ex-EL RS-3 huddlled around the turntable. Sadly, the whitelined LV C628 shows the signs of being cannibalized for parts.

CR 2058 Weirton, WV 8-19-1978

CR 2058, one of ten ex-PC C430's, waits for assignment at the Weirton, WV engine terminal in August, 1978.

CR 2058 Weirton, WV 8-19-1978

CR C430 2058 waits for assignment at the Weirton, WV engine terminal in August, 1978.

CR 2058 Weirton, WV 8-19-1978

CR 2058, one of ten ex-PC C430's, waits for assignment at the Weirton, WV engine terminal in August, 1978.

CR 2058 Weirton, WV 8-19-1978

CR 2058, one of ten ex-PC C430's, waits for assignment at the Weirton, WV engine terminal in August, 1978.

CR 2059 Mingo Junction, OH 8-19-1978

CR C430 2059 lined up between GP38 7730 and sister unit 2052 at Mingo Junction in August, 1978. 

The former NYC Alco was the last of 10 C430's in CR series 2050-2059,

CR 2059 Mingo Junction, OH 8-19-1978

CR 2059, the last of 10 ex-NYC C430's in CR series 2050-2059, rests behind sister unit 2052 at Mingo Junction in August, 1978.

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