Conrail inherited a physical plant that was a mess. It was the MOW crews and their use of the equipment in these galleries that contributed to Conrail's ultimate success.
This gallery is for non-revenue service ballast cars. Revenue-service ballast cars can be found in the Open Hoppers section.
Photos of equipment used to keep the ROW neat and tidy are found here.
Conrail utilized these unique camp cars to house track gangs working on remote sections of the railroad.
Conrail employed a wide range of 40', 50' and 60' boxcars in a variety of MOW and company-service roles.
In addition to using flatcars to carry supplies, Conrail also had many flatcars equipped with rails for hauling smaller, lighter pieces of MOW equipment from site to site.
Conrail had hundreds of 40', 46', 52', and 65' gondolas pulling a variety of duties in MOW service. Tie gons, gons hauling scrap rail cars, panel turnouts and other miscellaneous items can be seen here.
Some passenger and baggage cars transferred to Conrail remained in MOW service for several years.
Conrail specially designated a number of older cabooses for restricted MOW service with a gray paint scheme and "R" appended to their road numbers. These cars were found on ballast, rail and other MOW trains and as mobile offices.
The designated cars spanned a number of classes, and came from a number of CR predecessor roads.
While not a major component of their freight car fleet, Conrail did own and utilize tankcars, largely to move diesel fuel to terminals. These cars were of Reading and PRR heritage.
Conrail utilized a variety of older covered hoppers to move sand to diesel terminals around the system.
Photos of Conrail's weight-test cars, from the turn-of-the-century Reading cars to the late-model Maxson cars can be found here.
Photos of Conrail's snow-fighting equipment, including jet-powered blowers, Russel snowplows, Jordan spreaders, and flangers.
Photos of Conrail's smaller rail-mounted cranes, including Burro and American cranes.
Photos of ballast cleaners, sweepers, tampers, track stabilizers, and other equipment dedicated to keeping Conrail's tracks in tip-top shape are here.
Conrail's welded rail trains were a common sight all over the system, especially during the early years. Conrail's surplus tracks were pulled up and transported to the Lucknow rail mill to be refinished and made into quarter-mile lengths of continuous welded rail. The "new" CWR was then taken out into the field and installed, helping turn Conrail into a safe, world-class operation.
Photos of the 40' and 50' flatcars Conrail utilized to move wheelsets around the system. Some of these cars outlasted CR still wearing their PC green paint.
Photos of the "big hooks" of yesteryear and their support cars are located here.
Crane idler flat 45524 with a wrecker at Eden, NY. on Feb. 1, 1989.
Looking like an ancient boxcab diesel, Penn Central steam heater car X-H2 sits with a MOW passenger car at Harrisburg in April, 1984.
NYC Baggage car 7494 and PC steam heater X-H2 at Harrisburg in May, 1977. Looking like an ancient boxcab diesel, the ex-NYC steam heater car was built on a steam tender frame.