Wrecks and Accidents

Conrail 6780 Penn Central Alco C636 6330

There was one ex PC Alco C636 that never physically made it to Conrail. PC 6330 was destroyed in a 3 train wreck at Leetonia, Ohio on 06-06-1975. Here are the remains 2 days later in this Dennis Bydash photo. It would have been CR 6780. The fireman was running the train and was the only fatality. 7 others were injured.

Conrail 6780 Penn Central Alco C636 6330 front view

There was one ex PC Alco C636 that never physically made it to Conrail. PC 6330 was destroyed in a 3 train wreck at Leetonia, Ohio on 06-06-1975. Here are the remains 2 days later in this Dennis Bydash photo. It would have been CR 6780. The fireman was running the train and was the only fatality. 7 others were injured.

CR 1693 wreck at Richland, NJ in 1984

Conrail GP15-1 1693 is seen trailing on an empty coal train that went on the ground at Richland, NJ on 2/12/1984

CR 2031, Damaged B23-7R

Conrail B30-7R 2031 (ex Monongahela 2301) with nose wreck damage at JLS on November 15th, 1994. Photo by Terry Nardella, collection of Steve Ondik

CR 238844-Class BE83E

CR 238844 is seen at Cove PA on 3-30-01 after being envovled in a derailment. Car is ex WCRC 36766/ATSF 36766.

CR 238844-Class BE83E

CR 238844 is seen at Cove PA on 4-4-01 after being envovled in a derailment. Car is ex WCRC 36766/ATSF 36766.

CR 238844-Class BE83E

CR 238844 is seen at Cove PA on 4-4-01 after being envovled in a derailment. Car is ex WCRC 36766/ATSF 36766.

CR 238844-Class BE83E

CR 238844 is seen at Cove PA on 4-4-01 Cove, PA after being envolved in a derailment. Car is ex WCRC 36766/ATSF 36766.

CR 238844-Class BE83E

CR 238844 is seen at Cove PA on 4-4-01 Cove, PA after being envolved in a derailment. Car is ex WCRC 36766/ATSF 36766.

CR 238844-Class BE83E

CR 238844 is seen at Cove PA on 4-4-01 Cove, PA after being envolved in a derailment. Car is ex WCRC 36766/ATSF 36766.

CR 238844-Class BE83E

CR 238844 is seen at Cove PA on 4-4-01 Cove, PA after being envolved in a derailment. Car is ex WCRC 36766/ATSF 36766.

CR 238844-Class BE83E

CR 238844 is seen at Cove PA on 4-4-01 Cove, PA after being envolved in a derailment. Car is ex WCRC 36766/ATSF 36766.

CR 238844-Class BE83E

CR 238844 is seen at Cove PA on 4-4-01 Cove, PA after being envolved in a derailment. Car is ex WCRC 36766/ATSF 36766. Visible in this shot are a few of the pieces I was able to save from the car with special thanks to the contractor!

CR 238844-Class BE83E

CR 238844 is seen at Cove PA on 4-4-01 Cove, PA after being envolved in a derailment. Car is ex WCRC 36766/ATSF 36766. A couple of days earlier when I was talking to the contractors, they thought I only wanted the logo. By the time I got there on this day, "CONRAIL" was already cut right through the middle. At least the logo and "QUALITY" were saved. Talk about heavy though... sheesh!!

CR 2500-2685 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

A wrecked ex-PC U25B rests between ancient SW-1 8591 and an Alco S-2 outside the Juniata shops in August, 1977.

CR 3181 on the ground near "A" St. & Lehigh Ave in Philadelphia, PA. 1978

"Port Richmond, We Have A Problem"

GP40 3181 split a switch and its front truck is on the ground. Near "A" St. & Lehigh Ave. in Philadelphia, PA. 1978.

CR 3184 4-27-79 Wilkinsburg, PA

CR 3184 4-27-79 Wilkinsburg, PA. Conrail SD40-2 6480 and GP40 3184 were running light (helpers returning from assisting a road train over the grade) when they were sideswiped by derailing or overhanging equipment from an adjacent track. The GP40 derailed and crashed through the concrete abutment/retaining wall and plunged down onto South Avenue. Fortunately, this happened when there were no vehicles waiting at the traffic light visible just beyond the underpass.

CR 3184 4-27-79 Wilkinsburg, PA

CR 3184 4-27-79 Wilkinsburg, PA. Conrail SD40-2 6480 and GP40 3184 were running light (helpers returning from assisting a road train over the grade) when they were sideswiped by derailing or overhanging equipment from an adjacent track. The GP40 derailed and crashed through the concrete abutment/retaining wall and plunged down onto South Avenue. Fortunately, this happened when there were no vehicles waiting at the traffic light visible just beyond the underpass.

CR 3291 wrecked at Altoona in 1998

CR GP40-23291 is sitting outside the Juniata Shops, awaiting repairs after being wrecked somewhere in Ohio. JB Kerr Photo

CR 5016 at Altoona, PA 6/7/97

Wrecked CR 5016 is seen at Altoona, PA on 6/7/97.

CR 5052 Wrecked at Chase Maryland, Enola, PA 1/87

B36-7 5052 was the middle unit in a consist of 3 B36's that were involved in the Chase, Maryland wreck on 1/4/87. In a poorly scanned print, we see the damaged 5052 sitting in Enola pending disposition in late January, 1987. She was eventually rebuilt, went to CSX after the split and renumbered to 5805, and now toils away in a different form in Brazil.

CR 6031 at Emsworth, PA 2/1999

Conrail C40-8 6031 is shot in SHP-501 at Emsworth, PA in 2/1999.  Unit was wrecked at Stryker, OH in late January, 1999.  JB Kerr Photo

CR 6049 at Sewickley, PA 2/1999

Conrail C40-8 6049 is shot at Sewickley, PA in SHP-501. Unit was wrecked at Stryker, OH in late January, 1999.  JB Kerr Photo

CR 6084 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Wrecked former PC SD40 6084 would not be renumbered 6337 to make room for new SD40-2's. The remains rest on freight trucks outside the Juniata shops in August, 1977.

CR 6192 at Juniata

Another view of wrecked C40-8W 6192 on May 16th, 1995 at JLS in Altoona, PA. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR 6247

CR 6247 is shown here after it was wrecked. The unit was later repaired and put back into service.

CR 6253 and 6709 Enola, PA 4/1/1982

Wrecked Conrail SD40 6253 was at Enola, PA in April 1982, along with U23C 6709. Photo by John Decker.

CR 6259 at Juniata

CR C40-8W 6259 was also involved in the 12-22-95 at Effingham, IL along with the 6449. Shown here after arriving at the JLS complex in Altoona, PA on February 18th, 1996. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR 6352 Bethlehem, PA 6-10-1978

CR SD40 6352 (ex-PC 6099) shows accident damage to the fuel tank and side railing at Allentown yard in June, 1978.

CR 6449 2-18-96 Altoona, PA

CR SD40-2 6449 in another view after the wreck on 12-22-95 in Effingham, IL. Photographed at JLS in Altoona on February 18th, 1996 by Terry Nardella, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR 6449 2-18-96 Altoona, PA

And one more view of CR SD40-2 6449 after the wreck on 12-22-95 when she arrived at JLS in Altoona, PA on February 18th, 1996. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR 6485 w/2380 cab 6-2-95 Altoona, PA

That's right, the 6485 was involved in an accident in early 1995 and received cab damage. So the cab from GP35 2380 was swapped onto the 6485 to complete repairs. A photo of the fresh 6485 in Quality blue is coming! Photo taken at JLS on 6/2/95 by Terry Nardella, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR 6771 Collinwood, OH 03-10-1979

Conrail Alco C630 #6771 resides in the Collinwood deadline showing the results of being involved in a wreck. Here is a shot of the other side : http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=236176&nseq=2 CR 6771 was Penn Central 6321.

CR 7482 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

Former EL GP-9 1264 shows a bent frame outside the Juniata Locomotive shops in August, 1977.

CR 7482 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL GP-9 1264 (CR 7482) shows a bent frame outside the Juniata Locomotive shops in August, 1977.

CR 7482 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL GP-9 1264 shows a bent frame outside the Juniata Locomotive shops in August, 1977.

CR 7482 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former EL GP-9 1264 shows a bent frame outside the Juniata Locomotive shops in August, 1977.

CR 8591 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

Former PC SW-1 8591 rests on freight trucks alongside other wrecked, damaged, or cannibalized units outside the Juniata locomotive shops in August, 1977.

CR 886174 lays on its end, spilling grain all over the place at the Port Richmond Graino, Late 70s early 80s

OOPS!!! Conrail covered hopper #886174 lays on its end, spilling grain all over the place, Port Richmond Graino, Philadelphia, Pa Date unknown (late 1970's or early 1980's).

For a view of this complex in an earlier era, check out this 1927 photo from the Hagley collection. The kickback ramp where this photo is from is over on the far right.

CR 9521 Enola, PA 10-1998

CR 9521 is derailed when the Enola hostlers used GP15-1 1621 to shift in the yard.

CR SD50 6743

CR SD50 6743 shown in it's wrecked condition when it arrived at JLS in May of 1995 (5-16-95 the date of this photo). She was wrecked along with C40-8W 6192 in Erie, PA on May 8, 1995. Photo by Terry Nardella, collection of Steve Ondik.

CR wreck, Altoona, PA

Another view of the wreck that occurred in front of the Amtrak station in Altoona, PA on July 13th, 1995. Terry Nardella photo, collection of Steve Ondik.

LMS 723 at Juniata

LMS C40-8W 723 after it's wreck in Canada, shown at JLS on April 17th, 1995. Photo by Terry Nardella, collection of Steve Ondik

PC 6253

Wrecked 6253 4-82 Enola, PA. Photo by John Decker

Stryker, OH derailment site

The aftermath of the January 1999 derailment west of Stryker, OH, in which Mail-9 rear ended the train in front of it and derailed into the side of the passing steel train. Sadly, both crewmen on the Mail-9 died in the accident, which was due to very dense fog that night. Shot taken on January 23, 1999. Should be noted you can see one of the engines from the steel train laying off to the side of track 1 in the background.

Wrecked Unit

Wrecked Locomotive 4-82 Enola, PA. Photo by John Decker

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