Conway Yard

CR's Conway yard was located northwest of Pittsburgh along the Ohio river.  This former PRR yard remained the largest railroad yard in the world from the time of it's expansion in the 1950's until 1980.

BAR 79 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

Late in the day at Conway in August, 1977, leased BAR GP9 79 waits for another assignment.

BAR 88 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

The power lineup at the Conway engine terminal has BAR GP-38 88 sandwiched between SD40 6297 and GP38 7913.

CN 5581 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

CN GP-38-2 5581 lined up between SD45-2 6656 and GP-35 3625 in the lines of power at Conway in August, 1977.  

The previous day, the 5581 was seen mixed in with other CR power pulling mixed freight through Altoona.

CNW 826 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

A three-unit engine move at Conway in August, 1977 includes CR blue GP38 7832, leased CNW GP35 826, and SD45 6078 (ex-EL 3613).

Two autoracks loaded with new Ford Pinto's on the next track gives historical perspective.

Conway hump in 1983

A 1983 shot of the hump at Conway shows the massive spread of yard tracks needed to handle the traffic flow through big blue's biggest yard.

Conway hump in 1983

A view of Conway Yard's eastbound hump in 1983 shows power and cabins laying over between assignments and servicing.

Conway overview in 1983

A great overview shot at Conway in 1983 that still only manages to show a small portion of the yard. A cabin is on the retarders as a hump set sits in the background, note the blue Conrail buses in the bottom right.

Conway Yard Conway, PA 7-1989

An overview of Conway Yard in July, 1989

Conway yard deadline

The locomotive deadline at Conrail's Conway Yard hosts among other locomotives, a PC&Y switcher on September 27, 1994. Units that can be identified in this photo are 7518, 2358, 3688, 2198, 2191, 2261, and 3644. Doug Davidson photo with permission

Conway Yard sign 9/1/80

Conrail's sign proclaiming Conway as the "Busiest Push Button Yard In The United States", is seen in this Sept 1, 1980 view.

Conway's yard tower Conway, PA 1983

A rare shot of the inside of a yard tower in Conway, circa 1983.

CR 1122 at Conway Yard

Conrail SD38 6942 (ex-PC 6942) is seen with MT6 1122 (ex-CR 6877, exx-PC 6877, nee-PRR 8677) at Conway Yard in 1983,

CR 1123 at Conway, PA

Looking west at Conway, an endless sea of freight cars and blue diesels.

CR 1124 MT-6 Conway 01-80

A hump crew gathers up a couple of cabin cars at East Conway. SD38 6941 is paired with MT-6 #1124, the former Penn Central RSD-12 # 6856. It survives today as NS RPU6 #859.

CR 1126 at Conway Yard

Conrail SD38 6943 (ex-PC 6943) is seen with MT6 1126 (ex-CR 6816, exx-PC 6816, nee-PRR 8616) in this 1983 shot from the Conway Yard tower.

CR 1659 at Conway Yard in 1993

Conrail GP15-1 1659 is seen trailing on a set of light power at Conway Yard in 1993.

CR 1956 at Conway Yard in 1993

Conrail B23-7 is seen leading a set of power west through Conway Yard in 1993.

CR 2034 Baden, PA 9/29/1993

A pair of ex MGA Super-7s lead an Eastbound out of Conway Yard.

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 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 22856 - Class N5B

Conrail class N5B caboose 22856 is seen at Conway Yard in 1983, shot from inside the yard tower.

CR 2365 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

Former PC GP35 2365 and SD40 6321 at Conway in August, 1977.  The autoracks are loaded with new 1977 Ford Pintos!

CR 239845 - Class X60G

Conrail 239845 is seen at Conway Yard. Car is ex CR 238236/PRR 125323.

CR 2401 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

One of 15 ex-PRR RS-27's, CR 2401 rests at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977.

CR 2416 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

Amidst a sea of power at the Conway engine terminal, CR C425's 2416 and 2446 wait for assignment.

Former Alco C425's 2416 and 2446 represent the first and last of the 31 ex-PRR series.  

CR 21656 N7A and ex-PC 19324 N5 cabooses rest in the foreground.

CR 2418 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

Alcos, including C425 2418, filled the Conway roundhouse in August, 1977.

CR 2428 Conway, PA 8-18-1978

Late in the day, CR C425 2428 rests with ancient SW-1 8515 at the Conway roundhouse in August, 1978.

CR 2429 Conway, PA 8-18-1978

CR blue C425 2429 (ex-PRR) rests at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1978.

CR 2433 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

CR C425 2433 works with SD-40-2 6410 at Conway in August, 1977.

CR 2439 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

CR C-425 2439 rests at the Conway engine terminal, partially obscured by a crew's Ford pickup.

CR 2442 Conway, PA 8-19-1978

CR C425 2442, GP-38 7868, and SD-40 6332 (ex-PC 6079) line up at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1978.

CR 2443 Conway, PA 8-18-1978

With ex-PC GP38 7875 lined up behind, CR C425 2443 (ex-PRR) waits for assignment at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1978.

CR 2446 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

Two C425's pass by the massive lines of power at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977.

Numbered 2416 and 2446, these Alcos represent the first and last of the series of 31 ex-PRR C425's brought to Conrail.

CR 2455 at Conway, PA 8-18-1978

CR blue C425 2455 lined up between SD-45 6149 and SD40-2 6380 (1977-built) at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1978.

CR 2474 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

The sun was down low when two rare birds were at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977.

CR 2474, the only ex-PRR class AF24a ALCo C424, leads one of only two ex-RDG C430's, CR 2049 (ex-RG 5212).

The C424 unit was built in 1963 using the electrical equipment from ALCO's DL-640 demonstrator 640-1.

CR 2474 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

The sun was down low when two rare birds were at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977.

CR 2474, the only ex-PRR class AF24a ALCo C424, leads one of only two ex-RDG C430's, CR 2049 (ex-RG 5212).

The C424 unit was built in 1963 using the electrical equipment from ALCO's DL-640 demonstrator 640-1.

CR 2474 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

The sun was down low at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977 as CR 2485 (ex-EL 2411) idles along with 2474, the only ex-PRR class AF24a ALCo C424.

CR 2485 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

The sun was down low at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977 as CR 2485 (ex-EL 2411) waits along with 2474, the only ex-PRR class AF24a ALCo C424.

CR 2485 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

Late in the day at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977, CR C424's 2474 and 2485 (ex-EL 2411) and GP38 7768 idle by the yard tower.

CR 2485 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

With CR GP9 7010 above, former EL C424 2485 is coupled up at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977.

CR 2493 Conway, PA 8-18-1978

At dusk, CR C424 2493 (ex-RDG 5204) rests outside the Conway roundhouse in August, 1978.

CR 2496 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

CR C424 2496 (ex-RDG 5207) at Conway in August, 1977.

CR 2571 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

With the hump in operation behind, CR U25B 2571 (ex-EL 2502) rests in lines of power at Conway yard in August, 1977.

CR 279036 - Class X62B

This shot of CR 279036 gives a nice overview of Conway Yard. Car is ex PC 279036.

CR 279036 - Class X62B

This shot of CR 279036 gives a nice overview of Conway Yard. Car is ex PC 279036.

CR 2843 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

Former PC U30B 2843 sits surrounded by Alcos at the Conway yard turntable in August, 1977.

The autorack loaded with new 1977 Ford Pintos gives a historical perspective.

CR 3265 at Conway Yard

Conrail GP40 3265 (ex-PC 3265) is seen near the sanding facilities at Conway Yard in 1983.

CR 3277 Conway, PA 8-18-1978

CR GP-40-2 3277 (ex-RDG 3673) works with SD-45 6079 (ex-EL 3614) at Conway yard in August, 1978.

CR 3303 Baden, PA 1/17/1992

At dusk in a snowstorm, an Eastbound van train departs East Conway as a Westbound pulls into the yard,

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