Enola Yard - Page 4

CR's Enola yard was a former PRR yard located on the west bank of the Susquehanna River, across from Harrisburg.  Enola was the largest railroad yard in the world until the PRR opened Conway yard in 1959.

Enola Yard was a key Conrail facility serving as a main classification yard located at the convergence of a number of lines.

CR 8663 Enola, PA 9-5-1983

Former Raritan River SW900's 8659 (ex-RR 2) and 8663 (ex-RR 6) lined up with CR blue power by the Westbound hump tower at Enola in September, 1983.

CR 8711 Enola, PA 1-1-1983

Conrail SW900 8711 (ex-RDG 1511) is seen resting near the hump at Enola Yard while a pair of TOFC flatcars go for a ride down the hump. We can be certain that this is NOT recommended operating practices, but it makes for an interesting photo.

CR 8876 Enola, PA 9-5-1983

CR SW7 8876(ex-LV 221), GP7 5652, and RS3m 9918 lined up beside Enola's westbound hump in September, 1983.

CR 9319 Enola, PA 9-5-1983

CR SW-1200 9319 (ex-RDG 2719) mixed in with lots of CR blue SD power at Enola in September, 1983.

CR 9319 Enola, PA 9-5-1983

CR SW-1200 9319 (ex-RDG 2719) and SD-45's 6095 (ex-EL 3630) and 6085 (ex-EL 3620) at Enola in September, 1983.

CR 9404 Enola, PA 1-1-1983

Conrail SW1001 9404 (ex-RDG 2604) is seen at Enola Yard in 1983.

CR 9515 Enola, PA 8/18/1985.

Work extra 9515 at Enola west end on Aug. 18, 1985.

CR 9531 Enola, PA 1-1-1986

Conrail SW1500 is seen sitting at Enola Yard in 1986. What is probably the most interesting part of this photo is what appears to be CR 7440, the "torpedo-tube" GP9 in blue paint without and logos sitting third deep in line, behind SW8 8673.This unit had previously been one of the few Conrail units that had its bell and horns painted red, along with black battery boxes and side sills, indicating it was restricted to service in Canada only. Stuff like this is what makes Conrail a fascinating road to model.

CR 9574 Enola, PA 1983

Conrail SW1500 9574 (ex-PC 9574) pauses on the hump at Enola Yard in 1983.

CR 9903-9999 Enola, PA 9-5-1983

A line of switchers and RS-3M's at Enola in September, 1983.

CR 9951 Enola, PA 9-5-1983

CR RS-3M 9951 works with ex-PC SW-8 8618 and U25B 2558 at Enola in September, 1983.

CR NJDOT 1378 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

NJDOT GE-built Arrow III MU 1378 leads two new married pairs awaiting transport to their NJ home at Enola in May, 1977.

CR would operate them over the former Penn Central electrified lines in NJ until the end of 1982.

Following a mid-life overhaul by ABB from 1992-1995, many Arrow III's remain in NJ commuter service.

DAY Interlocking Tower West Fairview, PA 3-26-1980

DAY Interlocking Tower protected the Southern (Eastern) end of Enola Yard. This tower was demolished while in service from a derailment.

DAY tower West Fairview, PA 8/20/85.

South side of "DAY" tower in Enola on Aug. 20, 1985.

DH 5013 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

D&H RS36 5013 mixed with CR black and blue power at Enola in May, 1977.

DH 505 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

With a PRR boxcar in the background, D&H RS3m 505 and RS36 5013 mix in with the black and blue power at Enola in May, 1977.

DH 7320 Enola, PA August, 1986

D&H GP-38-2 7320 (ex-LV 320) trails lead unit Guillford/Boston and Maine GP39-2 365 and Guillford/Maine Central U23B 293 through Enola in the summer of 1986.

EL 21359 Enola, PA 8-10-1980

With E-44's 4410 and 4418 lined up behind, EL 2-bay covered hopper 21359 rests at Enola in August, 1980.

Enola diesel shop in 1983

A 1983 shot of the storage tracks behind the Enola diesel shop.

Enola yard Enola, PA 5-7-1977

A late in the day view from the old iron bridge of Enola's westbound classification yard in May, 1977. 

To the far right are the two easbound tracks entering Enola from Marysville, PA.

Enola yard Enola, PA 5-9-2014

This view from Overview, 37 years after my first trip to Enola on May 7, 1977, shows a similar layout of Enola's westbound classification yard and eastbound receiving tracks.

An interesting change, however, was the removal of the connecting track that split from the westbound section, ran under I-81, and passed behind and to the right of the yard office. The track was still in use in 1986, but gone by 2014.

The May 9, 2014 morning action showed five westbound trains being readied to depart. As NS 2772, 2750, and 5606 sort autoracks, including CR TTGX 159496, ex-CR SD40-2 6976(NS 3433) waits underneath I-81, and ex-CR C40-8W 6188(NS 8395) waits in the distance to the right of the yard office.

Enola yard Enola, PA 7-9-1977 (1)

With the Enola hump tower and yard office in the background, a mass of ex-PC power, along with a lone ex-EL and ex-LV unit surround a few CR blue units at the engine terminal as night falls.

Enola yard Enola, PA 7-9-1977 (2)

With the Enola hump tower and yard office in the background, a mass of ex-PC power, along with a lone ex-EL and ex-LV unit surround a few CR blue units at the engine terminal as night falls.

Enola Yard in 1979

A 1979 overview of Enola Yard.

Enola Yard in 1979

A 1979 overview of Enola Yard

Enola Yard in 1979

A 1979 overview of Enola Yard, showing the old coal dock.

Enola Yard in 1986

A shot of Enola Yard just north of the diesel shop in 1986. If only we could still see this much blue there today.

Enola Yard in 1986

A shot of Enola Yard in 1986, looking south from the west side of the diesel shop.

Enola Yard in 1986

A 1986 shot looking north from the Enola diesel shops shows a sea of stored blue units, ranging from old EMD switchers to more modern GP30s and GP35s, along with old GE UBoats. Soon they, along with the old PRR coal dock, would disappear from this scene.

Enola Yard in 1986

A shot looking south from the east side of the Enola diesel shop, showing the turntable and what remains of the old steam roundhouse.

MEC 293 Enola, PA August, 1986

Guillford/Boston and Maine GP39-2 365 leads Guillford/Maine Central U23B 293 and D&H GP-38-2 7320 (ex-LV 320) through Enola in the summer of 1986.

NS 3383 (CR 6449:2)

An overview of the Westbound classification yard at Enola shows NS SD40-2 3383 (CR 6449:2) and ex-SR GP38-2 5002 waiting with mixed freight on August 25, 2014.

NS 3383 (CR 6449:2)

An overview of the Westbound classification yard at Enola shows NS SD40-2 3383 (CR 6449:2) and ex-SR GP38-2 5002 waiting with mixed freight on August 25, 2014.

NS 3421 (CR 6515)

NS SD40-2 3434 (CR 6977), 3421 (CR 6515), and ex-SR GP38-2 5007 at Enola on August 24, 2014.

NS 8417 (CR 6226)

NS C40-8W 8417 (CR 6226) and C44-9W 9882 wait for an eastbound assignment at Enola on August 24, 2014.

Overhead Crane Enola, PA 6-81

Overhead crane in the West Class yard at Enola, PA 6-81. 

PRR 9237 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

The Tuscan red is a bit faded, but the Keystone's are still clear on PRR baggage car 9237 at Enola in May, 1977.  The car may be whitelined, but still appears used by CR for MOW.

Sea of Blue at Enola, PA

A sea of Blue at Enola in this undated photo. Photographer unknown, Kris Klemick collection.

Sea of Blue at Enola, PA no more

Quite the difference in appearance jumping ahead 30+ years. Long gone are the countless blue locomotives, coaling tower, freight cars and automobiles. Note the scenery has grown significantly, as very little of the river is still visible.

SP 8740 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

Southern Pacific U33C 8740 leads other SP units U33C 8791 and U25B 6755 through the Enola wash racks on May 7, 1977.

SP 8740 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

Southern Pacific U33Cs 8791 and 8740 follow behind a former PC GP-38-2 at Enola yard. Leased power from ATSF, CNW, D&H and Southern Pacific were all there on May 7, 1977.

SP 8791 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

An ex-PC GP-38-2 led a trio of Southern Pacific U-boats, with U33C 8791 in the middle, through the Enola wash racks on May 7, 1977. Foreign power from ATSF, CNW, D&H and Southern Pacific were all there this day.

SP 8791 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

Southern Pacific U33Cs 8791 and 8740 follow behind a former PC GP-38-2 at Enola yard. Leased power from ATSF, CNW, D&H and Southern Pacific were all there on May 7, 1977.

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