Conrail's Chicago Line - Page 2

Conrail's Chicago line stretched from Selkirk, NY to Chicago, IL and was an extremely important double track main in which the majority of its traffic from the western roads reached the New England states and the East Coast.  Included on this route were important terminal cities like Toledo and Cleveland, OH and Conrail's major classification yard in Elkhart, IN.  This busy route saw anywhere from 50-60 trains a day including a lot of foreign power from western connections with Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe and their predecessors.

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CR 2642 Rochester, NY 7/1977

A U25B & U30B are arriving at Rochester to do some work. Check out those PRR keystones on the nose & long hood of 2642.

CR 2777 Rochester, NY 11-30-1977

Not very good quality, but worth posting since it was an LV unit. Wish I had a better camera those first 2 years of CR.

CR 2822 Rochester, NY 5/20/1978

One of just 2 U28-Bs that CR had leads an intermodal train at Rochester.

CR 2831 Bergen, NY 6/3/1978

A pair of U30-Bs and an RS-11 are on a Westbound freight at MP 390 in Bergen. 2831 has the old NYC herald showing thru on its nose.

CR 2831 Rochester, NY 6/3/1978

A close up of 2831 with the NYC herald showing thru on the nose. It also has a CR blue battery box door under the cab.

CR 2832 Rochester, NY 3/18/1978

Still showing the white sill stripe from its NYC days.

CR 2868 Rochester, NY 9/1977

Blue U30-B 2868 leads an ex EL SD45 and ex PC SD-40 on an Eastbound piggyback train at Rochester, NY in September, 1977.

CR 2878 Rochester, NY 9/1977

A Westbound freight is led by 2 GE's as they pass by Goodman Street Yard. The Chicago Line was ruled by 4 axle GE's between Buffalo & Selkirk in CR's early years.

CR 2938 Rochester, NY 4/12/1977

A Westbound works Goodman Street Yard, as viewed from the yard tower.

CR 2959 Bergen, NY 6/3/1978

A Westbound van train, with a rough looking PC unit leading a couple of clean CR blues.

CR 2971 Rochester, NY 4/12/1977

A Westbound van train has 2 of the new U36Bs on it. There were only 4 of these on the roster and they had the distinction of having mars lights in the nose.

CR 3068 Porter, IN 9-1-1981

Westbound Conrail freight passes the tower at Porter, IN in September 1981, behind GP40 No. 3068. The tower was closed in 1985 and torn down shortly thereafter. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 3103 Rochester, NY 3/18/1979

A pair of plain black GP-40s race West with a freight.

CR 3148 Rochester, NY 4/28/1978

A PC GP-40, a U23-B & a U30-B hustle a piggyback train West.

CR 3202 at Toledo, OH

CR 3202 and friends lead a westbound freight through the Maumee River bridge at Toledo, OH back in May 1990. Photographer unknown, Chris Howe collection

CR 3212 Rochester, NY 1/22/1978

CRs first 2 winters were pretty hard. A Westbound passes thru deep snow at the East end of Goodman Street yard.

CR 3219 Rochester, NY 3/24/1979

A coal drag arrives at the West side of Rochester. This area is known as Lincoln Park. There was a small yard here just out of the picture on the left. This was also where the CR salt train accessed Chessie rails, and where the old Falls Road Secondary joined the main.

CR 3263 at CP518 Chicago, IL

While a N&W local freight waits its turn on the C&WI(Chicago & Western Indiana), a westbound Conrail freight with GP40's 3263 and 3165 on the point diverges from the Chicago Line at CP518, enroute to Ashland Avenue Yard in November 1982. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 3281 on PIBR-2 at Bryan, OH

CR 3281, 6163, and a EMD on the point of PIBR-2 at Bryan, OH on April 2, 1999. Chris Howe photo

CR 3283 Elkhart, IN 8/2/96

MGL with GP40-2 3283 on the point passes under a signal bridge in Elkhart, IN on August 2, 1996

CR 3292 on the Chicago Line

Conrail GP40-2 3292 is seen leading a stack train on the Chicago Line in upstate New York

CR 3314 at Rolling Prairie, IN

An eastbound Conrail freight with 3314 on the point is seen from the Route 20 bridge at Rolling Prairie, IN, in November 1981. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 3332 on BUEL-1X at Waterloo, IN in 1998

Conrail train BUEL-1X with GP40-2 3332 in the lead passes under the CP 367 signal bridge at Waterloo, IN on January 31, 1998

CR 3339 buffalo 1993

GP40-2 3339 and two CSX units lead a train west out of Buffalo in 1993. If I recall correctly this was taken from the area of Seneca Yard.

CR 3361 at Dunkirk, NY

Conrail GP40-2 3361 is leading a westbound TV train at Dunkirk, NY

CR 3364 on BRSE-5 at CP-463 in LaPorte, IN

BRSE-5 with 3364 on the point at CP463 LaPorte, IN on June 15, 1996

CR 3371 at Depew, NY.jpg

Conrail GP40-2 3371 is seen leading a pair of other Geeps on an eastbound stack train at the Amtrak station in Depew, NY

CR 3371 at Derby, NY

Conrail GP40-2 3371 is seen trailing on an eastbound TV train at Derby, NY

CR 3381 at Fox Ridge, NY

Conrail GP40-2 3381 is seen leading a westbound stack train across Montezuma Swamp near Fox Ridge, NY

CR 3403 on TV6 Seneca, NY 5/27/94

TV-6 with the last GP40-2 passes ELBU behind a set of Santa Fe power led by ATSF 2899 at Bayview.

CR 3621 Hudson Lake, IN 11-1-1981

In this November 1981 scene, Conrail GP35 No. 3621 and U23B No. 2754 lead an eastbound freight at Hudson Lake, IN. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 3643 Batavia, NY 8/1977

A GP-35 and 2 U-25-B's are working hard with an Eastbound coal train.

CR 3649 Rochester, NY 3/18/1979

3 GP-35s and a B23-7 are at the service tracks in Rochester. This set of power was probably for the salt train that ran down to Caledonia on Chessie System trackage rights.

CR 3649 Rochester, NY 7-1-1977

An Eastbound is led by an ex RDG GP-35 and a PC GP-40.

CR 3678 Rochester, NY 7-1-1977

A pair of ex EL GP-35s are working on a ballast train.

CR 3689 Rochester, NY 4/29/1978

A Westbound freight is stopped on the main just East of the Rochester yard awaiting its turn to get time to work the yard.

CR 3689 Rochester, NY 7/1977

Not very good quality, but worth scanning, since it is a pair of ex EL GP-35s on a Westbound at Goodman Street.

CR 3689 Rochester, NY 8/1977

3689 leads EL 2584 & PC 5313 with a Westbound freight that is working Goodman St. Yard.

CR 3690 Rochester, NY 4/28/1978

ML-1 has a green signal at Goodman Street Yard after working the piggyback facility. The track on the left was the West lead into the piggyback terminal at Rochester.

CR 3692 Rochester, NY Summer 1977

A couple of ex EL GP-35s are on a ballast train. The track work is in progress on the other side of the bridge.

CR 4100 at Burns Harbor on The Chicago Line

Chicago Line - Burns Harbor, Indiana, USA
SD80MAC 4100
A pair of Big Blue's MACs bring eastbound traffic past the then-Bethlehem Steel plant in a view off of US 20 sometime in 1997.

CR 4101 at Bryan, OH in 1999

Conrail SD80MAC 4101 and fellow 80MAC leads a westbound freight at Bryan, OH back in late winter 1999. Jason Hall photo, Chris Howe collection

CR 4106 leads ELPI-5B at Waterloo, IN

Conrail ELPI-5B with a pair of SD80MAC's, including 4106 on the point, at Waterloo, IN on May 25, 1996. This was my first ever shot of the then new 80MAC's.

CR 4134 Westbound at Ashtabula, Ohio 8/21/98

Conrail 4134 leads this light engine move at CP127.9 on track number one on Conrail's last day of independence

CR 4137 at North East, Pa. 10/2/98

Conrail SD-70MAC's 4137 and 4134 lead ML-403 westbound on Track 1 through Northeast, PA.

CR 4362 Berea, OH 11-17-1977

One of those sweet early Conrail consists brings a Columbus to Collinwood van train past Berea tower. Even with the sun not being "just right" I had to shoot this FP7A/GP38/F7A set.

CR 4369 Collinwood, OH 07-8-1977

A pair of former PRR FP7's bring the daily Columbus to Cleveland van train into the yard at Collinwood. CR 4369 and 4345 will cut away and head for the engine house in short order.

CR 4419, CR 4101 at Berea, OH 1997

CR 4119 and 4101 roll west on the Chicago Line past Berea Tower on a very overcast summer day in 1997. Not exclusively assigned to coal service yet, these locomotives could be found just about anywhere in their earlier days.

CR 5006 Waterloo, IN

Westbound Conrail freight led by 5006 at Waterloo, IN in July 1996

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