Conrail's Chicago Line - Page 5

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 6355 Rochester, NY 4/8/1977

A friendly wave from the engineer on an Eastbound passing under the signal bridge at Goodman Street Yard.

CR 6408 at Toledo, OH

Conrail SD40-2 6408 leads its train under a signal bridge near Toledo, OH on November 23, 1979. Photographer unknown, Chris Howe collection

CR 6424 east North East 06161996

An eastbound seen at State Line has a home road unit, and one from the neighbors-the NS, whose ex Nickel Plate line is at left-and 40 cars. CR 6424 and NS 6672 lead just at sunset.

CR 6424 leads BUIN-8 in Conneaut, Ohio

Conrail BUIN-8 is Westbound near MP 115 on Trk #2 in Conneaut, Ohio [on Conrail's Chicago line].

CR 6451 Rochester, NY 3/24/1979

A 3 builder lashup heads East thru Rochester.

CR 6464 on TV11 at Sandusky, OH 6/25/96

TV11 with 6464 on the point near Sandusky, OH on June 25, 1996

CR 6467 east CP 293 04061997

An unnamed eastbound blasts by the Blue Circle plant at CP 293. He'll be at Dewitt in about ten minutes.

CR 6475 on ELTO-5 at Waterloo, IN

Conrail ELTO-5 at Waterloo, IN on May 25, 1996

CR 6484 Rochester, NY 3/5/1999

An Eastbound blasts thru Rochester at CP-367 with a mix of power that includes an SD-38 and slug.

CR 6493 east TOSE Dewitt 03181995

TOSE rolls past the Amtrak station at Dewitt with a 76 car TOSE behind a pair of SD40-2's.

CR 6499 Fairport, NY 5/30/1998

A Westbound intermodal ducks under the Lyndon Road bridge.

CR 6499 on TV207 at Elkhart, IN 8/2/96

Conrail SD40-2 6499 leads train TV207 past the passenger depot in Elkhart, IN on August 2, 1996

CR 6504 Rochester, NY 4/12/1977

An Eastbound is pulling in on track 3 to work Goodman Street Yard.

CR 6505 Fairport, NY 8/1977

A pair of U-25-C's bracket a U-30-B on an Eastbound freight. This part of the system did not see much in the way of big Alco Century power, but I thought the big GE's were just as neat as the big Alco's. CR did eventually reassign the big Centuries to Dewitt Yard in Syracuse before they were retired.

CR 6506 at Depew, NY

Conrail SD40-2 6506 is seen leading an eastbound hot merchandise freight (note the TOFC cars on the head end) past the Amtrak station at Depew, NY

CR 6509 Rochester, NY 9/1977

A pair of U-25-C's are making a setoff at the East end of Goodman Street Yard in Rochester.

CR 6512 Cheektowaga, NY 8/1977

A U25-C and a leased GT unit pass by a U23-C and GP-9B that are working Frontier yard.

CR 6513 at Ashtabula, OH

Conrail 6513 leads Westbound TV-7 at MP125 on track number one (Conrail Chicago Line) through Ashtabula, Ohio

CR 6513 Rochester, NY 2/18/1978

An Eastbound van train passes under the signal bridge at the West end of Goodman Street Yard.

CR 6515 Rochester, NY 2/5/1977

A pair of big GE's move an Eastbound thru the heavy snow that fell in the Winter of 1977.

CR 6515 west TV Dewitt 11141995

An unnamed TV train's power backs down through Dewitt for a pick up on a typically snowy Syracuse day. Second unit is UP 3572.

CR 6524 Rochester, NY 8/1977

CR 6524 wears the "crooked can opener" logo. 6524 & 6678 lead a Westbound hopper train at Goodman Street Yard in Rochester, NY in August, 1977.

CR 6529 Rochester, NY 4/1977

A U-28-C and a U-25-C team up on a Westbound that is departing the Goodman St. Yard in Rochester, NY. That is the East Main St. bridge that goes over the top of the train in the distance..

CR 6559 leads MGL at Bryan, OH

Eastbound Conrail steel train MGL with the 6559 and fellow GE approach the County Road 8 bridge on a snow covered day west of Bryan, OH back in February 1999

CR 6572 Rochester, NY 3-1978

An ex EL unit backs into the piggyback terminal for a pickup at Rochester.

CR 6576 at West Springfield, Pa. 6/4/98

Conrail 6576 leads Eastbound Conrail TV-14 @ Cp 111.2 on Track #2

CR 6576 Rochester, NY 3/25/1979

A pair of ex EL units get wyed at the Rochester Engine faciliies.

CR 6578 Rochester, NY 8/1977

A Westbound CR pig train is passing the once busy Goodman Street Yard.

CR 6581 Rochester, NY 2/18/1978

One of just 5 U30Cs that came from the RDG.

CR 6587 on the Chicago Line

Conrail C30-7A 6587 is seen leading a stack train on the Chicago Line in upstate New York

CR 6589 Rochester, NY 7/1977

An ex EL U36-C is in the middle of a lahup at Goodman Street Yard.

CR 6594 at Ashtabula, Ohio 8/6/94

CR 6594 leads Eastbound Conrail INSE-5 @ the CP127.9 signals on Track 2

CR 6596 on ELBH-7 at LaPorte, IN

CR 6596 and fellow GE leads westbound ELBH-7 under the CP 463 signal bridge at LaPorte, IN on January 7, 1997

CR 6610 on ELPR-2 at Burdick, IN 10/1998

Chicago Line - Burdick, Indiana, USA
October 22, 1998
C32-8 6610 on ELPR-2
Rolling westward in her final autumn, a Conrail Ballast Express GE leads a pair of Espee motors and a leaser towards a UP connection at Proviso. Conrail never made it to October of the next year, and this trackage is now under the ownership of NS.
Photo by Don Kalkman III

CR 6612 at Fox Ridge, NY

Conrail C32-8 6612 is seen leading a westbound UPS train across Montezuma Swamp near Fox Ridge, NY in the early 1990s. Note the 2 different numberboard styles.

CR 6632 on BRSE-3 at Edgerton, OH

Eastbound BRSE-3 with the 6632 and Santa Fe SD40 on the point at MP 354, a couple miles west of Edgerton, OH on January 23, 1999

CR 6632(PRR 8487) on Mail-8 at Huron, OH

CR 6632, now patched as PRR 8487, leads Mail-8 at Huron, OH on April 20, 1999. Chris Howe photo

CR 6667 Rochester, NY 4/19/1979

Big power like this SDP-45 & SD-45-2 did not show up at the Rochester engine house very often. The occasion on this day was the crew was unhappy with the leader and was rearranging the consist. The leader had been C-630 #6775.

CR 6668 Rochester, NY 3/25/1979

It was unususal to find big power parked at Goodman Street. An ex EL SDP-45 & U33-C are at the West end of the yard.

CR 6668 Rochester, NY 3/25/1979

A pair of ex EL units get turned on the wye at the Rochester Diesel Shops.

CR 6676 Rochester, NY 12/1977

An SDP-45 and a leased CN GP-38 have cut off of their train and are heading up to the crossovers to make a pickup in the yard.

CR 6690 Rochester, NY 7/1977

A pair of ex EL units are in charge of an Eastbound.

CR 6693 yard Chicago 03231984

I caught this ex EL SDP45 from the Cardinal as it was leaving Chicago. I believe it was at 51st St, but was not familiar with the facilities in the area at the time, and didn't take good notes. It's good to see one of these beasts in any event.

CR 6701 Cheektowaga, NY 8/1977

A U23C and GP-9B work the Frontier Yard hump drill, still in PC leterring.

CR 6706 west TV9 Seneca 05271994

A trio of EMD's led by 6706, with 6401 and 5538 assisting, lead TV 9 past CP 5 in Blasdell as they rush west.

CR 6707 Cheektowaga, NY 12/29/1994

A Westbound stack train gets recrewed at MP434.

CR 6717 on ELSE-3 at Ashtabula, OH on 6/24/95

Conrail 6717 leads Eastbound Conrail ELSE-3 at CP 127.9 on Track 2 on Conrail's Chicago Line.

CR 6722 west Utica 081984

A stone train in charge of a pair of SD 50's rolls west through the Utica station as the light fades.

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