Conrail's Chicago Line - Page 8

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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UP 7139 Vermillion, OH 4-20-1999

UP 7139 and a NS GE leads ELBU-0 eastbound at Vermillion, OH on April 20, 1999. Chris Howe photo

UP 9543 LaPorte, IN 6-15-1996

Their pusher duty over, UP 9543 and CNW 8630 lead a loaded UDM Detroit Edison coal train at LaPorte, IN(CP 463) on June 15, 1996.

UP 9543 Otis, IN 6-15-1996

UP 9543 and CNW 8630, off a UDM coal train, performs impromptu pusher duty on the rear of PREL-5 near Otis, IN. These two units helped push the train all the way to CP463 in LaPorte, IN before running back engine lite to their train and continuing their journey eastbound. I remember how much this move surprised me and at the same time, made me wonder for a second if I wasn't in Pennsylvania instead of Indiana.(taken June 15, 1996)

WC 6601 Ligonier, IN 8-2-1996

WC 6601, 6650(a rare F45), and 6630 lead train ZAK-161 east of Ligonier, IN on August 2, 1996. The ZAK iron ore trains ran from the WC to a steel plant in Middletown, OH and lasted only a few months on Conrail(May to October) in 1996 before CSX was awarded the contract from the steel plant for this business.

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