Conrail in Baltimore

While Baltimore always seemed to be more closely aligned with the B&O, WM, Chessie and CSX, the port city actually saw almost as much traffic on Big Blue as it did on CSX and the Chessie System.

With a number of yards, a large port facility, and lots of industrial switching, there was always Conrail Action to be found in the Charm City.

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CR 1602 Baltimore, MD 5-1-1983

A lashup of 5 Conrail four axle units, lead by a GP15-1 hauls a unit coal train toward the export piers in Baltimore.

CR 1939 and three SDs pull a grain train into Baltimore's Central Soya elevator, 9-25

CR SD40-2s-6458 & 6453, with SD40-6335 & B23-7-1939, are arriving at the Central Soya elevator with an E/B GRB grain train. In the distance, Central Soya's ex St. Johnsbury & Lamoille County RS3-204 awaits its call to duty. It was built in 1950 as Lehigh & Hudson River 4. 3:30PM on 9/29/85 in E. Baltimore, MD.

CR 2175 switching at the McCormick Spice Mill in Hunt Valley MD, 2/82

Here's a close-up of GP30-2175 switching at the McCormick Spice Mill in the Hunt Valley Industrial Park. At the corner of Gilroy & Clubhouse Roads as I recall. 4:15PM on 2/23/82 in Hunt Valley, MD.

CR 2175 Switching in the Hunt Valley Industrial Park, MD, 2/82

GP30 2175 is switching a paper warehouse in the Hunt Valley Industrial Park on a spur that comes off of the former PRR Northern Central Line.

Photo was taken on 4:45PM on 2/23/82 in Hunt Valley MD.

CR 2181 Leads a Train Through Orangeville in Baltimore, 8/79

Orangeville served as the engine terminal for Baltimore's Bayview Yards. Here a number of CR locomotives are being serviced while a lashup of ex-Reading units, Conrail GP10s and ex-PC geeps rolls by on the Northeast Corridor.

This photo is full of character, from the brand new Amtrak Ortner ballast cars to the old PC painted MP54s.

CR 4402 and two more E44s lead a southbound freight through the BWI Amtrak station, 1/81

Three E44s, led by 4402, are on a S/B Potomac Yard bound freight as they pass through Amtrak's Baltimore-Washington International Airport station on the Northeast Corridor. 1:48PM on 1/25/81 in BWI Station, MD.

CR 4411 Baltimore, MD 6-24-1978

CR E-44 4411 rests at Baltimore's Penn Station in June, 1978.

CR 4440 1-1979

E-44 4440 lays over near Baltimore Penn Station.

CR 4457 Baltimore, MD 8-1-1979

Conrail actually employed helpers in many more places than just the Horseshoe Curve area. Here two E44s assist a loaded coal train under the wires in Baltimore. They're cruising through the small yard and railfan hangout called Orangeville.

CR 4459 Essex, MD 11-26-76

Still early in the Conrail merger, these two ex PRR E44's retain their Penn Central "colors" as they power a freight for Potomac yard through Essex, Maryland on the day after Thanksgiving 1976.

CR 4610 Baltimore, MD 10/77

The E33s looked like a squatter E44. Here a pair layover in Baltimore's Orangeville engine terminal in October of 77.

CR 5047 on CSX in Elkridge MD, 9/94

A B36-7 leads runthrough train R409 to Potomac Yard on CSX rails, just west of Baltimore.

CR 6081 at Baltimore, MD, 11/93

North Avenue, CSX Baltimore Terminal - Baltimore, Maryland, USA
November 10, 1993
C40-8W 6081 on CSX train Z413
After a brisk walk to a perch along the North Avenue bridge (looking over my shoulder the whole time), I was rewarded with a Conrail run-through over the once-electrified B&O Belt Line. I'd try this shot today, only with a platoon of Marines! Ah, Charm City.
Photo by Don Kalkman III

CR 6114, 3631, 6384 and 6459 are on the point of a coal train at Bay Tower in Baltimore, 3/84

SD45-6114, GP35-3631 & SD40-2s-6384, 6459 are on the point of a S/B coal train. Its either a Morgantown (UMP) or Chalk Point (ULK) train. I never heard the symbol. Bay Tower is to the left of 6114. 2:30PM on 3/3/84 in East Baltimore, MD. These 80 car, 10,000 ton trains usually needed a helper to get through Baltimore.

CR 6215 and three more SD45s lead a southbound coal train at Wilkens Ave, just outside Baltimore. 12/80.

A S/B coal train is passing under the Wilkens Avenue overpass on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.

SD45s- 6215, 6220 & 6223 are on the point along with an unidentified fourth unit.

Late morning on 12/20/80 in W. Baltimore, MD.

CR 6262 leads a S/B freight on the Northeast Corridor in Middle River MD, 12/81

Five years and eight months after the birth of "Big Blue", blackberry ex Penn Central SD40-6262 is leading two CR blueberries, SD40-2 6377 & SD35 6023, on a S/B freight on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, about to cross Martin Blvd in Middle River, MD.

The blackberries/blueberries terms were coined by noted rail photographer J. J. Young, Jr.

1:47PM on 12/19/81.

CR 6420 & 6519, with GP40 3200 on The Tropicana Juice Train, OJT-6, at Bayview Tower on Chessie, 5/82

The Tropicana Juice Train, OJT-6, is getting under way on Chessie System rails at CS's BA Tower in Bay View Yard. But, it won't be going east on the Philly Sub. It will pull down to North Point and then back over the connection to the Northeast Corridor to continue its journey north. CR SD40-2s-6420 & 6519, with GP40-3200, are on the point. 2:45PM on 5/16/82 in East Baltimore, MD.

CR 6423 leads a UMP coal train through West Baltimore

SD40-2s-6423, 6380, GP38-2-8154 & SD40-2-6373 are on the point of a S/B UMP (Unit Morgantown Power) coal train. They've just passed under Lafayette Street and are running on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor on track three. At Bowie, the train will make a left onto the Pope's Creek Secondary for the trip to MP. 11:42AM on 3/3/84 in West Baltimore, MD.

CR 6553 Leads SENS (aka CSX Z409) Through Elkridge MD, 6/90

Looking like the Juice Train, SENS (Z409 on CSX's rails) heads through the S-curve of Elkridge PA on CSX's Capitol Subdivision. This train carried many empty tropicana cars heading back south for more OJ.

CR 6571 at Elkridge MD on CSX, 6/91

Conrail C30-7a 6571 leads a run-through train to Potomac Yard, symboled Z413 on CSX, through Elkridge MD, on just west of Baltimore.

CR 6573 Leads SEPY Through Elkridge MD on CSX, 4/89

A trio of GEs heads south through Elkridge MD on its way to Potomac Yard in Alexandria VA. This train travels on CSX's rails south of Philadelphia to avoid the Northeast Corridor. The Tropicana cars on the head end are being taken south to be loaded and made back into the northbound Juice train.

CR 6578 Leads SEPY on CSX Out of Baltimore, 6/89

A C30-7a leads a westbound (geographically southbound) SEPY (Selkirk - Potomac Yard) under Washington Boulevard, just west of Baltimore on CSX. The tail end is passing under the CPLs of HX Interlocking in Halethorpe. This train may look like the southbound juice train, but that's because it usually carried a number of empty cars back south for more OJ.

CR 6579 Leads SEPY Through Elkridge MD on CSX, 10/89

Originating in Selkirk (SE), SEPY often had GEs on it, along with empty tropicana cars. Here it is passing through the unused station in Elkridge MD on CSX as their train B417.

CR 6591 at White Marsh MD, 6/90

C30-7A 6591 on PYSE/CSX Z410-24
Conrail's PYSE runs on CSX trackage rights to avoid Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, running eastward on the B&O approaching Mohrs Lane. That lead unit now toils on in Estonia.

CR 6619 Leads SEPY Across the Thomas Viaduct on CSX, 2/88

Here C32-8 6619 and three EMDs lead the southbound (westbound) SEPY on CSX's 1833 vintage Thomas Viaduct. This train is lacking the signature empty Tropicana Cars that usually feature heavily in photos of it.

CR 8162 Idles in Cockeysville MD, 4/78

A Conrail GP38-2 sits near the north end of the former Northern Central in Cockeysville, Baltimore County. Some of this line would go on to become Baltimore's Central Light Rail Line, and while this section is still currently owned by the Maryland Transportation Agency, the light rail line curves away a few blocks south of this location.

CR 8180 is leading a S/B freight through Bayview Yard, 1/15/84

Seen from the Orangeville engine terminal, GP38-2-8180 is leading a S/B freight through Bayview Yard. 1:41PM on 1/15/84 in East Baltimore, MD.

CR 8224, 2927, 2620, 2284 and 2368 on the point of a southbound coal train crossing the Gunpowder River. 1/80

Its New Year's day 1980 as a S/B Conrail coal train is crossing the Gunpowder River on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. GP38-2-8224, U33B-2927, U25B-2620 & GP35s-2284, 2368 are on the point. 1:30PM on 1/1/80 in Chase, MD.

CR 8257 GP38-2 on a local out of Bayview on the NEC, 1/94

AMTRAK Northeast Corridor - Middle River, Maryland, USA
The daytime local out of Bayview yard heads north near the Martin State Airport in Middle River with a Geep on each end. Not much freight rolls along these tracks in daylight.

CR 8263 and East Baltimore Warehouses

The final run passes some non-descript East Baltimore warehouses on its way back toward Bayview. 

CR 8263 approaches the loading bay

The brakeman rides the back steps of the Geep as it backs up to the loading bay.

CR 8263 Broadside at the American Can Company

A good broadside view of GP38-2 #8263. The old American Can Company in the background is now a chic shopping plaza for the newly gentrified Canton neighborhood that surrounds it.

CR 8263 heads back toward Bayview, boxcar in tow

Having captured its quarry, the last train on Boston Street heads east, back to the yard at Bayview.

CR 8263 Heads back toward the main

The train leans into a rusty curve, working it's way back toward Bayview yard.

CR 8263 makes its pickup at the American Can Company

This building has now become a shopping center, but in this photo it was still the American Can company, consuming can stock and shipping out cans for all sorts of uses. Here 8263 is picking up the boxcar from the loading dock.

CR 8280 at Bayview, MD in 2/92

CR 8280 passes the yard tower as it works the south end of the yard at Bay View.

CR 9976 Baltimore, MD 8/79

For a while Baltimore was full of RS3Ms. Here 9976 passes the Orangeville engine facility with a westbound local.

D&H 7616 leading S/B Guilford train RPPY at Orangeville engine terminal, Baltimore MD, 3/84

D&H GP39-2-7616, B&M GP40-325, D&H GP39-2-7620 & another D&H EMD too filthy to identify are leading S/B Guilford train RPPY (Rouses Point, NY to Potomac Yard, VA). In this view from Conrail's Orangeville engine terminal, its on 'A' track of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. The bridge overhead is Chessie Systems Sparrows Point Industrial Track. 1:55PM on 3/3/84 in East Baltimore, MD.

Heading past the Amoco Tank Farm

The last Boston Street run heads east toward Bayview, past the old Amoco tank farm. The giant fuel storage tanks are also gone now.

Rolling East on Boston Street

A high-rise condo is under construction in the background, foretelling the end of industry along Baltimore's waterfront. The 19th century warehouse directly behind the engine was also converted to luxury living space.

SW9 9082 Baltimore, MD

SW9 9082 rests @ Bay View Yard Baltimore, MD

The end of street trackage

The train leaves the street running portion of Boston street.

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