Conrail In and Around Harrisburg

Harrisburg has always been a railroad city. Tracks converge on the city from almost all directions, making it a major crossroads. Harrisburg is also the home to the famous Enola Yard on the west shore of the Susquehanna River. Enola was once the largest freight yard in the world, but its size has changed as operating plans have changed, but was incredibly important all through Conrail's years.

This gallery features photos from all around the Harrisburg area, from Duncannon on the Pittsburgh Line east to Rutherford Yard on the city's east side, and also the Enola Yard area.

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With a CR TV train rolling by the Harrisburg engine terminal, Amtrak GG-1 4935 rests a month after restoration to her original PRR livery.
2
BAL129 stretched out across Rockville bridge on Aug. 20, 1985.
3
CR 6766 and 6702 have the honors on BAL129 on Rockville bridge on Aug. 20, 1985.
4
Overall view of CLY Interlocking Tower and adjacent Station. CLY controlled the junction of the PRR's Northern Central Branch to Baltimore along with the PRR's Atglen & Susquehanna line to Columbia. The 2 tracks closest to the tower are the Northern Central Branch. This tower used an Armstrong Lever Machine. It was taken out of service sometime in 1985 or 1986 and demolished in the late 1980's.
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Overall view of CLY Interlocking Tower and adjacent Station. CLY controlled the junction of the PRR's Northern Central Branch to Baltimore along with the PRR's Atglen & Susquehanna line to Columbia. The 2 tracks closest to the tower are the Northern Central Branch. This tower used an Armstrong Lever Machine. It was taken out of service sometime in 1985 or 1986 and demolished in the late 1980's.
7
Coal train headed for Enola passes beneath the Linglestown Rd. overhead on Aug. 20, 1985. We were all enamored of that pair of "Cheesey System" GP30's on the point.
8
CR 1994 and Chessie 6938 in the coal train at Linglestown Rd.
9
CR 2706 and 1993, along with "Cheesy" GP-9 6565, bring up the trail position in the coal train in Lucknow, PA.
10
CR SD-35 6038 leads leased CNW GP-30 818 and CR F-7A 1729 into Enola yard in June, 1977.
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CR SD-35 6038 leads leased CNW GP-30 818 and F-7A 1729 as they roll off Rockville Bridge toward Enola yard in June, 1977.
12
An abbreviated track geometry train, led by the usual 1933, passes Capitol tower in Harrisburg, PA. on Aug. 22, 1985.
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Just track geometry car 21 was along for this trip, instead of the usual 3 or 4 cars.
14
Conrail B23-7 1937 and SD40-2 6506 are head out on a light engine move departing Enola Yard at Overview in 1991.
15
Former PC GP20 2109 rests at Harrisburg in April, 1984.
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Our 21165 heads east over Rockville Bridge in 1979. Note that at this point, the roofwalks have been removed.
17
Former RDG 3612 GP-30, now CR 2180, sits coupled between 2 ex-PC running mates in the power lineup at Enola.
18
CR GP30's 2181 (ex-RDG 3613) and 2199 rest at Rutherford with other stored units in April, 1984.
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Ex-PC GP30 2199 rests at Rutherford with other stored units in April, 1984.
20
Conrail GP30 2202 (ex-PC 2202) is seen leading a westbound freight at Rutherford, PA on 8/18/1981
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Conrail GP30 2242 (ex-PC 2242) is seen trailing a blue GP30 on an eastbound freight pulling onto the Pittsburgh Line from the Port Road connection at CP-Mary in Marysville, PA
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GP30's 2247 and 2248 working the west end of Enola as pullers on Dec. 26, 1982.
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GP30's 2248 and 2247 working the west end of Enola as pullers (?) on Dec. 26, 1982. (Cropped edition)
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Conrail GP30 2248 (ex-PC 2248) is seen leading a westbound freight onto the Pittsburgh Line at Marysville, PA in 1984.
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Conrail GP30s 2249 (ex-PC 2249) and 2245 (ex-PC 2245) are seen at the west end of Enola Yard in 1983.
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CR GP35 2292 (ex-PC 2292) and GP38-2 7983 (ex-PC 7983) are leading a coal train out of Enola Yard onto Rockville Bridge at Marysville, PA in 1979.
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CR GP35 (ex-PC) rests with stored E44's at Rutherford in April, 1984.
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Ex-PC GP35's 2346 and 2332 rest with stored E44's at Rutherford in April, 1984.
29
A pair of former NYC units rest near the former Reading Lines coaling tower in Rutherford, Pa. in October 1977. As was common with many NYC units, the 2395 is not equipped with dynamic brakes.
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Former PC Alco C425 2418 smokes it up at the Enola engine terminal in July, 1978.
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Masses of black and blue power surround CR C425 2423 at the Enola engine terminal in July, 1978.

The new T-birds in the autoracks give a historical perspective. 

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Ex-PC C-425 2441 waits at the Enola engine terminal for assignment in May, 1978. With permission.
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Showing minor nose damage, CR U25B 2569 smokes it up with GP38-2 8028 at Enola in June, 1977.
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Conrail SD70 2575 is seen leading Mail3 westbound at Cove, PA on 10/15/1998
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CR U25B 2577 (ex-EL 2508) follows former PC GP40 3081 towards Enola yard at Marysville in June, 1977.
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A ground shaking rumble in Harrisburg revealed 10 CR units pulling freight on a dark July, 1977 day! Rolling quickly through, I captured the last seven units in this picture.

The entire consist included leading unit CR SD-45 6163 followed by SD-35 6009, an unidentified third unit, GP-38-2 8090, PC U25B 2636, GP-38-2 8124, SD-40 6288, SDP-45 6696, GP-38 7806, and trailing SDP-45 6697.

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Hopper train led by the 2709 crosses Rockville bridge on Aug. 20, 1985. In attendence also are GP38AC 7659 and B23-7 1933, that number sounds familiar...
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CR U23B 2779 (ex-LV 503) rests in the lines of power at Enola in June, 1977.
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CR GP38-2 8042 leads U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504), GP38 7832, and NW-2 9159 as they prepare to head westbound out of Enola in June, 1977.
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CR U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504) follows former PC GP38-2 8042 in a four unit lashup crossing Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.
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Former PC GP38-2 8042 leads U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504), GP38 7832, and NW-2 9159 across Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.
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Former PC GP38-2 8042 leads U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504), GP38 7832, and NW-2 9159 across Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.
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Former PC GP38-2 8042 leads U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504), GP38 7832, and NW-2 9159 across Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.
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Former PC GP38-2 8042 leads U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504), GP38 7832, and NW-2 9159 across Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.
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CR SD-45's 6108, 6081, and 6164 along with U33B 2960 (ex-PC) rest in a line of retired power at Harrisburg in April, 1984.
46

One of four U36B's purchased by Conrail in 1976, CR 2974 rests at Enola in June, 1977.

The U-boats were originally built for Auto Train to SCL specs, but not delivered due to financial difficulties.

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ENGP-3 hustles out of Enola and heads for Cloumbia, PA and will run the A&G, Trenton Cutoff and Northeast Corridor to North Jersey and the Greenville Piers.
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Conrail GP40 3242 (ex-PC 3242) is seen entering Enola Yard at DAY tower in West Fairview, PA in 1983.
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Conrail GP40-2 3322 is seen leading DIM-101 east at Duncannon, PA on 10/15/1998
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A pair of GP40-2s bracket a B36-7 leading TV3 stretched out across the Rockville Bridge.

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