East Slope, West Slope and Horseshoe Curve Operations - Page 8

Conrail operated trains over the world famour Horseshoe Curve during its entire existence. This engineering marvel is a national historic landmark, and is known to railfans around the world.  

The 'curve changed over time. Slimming from 4 tracks when Conrail started to 3 in the early 1980s, and many of these views are of things that are gone, or are from locations you shouldn't go to (due to more stringent enforcement of tresspass laws).

This gallery is a way to visit the area and see how Conrail's ops changed, and how they've stayed the same.  Included are photos from the main helper district over the Allegheny Mountains between Conemaugh and Altoona, PA.

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CR 6294 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD40 6294 is shoving on the rear of a westbound empty coal train at Bennington Curve in 1982.

CR 6297 Horseshoe Curve, PA 5/29/1978

A pair of black SD-40's lead a more colorful ex EL Bicentennial unit thru Horsehoe Curve with an Eastbound.

CR 6300 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

CR SD40 6300 (ex-PC 6047) leads SD35's 6044 (ex-CNJ 2505) and 6034 down the Curve on May, 22, 1977.

 

Crowds of steam railfans were all around the Curve awaiting the arrival of RDG 4-8-4 #2101 and helper Cuyahoga Valley Line 2-8-2 #4070 later that day.

 

CR 6304 1990

SD40 6304 leads a train westbound around Horseshoe Curve as a little girl watches.

CR 6311 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (1)

As the crewmen watch the crowd, CR pushers SD40 6309, 6311, SD45 6204, and SD40 6318 pound up Horseshoe on May 22, 1977.

Steam railfans were spread all around the Curve awaiting the arrival of RDG 4-8-4 #2101 and helper Cuyahoga Valley Line 2-8-2 #4070 later that day. 

CR 6311 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (2)

As the crewmen of 6311 watch the crowd, CR pushers SD40 6039, 6311, SD45 6204, and SD40 6318 pound up Horseshoe on May 22, 1977.

Steam railfans were spread all around the Curve awaiting the arrival of RDG 4-8-4 #2101 and helper Cuyahoga Valley Line 2-8-2 #4070 later that day.

CR 6317 on the Pittsburgh Line in 1984

Conrail SD40 6317 is seen leading an eastbound coal train up the west slope between South Fork and Mineral Point in 1984.

CR 6318 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

CR pushers SD35 6039, SD40 6311, SD45 6204, and SD40 6318 pound up Horseshoe on May 22, 1977.

CR 6318 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (1)

CR pushers SD-45 6204, and SD-40 6318 run light down Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

Crowds of steam railfans were all around the Curve awaiting the arrival of RDG 4-8-4 #2101 and helper Cuyahoga Valley Line 2-8-2 #4070 later that day.  They came for steam, but may have left Conrail fans as they saw F-units, GP30 and 35's, SD40, 45 and 45P's, and a few U-boats strain and groan their loads up the hill or brake hard as they rolled down to Altoona.

CR 6327 Altoona, PA 7-24-1978

Ex-PC SD-40 6327 leads a trio of units down Horseshoe Curve in July, 1978.

CR 6327 Altoona, PA 7-24-1978

Ex-PC SD-40 6327 leads a GP and a U25B down Horseshoe Curve in July, 1978.

CR 6328 at Bennington Curve in 1984

Conrail SD40 6328 (ex-PC 6075) is seen leading a train of Bethlehem Steel's bathtub coke gondolas west around Bennington Curve in 1984.

CR 6332 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981

Running light down the hill at Horseshoe are CR SD-40-2 6448 and SD-40 6332 in March, 1981.

CR 6334 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD40-2 6334 is seen trailing on a westbound helper move at Bennington Curve in 1986.

CR 6335 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (1)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6335 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (2)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

Steam railfans were everywhere at the Curve waiting for the run through of RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyohoga Valley Lines 2-8-2 #4070.

CR 6335 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (3)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977. Steam railfans were everywhere at the Curve waiting for the scheduled run through of RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyohoga Valley Lines 2-8-2 #4070.

CR 6335 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (4)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

Steam railfans were everywhere at the Curve waiting for the scheduled run through of RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyohoga Valley Lines 2-8-2 #4070.

CR 6335 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (5)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

Steam railfans were everywhere at the Curve waiting for the scheduled run through of RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyohoga Valley Lines 2-8-2 #4070.

CR 6335 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (6)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6335 at MG Tower, 5/77

A WB manifest climbs upgrade at MG Tower, PA on 5/1/77 with a head end helper consisting of two SD40s, followed by the road power with three GP40s.

CR 6340 leads a westbound TV train west of Altoona, 3/78

A WB TV train climbs upgrade west of Altoona,PA on 3/19/78, led by patched SD40 No. 6340.

CR 6341 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

CR SD40 6341 (ex-PC 6088) pushes hard with SD35 6023 as they head up the Curve in March, 1978.

CR 6341 and CR 6335 at Horseshoe Curve in 1984

Conrail SD40s 6341 (ex-PC 6088) and CR 6335 (ex-PC 6082) are helpers on a westbound train rounding Horseshoe Curve in 1984.

CR 6341 Cresson, PA 5/28/1978

Evening at the engine service area in Cresson finds it full of units in a multitude of paint schemes.

CR 6341 Horseshoe Curve, PA 5/28/1978

A black & blue consist leads an Eastbound thru the Curve.

CR 6341 on the Pittsburgh Line

Conrail SD40 6341 (ex-PC 6088) is helping an eastbound TV train up the grade between Mineral Point and South Fork in 1984.

CR 6346 Leads an Eastbound Manifest at Tunnel Hill PA, 3/78

An eastbound manifest is beginning to drop downgrade at Tunnel Hill, PA on 3/18/78, led by patched SD40 No. 6346.

CR 6347 approaches MP 246 in 1984

Conrail SD40 6347 is seen heading east towards MP 246 on the Pittsburgh Line back in 1984.

CR 6348 at MO Tower in Cresson, PA 1984

Conrail SD40 6348 is seen shoving on the rear of an eastbound freight at MO tower in 1984.

CR 6351 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

Helpers CR SD-40 6351 (ex-PC 6098) and SD-35 6031 roll back down the hill for more pusher duty in March, 1978.

CR 6351 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

Helpers CR SD40 6351 (ex-PC 6098) and SD35 6031 are dwarfed by the immensity of Horseshoe as they roll back down the hill for more pusher duty in March, 1978.

CR 6354 Gallitzin, PA 1981

Conrail SD40 6354 (ex-PC 6101, nee-PRR 6101) is seen at CP-UN at Gallitzin, PA with a westbound TV train in 1981.

CR 6356 Horseshoe Curve, PA 5/28/1978

A friendly wave from one of the crew as this Westbound rounds Horseshoe Curve. It looks like an empty ore hopper train.

CR 6360 at the Brickyard in Altoona, PA 1993

Conrail SD40-2 6360 is seen leading a 4-banger helper set west at the Brickyard in Altoona, PA in 1993. 16 years after arriving on the railroad, it looks like she has worked hard enough to earn her first re-paint, sporting a clean coat of blue with the new white numberboards and white frame stripe.

CR 6361 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD40-2 6361 is trailing on a westbound empty coal train at Bennington Curve in 1982.

CR 6361 at Cresson, PA

Conrail SD40-2 6361 is seen heading east at Cresson, PA in 1991.

CR 6361 at Cresson, PA 1991

Conrail SD40-2 6361 heads east towards MO tower in Cresson in 1991.

CR 6362 at Horseshoe Curve in 1993

Conrail SD40-2 6362 is seen shoving on the rear of a westbound TV train at Horseshoe Curve in 1993.

CR 6362 eastbound at Horseshoe Curve in 1993

Conrail SD40-2 6362 is seen running light eastbound down Horseshoe Curve in 1993.

CR 6364 at Horseshoe Curve in 1993

Conrail SD40-2 6364 is seen shoving on the rear of a westbound TV train at Horseshoe Curve in 1993.

CR 6364 at Lilly, PA in 1998

Conrail SD40-2 6364 is seen shoving on the rear of an eastbound coal train at Lilly, PA on 10/11/1998

CR 6365 at Cresson, PA in 1993

Conrail SD40-2 6365 is seen shoving on the rear of a westbound freight at Cresson, PA in 1993.

CR 6365 at Horseshoe Curve in 1993

Conrail SD40-2 6365 is seen assisting an eastbound freight down Horseshoe Curve in 1993.

CR 6365 at Summerhill, PA in 1993

Conrail SD40-2 6365 is seen shoving on the rear of an eastbound freight at Summerhill, PA in 1993.

CR 6365 Gallitzin, PA 1981

Conrail SD40-2 6365 is seen heading west at CP-UN in Gallitzin, PA in 1981.

CR 6366 Altoona, PA 3-17-1979

CR SD-40-2 6366 leads a six-unit consist of power through Altoona in March, 1979.

CR 6366 at Gallitzin, PA in 1993

Conrail SD40-2 6366 is seen making a trip onto the helper loop at CP-UN in Gallitzin, PA in 1993, so she can head back down the mountain to Altoona and help another westbound tackle the Alleghenies.

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