Conrail's Lehigh Line

The Conrail Lehigh Line most people are familiar with is the link between Bethlehem, PA and Oak Island Yard in Newark, NJ utilizing a mixture of former Lehigh Valley and CNJ trackage. However, the Lehigh Line/Lehigh Secondary also extended north into the former Anthracite country of PA, running through Jim Thorpe and Sayre, eventually reaching a connection with the Southern Tier in New York.

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A shadow of what it once was, Allentown yard is almost empty in December, 1988.

Former days of the Ironton S-12 working the yard, or LV RS-11's and strings of SW-8's preparing train makeups, are long gone.

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A typical scene a year into operations, Conrail's Allentown yard is nearly full.
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CGAL-2 drifts down track 1 @ Lehighton, Pa to meet ALCG-3
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Conrail SD60 #6856 leads a Conrail SD60M #5525 through Hilliside NJ on the Lehigh Line on April 15th 1993.
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Two CP SD40-2s, a Susquehanna B40-8, and another two CP SD40-2s are at the former Lehigh Valley yard in Packerton with CP train 556.
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A pair of consecutively numbered former Kansas City Southern SD40-2s sit just north of Allentown on CP train 266.
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CR SD-38 6925 teams with MT-6 yard slug 1119 to work the Allentown hump in July, 1979.

Collinwood rebuilt ex-PC RSD-12 6857 into MT-6 1119 in May, 1979.

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CR SD-38 6925 teams with MT-6 yard slug 1119 to work the Allentown hump in July, 1979.

Collinwood rebuilt ex-PC RSD-12 6857 into MT-6 1119 in May, 1979.

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CR 18629, ex-LV 95016 N5G class cabin follows SW8 LV 261 as she works the hump at Allentown yard.

 

Ex-LV cabin 95016 has been reported preserved at Casey's Caboose Motel, near Oil Creek & Titusville Depot in Titusville, PA.

 

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CR 18700 N5G class cabin, still in LV 95056 paint is waiting to roll from Allentown yard.
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CR C36-7 6639 leads GP-40 3053 and B23-7 1933 through Allentown yard in December, 1988.
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A common lashup at Bethlehem in 1977 was RS-11's and C-420's working together.

Here, ex-L&HR 2072 is lined up with LV 7643 and CR 7610 at the Bethlehem engine terminal.

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CR 2072 was in L&HR paint in January, 1978. Now in July, CR blue C420 comes off the turntable and couples to CR GP-9 7193 for work at Bethlehem.
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CR C420 2072 (ex L&HR 21), just off the turntable, readies for work with GP-9 7193 at Bethlehem in July, 1978.
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Alcos all over at the Bethlehem roundhouse in April, 1977! A bonus was LV RS-3 211 and RS-11 7641 smoking it up.
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CR C-420 CR 2073 (ex-L&HR 23) rests outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in August, 1977.
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Ex-L&HR C-420's 2073 and 2077 together at the Bethlehem roundhouse in August, 1977.
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CR C420 2077 (ex-L&HR 29) at the Bethlehem roundhouse in August, 1977.
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CR 21244 along with a sibling is bringing up the rear of this TV train on the ex Lehigh Valley at Bound Brook. The ex CNJ station is at left.
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BBA-1 accelerates to track speed passing a still active Johns-Manville Corp., Manville, NJ
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OIAL-0 has resumed its westward run after making a setout @ South Plainfield, NJ
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PC GP-35 2255 waits for assignment at the Bethlehem engine terminal in May, 1977.
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SEPY heads west through Bound Brook at 10:15AM with a GP40-2 leading two GP35s.
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CR GP35 2320 leads GP40-2 3325 in a quartet of units pulling mixed freight at Bethlehem in June, 1978.
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CR U25B 2624 takes up the rear of a 4-unit consist pulling through Bethlehem in June, 1978.
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CR U25B 2624 takes up the rear behind GP40 3099 in a 4-unit consist pulling through Bethlehem in June, 1978.
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CR 2645 and CR 3087 on RUCC-5 at Boundbrook, NJ back on 9-26-78. John Durant Photo.
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CR 2707 U23B works with GP40 3008 at the Allentown hump in June, 1978.
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CR blue ex-PC U23B 2731 rests outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in July, 1978.
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U23B 2753 has pulled up to CP HAMM while switching at the Allentown Yard.
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A trio of four axle GE's lead SEPY west through Hillside in December 1983. The SEPY ran from Selkirk to the RF&P's Potomac Yard in Alexandria, VA. The train ran on the NEC from Meadows Yard to Landover, MD until the early 80s when it was rerouted down the former LV and RDG trackage between North Jersey and Philadelphia. Under this new routing these trains entered the NEC at ARSENAL, located just south of 30th Street station in Philly.
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A nice mixed set of power gets put away at the Sayre service area.
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CR U33B 2890 works with GP40-2 3313 and others at the Allentown hump in June, 1978.
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An Eastbound in the Sayre yard with a pair of clean blue engines and a black switcher.
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In front of CR U25B 2624, GP40 3099 runs third in a quartet of units pulling through Bethlehem in June, 1978.
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CR GP40-2 3313 leads a quartet of units pulling mixed freight through Bethlehem in June, 1978.
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CR GP40-2 3313 leads U33B 2890 in a quartet of units pulling mixed freight through Bethlehem in June, 1978.
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CR GP35 2320 leads a quartet of units pulling mixed freight while GP40-2 3313 and her train wait for clearance at Bethlehem in June, 1978.
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CR GP35 2320 leads GP40-2 3325, GP40 3099, and U25B 2624 as they pull through Bethlehem in June, 1978.
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Three GP40's work Bound Brook on East St. Louis-North Bergen train TV4. MP30 CR Raritan Valley Line.
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TV4-H rolls down the single track @ Hillsborough, NJ. Former track two is out of service and used to store cars...
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2 CR freights are in the Sayre yard as viewed from the famous Sayre footbridge.
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Assorted power at the service tracks and a RDG GP-35 leading a freight from the yard.
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Reading GP35 3627 leads SD45's 6109 and 6121 on JN-5
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The Sayre footbridge was still a good spot to view colorful lashups during early CR.
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The engine service area at Sayre had a couple sets of blue engines on hand.
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PYSE-0 at South Plainfield, NJ
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EL GP-35 2575 (CR 3681) leads sister-unit 3691 (ex-EL 2585) and a PC U-boat through Bethlehem in April, 1977.
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EL GP-35 2575 (CR 3681) leads sister-unit 3691 (ex-EL 2585) and a PC U-boat with mixed freight across the grade crossing at Linden Street in Bethlehem, PA on April 9, 1977. 

On our first trip to Bethlehem we stumbled across this train led by a GP35 in all EL colors.  A team effort from my railfan buddy caught this shot at the grade crossing.

Photo by Andrew J. Erlichman.

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EL GP-35 2575 (CR 3681) leads sister-unit 3691 (ex-EL 2585) and a PC U-boat with a mixed freight across the Linden Street grade crossing in Bethlehem, PA on April 9, 1977.

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