Conrail's Lehigh Line - Page 4

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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An ex LV switcher works the yard at Sayre.
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CR 8657, ex-LV 130, rests outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in April, 1977.
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Red and blue switchers fill up the Bethlehem roundhouse tracks in July, 1978 as CR SW-900 8657 and SW-9 8939, ex-LV 130 and 292, and NW-2 9244, ex-LV 182, rest between assignments.
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LV SW-8 250 works the Allentown hump with three sister SW-8's in April, 1977.
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LV 250 (CR 8664), first in LV's series of 250-276 SW-8M's, works in a quartet of all LV colors at Bethlehem yard in April, 1977.
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An SW-8 with the Sayre shops in the background.
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A view of the cab end of 8667.
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An ex LV SW-8 at the Sayre yard.
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Former LV SW-8 254 (CR 8668) waits for assignment at the Bethlehem engine terminal in May, 1977.
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LV SW-8 255 smoking it up with 3 sister SW-8's as they work the Allentown hump in April, 1977.
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An ex LV SW-8 at the ex LV Sayre yard.
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LV SW-8 257 works the hump at Allentown yard with three sister SW-8's in April, 1977.
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LV 257 SW8, soon to be CR 8671, sits coupled up with sister units at the engine terminal in Bethlehem, PA.
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• LV 257 SW8, soon to be CR 8671, sits coupled up with sister units LV 260 and LV 255, at the engine terminal in Bethlehem, PA.
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LV 258 SW8, soon to be CR 8672, sits outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in April, 1977.
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CR SW-8 8672, ex-LV 258, works downtown Bethlehem in July, 1978.
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LV 259 SW8, soon to be CR 8673, sits at the engine terminal in Bethlehem, PA.
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LV SW-8 260 works the hump at Allentown yard with three sister SW-8's in April, 1977.
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LV 260 SW8, soon to be CR 8674, sits at the engine terminal in Bethlehem, PA.
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While PC SD35 6031 rests nearby, LV SW8 261 (CR 8675) rounds the turntable at Bethlehem in April, 1977.
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LV SW-8 261, soon to be CR 8675, works Allentown yard with N5G class cabin 18629, ex-LV 95016, in April, 1977. 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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Former LV SW-8 264 (CR 8678) waits between yard assignments at Bethlehem in August, 1977.
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CR SW-8 8680, still in LV 266 livery, waits for routine maintenance at the Bethlehem engine terminal.
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All LV SW-8's 273 and 264, and RS-11 7643, outside the Bethlehem roundhouse in August, 1977.
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In a typical summer, 1977 scene at the Bethlehem roundhouse, former LV RS-11 7643 belches smoke behind idling LV SW-8 273 (CR 8687).
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CR SW-8 8695 (ex-EL 366) and SW-900 9017 (ex-EL 446) teamed up at the Bethlehem engine terminal in July, 1979.
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CR SW-9 9016 (ex-EL 440) works Allentown yard in July, 1979.
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CR SW-9 9016 (ex-EL 440) teams up with NE-6 cabin 23813 (ex-PC 19819) to work Allentown yard in July, 1979.
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At Bethlehem in June, 1978, CR SW1500 9612 (ex-RDG 2762) finds itself along for the ride, separated from the quartet of road power by a WM covered hopper.
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Far from the busy early days of Conrail in 1977, the Bethlehem engine terminal and yard appeared almost unused in December, 1988.

Although the timeless steam-era coaling tower remains along with a few gondolas, all the LV Cornell red switchers and Alcos are long gone.

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A strange visitor to the Bethlehem engine terminal, Reading Company RDC rests outside the roundhouse in January, 1978.
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RF&P and CSX power for ALCS in Allentown in early '95.
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D&H locomotives and trains mixed in with Conrail operations were a common site at Allentown yard from early 1977 through the summer of 1978.

This former Erie, C378 class N7E caboose, numbered as D&H 35815, was hooked up to a mixed freight on July 16, 1978. Were it not for the D&H stencil, this scene would have been common in many EL yards just a few years before.

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D&H GP-38-2 7323 (ex-LV 323) is mixed in with a trio of ex-RDG GP-39-2's as the quartet leaves the Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.
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D&H GP-38-2 7323 (ex-LV 323) rests alongside CR units at the Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.
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Mixed in with CR power at the Bethlehem engine terminal, former LV GP38-2 323, and now D&H 7323, idles under the steam-era coaling tower in April, 1977.
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CR predecessor road power from the Lehigh Valley and the Reading Company make up a quartet of now D&H power at the Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.

Here, D&H GP39-2 7407 (ex-RDG 3407) waits for assignment by the steam-era coaling tower.

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Former Reading Company GP39-2's 3407, 3414, and 3410 (now D&H 7407, 7414, and 7410), along with Lehigh Valley GP38-2 323 (now D&H 7323) prepare to leave the Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.
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Ex-RDG GP-39-2 7407 leans into a curve as a quartet of D&H units prepares to leave the Bethlehem engine terminal.
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D&H GP39-2 7407 (ex-RDG 3407) leans over as a quartet of D&H units prepares to leave Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.
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D&H GP39-2 7410 (ex-RDG 3410) rests with sister unit 7414 (ex-RDG 3414) at the Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.
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D&H GP-39-2 7410 (ex-RDG 3410) is mixed in with a quartet of D&H units as they leave the Bethlehem engine terminal.
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D&H GP-39-2 7411, with ex-RDG 3411 showing through, is second in a trio of D&H units ready to roll out of Allentown yard.
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D&H GP-39-2 7414 (ex-RDG 3414) in a quartet of D&H ex-LV and ex-RDG power at the Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.
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A common site in the Spring and Summer of 1977, D&H units waiting for assignment at the Bethlehem engine terminal. U33C 754 is part of a trio of U-boats sitting alongside CR units on this August day.
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A trio of D&H GP-39-2's ready to roll out of Allentown yard. D&H 7617 leads 7411 and 7401 (ex-RDG 3411 and 3401) in April, 1977.
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A trio of D&H GP-39-2's ready to roll out of Allentown yard. D&H 7617 leads 7411 and 7401 (ex-RDG 3411 and 3401) in April, 1977.
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On a cold December day in 1988, the old Lehigh Valley Easton Tower appears to still oversee traffic coming through Easton and over the Delaware river from Phillipsburg, New Jersey.
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The sign still shows Railway Express Agency long after the Lehigh Valley had closed it's doors underneath Easton Tower in December, 1988.
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A view from the western side of the bridge between Easton and Phillipsburg shows no traffic this cold December day in 1988.

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