Conrail's Pittsburgh Line - Page 2

Conrai's Pittsburgh Line served as one of it's two main arteries connecting the eastern edges of the United States to the west, the other being the Chicago Line across New York. Spanning from CP-Harrisburg in the interlockings namesake city to CP-West Pitt in Pittsburgh the line includes famous locations such as Lewistown, Altoona, Cresson, Conemaugh, and Pitcairn, amongst a variety of others. Also included is the climb over the Allegheny Mountains between Conemaugh and Altoona, with the historic Horseshoe Curve as the center piece.

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CR 3135 Clairton, PA 8-18-1978 (1)

CR GP-40 3135 leads leased BAR GP-38 86, a U25B, and a GP38-2 through Clairton, PA in August, 1978.

CR 3261 at Spruce Creek

Conrail GP40 3261 (ex-PC 3261) is seen near Spruce Creek, PA in 1983.

CR 3273 Greensburg, PA 11/83

OIPI-1 passes Old Technology in the form of Line Side HB readouts near Greensburg, Pa

CR 3292 at JACKS Tower Jacks Narrows, PA 1983

Conrail GP40-2 3292 is seen trailing on a westbound TV train at Jacks Tower in Jacks Narrows, PA in 1983.

CR 3296 Leads TV4 Down Horseshoe Curve, 3/88

Conrail's TV trains didn't always rate head end helpers, even in adverse weather. Here TV4 heads around the curve on a snowy day in March of 1988.

CR 3296 Mattawana, PA 7-1985

CR 3296 is on the point of a TV train at Mattawana, Pa 7/1985

CR 3301 at Wall, PA

The trailing NS unit is a harbinger, Conrail's days were numbered when the photo was taken.

CR 3303 Baden, PA 1/17/1992

At dusk in a snowstorm, an Eastbound van train departs East Conway as a Westbound pulls into the yard,

CR 3312 at Jacks Narrows, PA 1981

Conrail GP40-2 3312 is seen leading a westbound train past JACKS tower in Jacks Narrows, between Mapleton and Mt. Union in 1981.

CR 3322 at Duncannon, PA in 1998

Conrail GP40-2 3322 is seen leading DIM-101 east at Duncannon, PA on 10/15/1998

CR 3323 Jeanette, PA 10/83

TV61 @ Jeanette, Pa. TV61 was easy to recognise as it alway had truck frames head-out from Dana Corp. Reading, PA

CR 3336 at Altoona, PA. on 7/26/87.

TV-4 rolling through Altoona station on the evening of July 26, 1987.

CR 3380 GP40-2 Leetsdale 04-99

A local with CR 3380 passes a coal train with CR 5643 at Leetsdale, Pa in April of 1999. The renumbered GP38-2 behind the 3380, the NS 5378, is a sign of things to come. 3380 would go to CSX.

CR 3386 at Jacks Narrows, PA

Conrail GP40-2 3386 is seen leading a westbound freight through Jacks Narrows, PA in 1982.

CR 3391 at Lewistown, PA

Conrail GP40-2 3391 is leading west into Lewistown, PA on the point of a TV train in 1983.

CR 3393 and CR 6417 New Florence, PA 1981

CR GP40-2 3393 is seen leading a mixed freight while SD40-2 6417 works with a ballast cleaner at CP-Conpit in New Florence, PA in 1981.

CR 3401 Duncannon, PA 4/85

Mail 9 westbound on track two at View... Conrail's 9th birthday...

CR 3620 Altoona, PA 7/2/1978

Power in RDG, PC, & LV colors leads an Eastbound into Altoona.

CR 3649 Altoona, PA 7/2/1978

A coal train rolls by ALTO tower on a dreary day.

CR 3654 Youngwood, PA 8-19-1978

Former RDG GP-35 3654 rests at Youngwood, PA in August, 1978.

CR 4 Horseshoe Curve, PA 5/28/1978

A surprise on the back end of the Broadway was this CR passenger car in blue paint.

CR 4020 East Pittsburgh, PA 10/15/1997

An OCS led by 4020 rolls under the massive Westinghouse Bridge on the short Port Perry Branch.

CR 4020 Wall PA

Conrail's classy OCS makes an appearance on the Pittsburgh Line, shown here running alongside Turtle Creek.

CR 4100 EMD SD80mac Cresson 10-98

A pair of Conrail SD80macs, 4100 and 4127, lead ALPI-1F through MO interlocking in Cresson, Pa.

CR 4100 SD80Mac Altoona 04-99

Conrail 4100 and 4102 have made in down the east slope and are heading for Rose yard and a set off with train PIAL-5.

CR 4106 SD80MAC Cresson

A pair of 80macs have eastbound tonnage well in hand at MO interlocking in Cresson, Pa.

CR 4111 SD80mac Cresson 06-98

A pair of very clean SD80mac's pull up to a stop at MO in Cresson, Pa. June 1998. At this point in time Conrail has less than a year to go before the split.

CR 4116 & 4108 on PIBE Lilly, PA 6/15/96

CR 4116 & 4108 lead PIBE east at Lilly, PA on 6/15/96.

CR 4122 SD80mac Conway 05-99

Conrail train ATPI-7X pulls into the 908 track at Conway with a string of multilevel flats out of Johnstown America. I'm not sure where the tops of these auto carriers will be applied. SD80mac's 4122 and 4112 have the honors this May 17th, 1999- less than 2 weeks until split date. Both units would go to CSX.

CR 4129 EMD SD80mac Cresson 02-98

CAPI pauses at MO in Cresson to cut off the helper on a beautiful winter day. While the Mac is still with us, MO tower is not.

CR 46163R- Class N5

Conrail MOW caboose 46163 is seen at Lewistown, PA in 1982.

CR 5021 at Rockville in 1990

Conrail B36-7 5021 is seen leading a long Mail9H at Rockville Bridge on 10/20/1990

CR 5021 Lilly, PA 6/85

TV-3M drops downgrade through Lilly, Pa

CR 5031 Leads a Westbound TV Train Through Birmingham PA, 5/93

Heading west through the S-Curve at Birmingham PA, three units power a westbound TV train.

CR 5052 in Newport, PA. on 8/18/85.

B36-7 5052 leads a combined MAIL 9/11 past Port tower in Newport, PA. on Aug. 18, 1985.

CR 5066 Leads MAIL-9H Through Union Furnace PA, 5/93

Conrail's C40-8 and B36-7s were intended to haul high priority freights. Here a trio runs across the classic (but modified) PRR stone arch bridge at Union Furnace PA.

CR 5072 Leads a TV Train Through Birmingham PA, 5/93

Conrail's B40-8s were purchased to do just this, lead TV trains. Here one runs through Birmingham PA on the Pittsburgh Line.

CR 5073 Leads ENIN West Through Cove, 1/89

A morning ENIN heads westbound, lead by a GE B40-8 through Cove PA, just west of Harrisburg on the Pittsburgh Line.

CR 5511 on LMTO at Lilly, PA 6/15/96

CR 5511, 6017 & 5065 lead LMTO west at Lilly, PA on 6/15/96.

CR 5512 on TV-12 at Cresson, PA 6/15/96

CR 5512, 6463 & 6487 are seen leading TV-12 east as it's about to pass under the RT 53 bridge in Cresson, PA on 6/15/96.

CR 5540 & 6163 on MAIL-8M at Lilly, PA 6/15/96

CR 5540 & 6163 are seen leading MAIL-8M east at Lilly, PA on 6/15/96.

CR 5625 on MAIL-9H at Antis, PA 1/26/99

CR 5625, 6802 & 5623 are seen on MAIL-9H at Antis, PA on 1/26/99.

CR 5628 SD60I South Fork 10-97

This westbound Roadrailer encountered some problems getting out of Rutherford last night requiring a crew change at South Fork, Pa this October 11th, 1997 for the last leg into Conway.

CR 5636 East Pittsburgh, PA 7/5/1997

An Eastbound van train passes under the Westinghouse Bridge.

CR 5637 west Harrisburg 09021998

I drove for JB Hunt for 5 years, from Nov 1995 to Jan 2001. In that time, I pulled a lot of intermodal loads, which gave me access to places I would not have had otherwise. Once in a while, I could get a couple of photos. I had just dropped a container here at Harrisburg, and was on my way out, catching this westbound TV train as it worked the terminal.

CR 5649 SD60I Leetsdale 04-99

The quintessential 90's Conrail train, two big HP EMD's and a train of 100% CR coal gons, blasts through Leetsdale, Pa with train UCI-275. It's April 30th, 1999- Conrail has one month left before the split.

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