Conrail's Pittsburgh Line - Page 4

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 6250 at Altoona, PA 6/7/97

CR 6250, 5561 & 5619 are seen on a EB stack train at Altoona, PA on 6/7/97.

CR 6262 on TV-2M at Cassandra, PA 6/8/97

CR 6262 & UP 9221 are seen on TV-2M at Caasandra, PA on 6/8/97.

CR 6271 WB at Duncannon, PA 8/84

CR 6271 and 1933 lead a freight west at Duncannon, PA on 8/4/84.

CR 6287 HorseShoe Curve 10/81

It takes a lot of horsepower to lift a train up or help a train down over HorseShoe.. Three SD40's lend thier dynamic brakes to keep an eastbound coal train in check.

CR 6288 (1) at Altoona, PA. on 7/26/87.

CR 6288, sporting it's "United Way" decoration, leads a UXG train along with SD45-2 6665 through Altoona station on the evening of July 26, 1987.

CR 6288 (2) at Altoona, PA. on 7/26/87.

CR 6288 leading a UXG train through Altoona station on July 26, 1987.

CR 6288 Leads ALPI Around Bennington Curve, 1/86

The United Way SD40 (although the special paint isn't visible in this shot) lead the ALPI from Allentown to Pittsburgh around Bennington Curve.

CR 6291

A pair of SD40 locomotives, one looks like it is 6291, smoke it up as they push on the tail of a westbound freight around Horseshoe Curve in 1990

CR 6291 SD-40 Latrobe 05-87

A pair of ex CNJ SD-40's have tied on to a westbound in Latrobe, Pa and will shove all the way to Box 4 in Pittsburgh. The 6291 was CNJ 3067, the only large road unit to receive the CNJ modern "Coast Guard" red and white scheme, now under a coat of dress blue. The 6289 was former CNJ 3065. Both units trace back to the B&O as the original owner.

CR 6297 Leads an Eastbound Freight on Rockville Bridge, 3/85

SD40 6297 leads an unknown ex-PC GP38-2 east across Rockville Bridge with an MOW crane (with removed boom).

CR 6298 and CR 6012 at Bolivar, PA

Conrail SD40 6298 (ex-PC 6045) and SD35 6012 (ex-PC 6012) are running light on the Pittsburgh Line through Bolivar, PA in 1982.

CR 6300 Gallitzin 1990

In 1990 a pusher set comprised of SD40 6300 and friend help an empty coal hopper train over the crest of the Alleghenies as they emerge amid exhaust from the old single bore tunnel, now closed and sealed.

CR 6303 near Lewistown, PA

Conrail SD40 6303 (ex-PC 6050) is seen leading a train near Lewistown, PA in 1982.

CR 6304 1990

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

CR 6323 leads UMP146 at Bellwood, PA 5/88

Woodzell, MD-bound UMP146 heads past the abandoned yard at Bellwood with an unrebuilt SD40 leading. MP230 CR Pittsburgh Line

CR 6334 at Spruce Creek, PA

Conrail SD40 6334 (ex-PC 6081) is seen leading a westbound mixed freight past SPRUCE tower in Spruce Creek, PA in 1982.

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 and CR 6399 at Jacks Narrows, PA

Conrail SD40 6347 (ex-PC 6094) and SD40-2 6399 are leading a westbound unit pipe train through Jacks Narrows in 1982. My guess is the train originated at the pipe mill in Steelton, PA.

CR 6348 and CR 6373 at Spruce Creek, PA

An eastbound coal train is being led by Conrail SD40 6348 (ex-PC 6095) while SD40-2 6373 trails on a westbound freight in 1982. CR 6373 would go on to wear two special paint schemes while in the Altoona helper pool, a scheme in 1992 for the Olympic cycling time trails, and another one in 1998 to commemorate the Juniata Locomotive Shops working 2 million man-hours injury-free.

CR 6350 Altoona, PA 5/27/1978

A Westbound van train is arriving at Altoona, passing the storage tracks full of MOW equipment.

CR 6362 at Duncannon, PA. on 12/28/92.

SD40-2 6362 leads a PIMO through some nasty sleet at CP Cannon in Duncannon, PA. on Dec. 28, 1992.

CR 6364 on Rear of Eastbound, Altoona, PA 8/31/91

CR 6364 and 6377 helpers are on the rear of an eastbound coal train at "Works" on 8/31/91, amongst a sea of stored cars and locomotives.

CR 6365 Greensburg, PA 10/83

Three SD40-2's power TV11 up and over @ Greensburg, PA

CR 6366 at the Brickyard in Altoona, 12/88

Conrail SD40-2 6366 and SD40 6354 lead some hoppers back to the mines at the Brickyard Crossing in Altoona.

CR 6366 on westbound - Altoona, PA 10/23/93

CR 6366 and 6387 head end helpers lead two C40-8W's and a B40 on a westbound loaded ore train at Altoona, PA on 10/23/93.

CR 6372 at Altoona, PA

Nothing but a sea of blue and white as far as the eye can see.

CR 6372 on TV-61 at Altoona, PA 1/26/99

CR 6372, 6384, 5519 & UP 6181 are seen on TV61 at Altoona, PA on 1/26/99.

CR 6373 at Duncannon, PA. on 12/28/92. (1)

CR 6373 on ENPI-W at CP Cannon in Duncannon, PA. on Dec. 28, 1992.

CR 6373 at Duncannon, PA. on 12/28/92. (2)

CR 6373 leads ENPI-W at CP Cannon in Duncannon, PA. on Dec. 28, 1992.

CR 6376 Horseshoe Curve, PA 5/28/1978

A pair of newer SD-40-2s bracket a couple of older PC units.

CR 6376 on BEPI at Gallitzen,PA 6/15/96

CR 6376, 6386, 5619 & LMS 702 lead BEPI west at Gallitzen PA on 6/15/96.

CR 6377 leads a Chessie System detour move on the Pittsburgh Line, 11/85

SD40-2-6377 is leading Chessie System GP38-3815 & SD40s-7561, 7575 on a W/B TOFC train on the ex PRR Middle Division. With the Juniata River on the left, this view is from PA Rt. 333 looking eastward. This is probably another detour train from CS due to storm damage on Sand Patch Grade & Rowlesburg.

CR 6378 Gallitzin, PA 7/17/1994

A helper set assists an Eastbound down the "slide" at Gallitzin.

CR 6379 & 6398 on PIBA at Altoona, PA 6/8/97

CR 6379, 6398, 6767, 6463 & 6483 are seen leading a 151 car PIBA east past Alto Tower in Altoona, PA on 6/8/97.

CR 6380 & 6397 at Gallitzin, PA 3/5/99

CR 6380 & 6397 are seen on the rear of a WB at Gallitzin, PA on 3/5/99.

CR 6382 & 6380 at Altoona, PA 1/26/99

CR 6382 & 6380 are seen on the rear of ALPI-5F at Altoona, PA on 1/26/99.

CR 6385 & 6367 at Lilly, PA 3/5/99

CR 6385 & 6367 are seen shoving TV-206 east at Lilly, PA on 3/5/99.

CR 6386 & 6387 at Gallitzin, PA 3/5/99

CR 6386 & 6387 are seen on the rear of XSG-400 at Gallitzin, PA on 3/5/99.

CR 6391 at Johnstown, PA

Conrail SD40-2 6391 is leading a TV train through Johnstown, PA in 1983.

CR 6394 Banks/Marysville, PA 3-3-1979

PIEN-3 with the 8244 and PIOI-3 with the 6394 are held at "BANKS" four days before my 35th birthday

CR 6398 & 6379 at Altoona, PA 6/8/97

CR 6398 & 6379 are seen at Altoona, PA on 6/8/97.

CR 6399 and JACKS Tower at Jacks Narrows, PA 1982

Conrail SD40-2 6399 is seen leading a westbound unit pipe train past JACKS tower in Jacks Narrows, PA in 1982.

CR 6401 E. Pittsburgh, PA 10/15/1997

CR 6401 - 6402 lead a UFS coal train on the Port Perry branch on a foggy morning.

CR 6405 Bailey, PA 8/82

PIEN-6X at track speed through Bailey, PA

CR 6416 Pitcairn, PA 8-20-1978

One year old CR SD-40-2 6416, U25B 2588 (ex-EL 2519), and GP38-2 8043 follow SD-45 6135 at Pitcairn, PA in August, 1978.

CR 6417 at CP-Conpit

Conrail SD40-2 6417 is seen on a ballast cleaner at CP-Conpit in 1982. Seems like less-than-glamorous duty for a unit that is less than 5 years old at that point.

CR 6443 East Conway, PA 1/17/1992

A Westbound arrives at East Conway in heavy snowfall.

CR 6454 Mifflin, Pa 8/92

PIEN-9 has finished weighing at Denholm and is proceeding east @ Mifflin, Pa

CR 64564 and CR 64621 in 1990

Snowplow CR 64564 (Russell Plow I believe) and Jordan Spreader CR 64621 bask in the warmth of a summer day confident in the knowledge that they will not have to go to work on this day. I believe that this was somewhere along the Pittsburgh Line west of Horseshoe Curve.

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