Conrail's Pittsburgh Line - Page 6

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 7896 and CR 2007 at Duncannon

Conrail GP38 7896 (ex-PC 7896) and B23-7 2007 are leaning into the curve in Duncannon with a unit grain train in 1982.

CR 7944 is approaching the Linglestown Road overpass near Rockville Bridge. 8/81

A tattered ex Penn Central GP38-2 7944 has just come across Rockville Bridge from Enola Yard and is approaching the Linglestown Road overpass. A sliver of Rockville Tower can be seen in the far distance.

9:05AM on 8/23/81 in Rockville, PA.

CR 8054, CR 8093, CR 8267, CR 6499 Horseshoe Curve 1990

I forget now if this was a light engine movement or just a weird consist for lugging freight around Horseshoe Curve, but in 1990 I caught GP38-2s 8054, 8093, and 8267, SD40-2 6499, and it appears others rounding the Curve from a parking lot vantage point. It is interesting that in 1990 the view is tree-free and I was recently reading that after much money and effort it is again tree-free in late 2016.

CR 8064 leads a westbound "hospital move" of other units through Union Furnace PA. 9/84

A westbound hospital extra climbs upgrade across the Little Juniata River, west of Union Furnace, PA on 9/7/84. GP38-2 No. 8064 leads an assortment of Geeps, switchers, and "Dewitt Geeps," all headed for the happy scrap yard in the sky.

CR 8075 GP38-2 South Fork 10-97

Five Conrail GP38-2's shove a loaded Huff coal train through the crossovers at SO tower in South Fork, Pa in October 1997. SO tower has since been destroyed by a fire.

CR 8107 HorseShoe Curve 10/81

GP38-2 8107 leads a four unit helper set ahead of TV61's three unit road power.

CR 8115 at Denholm, PA

Conrail GP38-2 8115 (ex-PC 8115) is seen leading a train at the Demholm scales in 1982.

CR 8184 Duncannon, PA 3/79

Five Thousand Horsepower is all it takes to move an empty GRM-3 through "View" Interlocking. Note: View Tower in the background.

CR 8193 Altoona, PA 7/3/1978

A freshly painted GP-38-2 leads a Westbound out of Altoona.

CR 9069 and CR 1660 Altoona, 1990

SW9, 9069, and GP15-1, 1660, lead a local train through Altoona in 1990.

CR at Marysville, PA on 6/12/77

Three PC-painted SD40s bring a trailer train through Marysville, PA.

CR6308 Altoona 1990

A helper set of SD40s, 6308 and 6294, sit in Altoona waiting for the next assignment as other traffic moves through town.

CRMZ 229166 Conrail Mercury trailer

Conrail Mercury trailer in westbound TV train at Longfellow, PA. on June 28, 1990.

DH Train at Marysville, PA 11/22/81

An unidentified GP38-2 or GP39-2 leads C424 463 on a Delaware and Hudson train across the Rockville Bridge on November 22, 1981.

Jacks tower Mount Union, PA 8/19/1985

Jacks tower in Jacks Narrows on the old Pennsy Middle Div. near Mt. Union, PA.

Lewistown Junction Scalehouse

The Scalehouse sat behind the station along the line to Burnham and Standard Steel. No longer exists.

Lewistown Junction Scalehouse

The Scalehouse sat behind the station along the line to Burnham and Standard Steel. No longer exists.

Lewistown Station and east end of LEWIS Interlocking

Lewistown Junction Station and the East limits of LEWIS interlocking as they appeared before the removal of the track along the platform and the PRRT&HS restoration of the station. The shelter on the Westbound side of the Main still exists in the picture, and so does the passenger subway underneath the tracks. But, unfortunately both will disappear within a decade.

LMS 701 on PICA-9 Altoona, PA 6/8/97

LMS 701, CR 5623, 6199 and 3305 lead 103 cars of PICA-9 east at Altoona, PA on 6/8/97.

LMS 726 on CAPI at Lilly, PA 6/15/96

LMS 726 & 716 lead CAPI west at Lilly, PA on 6/15/96.

Mail 9 GP40-2 3384 Thompsontown, PA

Mail 9 at track speed west on 2 Thompsontown, Pa

Mifflin Interlocking Tower Mifflin, PA 6-25-1981

Mifflin Interlocking Tower. Seen here getting a new coat of paint courtesy of the CR B&B department.

Mifflin Interlocking Tower Mifflin, PA 6-25-1981

Mifflin Interlocking Tower. Seen here getting a new coat of paint courtesy of the CR B&B department.

NS 2574 (CR 2574 )

This is the last SD70 in Conrail blue on NS, and it was leading 21T at Farmer's Crossing near Tipton, Pa during Railfest weekend. PRR position lights, CRQ blue, sweet light.....life sure was good that evening. These were some of my favorite units on CR/NS due to being delivered in NS numbers- no patch jobs on these. Long may she run!

NS 8367 (CR 6140)

NS 8367 ex Conrail 6140 leads 18N under the signals at Tuscarora, PA.

NYSW 4006 Cresson, PA 03-11-1999

Seeing groups of dead units heading for JBS was nothing new through Cresson, Pa., but what brought up the rear of this one caught my eye. The bright yellow NYSW B40 really stood out in the blue crowd.

Speno ballast cleaner at Conpit

Dick managed to get some shots of a Speno ballast cleaner train working near CP-Conpit in 1982. Not entirely Conrail, but cool images nonetheless.

Speno ballast cleaner at Conpit

Dick managed to get some shots of a Speno ballast cleaner train working near CP-Conpit in 1982. Not entirely Conrail, but cool images nonetheless.

Speno ballast cleaner at Conpit

Dick managed to get some shots of a Speno ballast cleaner train working near CP-Conpit in 1982. Not entirely Conrail, but cool images nonetheless.

Speno ballast cleaner at Conpit

Dick managed to get some shots of a Speno ballast cleaner train working near CP-Conpit in 1982. Not entirely Conrail, but cool images nonetheless.

TV11E GP40 3214 VanDyke, Pa

TV11E (bare tables) west on track 2 @ VanDyke, Pa

TV12 SD40 6341 Newport, Pa

TV12 with SD40 6341 approaches "PORT" Newport, Pa on track two.. Note: Track one is out of service and will later be removed

UP 2531 East Conway, PA 8/11/1990

Power off an Eastbound freight is heading back into Conway yard on its way to the service facilities.

View Interlocking Tower Duncannon, PA 1-31-1981

View Interlocking tower sat adjacent to the Shermans Creek Bridge.

View Interlocking Tower Duncannon, PA 1-31-1981

View Interlocking tower sat adjacent to the Shermans Creek Bridge.

WB freight at Homer, Altoona, PA 10-1977

Ex Reading GP35 3654 leads another Ex Reading unit, U30C 6579 and a PC GP38 on a WB freight passing thru Homer interlocking in Altoona, PA. On the right are retired LV RS2s and EL RS3s in storage awaiting disposition.

Welded rail train at Perdix, PA

Dick was fortunate enough to shoot a CWR (continuous welded rail) train laying new rail at Perdix, PA on the Conrail Pittsburgh Line in 1982.

Welded rail train at Perdix, PA

Dick was fortunate enough to shoot a CWR (continuous welded rail) train laying new rail at Perdix, PA on the Conrail Pittsburgh Line in 1982.

Welded rail train at Perdix, PA

Dick was fortunate enough to shoot a CWR (continuous welded rail) train laying new rail at Perdix, PA on the Conrail Pittsburgh Line in 1982.

Welded rail train at Perdix, PA

Dick was fortunate enough to shoot a CWR (continuous welded rail) train laying new rail at Perdix, PA on the Conrail Pittsburgh Line in 1982.

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