Conrail's Reading Line

The Reading Line was Conrail's route between Reading and Allentown/Bethlehem, with CP-Wyomissing on the Harrisburg Line at the west end and CP-Bethlehem on the Lehigh Line on the east. It is mainly composed of the former East Penn Railroad, which came under control of the Reading Railroad and became known as the "Crossline". 

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CR 1901 Allentown, PA 12-16-1978

B23-7 leads AP-20 out of Allentown Yard across the Lehigh River towards "BURN"....

CR 2009 east Allentown 08061985

A work extra-looks like it may be a rail train-crosses the Lehigh River and Canal as it approaches Allentown Yard behind a pair of B23-7's.

CR 2216 Emmaus, PA 3/78

Four GP30's power APB-1 up and over the crest @ Emmaus, PA

CR 2236 Allentown, Pa 10-21-1978

BH-15 with Allentown Vans headout climbs out of the "HOLE" at East Penn Jct. (CP-Burn) Auburn Street Allentown, Pa

CR 2552 Bethlehem, PA 11-27-1976

A trio of former PC units cross the Lehigh River in Bethlehem, Pa on the former Reading.

CR 2905 Allentown, PA 3/78

HAE-8 rolls through "BURN" and approaches Allentown Yard.

CR 3196 at Blandon, PA in November 1989

Conrail GP40 3196, U23B 2795, and a GP40-2 team up to bring a loaded coal train east through CP-Blandon in the fall of 1989. The old "high grade" right of way is visible to the left.

CR 3315 Blandon, PA 10-01-1990

PIOI rolls through Blandon with two Geeps sandwiching two UP SD40-2's. CP-Blandon MP7.8 CR Reading Line

CR 3342 leads TV8 at Emmaus, PA 11/17/91

An eastbound trailer train heads through Emmaus in the early morning.

CR 3354 is about to cross the Canal and head into the yard with this eastbound in Allentown, PA. May, 1984

Conrail GP-40-2 #3354 has just crossed the Lehigh River and is about to cross the Canal and head into the yard with this eastbound in Allentown, PA. May 20, 1984.

CR 3364 leads MAIL-3 at Allentown, PA 1/19/91

3364, 5060, and 5066 lead MAIL-3 through the "old" CP-Burn. This scene has completely changed over the past few years. CP-Burn MP 35.0 CR Reading Line

CR 3367 leads MAIL3 at Blandon, PA 10/90

MAIL3 passes the temporary block station at CP-Blandon with five GP40's and a B40-8. CP-Blandon MP7.8 CR Reading Line

CR 3372 leads PIOI4 at Allentown, PA 11/15/92

A GP40-2 brings Conway-Oak Island manifest train PIOI through CP-BURN on November 15, 1992. PIOI is not working in Allentown, as evidenced by the fact that the train is using the "bypass" via East Penn Jct. to get to Bethlehem.

CR 3393 leads OIEN at Blandon, PA 2/25/93

OIEN5 passes the MP0.8 detector at Blandon with some four axle power. GP40-2's and B40-8's were the main locomotives used on MAIL trains until the C40-8W's and SD60M/I's came in, so it was somewhat unusual to see them on a freight in 1993.

 MP0.8 CR Reading Line

CR 5007 Allentown, Pa 11-1994

CR 5007 is on the point of ALHB at CP-BURN in Allentown, Pa 11/1994

CR 5032 Reading, PA 02-27-1994

Conrail B36-7 5052 is leading a pair of Santa Fe units on PIOI at CP-Belt in Reading, PA on 2/27/1994

CR 5032 Walnuttown, PA 02-27-1994

Conrail B36-7 5032 is seen leading a pair of Santa Fe Dash-8s on PIOI at Walnuttown, PA on 2/27/1994

CR 5551 on TV-211 Allentown, PA 9-1996

CR 5551 is on the point of TV-211 at CP-Burn in Allentown, Pa 9/1996

CR 6008 Allentown, PA 10-21-1978

An unlikely pair of EMD's powers CCRU-1 charging upgrade out of Allentown on the Reading Line

CR 6049 leads CAAL at Longswamp, PA 3/1/92

CAAL1 is about to cross from Berks County into Lehigh County as it nears Alburtis on a very late afternoon March afternoon. MP22.6 CR Reading Line

CR 6071 Alburtis, PA 03-01-1992

ALSR1's power passes Smith Lane. The consist itself is still heading through the interlocking at CP-Alburtis.

CR 6091 at Allentown, PA 1997

A westbound rolls out of Allentown Yard with a Dash 8 leading. This was more than likely ALHB.

CP-Burn MP35.0 CR Reading Line

CR 6102 leads PIAL at Longswamp, PA 1/26/93

PIAL5 heads east through Longswamp with a couple Dash 8's as power. MP22.5 CR Reading Line

CR 6132 Topton, PA 3/19/1993

C40-8Ws 6132 and 6102, UP SD40-2 4245, B36-7 5015, and SD50 6709 are on the head end of OIEN seen heading west through Topton in March of 1993.

CR 6137 at Blandon, PA on 11/3/92

CR 6317 leads an eastbound manifest past the mushroom farms at Blandon.

CR 6143 Allentown, PA 10-6-1979

OIPI-6 westbound on the Reading Line @ CP-Burn Allentown, Pa

CR 6246 Allentown, Pa 12-1994

CR 6246 is on the point of ALHB at CP-BURN in Allentown, Pa 12/1994

CR 6299 and ALEN through Topton PA, 2/87

The westbound ALEN (Allentown - Enola) is lead by SD40 6299 as it heads west through Topton PA.

CR 6366 leads CAAL at Allentown, PA 8/87

A couple SD40's (6366 and 6352) lead CAAL by the abandoned Burn Yard in the summer of '87. Note the caboose behind the engines. CP-Burn MP34.9 CR Reading Line

CR 6427 Allentown, Pa 11-1994

CR 6427 is on the point of ALNS at CP-BURN in Allentown, Pa 11/1994

CR 6430 Leads SEEN through Belt Line Jct in Reading, 2/87

A pair of SD40-2s and a GP38 lead SEEN (Selkirk - Enola) through Belt Line Junction in Reading PA.

CR 6446 at Blandon, PA on 11/3/92

An eastbound coal train led by SD40-2 6446 heads through Blandon in the fall of 1992.

CR 6458 leads ENBE6 at Longswamp, PA on 1/26/93

A trio of SD40 series units bring the Enola-Saucon manifest through Longswamp in the afternoon.

CR 6489 at Allentown, PA 1996

ALNS departs Allentown with an SD40-2 leading a ubiquitous NS unit.

CP-Burn MP35.0 CR Reading Line

CR 6503 Allentown, Pa 11-1994

CR 6503 is on the point of OIPI at CP-BURN in Allentown, Pa 11/1994

CR 6508 leads ALEN at Blandon, PA 11/17/91

ALEN7 rolls through Blandon with an SD40-2 leading an NS C40-8 and three more CR engines. CP-Blandon MP7.8 CR Reading Line

CR 6511 Allentown (Burn), PA 5/78

Ore Train ZBB-410 holds at "BURN" for traffic with U25C 6511 and SD40-2 6433 providing the power. The 6511 will either be retired or renumbered to make room for SD40-2 6511 that will be arriving on the property soon....

CR 6517 at Allentown, PA 6/8/96

SENS-7 departs Allentown with a CR-NS-CR lashup.

CP-Burn MP35.0 CR Reading Line

CR 6521 & 6438 Westbound at Allentown, PA 4/89

CR 6521 and 6438 lead a westbound departing town at CP BURN in Allentown, PA, on 4/8/89.

CR 6569 Allentown (BURN), PA 3-24-1978

Look Ma, no logo's! An AH Extra departs Allentown for Rutherford @ CP-Burn....

CR 6606 Allentown, PA 8/79

ALRU-4 departing Allentown, PA at Auburn Street E.Penn Jct. the location would later be known as CP-BURN.

CR 6611 Allentown, Pa 4-1995

Conrail 6611 is on the point of a coal train to Bethlehem Steel at CP BURN in Allentown, Pa 4/1995.

CR 6623 at Hayes Street in Bethlehem PA, March 1985

Conrail C36-7 #6623 leads a train from Saucon yard toward Bethlehem, PA. Taken at the Hayes St. crossing. This shot is no longer possible as the track has been long abandoned, and most of the steel mill is now a casino parking lot. Bethlehem, PA. March 10, 1985

CR 6626 At CP BURN in Allentown, 12/88

Conrail C36-7 #6626 leads a westbound at CP Burn, Allentown, PA. 12/12/1988

CR 6665 at Walnuttown, PA in 1991

Conrail SD45-2 6665 is leading ALSR through Walnuttown, PA on 9/28/1991

CR 6720 leads ALCS6 at Longswamp, PA 1/26/93

Conrail SD50 6720 brings ALCS west through Longswamp Township on the afternoon of January 26, 1993. The ALCS ran from Allentown to Rocky Mount, NC and became CSX R413 at Park Junction in Philadelphia.

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