Conrail's Southern Tier Line

Conrail's Southern Tier was the scenic ex-EL line that ran through New Jersey and New York State. It provided CR with a valuable extra route west, but never saw the same amount of traffic that the former PC (NYC and PRR) routes did.

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Aspects at Brown's Crossing, NY. on 5/6/93. (1)

Semaphore 318.1 on the westward main at Brown's Crossing, NY. displays a "clear" indication, but not for long.

Aspects at Brown's Crossing, NY. on 5/6/93. (2)

One of the good things about automatic block signals, of any kind, was that they gave warning about oncoming traffic running against the current. Semaphore 318.1 has "dropped" to caution for just that reason. And now you know where the expression "signal dropped" comes from, if you didn't already.

Aspects at Brown's Crossing, NY. on 5/6/93. (3)

And here it is! BUOI, led by SD60 6850, rolls past the signal at Brown's Crossing, NY. The photo was purposely composed this way to show the "umbilical" between the semaphore and the code line.

BD Tower Binghamton, NY 3/17/1979

The operators desk inside of BD Tower in Binghamton.

BD Tower Binghamton, NY 4/13/1979

The operator at BD Tower ties train orders to the arms on the train order pole.

Bison Yard, Buffalo, NY 3/5/1978

The West end of the Southern Tier was at Bison Yard, a joint facility with N&W.

It did not take long for this yard to be abandoned, since Frontier Yard was only a little over a mile away. Here is a mix of power at the engine facilities as seen from the old LV main.

BM 209 West Cameron, NY 3/16/1985

A Guilford train snakes thru the curves just East of Browns Crossing on Conrails Southern Tier Line..

BM 304 Cameron, NY 8/23/1986

An Eastbound Guilford stacker with a 3 builder lashup.

BUOI-2 SD50 6760 Hillburn, NY

BUOI-2 with SD50's 6760 and 6758 east on one @ the Hillburn X-overs Hillburn, NY

Chasing a DHT9 on the Tier on 5/5/93. (7)

DHT9 passing the, now extinct, station in Canisteo, NY.

CN 5576 Hornell, NY October, 1977

A leased CN GP-38 leads an Eastbound into Hornell. Those widecabs were a novelty back then!

CN 5581 Howells Jct, NY 7/77

IHB-7 with leased CN power swings off the Graham Line @ Howells Jct., Howells, NY

CN 5581 Lackawaxen, Pa 7/77

IHB-7 rolls by the Honesdale Branch @ Lackawaxen, Pa

CNJ 3067 Binghamton, NY 5/76

CNJ exB&O SD40 3067 "the Red Baron" idles across for the former EL Work Equipment Shop @ Binghamton, NY

CP 4239 Dalton, NY 5-6-1993

On the way back to the motel, we ran into this guy in Canaseraga. The shadows had already overtaken the area, so I thought if the train and I both hurried back up to Dalton, we might catch the last rays. JUST made it!

CP 5635 Nicholes, NY 5/27/1995

D&H/CP train 557 with a pair of CP SD-40-2s at Nichols.

CP 5645 on DHT9 at Chemung, NY 5/5/93

CP 5645 leads DHT9 at Chemung, NY. on 5/5/93. The old station can be seen near the rear of the train on the curve in the distance.

CP 5645 on DHT9 at West Rathbone, NY 5/5/93

CP 5645 leads DHT9 passed semaphore 308-2 in West Rathbone, NY on 5/5/93.

CP 6006 Portageville, NY 10/18/1995

An Eastbound CP/D&H train crosses the Portage Bridge with a mix of CP & CR power.

CP 676 Dalton, NY 5/7/93

CP 676 takes DHT9 through Dalton, New York on May 7, 1993. The CP acquired several of these ex KCS SD40's and a quick "patch job" resulted in what was known as the "reverse CP scheme".

CR 1904 Elmwood Park, NJ 3-19-1979

BICR-8 has just resumed its eastward trek toward Croxton Yard after making a NYS&W setoff. Note: The shatterd window in the door!!!

CR 1921 Portageville, NY 5/21/1978

A new B23-7 already has a broken window as it rolls a Westbound across the Portage Bridge.

CR 1949 Adrian, NY 2/11/1989

It's dawn in the Canisteo River Valley and a Westbound CR freight is splitting the double semaphores just East of Adrian, NY.

CR 19654 at Binghamton, NY. in 10/1976.

It didn't take long for ex E-L N3A 19654 to find the paint booth, October, 1976.

CR 1990 Cameron Mills, NY 12/22/1985

BUOI splits the double semaphores at 308. The train was running "wrong main" on track 2.

CR 1993 Adrian, NY 6/10/1989

A little B23-7 is leading much bigger units on an Eastbound coal train.

CR 21154 Lanesboro, PA 4/13/1979

The only over - under meet I ever got at Lanesboro was this meet of cabooses between an Eastbound CR and Northbound D&H freight.

CR 2242 West Cameron, NY 4/28/1984

Mixed color lashups were getting rare by this time, but TV 77 had a surprise with an ex PC GP-30 and a Chessie GP-40 leading a more common blue GP-40.

CR 2276 Oakland, PA 4/13/1979

An Eastbound CR freight stops at SR Tower to add the Gulf Summit helper to its consist. U36-C #6590 will be added behind the 2276 for the trip to Deposit.

CR 2302 Almond, NY 5/7/1978

A Westbound climbs the hill out of Hornell.

CR 2305 Binghamton, NY 3/17/1979

The power on an Eastbound backs up to work the Binghamton yard. The BAR engine was a leaser.

CR 2307 Ridgewood Jct., NJ 9-11-1976

A short TV10 crosses over from track four to track two to head down the exErie Bergen County Line...

CR 23589 Almond, NY 5/18/1986

The end was near for cabooses. An N8 brings up the rear of OIEL as it heads up the hill out of Hornell.

CR 23589 Canisteo, NY 5/18/1986

An N8 class caboose on the back of OIEL passes the Canisteo depot.

CR 24543 Hornell, NY 7/28/1978

In a pouring rain the conductor has just grabbed his train orders at the Hornell depot.

CR 2528 Hornell, NY 5-7-1978

A Westbound to Buffalo departs Hornell. The signal to the far right is on the line from Meadville.

CR 2573 Almond, NY 5/7/1978

In a cloud of brake shoe smoke, an Eastbound from Meadville comes down the grade to Hornell.

CR 2618 Hornell, NY 3/22/1980

A Westbound leaves the buildings of Hornell behind as it starts up the grade on the line to Meadville.

CR 2628 Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 4/77

U25B 2628 leads BAR GP38 87 and GP40 3053 on FM-4 as it approaches the "Dye Works" crossing, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ

CR 2634 Hornell, NY 6/4/1978

An Eastbound departs Hornell at ZY - the East end of the old Hornell Yard.

CR 2664 Gang Mills, NY 4/13/1979

A U25-B sits at the fuel pump at Gang Mills.

CR 2673 Canisteo, NY April, 2 1978

An Eastbound with 2 PC GE's heads into the Caniateo River Valley.

CR 2701 Allendale, NJ 7-24-1977

HB-3 rolls by the Waldwick Commuter Yard as it crosses into Allendale, NJ

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