Conrail's Youngstown Line

The Youngstown Line was in the heart of Industrial America, and its fortunes followed those of the heavy industry it served.

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CR 1902 New Castle, PA 03-15-1981

The most B23-7's I've ever seen at one time, trains PIME-15 and ZWW-619 meet near New Castle,Pa on March 15th, 1981. The Conway to Meadville train had 1908,1934, and 1904 and the Shenango to Weirton ore train had 1902, 1906, 1925, 5914(GP-7), 1912, and 1921 for a total of 8 B23's and 1 geep. Both leaders went to CSX in the Conrail split.

CR 1902 New Castle, PA 03-15-1981

The operator at "Castle" walks over to hand up a set of 19's to train ZWW619 as a local crew looks on. The train has ran over the P&LE from Youngstown to here and is entering the Youngstown Line via the connection. That's the Youngstown Line curving off to the left. Castle was a tower at one time, but a fire resulted in this trailer becoming the control point.

CR 1908 New Castle, PA 03-15-1981

Conrail train MEPI-15 heads north near New Castle, Pa with a trio of B23-7's, 1908, 1934, and 1904. Behind me is a ZWW ore train waiting to go south, see "CR 1902" for the meet.

CR 2052 Youngstown, OH 08-11-1979

Alco C-430 2052 teams up with RS-27 2407 as they negotiate the connection between the former EL and PRR in Youngstown, Ohio on what was probably a local from Haselton to Sharon and return. That's the ex NYC Youngstown passenger station with the line to Ashtabula running under it, and the ex EL and PRR in the foreground. NS still operates the ex NYC as their Youngstown Line with CSX having trackage rights to the docks. This ex NYC/PRR pair operated together for a couple of weeks, shown here on another day with a Brier Hill to Haselton transfer :

CR 2198 Ashtabula, OH 12-15-1988

A southbound Conrail freight is approaching West 58th St bridge in a snowstorm on Conrail's Youngstown Line.

CR 2198 Plymouth Township, Ohio 12/15/1988

Conrail GP30 #2198 leads a Southbound Conrail freight approaching State Rd on Conrail's Youngstown Line.

CR 2435 Youngstown, OH 08-17-79

A Conrail C-425 brings a bottle train in the yard to sort out some cars as a Chessie local returns from the ex PC Haselton yard with a transfer. Republic Steel is still going this August 1979, but like the Conrail Alco and the Western Maryland GP-9, the future won't be good.

CR 2564 SD70 leads Northbound loaded coal train UOH-87 at West 32nd Street.

Conrail SD-70's 2564 and 2566 lead northbound coal train UOH-87 at West 32nd Street in Ash, Ohio, on Conrail's Youngstown Line.

CR 2740 Lowellville, OH 01-28-1989

By this 1989 date GE U23-B's were hard to come by, let alone a pair of them. This day's BUPI had 2740 and 2708 for power as it passed through Lowellville, Ohio on their way to Conway via the Youngstown Line. Both units were former Penn Central.

CR 2830 Struthers, OH 11-17-79

Conrail power was no stranger to P&LE's Gateway yard in Struthers, Ohio, a holdover from the days of NYC control of the P&LE. Power off the New England Bow coal trains could often be seen here, including this example of Conrail U30B 2830, Boston and Maine GP-18 1750, B&M GP-9 1719, and a Conrail U23B. Little remains of the P&LE today.

CR 3389 on TV-22 at Rochester, PA

Conrail TV-22 approaches Conway as he passes Rochester Tower, still open at the time of this photograph. The Cleveland Line diverges to the left, crossing the Beaver River. At this point the lead engine is crossing from the Fort Wayne Line to the Youngstown Line.

CR 5559 SD60M leads a Northbound empty hopper train at West 30th St.

CR #5559, 6763, 5647 pulls a Northbound Conrail “ZLW” (empty Ore train) nears W. 30th st. on Conrail’s Youngstown Line Ashtabula, Ohio

CR 6003 C39-8 leads Southbound UNL-5B [empty Somerset coal train]

Conrail 6003 and CR 6850 lead southbound Conrail UNL-5B as it approaches Carson Rd. in Plymouth Twp., Ohio, [on Conrail's Youngstown Line].

CR 6016 Wampum, PA 10/21/1990

PIME crosses the big curved bridge that crossed the Beaver River at Wampum, PA.

CR 6253 C40-8W leads Southbound BUPI-9X on Conrail's Youngstown Line

Conrail BUPI-9X is lead by Conrail 6253 at West 58th Street in Ashtabula, Ohio on Conrail's Youngstown Line

CR 6432 SD40-2 "star" test unit plus 2 Youngstown 06-85

Conrail 6432, 6603, and 6605, all wearing the small "star" test unit application, are about ready to take the Crab Creek Industrial connection and head north to Ashtabula via the ex NYC portion of the Youngstown Line with a loaded coal train. Off in the distance are 4 ex P&LE U28B's bound for the TTI in the Chessie yard.

CR 6511 Wampum, PA 1/18/1992

BUPI rolls thru Wampum in heavy snowfall.

CR 6687 SDP-45 Youngstown 11-79

Units from the Erie Lackawanna and PRR pass at Center St in Youngstown, Ohio in Nov 1979. It's an all blue scene, as both the SDP and the Alco C425 pair- as well as all the cabin cars- have received a new coat of Conrail blue. The 6687 has just arrived from Ashtabula and the Alco's are on a local out of Brier Hill. The caboose line up is ex DL&W, DL&W, PRR, and Erie.

CR 6728 Plymouth, OH 04-26-1997

CR 6728 SD-50 and UP 9496 are southbound on Conrail's Youngstown Line on BUPI-6 near the Route 11 bridge and Seven Hills Road in Plymouth Township, Ohio

CR 6752 Youngstown 05-86

Northbound PIBU is passing through Center St Junction as it departs Haselton yard in Youngstown.

CR 6832 Wampum, PA 7/5/1994

PISE crosses the Beaver River at Wampum.

CR 6849 Wampum, PA 1/17/1994

An XWB hopper train with CR & CSX power pops thru the snow drift at Newport Road on the Youngstown Line.

CR 7514 New Castle, PA 10/4/1993

HNPI picks up a gondola from the spur into New Castle.

CR 8137 Wampum, PA 7/4/1994

HNPI heads onto the bridge that crosses the CSX (ex P&LE) main and Beaver River in Wampum, PA on 7/4/1994.

CR 8200 GP-38-2 Youngstown 06-86

A lone Conrail GP-38-2 has a string of empty P&LE hoppers in tow (and a cabin car) on the Youngstown Line. The rusty, dead end double track line to the left was the Erie main, and it crossed this ex PC line under that first bridge in the background at "Valley Street" tower, the base of which can still be seen in this photo. This had been the EL main through Brier Hill and downtown Youngstown. A connection was built near Hubbard, Ohio for trains to access the former EL off the Youngstown Line and serve Sharon and Meadville, Pa.

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