Conrail Scenic and Action Photographs

A collection of scenic shots of Conrail action from April 1st, 1976 through the final split day. These photos are arranged by their photographer and general subject. They capture Conrail at work moving freight (and occasionally passengers) and contain photos from all across the system.

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Alan Page's Conrail photography features Conrail’s early years covering PRR's electrified lines, Horseshoe Curve and Conway operations, RDG's Abrams and Rutherford yards, LV's Allentown yard, CNJ's South Amboy and Elizabethport passenger and freight operations, and EL's Binghamton and Croxton yards.

These albums include colorful mixes of predecessor road power, leased units, former PC and EMD demonstrator electric power, multiple builder consists from EMD, GE, and ALCo, and widespread locomotive retirements from the fallen flags.

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Featuring the Conrail photography of Art Peterson. Many images from Conrail's early days and throughout.
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Brian Ferrell's Conrail photography features Conrail in southeastern Pennsylvania throughout the 1990's, from Conrail on the Northeast Corridor to smaller yards and branch lines such as Wanamaker Yard.
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Carl has shot a large variety of Conrail photos over the years, and we've broken them down into a few albums for your viewing pleasure.

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Chris Howe caught Conrail in its twilight in Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois from 1996 to the last day.
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Lee Weldon was present on what turned out to be CR's last day running along Boston St. in Baltimore. Luckilly he was out on his lunch break with his Pentax and snapped these photographs that we can enjoy today.

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A Lansdale, PA native, Dick Bregler is a retired USMC Gunnery Sargeant who made several trips into the heart of Conrail country over the years. He has been gracious enough to submit his entire collection of Conrail images for us to publish for your viewing pleasure.

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Don Kalkman III has been shooting railfan photographs for a long time. Like all of his work, his Conrail images are of top quality. We currently have a selection of his work from the mid 90s, but hope to grow it as he makes more available.

You can now Browse Don's collection by location too.

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Doug Davidson, who lives in Evanston, IL captured Conrail in action all around Chicago and Northwest Indiana from '76 til the merger in '99, including rare shots on the ex PRR Pan Handle mainline that ran thru the South Chicago suburbs, the ex PRR Pittsburgh to Chicago mainline, and the ex NYC main that later became the Chicago line during Conrail's early years.  The many goodies that Doug captured on film include the bottle train(hot steel moved in specially equipped cars), the few years that Conrail operated the Valpo "Dummy" commuter service, and local service all over the Chicago area in general.  While Doug is not a member, he was very gracious in allowing his photos to be posted to our website, so take a look inside at some great Conrail action, Chicagoland style.

 

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Photography of the late George L. Slonaker
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Glenn Fresch is an avid rail photographer who's day job is running trains on NJT in North Jersey. He spent a lot of time photographing Conrail in it's later, glory years, and his collection can be viewed here.

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Grant Lowry has been a prolific Conrail photographer from day 1.
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J. Osciak grew up in Southeastern PA and spent a lot of time shooting the eastern portion of Conrail's system during the life of the railroad.

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Bruce Kerr has been been a Conrail fan since before there was a Conrail. He's had the great ability to see the way it works from the inside, and here brings us selections from his great collection of photos, many that only a pro could get.

Learn more about Bruce on his Member Spotlight page.

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Conrail action in the 1980's captured in black and white by Jim Kerner.
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Jim grew up in Chicago and spent his youth playing sandlot baseball and watching Hiawatha's from left field. In the 1960s he rode behind CB&Q 4960 and 5632 on fan trips with his father. He moved to the east coast in the mid 70s and his interest in railroading was rekindled by the Chessie Steam Specials. He's been photographing railroads ever since. 

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Joe Osciak has been actively shooting in the Mid-Atlantic states for many years, and we are happy to present a collection of his fine Conrail photographs

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John P. Almeida has been active on the Philadelphia railfan scene for years, and has allowed us to share photos from his "Roster Shot of the Day" and "Railfan Photos of the Week" that he's been posting on his own site for years now.

More of John's work can be found at the Philly NRHS's website.

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Featuring John Pari's Conrail locomotive photos from the heart of the Conrail system in Pennsylvania to Maryland and New York.
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This album will feature the photography of Terry Nardella, employee of the Juniata Shops in Altoona, PA.

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Kevin Nelson, who lives in Marion, IN, managed to catch Conrail throughout its existance from '76 to the very end in '99 all over Indiana, especially in his hometown of Marion, IN where the ex NYC Marion Branch crossed the ex PRR Pan Handle mainline(Columbus to Chicago) at CP79 on the Marion Branch. While not a member, Kevin was very gracious in allowing us to put his photos on our website, so take a look inside at some classic Indiana Conrail action in both color and black & white.
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Larry Gustina spent a lot of time shooting Conrail's Chicago Line in upstate New York during the mid 1990s, and has graciously contributed his collection of Conrail prints to be scanned and posted here.
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Michael DeSoi was born and raised in Philadelphia. He spent his "formative" years watching the Reading RR running down American Street. He started active railfanning in the summer of 1976, just in time for Big Blue.

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Great scenic and action photos that don't fit on the other galleries can be found here.
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Many thanks to Paul for allowing me to post these here! The photos contained in this album are of Conrail in New Jersey and Pennsylvania with a couple New York photos thrown in. The dates vary greatly from CR's formation in 1976 through it's split up in 1999, so you'll find a diverse selection of equipment here.
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Photos from Ralph's two haunts: Baltimore's Bayview Yard and Enola.
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Roger Durfee has been doing train photography since before the advent of Conrail. His galleries here contain photos from all the blue (and the early black and blue) years.

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OIBU rolls west along the Suquehanna River between Campville and Owego, at one of my favorite late afternoon spots. The leaves have yet to emerge on the trees on this first day of May.

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