Carl Weber's ConRail Action Sequence Photography

CR 1986 west in Middlefield, MA. on 12/27/80. (1)

The extra 1986 west works upgrade through Bancroft, MA. on Dec. 27, 1980.

CR 1986 west in Middlefield, MA. on 12/27/80. (2)

Ex Pennsy N8 cabin 23244 and N5B 22962 bring up the rear of the 1986 west at Bancroft, MA. on Dec. 27, 1980.

(1) Strangers in Hinsdale, MA. on 7/18/81.

Three-count 'em-three U23-C's lead BOSE through Hinsdale center on July 18, 1981. A number of these six-axle U-Boats took a break from their mundane duties of shoving strings over the humps at Selkirk and elsewhere for a few months of hauling tonnage over some slightly larger hills.

(2) Strangers in Hinsdale, MA. on 7/18/81.

BOSE about to dive down the west slope of Washington hill in Hinsdale center on July 18, 1981.

(3) Strangers in Hinsdale, MA. on 7/18/81.

SD45 6153 tags along for the ride down to Pittsfield after helping BOSE climb the east slope on July 18, 1981.

(4) Strangers in Hinsdale, MA. on 7/18/81.

SENH crests the west slope grade in Hinsdale, MA. on July 18, 1981 with an eclectic lash-up featuring one of the two ex LV GP38AC's still wearing Cornell red and another U23-C.

(5) strangers in Hinsdale, MA on 7/18/81

N5C cabin car 23007 tucked in behind the power is a sure indication this is SENH. Also a good look at that U23-C as the train tops the grade in Hinsdale center, MA. on July 18, 1981.

1) CR 6567/SEFR

Eastbound SEFR rounds the curve coming up on CP 123 in Chester, MA. at 08:51 on May 12, 1988. The sun has gotten high enough by this time to spread it's light into the scene.

2) CR 6567/SEFR

SEFR rolling through CP 123 in Chester, MA. at 08:51 on May 12, 1988.

3) CR 6567/SEFR

C30-7A 6567 leads SEFR through CP 123 in Chester, MA. at 08:51 on May 12, 1988.

4) CR 6567/SEFR

SEFR enters the single main at CP 123 in Chester, MA. on May 12, 1988.

5) CR 6567/SEFR

SEFR notching 'em out through CP 123 in Chester, MA. on May 12, 1988.

6) CR 6567/SEFR

The 6567 leads SEFR past MP 123 in Chester, MA. on May 12, 1988.

A bunch at Ballou's on 4/18/98. (1)

ML482 begins the parade at 08:44, as SD50 6779 and friends cross Lower Valley Rd. approaching MP 135.

A bunch at Ballou's on 4/18/98. (2)

Less than 15 minutes later, TV-9 enters the scene with C30-7A 6571 leading at 09:02.

A bunch at Ballou's on 4/18/98. (3)

TV-9's headend going away across Lower Valley Rd., and there's a reason we moved to the other side of the tracks.

A bunch at Ballou's on 4/18/98. (4)

And...this is the reason. SEBO, behind the 6582, et al. roll through at 09:04 with TV-9 still grinding upgrade on track 1.

A bunch at Ballou's on 4/18/98. (5)

As soon as TV-9 and SEBO clear the area, it's time to get back to the "sunny side" of the tracks for BOSE, which shows up at 09:19 behind SD80MAC 4116.

A bunch at Ballou's on 4/18/98. (6)

C30-7A 6591 has the trail position on SEBO as the headend crosses Lower Valley Rd.

A bunch at Ballou's on 4/18/98. (7)

BAL367 pounding through Ballou's at 11:11 behind a group of B23-7's and one big brother.

A bunch at Ballou's on 4/18/98. (8)

BAL367 crossing Lower Valley Rd. at Ballou's on April 18, 1998. C36-7 6635 has the trail position.

A pair at MP 127 on 3/25/98. (1)

NESE westbound at MP 127 in Chester, MA. on March 25, 1998.

A pair at MP 127 on 3/25/98. (2)

C30-7A 6587 leads NESE past MP 127 in Chester, MA. at 15:46 on March 25, 1998.

A pair at MP 127 on 3/25/98. (3)

NESE about to duck beneath the Middlefield Rd. overhead near MP 127 in Chester, MA. on March 25, 1998.

A pair at MP 127 on 3/25/98. (4)

At 16:00, SD80MAC 4111 and sister 4112 roll beneath the Middlefield Rd. overhead with opposite number SENE near MP 127 in Chester, MA. on March 25, 1998.

A pair at MP 127 on 3/25/98. (5)

SENE continues past MP 127 in Chester, MA. on March 25, 1998.

A pair at MP 127 on 3/25/98. (6)

SENE going away at MP 127 in Chester, MA. on March 25, 1998.

A pair at MP 127 on 3/25/98. (7)

Four more C30-7A's, almost 1/6 of the entire fleet on two trains in 15 minutes, just like "the old days"!

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (01)

It's 14:50 at the New York/Mass State line as the first of 5 trains and a light engine move to come over the next 3 1/2 hours arrives in the form of westbound ballast train BOR723. To add interest, these moves will have a SPENO ballast Cleaner working in the area with which to contend. A CR track crew is making some weld repairs to one of the switches near the CR truck along the track. As a side note, the barn at left has recently been razed, as the satellite view shows an empty lot strewn with piles of rubble. Another "photo prop" bites the dust!

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (02)

U23B's 2787 and 2728 in the trail position on BOR723 at State Line.

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (03)

N12 van 24503 swings along on the rear of BOR723 at State Line. It may look level here, but the train has just descended a nearly 1% steady grade from Richmond summit, 5 miles back to the east. That's the reason for the "brake smoke" wreathing the train.

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (04)

A half dozen GP40/-2's, led by the 3331, take POSE through State Line at 15:07 on Aug. 3, 1983.

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (05)

POSE's herd of GP40/-2's roll beneath the signal gantry at State Line.

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (06)

N7B 21095 by the signal gantry on the rear of POSE at State Line.

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (07)

CR 6331 leads SEBO past the gantry signal at State Line at 15:13 on Aug. 3, 1983.

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (08)

SD40-2 6441 and C30-7 6606 are the second half of SEBO's power this day.

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (09)

N12 bay window 24522 follows an N8 of indeterminate number at the rear of SEBO at State Line.

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (10)

GP40-2 3354 leads a 4 unit light engine set eastward past the gantry signal at State Line at 15:40. This was the last classic signal gantry left on the B&A and with the single-tracking of the B&A became redundant and was removed, hated to see it go!

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (11)

SPENO ballast cleaner arrives at State Line on track 1 to clear up for westbound traffic.

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (12)

SPENO train crossing over to track 2 from 1 at State Line.

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (13)

SPENO train crossing over from track 1 to 2 at State Line.

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (14)

GP38-2 8280, the next to highest number unit of that group, leads PWSE by State Line at 17:38 while the ballast cleaner waits for him to clear.

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (15)

CR 1980 in the trail position in PWSE at State Line in Canaan, NY. Nice that TOFC flat was the first car in the train.

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (16)

"Rare" N7C van 21498 brings up the rear of PWSE at State Line. Rare because it was one of only 4 ex P&E examples. (21496-21499)

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (17)

After the passage of PWSE, the ballast cleaner has crossed back over to track 1 and resumes his work just east of the State Line crossing in West Stockbridge, MA.

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (18)

Ballast cleaner resumes his work along track 1 just east of the State Line crossing.

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (19)

SENH by State Line crossing at 18:15 with the 6293 in the lead.

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (20)

SENH heading away toward the ballast cleaner with 3 depressed center flats behind the power.

Afternoon at State Line on 8/3/83. (21)

N5C's 23100 and 23069 tag along on the rear of SENH at State Line as the ballast cleaner continues working along track 1 in the distance.

An autumnal day on the B&A...10/8/93. (01)

The start of what would be a good day on the B&A, traffic-wise, with 18 moves between 07:00 and 16:30; SEBO-X, with the 6633 leading, splits the signals and soup at CP 140 in Hinsdale, MA. at 07:03.

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