Carl Weber's ConRail Action in Black & White

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Westbound tonnage behind SD45 6083 and SD45-2 6665 in Hinsdale center, MA. on March 14, 1981.
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Extra 6083 west about to "take the plunge" down the west slope in Hinsdale center, MA. on March 14, 1981.
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The extra 3328 east tops the grade in Hinsdale center as extra 6083 west continues down grade on March 14, 1981.
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Some veterans in the trail position on the extra 3328 east in Hinsdale on March 14, 1981. The white sill stripe on the 2521 marks it as ex NYC.
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Santa Fe GP40X 3805 leads two sisters, the 3805 and 3806, on a westbound through Chester, MA. in late June, 1979. The prototypes for what would eventually become the GP50 tested on the B&A for several weeks in June and July of 1979. CR sent a like number of SD40's to the AT&SF as "collateral" during the test period.
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GP15-1 1689 has the point on RESE coming into Bancroft (Middlefield station), MA. on April 17, 1982. The "baby tunnel motors" could often be seen as part of a lash-up on the Boston line, but rarely in the lead.
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SPSE-0 passes over Factory Brook and Town Hill Rd. coming into Bancroft (Middlefield station), MA. on Dec. 30, 1982. B23-7 1901 leads three 2800 series B23-7's. Can you recognize the difference between the two in this photo? There is a minor feature visible in any view looking down the sides of the locomotives.
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An abbreviated track geometry train, led by the usual 1933, passes Capitol tower in Harrisburg, PA. on Aug. 22, 1985.
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Just track geometry car 21 was along for this trip, instead of the usual 3 or 4 cars.
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B23-7 1950 has SPSE in tow passing MP 129 in Becket, MA. on Nov. 28, 1981. We can tell it's SPSE by the healthy string of CN/CV boxcars loaded with newsprint which came off the B&M at Springfield from Canada.
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B23-7 1951 leads a pair of "bigger brothers" with TV-6 approaching Huntington proper on Jan. 25, 1992.
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B23-7 1915 leads two "bigger brothers" with TV-6 at Huntington, MA. on Jan. 25, 1992.
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TV-6 rounds the curve and will pass MP 120 in Huntington, MA. shortly.
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The extra 1963 east passing Mifflin tower on Aug. 18, 1985.
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The 1990 leads a solid six unit group of B23-7's as a light engine move eastward past MP 139 in Hinsdale, MA. on April 27, 1983.
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A gaggle of six B23-7's, led by the 2007, have an SENH in tow by the old depot in Dalton, MA. on July 21, 1984. These half dozen B-Boat lash-ups were not uncommon on the B&A, and were fun to hear, especially compared to the "stealth" C30-7A's, which were only a month away from taking over the B&A at this time. This photo really fits the "Signals and detectors" listing, since both are in evidence.
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CR 2018 leading westbound tonnage over the summit of the B&A in Hinsdale, MA. on March 7, 1981.
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Extra 2264 west about 1/4 mile west of Ballou's in Washington, MA. in April, 1979.
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Extra 2264 west going away with U30B 2865 and U23B 2747 in trail.
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GP35 2278 is at the head of RISE passing MP 129 in Becket, MA. on Halloween, 1981.
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Here's a full-frame version of the preceding photo for those who may be interested. RISE at MP 129 on 10/31/81. One of my favorite b&w shots at this location. It provides an excellent example of what good old Verichrome Pan film was capable of, showing excellent shadow detail in bright sun. It probably had the best dynamic range of ANY b&w film, and it first came out in the 1930's
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GP35 2304 leads RISE past MP 129 in Becket, MA. on Nov. 28, 1981.
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U25B 2507 on a westbound, possibly BOEL with all those reefers, passing MP 135/Ballou's in Washington, MA. in March, 1979.
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U25B 2530 leads eastbound tonnage near MP 122 in Chester, MA. in June, 1979.
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U25B 2609 leads an eclectic lash-up on a westbound at Bancroft, MA. in June, 1979.
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U25B 2611 leads another pair of like models plus a U28B on westbound tonnage at the summit of the Berkshires in Hinsdale, MA. on July 20, 1979.
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CR 2798, the "last U-Boat", leads westbound tonnage around the horseshoe curve near MP 129 in Middlefield, MA. in June, 1979.
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U33B 2948 takes up the trail position as the extra 2798 heads for MP 129 in June, 1979.
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SD40-2 6409 is one of the "pushers du jour" aiding the extra 2798 west up the east slope near MP 129 in Middlefield, MA. in June, 1979.
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SD40-2 6409 working hard to " keep it moving with ConRail" at the rear of the extra 2798 west in Middlefield, MA. in June, 1979.
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U23-B 2798 leads westbound tonnage around the horseshoe curve in Middlefield, MA. in June, 1979. The 2798 is the last "U-Boat" or "Universal series" locomotive buit by GE for domestic service. The 2798 was one of a group of U23-B's that went to the P&W in 1997 and became their 2203. In 2002 the P&W gave up the 2203 and it was then acquired by the Railroad Museum of New England because of it's historical significance.
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B23-7 2808 on the head end of PWSE near Bancroft (Middlefield station), MA. on Dec. 30, 1982. Between 40 and 50 of P&W's bright orange boxcars comprised the first half of the train.
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Full frame edition of the previous photo of CR 2808 in Middlefield, MA.
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Three GP-40/-2's, including the 3002, aid the 2808 with PWSE in Middlefield, MA. on Dec. 30, 1982.
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N5C 23101 follows along behind PWSE in Middlefield, MA. on Dec. 30, 1982.
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B23-7 2812 leads several others of her kind on SPSE at the "new location" around mile 129.2 in Becket, MA. on Nov. 28, 1981.
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SPSE's head end going away at the "new location" in becket, MA. on Nov. 28, 1981. The second unit MAY be another U23-C.
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If ONE caboose is good, what are THREE? From front to rear.....N7B 21066, N7 21739, N7B 21044, none of which is a stranger to these rails.
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If ONE caboose is good, what are THREE? From front to rear...N7B 21066, N7 21739, N7B 21044, none of which is a stranger to these rails.
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TV6 descends through the shadows in the big cut just west of MP 129 in Becket, MA. on July 25, 1992.
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B23-7's 1986 and the "class unit", 1900, bring up the rear of TV6's lashup as they continue past MP 129 in Becket, MA. on July 25, 1992.
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CR 2816 (last of the 17 unit group of B23-7's acquired by CR in 1977) leads SPSE over Depot Brook in the extreme south end of Washington, MA. at 09:26 on July 23, 1983. North Becket station is only about 1/2 mile east of this location.
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GP40 3253 in the trail on SPSE in Washington, MA. on July 23, 1983.
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N5B 22822 protecting the rear of SPSE in Washington, MA. on July 23, 1983.
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Work extra 2874 westbound past Muddy Pond in Washington, MA. in May, 1980.
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Ex CR working for the D&H on CR track...what goes around, comes around...I guess. Former CR U33B 2923 leads EDNW through Susquehanna, PA. on Aug. 17, 1985.
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CR 3004 leads a gaggle of GP-40's with TV6 near the "art colony" in Middlefield, MA. on April 27, 1983.
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GP40 3153 arrives at North Adams Jct. in Pittsfield, MA. at 11:18 on Feb. 26, 1983. Sharp-eyed perusers may note the second and third units look like GP35's with the lower sills and smaller fuel tanks, also the fourth unit, a GP40(?), appears to have a bent frame.
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GP-40 3185 leads TV8 over the crest of the west slope at MP 142 in Hinsdale center, MA. on Feb. 26, 1983
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GP40 3187 on the arch spanning Factory Brook and Town Hill Rd. with SPSE in Bancroft, MA. on July 16, 1983.

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