David Leonard

1

The early 80s were a strange time on the Pittsburgh Line. Here a pair of light road units provide assistance up the hill, shoving behind two different cabooses.

2

Many of Conrail's inherited SD45s served their short stint with Big Blue as helpers, sometimes far from home. Here an ex-EL unit leads an ex-PRR/PC unit on their way to help another train across the mountain.

3

A brand new C32-8 is being broken in as a helper unit on the Horseshoe Curve.

4

A lone SD45-2, still in EL paint, helps a freight up hill.

Single helper units weren't the rule, but were occasionally used.

5

A mis-matched pair of EMD 6 axle units (an SD45-2 and an SD40) help a westbound train over the mountain on the Pittsburgh Line.

6

A pair of GEs fill in for the common fleet of SDs as helper units approach the Horseshoe Curve. The first unit is an ex-EL unit, while the second was a built new for Conrail C30-7A.

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