1981 Images - Page 2

By the time Dick made it back to Conrail country in 1981, much progress had been made. Sadly, some older diesels and the electrics were off the roster, but more power had received the much-needed attention by the shop forces. If you look at the 1979 collection and then at the 1981 images, you can tell the tide had turned in Conrail's favor.

CR 6354 Gallitzin, PA 1981

Conrail SD40 6354 (ex-PC 6101, nee-PRR 6101) is seen at CP-UN at Gallitzin, PA with a westbound TV train in 1981.

CR 6360 and 6279 Altoona, PA 1981

Conrail SD40 6279 (ex-PC 6279) is joined by SD40-2 6360 to shove a westbound hopper train up around Benny Curve back in 1981.

CR 6365 Gallitzin, PA 1981

Conrail SD40-2 6365 is seen heading west at CP-UN in Gallitzin, PA in 1981.

CR 6372 and 6394 Altoona, PA 1981

CR 6372 and CR 6394 are seen passing the venerable ALTO tower at Altoona, PA. A common sight in 1981, but now only on rare occasions can one re-create this shot.

CR 6372 and 6394 Altoona, PA 1981

Conrail SD40-2s 6372 and CR 6394 are seen drifting downgrade with a sister SD40-2 just west of Horseshoe Curve in 1981.

CR 6372 and 6394 Altoona, PA 1981

CR 6372 and CR 6394 are seen at CP-Works in Altoona, PA in 1981. In the background is the Union Tank Car facility that occupies the former PRR passenger car shops.

CR 6397, 3220 and 6388 Cresson, PA 1981

Conrail SD40-2 6397 is leading CR GP40 3220 (ex-PC 3220) and CR SD40-2 6388 on an eastbound mixed freight at Cresson, PA in 1981. The "bulges" on tracks 1 and 4 no longer exist, nor does the bridge the photographer is standing on.

CR 6408, 7912 and 3217 Altoona, PA 1981

An trio of EMDs is lugging a westbound merchandise freight around Horseshoe back in 1981. In charge is SD40-2 6408, GP38 7912, and GP40 3217.

CR 6433 and 3052 Gallitzin, PA 1981

Conrail SD40-2 6433 and GP40 3052 (ex-PC 3052, nee-NYC 3052) are pulling an eastbound mixed freight into Gallitzin, PA in 1981.

CR 6443 and 6425 at MG PA 1981

Conrail SD40-2s 6443 and 6425 are lugging a westbound ballast train up the hill just west of MG tower in 1981.

CR 6443 and CR 6425 at MG Tower in 1981

Conrail SD40-2s 6443 and 6425 are seen passing MG tower with a westbound ballast train in 1981.

CR 6456 and 6346 Harrisburg,PA 1981

Conrail SD40 6346 and SD40-2 6456 are leading an eastbound freight past the Amtrak station in Harrisburg, PA in 1981.

CR 6457 and CR 6497 at Horseshoe Cuve in 1981

Conrail SD40-2s 6457 and 6497 are seen running light westbound around Horseshoe Curve in 1981.

CR 6457 and CR 6497 Tunnelhill, PA 1981

Conrail SD40-2s 6457 and 6497 are seen with class N21 caboose 21248 at Bennington Curve, PA in 1981.

CR 6461 and CR 3052 at Gallitzin, PA

Conrail SD40-2 6461 and GP40 3052 (ex-PC 3052, nee-NYC 3052) are pulling an eastbound mixed freight into Gallitzin, PA in 1981.

CR 6485, CR 2306, and CR 6469 at Enola

Another 1981 view of Enola Yard shows SD40-2 6485, GP35 2306 (ex-PC 2306, nee-PRR 2306), and SD40-2 6469 while a CR boxcar (possibly CR 154372? looks to be an X44 from the Despatch ends...) takes a ride down the hump.

CR 6497 and 6457 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD40-2s 6497 and CR 6457 provide braking assistance on the rear of an eastbound TV train at Bennington Curve in 1981.

CR 6505 and 6394 near Horseshoe Curve in 1981

Conrail SD40-2s 6505 and 6394 shove on the rear of a westbound mixed freight just west of Horseshoe Curve in 1981.

CR 6505, 6394 and 6372 near Horseshoe Curve

CR 6505, 6394 and 6372 are running light eastbound toward Horseshoe Curve in 1981.

CR 6958 at the Morrisville, PA shop in 1981

Conrail SD38 6958 (ex-PC 6958) is seen sitting in the Morrisville, PA diesel shop in 1981, possibly awaiting a traction motor swap.

CR 7706 Altoona, PA 1981

A 1981 view of the turntable are behind the Juniata E&M shop shows CR 6670 (ex-EL 3639) and CR 7706 (ex-PC 7706) along with a pair of unidentified CR pups.

CR 8094 and CR 8116 at Rockville, PA 1981

A trio of GP38-2s, including CR 8094 and CR 8116 pass Rockville tower as they head north onto the Buffalo Line in 1981. Today, the tower is gone, as are the blue maintenance vehicles, the Geeps went to CSX, and railfanning here is a good way to get oneself cited for trespassing. Sad how times change...

CR 890415 in the East Altoona deadlines, 1981

A 1981 view of the dead lines at East Altoona in 1981. Among the cars pictured are H54 covered hopper 890415 and ballast hopper 51734, The turntable and foundations of the old East Altoona roundhouse are seen behind the lines of stored cars. East Altoona was once the largest roundhouse in the world, servicing as many as 350 steam locomotives a day. It was closed in early 1968 and demolished that year.

CR 8937 at Juniata in 1981

Conrail SW9 8937 (ex-LV 286) is seen behind the E&M Shop at Juniata in 1981.

CR 9090 and 8962 Morrisville, PA 1981

CR 9090 (ex-PC 9090) and CR 8962 (ex-PC 8962) are seen in a line of Conrail pups at Morrisville, PA in 1981.

CR 9268 at Duncansville, PA in 1981

CR 9268 (ex-PC 8690) is seen passing WYE tower in Duncansville, PA, still wearing its coat of PC green paint in 1981. WYE was closed in 1982 when the New Portage Secondary was abandoned, and stood for about another year afterwards.

CR 9339 at Rose Yard, Altoona

CR 9339 (ex-PC 9020) is seen passing ROSE tower in Altoona as she switches cars in the yard in 1981.

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