1983 Images

1983 was a bittersweet year for Conrail fans. While the railroad was growing ever closer to being profitable, a lot of the older power that had soldiered on in the early years was gone from the roster. They were necessary casualties, though, as the railroad went further into profitability.

Conway hump in 1983

A 1983 shot of the hump at Conway shows the massive spread of yard tracks needed to handle the traffic flow through big blue's biggest yard.

Conway hump in 1983

A view of Conway Yard's eastbound hump in 1983 shows power and cabins laying over between assignments and servicing.

Conway overview in 1983

A great overview shot at Conway in 1983 that still only manages to show a small portion of the yard. A cabin is on the retarders as a hump set sits in the background, note the blue Conrail buses in the bottom right.

Conway's yard tower Conway, PA 1983

A rare shot of the inside of a yard tower in Conway, circa 1983.

CR 1994 at Bennington Curve

Conrail B23-7 1994 is seen leading an eastbound into Bennington Curve in 1983.

CR 21271 - Class N21

Conrail class N21 caboose 21271 is seen among a sea of cabins at Enola Yard in 1983.

CR 21704 - Class N7A

Conrail class N7A caboose 21704 is being cut off the rear of a train at the Enola hump in 1983.

CR 2230 Philadelphia, PA 1983

Conrail GP30 2230 (ex-PC 2230) is seen rounding the curve in front of Amtrak's ZOO tower in Philadelphia, PA circa 1983.

CR 2245 West Fairview, PA 1983

Conrail GP30 2245 (ex-PC 2245) is seen passing DAY tower at the east end of Enola Yard in West Fairview, PA in 1983.

CR 2249 and 2245 Enola, PA 1-1-1983

Conrail GP30s 2249 (ex-PC 2249) and 2245 (ex-PC 2245) are seen at the west end of Enola Yard in 1983.

CR 22836 - Class N5B

Conrail class N5B caboose 22836 is seen at the end of a caboose deadline in Rutherford, PA in 1983.

CR 22856 - Class N5B

Conrail class N5B caboose 22856 is seen at Conway Yard in 1983, shot from inside the yard tower.

CR 23043 and CR 6041 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD35 6041 (ex-CNJ 2502) is seen trailing behind class N5C 23043 at Bennington Curve in 1983.

CR 23087 and CR 6044 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD35 6044 (ex-CNJ 2505) is shoving against class N5C caboose 23087 at Horseshoe Curve in 1983.

CR 23110 - Class N5C

Conrail class N5C cabin car 23110 is seen at Johnstown, PA in 1983. Today, the caboose is gone, as are the CR triple hoppers, the Santa Fe reefer, and the vast majority of the steel mill.

CR 23140 and CR 23865 at Slope Interlocking

Conrail class N5C cabin car 23140 is seen with class NE6 caboose 23865 at CP-Slope in Altoona, PA in 1982.

CR 24031 - Class N10

Conrail class N10 caboose 24031 is seen just north of ZOO tower in Philadelphia, PA in 1983.

CR 2921 Altoona, PA 1983

Conrail U33B 2921 (ex-PC 2921) is seen in use as a parts donor behind the Juniata Shops in 1983.

CR 3109 at Spruce Creek, PA

Conrail GP40 3109 (ex-PC 3109) is seen near Spruce Creek, PA in 1983.

CR 3242 at Bennington Curve

Conrail GP40-2 3242 is seen again in 1983, this time trailing on an eastbound freight at Bennington Curve.

CR 3242 at DAY tower West Fairview, PA 1983

Conrail GP40 3242 (ex-PC 3242) is seen entering Enola Yard at DAY tower in West Fairview, PA in 1983.

CR 3254 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail GP40 2354 (ex-PC 3254) is seen heading west around Horseshoe Curve with a mix of intermodal and autoracks in 1983.

CR 3261 at Spruce Creek

Conrail GP40 3261 (ex-PC 3261) is seen near Spruce Creek, PA in 1983.

CR 3265 at Conway Yard

Conrail GP40 3265 (ex-PC 3265) is seen near the sanding facilities at Conway Yard in 1983.

CR 3269 at Bennington Curve

Conrail GP40 3269 (ex-PC 3269) is seen trailing on an eastbound autorack train at Bennington Curve in 1983.

CR 3292 at JACKS Tower Jacks Narrows, PA 1983

Conrail GP40-2 3292 is seen trailing on a westbound TV train at Jacks Tower in Jacks Narrows, PA in 1983.

CR 3328 at Bennington Curve

Conrail GP40-2 3328 is leading a pair of other Geeps east on a coal train at Bennington Curve in 1983.

CR 3391 at Lewistown, PA

Conrail GP40-2 3391 is leading west into Lewistown, PA on the point of a TV train in 1983.

CR 431461 on the Enola hump

Conrail triple hopper 431461 is on the hump at Enola Yard in 1983.

CR 483202 at Johnstown, PA

An eastbound freight is pulling into Johnstown, PA in 1983, but the most interesting part of this photo is CR 483202, with the "CR" patch above the PC-style slanted numbering.

CR 5406 at Conway

Conrail GP8 5406 is seen at Conway, PA in 1983. We are thankful to Dick for obtaining this roof-angle shot of this unit, as not a lot of the GP8 rebuilds kept their "torpedo-tube" roof-mounted air tanks.

CR 5676 and CR 9011 Enola, PA 1-1-1983

Conrail GP7 5676 (ex-CNJ 1520) is seen at Enola Yard, along with SW9 9011 (ex-EL 435) in 1983.

CR 6045 and CR 6282 at Enola, PA

Conrail SD40-2 6282 (ex-PC 6282) and SD35 6045 (ex-CNJ 2506) are seen at Enola Yard in 1983.

CR 6045 at Enola, PA

Conrail SD35 6045 (ex-CNJ 2506) is seen at Enola Yard in 1983.

CR 6078 and CR 6141 Rutherford, PA 1-1-1983

By 1983, much had changed on Conrail. The rainbow of locomotives that made the early years so interesting had largely been transformed into a uniform sea of blue, and new power meant the retirement of old mainstays like all these SD45s, shown in the deadlines at Rutherford Yard. Units like 6078 (ex-EL 3613) and 6141 (ex-PC 6141) helped pull big blue through the tumultuous early years, shame to see their lives end like this.

CR 6148 Conway, PA 1-1-1983

Conrail SD45 6148 (ex-PC 6148, nee-PRR 6148) is seen trailing on a westbound freight at Conway Yard in 1983.

CR 6243 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD40 6243 (ex-PC 6243) is seen leading a westbound train at Horseshoe Curve in 1983.

CR 6288 and CR 491159 at Bennington Curve

Conrail triple hopper 491159 is seen trailing behind SD40 6288 (ex-CNJ 3064) on an eastbound coal drag at Bennington Curve in 1983.

CR 6365 Being Serviced at Morrisville, PA

Conrail SD40-2 6365 is receiving some maintenance at the Morrisville diesel shop in 1983.

CR 6378 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD40-2 6378 is trailing on a westbound TV train at Horseshoe Curve in 1983.

CR 6391 at Johnstown, PA

Conrail SD40-2 6391 is leading a TV train through Johnstown, PA in 1983.

CR 6399 and CR 6499 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD40-2s 6399 and 6499 are seen helping an eastbound coal train down around Bennington Curve in 1983.

CR 6399 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD40-2 6399 is seen on the rear of a coal drag's helper set at Bennington Curve in 1983.

CR 6411 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD40-2 6411 is seen trailing on an eastbound TV train at Bennington Curve in 1983.

CR 6499 and CR 485078 at Bennington Curve

Conrail triple hopper 485078 is on the tail end of an eastbound coal train at Bennington Curve in 1983, with SD40-2 6499 assisting on the rear.

CR 6501 and 6660 Altoona, PA 2-1983

Conrail SD40-2 6501 and SD45-2 6660 (ex-EL 3675) are seen helping a train up Horseshoe Curve back in February, 1983

CR 6508 with CR 6895 and CR 8863 Conway, PA 1-1-1983

Conrail SD40-2 6508 is seen leading a westbound freight through Conway Yard in 1983. The train is passing a line of stored units, including CR U36C 6895 (ex-CR 6598, nee-EL 3327) and CR SW7 8863 (ex-EL 431).

CR 6508 with CR 9026 Conway Yard 1-1-1983

Another shot of Conrail SD40-2 6508 at Conway Yard, this time passing SW9 9026 (ex-EL 455) in 1983.

CR 6519 at Harrisburg, PA Station, 1983

Conrail SD40-2 6519 is seen on the point of a massive power consist at Harrisburg, PA in 1983.

CR 6656 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD45-2 6656 (ex-EL 3671) is seen helping an eastbound freight down Bennington Curve in 1983.

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