1986 Images

1986 saw Conrail moving closer and closer to its financial independence from the federal government. However, profitability came at a price: by this time cabin cars were all but gone from mainline trains, and the early rainbow years had finally given way to nonstop parade of blue.

CR 297859 - Class B83A at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail class B83A boxcar 297859 is seen in a westbound auto parts train at Horseshoe Curve in 1986.

CR 3171 at Antis Tower Altoona, PA 1986

Conrail GP40 3171 is seen hauling an eastbound TV train past abandoned Antis Tower in Altoona, PA in 1986.

CR 3212 at Tunnelhill, PA

Conrail GP40 3212 is seen trailing on a westbound TV train as it prepares to duck into the Allegheny Tunnel at Tunnelhill, PA in 1986.

CR 3360 at Bennington Curve

Conrail GP40-2 3360 is seen leading an eastbound TV train down Bennington Curve in 1986.

CR 3374 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail GP40-2 3374 leads SD40 6280 and another SD40 on a westbound auto parts train approaching Horseshoe Curve in 1986.

CR 4022 Enola, PA 2-25-1986

Conrail E8A 4022 is laying over at Enola Yard during a 1986 tour of the PRR T&HS.

CR 431361 at Horseshoe Curve

CR 431361 is seen in a westbound empty coal train on Horseshoe Curve in 1986.

CR 5000 at Cresson, PA 1986

Conrail B36-7 5000 is trailing on a westbound TV train at Cresson, PA in 1986. The trio of B36s have just notched out and are doing their best to put an ALCo to shame.

CR 5020 at Cresson, PA

Conrail B36-7 5020 is leading a westbound TV train through Cresson, PA in 1986.

CR 5030 at Port Royal, PA

Conrail B36-7 is seen leading a barrage of other GE units westbound through Port Royal, PA in 1986.

CR 5045 at Port Tower in Newport, PA 1986

Conrail B36-7 5045 is seen with an westbound TV train as it passes Port Tower, just west of Newport, PA in 1986.

CR 600718 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail bulkhead gondola 600718 is seen in a westbound freight at Horseshoe Curve while a pair of helpers drift downgrade in 1986.

CR 6234 Cresson, PA 1-1-1986

Conrail SD45 6234 is seen coming over the Cresson Secondary bridge over the Pittsburgh Line at Cresson, PA in 1986.

CR 6251 at Bennington Curve.jpg

Conrail SD40 6251 is seen trailing on a westbound empty Pennsylvania Power and Light coal train at Bennington Curve in 1986.

CR 6279 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD40 6279 & SD40-2 6513 are seen shoving a WB coal train at Bennington Curve in 1986.

CR 6285 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD40 6285 is trailing on a westbound auto parts train as it approaches Horseshoe Curve in 1986.

CR 6286 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD40 6286 is seen shoving on the rear of a westbound freight from the park at Horseshoe Curve in 1986.

CR 6287 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD40 6287 is seen shoving a westbound empty PPLX coal train around Bennington Curve in 1986.

CR 6290 at Bennington Curve.jpg

Conrail SD40 6290 is seen shoving on the rear of a westbound empty coal train at Bennington Curve in 1986.

CR 6290 at Cresson, PA

Conrail SD40 6290 is seen crossing over at MO interlocking in Cresson, PA in 1986.

CR 6291 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD40 6291 is seen shoving an empty westbound coal train around Horseshoe Curve in 1986.

CR 6332 at Enola Yard

Conrail SD40 6332 is seen sitting outside the diesel shop at Enola Yard in 1986. SW9 8959 is sitting in a line of switchers with their stacks capped.

CR 6332 Enola, PA 1986

Conrail SD40 6332 is seen from just inside the doors of Enola Diesel in 1986.

CR 6334 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD40-2 6334 is seen trailing on a westbound helper move at Bennington Curve in 1986.

CR 6357 at South Fork

Conrail SD40 6357 is seen as part of a helper set at South Fork, PA in 1986, along with SD40-2 6490.

CR 6403 and CR 6430 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD40-2s 6403 and 6430 are seen in a helper trio heading west at Bennington Curve in 1986.

CR 6427 inside Enola Diesel

Conrail SD40-2 6427 is seen receiving some TLC inside the Enola Diesel Shop during a 1986 PRR T&HS tour of the facility.

CR 6442 inside Enola Diesel

Conrail SD40-2 6442 is seen receiving some maintenance inside the Enola Diesel Shop during a 1986 PRR T&HS tour of the facility.

CR 6448 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD40-2 6448 is seen leading a westbound empty coal train around Horseshoe Curve in 1986.

CR 6469 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD40-2 6469 is seen shoving on the rear of an eastbound coal train at Bennington Curve in 1986.

CR 6480 at Enola Yard

Conrail SD40-2s 6480 and 6512 are seen sitting outside the Enola Diesel Shop in 1986.

CR 6602 at Bennington Curve

Conrail C30-7 6602 is seen leading a westbound empty coal train around Bennington Curve in 1986.

CR 6654 Altoona, PA 1986

Conrail SD45-2 6654 is making up the first half of a helper set as is drifts downgrade just east of Horseshoe Curve in 1986.

CR 6655 near Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD45-2 6655 is seen helping a westbound TV train as it approaches Horseshoe Curve in 1986.

CR 6657 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD45-2 6657 is seen shoving on the rear of a westbound auto parts train in 1986. For some reason, this train was operating with a caboose.

CR 6658 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD45-2s 6658 and 6656 are seen running light westbound at Bennington Curve in 1986.

CR 6663 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD45-2 6663 is seen helping an eastbound TV train down Bennington Curve in 1986. D

CR 6663 at Gallitzin, PA

Conrail SD45-2 6366 is seen leading a westbound TV train at CP-UN in Gallitzin, PA in 1986.

CR 6665 near Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD45-2 6665 is seen bringing up the rear of a westbound freight just east of Horseshoe Curve in 1986.

CR 6666 at Gallitzin, PA

Conrail SD45-2 6666 is seen leading a westbound TV train out of the Allegheny Tunnel in Gallitzin, PA in 1986.

CR 6666 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD45-2 6666 is seen shoving on the rear of a westbound auto parts train at Horseshoe Curve in 1986.

CR 6745 near Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD50 6745 is seen leading a westbound freight just east of Horseshoe Curve in 1986. Even though she is nearly brand-new, there are already some battle scars visible on the 6745's plow.

CR 6746 at DAY Tower West Fairview, PA 1986

Conrail SD50 6746 is seen heading north into Enola Yard past DAY tower in 1986.

CR 6784 at Bennington Curve

Conrail SD50s 6784 and 6750 are seen leading a westbound empty PPLX coal train around Bennington Curve in 1986.

CR 6797 at Horseshoe Curve

Conrail SD50 6797 is seen leading an eastbound freight just east of Horseshoe Curve in 1986.

CR 6801 at Mifflin

Conrail SD50 6801 is seen leading a westbound into Mifflin, PA in 1986.

CR 6801 at Mifflin Tower Mifflin, PA 1986

Conrail SD50 6801 is seen leading a westbound train past Mifflin tower at Mifflin, PA in 1986. An eastbound is approaching on track 1 while a Sperry car sits in the hole.

CR 7105 at Enola Yard

Conrail GP9 7105 is showing her PRR heritage as she sits in the Enola Yard deadlines in 1986.

CR 7969 Chicago, IL 5-13-1986

Conrail GP38-2 7969 is seen powering a short local across the Calumet River drawbridge on Chicago's South Side in 1986.

CR 8003 Summerdale, PA 1986

Conrail GP38-2 8003 is seen at Overview from the old Iron Bridge in 1986.

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