Glenn Fresch's Conrail Action

Glenn Fresch is an avid rail photographer who's day job is running trains on NJT in North Jersey. He spent a lot of time photographing Conrail in it's later, glory years, and his collection can be viewed here.

In the Summer of 97 the hot metal train steams its way through Dolton Jct, located within the "Toxic Donought" area of Chicagoland, behind GP15-1 1662.
The Devault local begins its trip to the American Sweeteners Plant, located near the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Devault, PA. Its route is an eclectic one, as it will traverse the Reading's Perkiomen Branch to the other side of the Schuylkill River, then cross it again on the Pennsy's Schuylkill Division, and finally use the Devault branch to acess the plant. Although this line saw heavy use under Conrail, today the American Sweeteners Plant has moved and the Devault branch is out of service.
The Devault local, this day powered by SD40-2s 6503 and 6502, has opened the switch at Perkiomen Jct., just west of Valley Forge National Park, and begins to proceed down this ex Reading branch. This is the Summer of 1995, and traffic to the American Sweeteners Plant is booming, calling for this local to run almost every day.
Railfans enjoy a tour of the Selkirk engine house during the NRHS convention of 1988. The excursion's power was the Morristown and Erie Alcos to the left, while Conrail U23B 2791 takes sand at the maintenance facility. Today it's hard to imagine a railroad inviting any railfans, let alone a whole train load onto their property.
A westbound freight is approaching CP-Bell in 1997 with some CSX power pinch-hitting. The Pennsylvania Railroad was famous for building flyovers to allow rail traffic to flow unimpeded by opposing movements. Here we have a train exiting OC Bridge after crossing the Ohio River and making its way to the middle of the main line from Pittsburgh by using the flyover. This will place it between the eastbound and westbound Pittsburgh Line tracks, eliminating the need to hold out opposing movements at the interlocking for a crossover move. At the same time, a Pittsburgh bound train from Conway passes by and will soon cross under the rear end of the train seen in the photo. Our vantage point, now surrounded by trains, is the old intermodal yard. It was rendered obsolete when the clearance improvement project rerouted intermodal trains around Pittsburgh on the Mon Line, sending them over this location on the OC bridge.

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