Way out of place GP15-1 1621 leads SD40-2 6439 on an empty UFY hopper train at Montgomery, PA on 10/5/89. Train originated in York Haven, PA and was heading to Clearfield, PA to be forwarded back to the mines for reloading. I hope the air was good in this train. The 1621 lacked dynamic brakes so the air would have had to have been used for all slow downs and stops.. 1621 would spend many years in Lancaster, PA and along Amtraks lines in the eastern part of the Conrail system..
B23-7 1939 leads GP38-2 8046 on the XSL-15 empty hopper train going back to the mines at Sligo, PA for more coal.. The 1939 became CSX 3157 while 8046 became the property of the NS and renumbered to 5261.
Ex. PRR/PC GP30 2198 leads another Ex PRR unit GP35 2317 on the UIR-506 destined for Indian River, Delaware. Train is backing out of Newberry Yard passing thru CP AD on the Antlers Industrial and will back to clear CP Linden before starting south for Enola Yard. Note the unusually large CR initials on the front of the 2198. This was rather late in the Conrail era to be seeing GP30's still painted in predecessor colors. The 2198 was retired by Conrail and was bought by the New Hope & Ivyland RR where she still works today.
Conrail U23B 2730 and B23-7 1955 pull ENBU-2T northbound on the Buffalo Line thru Montgomery, PA on 3/2/89. The head end trailer was picked up at KW Yard in Rockville, PA and the frames behind that came out of the Dana Corp. in Reading, PA and were destined for Oshawa, Ontario. With the 82 cars behind them, no doubt they'll be getting a helper at Emporium.
Conrail GP40 3216, with the PC logo showing thru on the long hood, leads still PC black GP38-2 on southbound extra local WHNO-99 at Northumberland, PA on 8/27/83. Train is heading to the Shamokin Dam power plant. The 3216 would live a long service life on Conrail being retired on 4/11/91 and then sold to the Ohio Central RR. The 8133 still toils on for owner CSX as its 2749.
Almost new C40-8's 6040-6037 lead northbound empty hopper train UFY-??? through Montgomery, PA with 102 hoppers for Clearfield, PA. Come June 1st, 1999, both of these units would become the property of CSX becoming 7495-7492.
SD45 6237 leads a NB freight past the tower and station at Perryville, MD on 9-2-1979. Evidence of trackwork is visable with the CR crew bus in the background.
Power off a ZBB ore train lay over in the ex. Reading Saucon Yard after it dropped its cars off at the Bethlehem Steel Mill. Power is SD40's 6262-6270, both still in Penn Central black, and SD40-2 6460. After Bethlehem Steel closed and the coke mill shut down, the rails here were removed. The only thing remaining in this shot is the coal tower which remarkably still stands! The SD40's had long lives and are still in service today. 6262 became CR 609, HLCX 5023, TFM 1520, HATX 1520, then rebuilt to GCFX 3089. The 6270 became EMDX 6427 and was rebuilt to FURX 3045. SD40-2 6460 still works today dressed up as CSX 8836..
A neat mix of power leads ENBU-1 northbound passing MP 234 on the Buffalo Line. SD40-2 6410 leads U23B 2718 and GP10 7566 on the Buffalo bound mixed freight. Conrail 6410 later became famous as CSX 8888, the unit that was involved in the runaway train drama thru Ohio on 5/15/2001.
Fuel test unit (as noted by the star under the road number onside of cab) SD40-2 6432 and SD40 6266 pull 149 empty hoppers off the Antlers Industrial track thru CP River to head north to Clearfield, PA. Not seen in the shot are the two cabin cars at the rear.
CR SD40-2 6519 and SD40 6347 are on the point of an incredible 203 car coal drag UXL-45, at Koppers crossing near Nisbet, PA. Trains like this were common on the south end as it was all river grade and lightly powered trains could make track speed with ease..
Consecutively numbered SD50s 6821-6822 take 102 northbound empty hoppers UFY-??? passing the Fair siding just south of Watsontown, PA on 5/15/92. Units after the split became the property of Norfolk Southern and were renumbered 5469-5470. Both were retired upon termination of their leases and after a lengthy storage at RMDI in Pittston, PA, 5469 joined the NREX lease fleet and was last seen reposing in the deadline at Silvis, Illinois. The 5470 was sold to Progress Rail and sent to Patterson, GA where at last report still sits..
Still looking rather new, year old SD60's 6851-6849 pull ENBU-1T northbound at MP 234 north of Montgomery, PA on the Buffalo Line. The open area to the left of the train is that of the former Reading which paralleled the Ex. PRR to Saegers, PA where the Reading broke away and crossed the Susquehanna River toward Muncy. 6851 would later become CSX 8715 while the 6849 toils for NS today as 6706.
Still in PC black paint, Conrail GP38's 7855-7826 pass thru CP River at Nisbet, PA with train XCL-7, empty hoppers headed to Clearfield, PA. Units were living on borrowed time as they were later retired when their leases expired.
Conrail SW1200 9338 was hard at work shifting the Lonza Chemical factory within the confines of Newberry Yard, Williamsport, PA on 4/17/89. Unit was eventually retired after a long career on 5/30/95.
SW1500 9530 lugs 19 car southbound local WHNO-06 back to Northumberland, PA. Train is passing thru Watsontown, PA, junction of the Watsontown Secondary track that travels 11.5 miles east to the PP&L Strawberry Ridge Power Station. September 15, 1992.
Ex Reading GP35 3654 leads another Ex Reading unit, U30C 6579 and a PC GP38 on a WB freight passing thru Homer interlocking in Altoona, PA. On the right are retired LV RS2s and EL RS3s in storage awaiting disposition.