Mike Stellpflug's Conrail Action

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Amtrak train #40, the "Broadway", passes under the Westinghouse Bridge in East Pittsburgh.
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The operators desk inside of BD Tower in Binghamton.
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The operator at BD Tower ties train orders to the arms on the train order pole.
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Ex CR C-424 2488 is now B&H 422. The unit is ex EL 2414. Here it is on "home" rails, the ex EL Rochester Division, which later became the CR Mortimer Secondary before being purchased by the LA&L in 1996. The train is crossing Honeoye Creek in West Rush. This unit was rebuilt to a C-424-m in the 1980's and became D&H 455 prior to becoming a LA&L family engine.
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The West end of the Southern Tier was at Bison Yard, a joint facility with N&W.

It did not take long for this yard to be abandoned, since Frontier Yard was only a little over a mile away. Here is a mix of power at the engine facilities as seen from the old LV main.

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A Guilford train snakes thru the curves just East of Browns Crossing on Conrails Southern Tier Line..
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An Eastbound Guilford stacker with a 3 builder lashup.
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A leased CN GP-38 leads an Eastbound into Hornell. Those widecabs were a novelty back then!
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CN lease power works an Eastbound by Goodman Street yard. Those wide cabs were a novelty at the time.
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A leased CN GP38 leads an ex PC SD-45 on a Westbound on the West side of Rochester, NY in August, 1977.
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A leased CNW SD-40 is the trailing unit on this power that is backing into the yard for a pickup. Early CR had leased power from several sources, including CNW, CN, BAR, & Precision National.
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D&H/CP train 259 at MP 361.
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D&H/CP train 557 with a pair of CP SD-40-2s at Nichols.
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An Eastbound CP/D&H train crosses the Portage Bridge with a mix of CP & CR power.
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An Eastbound heads down track 3 at Goodman Street with a pair of F7A units trailing.
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An F7A was a nice catch on this Eastbound freight.
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An SW1500 has 2 cabooses, an ex LV & ex EL, in the cut of cars it is switching.
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An ex RDG caboose brings up the rear of the Lima local. CR 18720 ex RDG 92874.
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The Lima local is backing into the yard and putting its train together at Rochester Jct. CR 18720 ex RDG 92874.
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A new B23-7 already has a broken window as it rolls a Westbound across the Portage Bridge.
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WALY arrives at Avon to switch out Kraft foods and interchange with the LA&L.
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It's dawn in the Canisteo River Valley and a Westbound CR freight is splitting the double semaphores just East of Adrian, NY.
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WALY-14 is at Avon and will switch out Kraft Foods and interchange cars with the LA&L. In April 1996 the LA&L will own this trackage and CR will no longer run down the Mortimer Secondary to Avon.
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An ex EL painted out caboose. It does not fit in the N3A number sequence, but looks like one.
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BUOI splits the double semaphores at 308. The train was running "wrong main" on track 2.
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A little B23-7 is leading much bigger units on an Eastbound coal train.
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The salt train is on Chessie tracks as it heads South to P&L Jct. at Caledonia. The train has a matched set of 4 B23-7s.
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Most likely this is a local of some sort. It was not common to see an RS-32 running the main at speed.
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The Lima local heads North at Corby Road between Honeoye Falls and Lima.
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Another one of my favorite CR photo's. The Lima local is just arriving before dark at the little yard at Rochester Jct. The ex LV yard was 3 tracks as I recall. Some cars that are not destined for points on the Lima Branch will be left here while the rest of the train goes to Lima. On the return trip, the dropped cars will be picked up to head back to Rochester.
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The Lima local is Southbound at Sibley Road as the sun is starting to set.
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The CR Lima local is Northbound on the ex LV Lima Branch at Sibley Road.
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A pair of ex MGA Super-7s lead an Eastbound out of Conway Yard.
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2035 is parked on the North side of the Rochester Diesel Shops.
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A 3 builder lashup at the Rochester Service area.
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An RS32 and 2 GP-35s are ready to head out of Goodman Street yard with a local train.
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The local switches out Pinco Insulator at Lima. In a few more minutes the sun will have set. This was the end of track on the ex LV Lima Branch.
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The Lima local is arriving at Lima late in the afternoon.
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2040 casts its shadow on the silos at Pinco Insulator at sunset.
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It's hard to pick the more interesting subject. The old PC fuel truck is just as nice as the RS-32s under the sand tower.
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An RS-32 and a pair of GP-9B units arrive at Goodman Street Yard with one of the "big" locals. This was probably the train from Kodak. The Kodak train and the salt train were the 2 biggest locals out of Rochester.
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The only over - under meet I ever got at Lanesboro was this meet of cabooses between an Eastbound CR and Northbound D&H freight.
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An N-7A caboose on a Westbound.
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Power at the Rochester shops this day included a GP-30. It was unusual for this model to be used for local power around the area.
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CR 2183 is still in RDG yellow as it sits behind the shops on a rainy day. There is a green RDG switcher to the right, a red LV switcher behind the 6225, and an EL unit to the far left.
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A clean PC painted GP-30 leads a Westbound at Goodman Street.
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Mixed color lashups were getting rare by this time, but TV 77 had a surprise with an ex PC GP-30 and a Chessie GP-40 leading a more common blue GP-40.
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An Eastbound with a GP-35 and 3 U25-Bs at Goodman Street Yard.
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An Eastbound at ALTO with a GP-35 that got a patch job with CONRAIL spelled out on the nose.
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An Eastbound CR freight stops at SR Tower to add the Gulf Summit helper to its consist. U36-C #6590 will be added behind the 2276 for the trip to Deposit.

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