Stanley Short's Conrail Photos - Page 2

CR 6619 and TV6 at Bancroft MA, June 1987

Eastbound Conrail Train TV6 drops downgrade, east of Bancroft, MA on June 13, 1987, led by C32-8 No. 6619.

CR 6619 Leads SEFR west of Washington MA, June 11 1987

Eastbound Conrail freight SEFR drops downgrade, west of Washington, MA on June 11, 1987, led by C32-8 No. 6619.

CR 6619 Leads TV6 downhill at Bancroft MA, June 1987

When I first saw a C32-8, I swore someone had beat up a locomotive with an "ugly stick." It didn't take long for me to appreciate the look. No. 6619 leads eastbound Conrail TV6 downgrade, east of Bancroft, MA, on June 13, 1987.

CR 6656 and another EL painted SD45-2 help a westbound TV at Benny, 3/78

Two former EL SD45-2s are the head end helper on a WB TV Train as it climbs upgrade through Benny Interlocking, Bennington, PA. 3/18/78.

CR 6657 leads a light helper set upgrade east of Bennington Curve, 10/82

A westbound Conrail light helper climbs the East Slope, east of Bennington, PA, 10/3/82 with SD45-2 No. 6657 and SD45 No. 6066. With the amount of EL paint showing through on No. 6657, one has to wonder if it was repainted with watercolors.

CR 6694 east through Mifflin on the Pittsburgh Line, 3/78

An EB manifest passes through Mifflin, PA on 3/20/78, led by SDP45 No. 6694.

CR 6721 leads eastbound Conrail upgrade at Gallitzin, PA on June 15, 1985

An eastbound Conrail unit grain train climbs upgrade at Gallitzin, PA on June 15, 1985, led by SD50 No. 6721.

CR 6736 leads an eastbound unit coal train at Tunnel, PA on Oct. 13, 1989

A eastbound Conrail unit coal train passes a signal at Tunnel, PA on Oct. 13, 1989, led by SD50 No. 6736.

CR 6799 on PIEN blasts through Mifflin, PA on Oct. 15, 1989

Eastbound Conrail PIEN blasts through Mifflin, PA on Oct. 15, 1989 with two SD50s.

CR 7547 leads WHWC-12 at Auburn, PA on April 28, 1987

Eastbound Conrail Train WHWC12 rounds a curve at Auburn, PA on April 28, 1987 with GP10 No. 7547, a MP15 and a SW1500.

CR 7885 climbs upgrade at Tunnell Hill, 3/78

A WB manifest climbs upgrade at Tunnel Hill, PA on 3/19/78 with two GP38s and a SD40-2.

CR 8064 leads a westbound "hospital move" of other units through Union Furnace PA. 9/84

A westbound hospital extra climbs upgrade across the Little Juniata River, west of Union Furnace, PA on 9/7/84. GP38-2 No. 8064 leads an assortment of Geeps, switchers, and "Dewitt Geeps," all headed for the happy scrap yard in the sky.

CR 9158 creeps across a crossing, north of Queen, PA on the Bedford Secondary, 10/82

A southbound Conrail freight creeps across a crossing, north of Queen, PA, on Oct. 1, 1982 with NW2 No. 9158. It wasn't a high speed operation.

CR 9158 ambles along the Bedford Secondary near Sproul PA, 10/82

A southbound Conrail freight ambles along on the Bedford Secondary near Sproul, PA on Oct. 1, 1982 with NW2 No. 9158. In hindsight, I wish I had spent a few less days on the East Slope, and a few more days on the Bedford Secondary.

CR 9158 rolls along the Bedford Secondary south of Queen PA, 10/82

When most of us, me included, look back at Conrail, we think of large trains and good track...big time railroading. There was another side to Conrail. On Oct. 1, 1982 a southbound freight slowly rolls along on the Bedford Secondary south of Queen, PA w/ NW2 No. 9158.

CR 9527 and 9627 lead WHWC21 through Tremont PA, 5/88

Westbound Conrail Local WHWC21 creeps upgrade through Tremont, PA on May 12, 1988 with SW1500 No. 9527 and MP15 No. 9627. The conductor is riding the front step of the lead unit, checking clearances between it and the parked cars. In a couple of cases, it was a mere few inches.

CR 9527 and 9627 on WHWC21 at Donaldson PA, 5/88

Westbound Conrail Local WHWC21 climbs upgrade through Donaldson, PA on May 12, 1988 with a SW1500 and a MP15. The train consisted of empty hopper cars for the one remaining load out at Good Spring. Now, it is part of Reading and Northern, and thankfully, business has increased.

CR 9527 at Good Spring, PA on May 12, 1988

A Conrail SW1500 and a MP15 on Local WHWC21 ease up to a switch at Good Spring, PA on May 12, 1988. There wasn't any chance of confusing the branch to Good Spring with the Middle Division. Good cross ties were few and far between. The track to the left led to, what at the time, was the last remaining loadout on the branch. The track to the right once went west to Lykens, but at this time, was abandoned beyond Good Spring.

CR 9529 now leads a light engine move out of Port Clinton PA, 5/87

The engineer has swapped ends and Conrail's Saturday light engine movement is now headed west from Port Clinton, PA on May 2, 1987. It will run to West Cressona and pick up three more, then head back east to Reading, then west to Enola, so the units can be serviced.

CR 9529 trails a light engine move into Port Clinton PA, 5/87

A Conrail light engine movement drops downgrade into Port Clinton, PA on May 2, 1987 with four MP15s, a GP10 and a SW1500.

CR 9529 trails the Sunday light engine movement near Port Clinton PA, 5/87

An eastbound Conrail light engine movement rolls down the valley near Port Clinton, PA on May 2, 1987. The head five units came out of St. Nicholas and the trailing unit, SW1500 No. 9529, was picked up at Tamaqua.

CR 9627 and 9527 pull a cut of loaded coal hoppers out of a loadout at Good Spring, PA on May 12, 1988

Eastbound Conrail Local WHWC21 pulls a cut of loaded coal hoppers out of a loadout at Good Spring, PA on May 12, 1988, led by MP15 No. 9627.

CR 9627 and 9527 shove a cut of empty coal hoppers back to the loadout at Good Spring, PA on May 12, 1988

Conrail Local WHWC21 shoves a cut of empty hopper cars up into a coal loadout at Good Spring, PA on May 12, 1988. The drag line in the distance was not connected with the coal operation.

CR 9627 and a bunch of other MP15s on WHSN switch the paper plant at Mt. Carmel Jct, 4/87

Conrail Local WHSN03 switches inbound loads of paper in a plant at Mt. Carmel Junction, PA on April30, 1987 with four MP15s.

CR 9627 and local WHSN11 at the New St. Nicholas breaker on June 7, 1987

Conrail MP15 No. 9627 on Local WHSN11 pulls a cuts of hoppers out of the old Reading Anthracite St. Nicholas Breaker at St. Nicholas, PA on June 7, 1987. The huge breaker had been closed for some years, but was still being used in a very limited capacity to process "fines" from the mountainous clum banks, one of which can be seen in the background. Only three of the tracks remained in service, and all of those were questionable.

CR 9627 and local WHSN11 working the St. Nick breaker on June 7, 1987

Conrail Local WHSN11 works the old Reading Anthracite St. Nicholas Central Breaker at St. Nicholas, PA on June 7, 1987 with MP15 No. 9627. The conductor, about five cars back carefully watches the cars over a track defect, and for good reason. About 15 minutes earlier when they were backing into the track, No. 9627 got on the ground. No "rapid responder team" here. The crew simply found enough chunks of deteriorated crossties, and coaxed the unit back on.

CR 9627 and WHSN04 at Locust Summit Yard, 4/87

On April 30, 1987, its work complete at Locust Summit, PA, eastbound Conrail Local WHSN04 will soon depart for St. Nicholas. Enroute, a stop will be made at Gordon to work the lumber yard. Once arriving at St. Nicholas, this train will be combined with other traffic generated in the area, creating Train WHSN02, a nocturnal run to Reading. Enroute to Reading, a stop will be made at Tamaqua to pick up traffic generated there. The train returns from Reading as WHSN01, arriving back at St. Nicholas shortly after daybreak.

CR 9627 and WHSN04 at the Glen Burn Colliery in Shamokin on April 29, 1987

Eastbound Conrail Local WHSN04 rolls past the former Glen Burn Colliery in Shamokin, PA on April 29, 1987 with three MP15s. This trackage is former PRR. The former Reading can be seen across the river and at this point was abandoned. Within a half mile, WHSN04 will enter a connection track built by Conrail and proceed from there to St. Nicholas via the former Reading.

CR 9627 and WHSN04 leaving Shamokin on April 29, 1987

Eastbound Conrail Local WHSN04 leaves Shamokin, PA on April 29, 1987 with three MP15s. I was fascinated with just how much evidence remained of past, more prosperous times. Much trackage remained, although out of service and in varying states of disrepair. The track just to the left of the train is also telling. The rail has been marked for tie replacement, a project that was never completed.

CR 9627 drops downgrade after spotting some empties at Good Spring, PA on May 12, 1988

Eastbound Conrail Local WHWC21 drops downgrade after spotting some empties at Good Spring, PA on May 12, 1988, led by MP15 No. 9627.

CR 9627 leads the Saturday light engine movement ready to depart West Cressona PA, 5/2/1987

It is Saturday, May 2, 1987 and Conrail's Shamokin Secondary light engine movement has arrived at West Cressona to pick up three more units. From here they will run to Enola for the unit's weekly servicing. For the record, there are five MP15s, two SW1500s and two GP10s.

CR 9627 leads WHSN04 past the Glen Burn Colliery in Shamokin on April 29, 1987

Eastbound Conrail train WHSN04 slowly ambles up the rickety track through the remains of the old Glen Burn Colliery at Shamokin, PA on April 29, 1987 with three MP15s. The scrappers were dismantling the huge old colliery, and at this point most of it had been removed. One can only imagine the number of cars of anthracite loaded on those tracks. The Conductor is sitting in the doorway, enjoying the warm spring day. The speed limit was 10 MPH, not accounting for slow orders, so he had ample opportunity to check out the scenery.

CR 9627 leads WHSN04 upgrade by an anthracite loadout at Cabel, PA on April 29, 1987

Eastbound Conrail Local WHSN04 works upgrade by an anthracite loadout at Cabel, PA on April 29, 1987 with three MP15s. By this time, most of the huge collieries were gone, and the remaining business was loaded at these small truck load outs. Track conditions were rough. Check out the cars on the siding, leaning in all different directions.

CR 9627 on WHSN01 at the St Nicholas yard April, 1987

Four Conrail MP15s and a GP10 temporarily rest at St. Nicholas, PA on the morning of April 30, 1987, after bringing in Train WHSN01. WHSN01 was a turn that operated during the nocturnal hours from St. Nicholas to Reading and return. It arrived back at St. Nicholas shortly after daybreak. Soon the power would be broken apart for other trains operating out of the small yard.

CR 9627 sits while its crew has lunch in Shamokin on April 29, 1987

Eastbound Conrail Local WHSN04 lakes a lunch break on the connection track between the former Reading and PRR trackage in Shamokin, PA on April 29, 1987. I believe the former Reading was abandoned west of town, and the former PRR east of there.

CR 9627, 9625, 9621 and more begin their Enola odyssey at St. Nicholas PA, 5/2/1987

Conrail ran an interesting light engine move on Saturdays. It originated at St. Nicholas, gathering all the power there. As it proceeded east, a stop was made at Tamaqua to pick up the lone unit assigned there. At Port Clinton, it reversed its movement and headed west to West Cressona and picked up their units. Now totaling between 8 and 10 units, it proceeded east to Reading and then west to Enola Yard. At Enola Yard, the power was serviced while the crew took rest. Once rested, the crew did it all again, in reverse. On Saturday May 2, 1987, the crew is about to begin the odyssey at St. Nicholas with four MP15s and a GP10.

CR 9629 and 9522 working the Exxon Plastics facility in Minersville, PA 5/1/1987

On May 1, 1987, in the days before corporate buzzwords like "job briefing," the crew on Conrail Local WHWC02 is simply discussing what needs to be done and how to do it. Oh heavens! They are having a "job briefing" and don't even know it. They are working the Exxon Plastics facility in Minersville, PA.

CR 9629 leads WHWC02 downgrade into Minersville, PA on 5/1/1987

Eastbound Conrail Local WHWC02 drops downgrade into Minersville, PA on May 1, 1987 with MP15 No. 9629 and SW1500 No. 9522.

CR 9629 leads WHWC02 over the West Branch of the Schuylkill River in Minersville, PA on 5/1/1987

Conrail MP15 No. 9629 leads Local WHWC02 as it switches a cars over the West Branch of the Schuylkill River in Minersville, PA on May 1, 1987.

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