Stanley Short's Conrail Photos - Page 3

CR 9630 and WHSN03 at Locust Summit, PA, 4/87

Conrail Local WHSN04 has pulled the loads out of the Gilberton Coal Co. facility at Locust Summit, PA and is moving ahead to get a cut of empties on April 30, 1987. The sound was sweet as he opened the throttle. If you have ever wondered what two 645 powered E units would sound like, four MP15s would come pretty close. I have always had a thing about multiple unit lashups of "butt heads," and sound is one of the reasons.

CR 9630 at Gilberton Coal in Locust Summit, PA, 4/87

Four MP15s on Conrail Local WHSN04 back a string of empty hoppers into Gilberton Coal Co. at Locust Summit, PA on April 30, 1987. If I recall correctly, Gilberton was not actually mining coal, but instead processing "fines" out of the huge culm banks left by the closed Locust Summit Central Breaker. Once considered waste, the "fines" are now considered a valuable commodity.

CR 9630 climbs into Gordon with WHSN03, 4/87

Westbound Conrail Local WHSN03 climbs upgrade into Gordon, PA on April 30, 1987 with four MP15s. There were cars for Gordon, but since the switch opened to the east, they would be spotted on the return trip.

CR 9630 heads back into the woods at Locust Summit, PA, 4/87

Conrail Local WHSN04 drops back into the woods to pick up a string of hoppers cars at Locust Summit, PA on April 30, 1987 with four MP15s. Most of the old Locust Summit Yard tracks had been pulled, and the remaining tracks were in bad condition. The yard once served the massive Reading Anthracite Locust Summit Central Breaker.

CR 9630 starts the climb to Locust Summit at Locustdale PA, 4/87

Westbound Conrail Local WHSN03 passes through Locustdale, PA on April 30, 1987 and starts the serious part of the climb up to Locust Summit.

West Cressona, PA on the morning of May 13, 1988.

Conrail local power is starting to move around the yard at West Cressona, PA on the morning of May 13, 1988.

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