Conrail in the Southern Tier

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An empty UNG train rolls out of the shadows and into the late afternoon sun at MP 231 between Campville and Owego.
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A pair of SD's and a C40-8W lead a 109 car UNG train past the semaphore at Waverly as it makes its way to NYSEG's Goudy Station in Johnson City.
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OIBU rolls past MP 235 with 86 cars as it approaches downtown Owego on a summer day.
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A short 45 car BUOI passes the pond along Watson Blvd in Endwell as it heads for some work at Binghamton behind an EMD/GE duo.
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TV 202 with a typically long 175 platforms of APL stacks rolls past the semaphore at west Endicott as it approaches the NY 17C overpass. It about 15 minutes, it will change crews at Binghamton, and be on its way down the ex Erie Delaware Division. The APL trains were often quite long, especially the westbounds, which on many occasions pushed 11,000 feet.
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TV 202 with 116 APL platforms rolls past the pond along Watson Blvd.
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ML 440 and it's 108 cars have knocked down the automatic-the easternmost semaphore on the old Erie-at 224-2 and are about to pass under NY 17C at west Endicott. A crew change at Binghamton is in their short term future, and then to Jersey in the dark.
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This was a convenient spot for me, as I lived about three miles away toward Owego. If I heard an eastbound, I could usually beat it here. The angle was good for most trains from the shoulder of NY 17C in the late afternoon. This time, it was ML 440, a pretty reliable late afternoon visitor. Today it's rolling 79 autoracks past semaphore 224-2 behind a pair of widecab SD 60's and a straight SD 60.
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UNL15B, an empty train from NYSEG's plant at Ludlowville, has come off the Ithaca Branch, and is now headed for Gang Mills and a new crew. The train will eventually wind up on the Monongahela to reload. View is from the NY 427 overpass at Chemung.
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ML 401 has 89 auto racks behind its C40-8W and UP SD40-2, 3699 as is rounds the big curve at Chemung in nicer weather than the previous photo.
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A mismatched set of signals and a mismatched set of power. ML 401 with 89 racks passes between the Type G signal on track 1 and one of Erie's venerable semaphores as it rolls west on a typically gloomy spring day in the Tier. Power is a CR C40-8, along with UP 3699, one of their hundreds of SD40-2's. I'm standing on the site of the passenger station, which was demolished in an EL wreck here in 1967.
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ML 401 rolls 108 racks west past the model railroad backdrop of Waverly on a sunny but cold February day.
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CR 6111 leads a pair of SD 50's on ML 401 on a gloomy first day of winter. I'm standing on the empty right of way of the old LV Auburn Branch, abandoned at CR start up.
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SV 20 rolls 76 platforms toward a medium clear at CP COLES, where it will come off track 2 and onto single track as it departs the Binghamton area. It will be on single track to CP SR, near Oakland PA, where the line goes back to double track for the climb across Starrucca Viaduct and over Gulf Summit.
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SV 20 blasts through west Endicott with 76 stack platforms, 15 minutes from a crew change at Binghamton.
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TV 202 comes out of the setting sun with 6121/6104/3309 leading its 112 platforms as it takes the big curve east of Owego station.
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TV 202 rolls east along the cliff just west of Waverly, under the familiar sign on top of the hill for O'Brien's Inn, a longstanding familiar sight for travelers heading east on NY 17. The photo is taken from a hillside adjacent to the Exit 60 off ramp.
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TV 207X rolls 146 stack platforms west past a church in the Canisteo River valley town of Adrian on a cold winter's day.
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TV 207X swings around a big curve near MP 306, just west of Rathbone.
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BUOI rolls along the Canisteo River with 98 cars at Browns Crossing, near MP 319. Next stop is Gang Mills, where it will set out and pick up.
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TV 202 rolls its stack across the Chenango River bridge to a stop shortly ahead, seen from the flood wall on the east side of the river. There will be a quick crew change, and the train will once again be rolling toward Croxton.
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TV 20 passes the home signal at CP Swain as it heads for Hornell with 45 platforms and 33 COFC. This was a new 12,800 foot siding installed when the line was single tracked a couple years prior, allowing stack trains to meet. Conrail tended to run long stack trains, sometimes over two miles. This was quite an undertaking in the days before DPU's, though the crews managed to get over the road, including several good climbs, without incident.
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A somewhat faded CR 6240 leads a UNE empty coal train west past the semaphore at MP 251 approaching Waverly.
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A 91 car UNE empty coal train(don't know why it was not an XWB, or something similar. For some reason, empty trains were carrying UN- symbols at the time) behind CR 6240/5609 rolls wrong main past the semaphore at MP 247 near Barton.
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The first CR 6248, an SD 40, partnered with a somewhat newer SD 50, roll 79 cars worth of ML 401 west at Miller Beach Rd in Owego.
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A trio of units head east with 102 platforms of TV 204, passing the pond along Watson Blvd in Endwell on a typically gloomy Southern Tier day.
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Not strictly the Southern Tier, but close enough. CGAL smokes up as it gets underway at the block limit sign in Athens PA, on the former Lehigh Valley.
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CGAL waits for time on signal 255-1, one of many semaphores still active on the ex Erie at the time. Once it has gotten the OK from the Hornell B dispatcher, it will head down the Lehigh Secondary, the connecting track from the Tier to the ex LV Lehigh Line, work at Sayre, then head east toward Coxton and Allentown, reaching there late at night.
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ML 440 rolls 63 racks east, about to pass under NY 17C at west Endicott.
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ML 440 rolls past the pond behind a mix of power, today an SD40-2, C40-8W and SD60M. Nice looking set of engines. Too bad there wasn't a little more water in the pond for a good reflection shot. Today's effort is 16 COFC and 63 racks.
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A pair of SD40-2's lead what I'm guessing is TV 78 into Johnson City, rolling past River Plaza and what was then GE. The stack in the background is the NYSEG Goudy Station, destination for many a coal train on this line. It is actually on the Vestal Spur, a remnant of the DLW that is accessed at West BD.
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OIBU with a pair of 40's, one an SD, the other a GP, wait for a commuter train at Port Jervis before heading to Sparrow Bush and the Delaware Division. They won't see Binghamton til long after dark today. The signal is the distant board for BC, where the double track through town goes to single as it climbs toward Otisville.
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OIBU passes CP Swain, rolling through on the main track as it rushes toward Buffalo.
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OIBU approaches Hayes Av in Endicott, now about ten minutes out of Binghamton, in the gathering gloom. He'll work Elmira next, but not til after dark.
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I was driving west on NY 17, when I came around a curve near Corning, where the tracks and road are side by side, and saw a headlight coming toward me. I quickly found a spot that wasn't too badly blocked by trees, and pulled off to get this shot of an eastbound coal train.
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ML 401 rolls west through Waverly on a summer morning. A pair of CSX units aid in the effort to get a string of auto racks to Buffalo.
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Two EMD's and a GE roll 78 cars of ML 401 past one of Erie's classic semaphores between Barton and Waverly. It was near this point that the former LV Auburn Branch crossed under the Erie to reach Sayre.
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OIBU with a variety of power, including NS C30-7 8034, rolls through downtown Waverly.
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OIBU rolls along the rocks as it approaches the Wellsburg connector, that runs from Wellsburg over to NY 17. This is a challenging shot to do on a sunny day, since the orientation of the line is such that is in shadow most of the time. On a gloomy day-the Tier doesn't have many of those, right??-it's a better bet. Atop the rocks is NY 427, which I followed her from Chemung, running far faster than any sensible person would to get the shot. NS 8034 is the second unit.
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BUOI waits in the siding at CP CAM, the east end of the siding at MP 318, just west of the River Rd crossing. He'll be meeting TV207X here shortly, then roll down the Canisteo valley to his next stop at Gang Mills. Also in consist is CR 5002 and SSW 9058, the latter a dead in tow unit going for a rebuild.
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BUOI gets underway from CP CAM after meeting TV 207X. The Cotton Belt SD 45 is dead in tow. View is from River Road, which at this point is across the river and a field from the tracks for about a mile. It will cross back over and stay on the opposite side of the railroad into Addison.
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The trains that ran the Lehigh Line had several incarnations over the years. Variously, they were ALCG/CGAL, which was the symbol most commonly used. As traffic levels ebbed and flowed, service was tweaked, the end points were adjusted, with OICG/CGOI and ALBU/BUAL being used. We see the latter here arriving at Gang Mills with 69 cars. He'll work here, and leave after a crew change for Allentown, via Sayre and the Lehigh Gorge.
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ML 440 rolls through Hunt on the now single track line, a new Rule 261 signal replacing the semaphore that stood approximately where the new light stands. Track 2, which was in worse shape than track 1, has been removed, and track 1 upgraded. The leader on this train is one of the units painted to promote US Savings Bonds. The trailing unit is NS 6189. Behind the power are 17 cars of COFC, and 78 auto racks for Doremus Av.
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ML 401 rolls past Ted Clark's in Waverly, 44 cars of fill tonnage ahead of 48 mostly empty racks.
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A 107 car ML401 rolls into the sun at MP 231 behind CR 6806/6755/6702.
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Cr 6806/6755/6702 lead 107 auto racks of ML 401 under the NY 17C overpass east of Owego.
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BUOI rolls through Kirkwood behind a trio of units, including help from NS 8027.
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ML 440 gets underway after a crew change, rolling through BD as it heads for darkness on the Delaware Division with 10 platforms of stacks and 87 auto racks for Doremus Av.
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A trio of SD's lead a short(41 car) BUOI past Endicott Forge as it blows for the Hayes Av crossing.
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I got 'em all on this train!! SV 20 rolls toward the NY 17C overpass in west Endicott behind all three variants of SD 40 then extant on the railroad. The leader is an SD40R, followed by an SD40-2, then a straight SD 40 of CNJ heritage. They are leading 127 mostly APL stack platforms, followed by 10 COFC.

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