Wade Massie's Conrail

CR 1123 at Conway, PA

Looking west at Conway, an endless sea of freight cars and blue diesels.

CR 1659 at Emsworth, PA

This westbound local rolls through Emsworth, PA.

CR 3301 at Wall, PA

The trailing NS unit is a harbinger, Conrail's days were numbered when the photo was taken.

CR 3389 on TV-22 at Rochester, PA

Conrail TV-22 approaches Conway as he passes Rochester Tower, still open at the time of this photograph. The Cleveland Line diverges to the left, crossing the Beaver River. At this point the lead engine is crossing from the Fort Wayne Line to the Youngstown Line.

CR 3403 at Leetsdale, PA

Conrail 3403 crosses over at Leets while a local trundles past on the eastbound main.

CR 3663 at Altoona, PA

Conrail 3663 has been put out to pasture in East Altoona.

CR 4020 Wall PA

Conrail's classy OCS makes an appearance on the Pittsburgh Line, shown here running alongside Turtle Creek.

CR 4120 at Emsworth, PA

A sharp pair of MACs hustle westbound autoracks through the curves at Emsworth.

CR 5023 at Glenfield, PA

A lengthy train of Clairton coke rolls west on the busy Fort Wayne Line.

CR 5077 at W. Elizabeth, PA

Nocturnal action along the Mon - a soutbound waits on the main while another train passes by in West Elizabeth.

CR 5501 at Pittsburgh, PA

An eastbound traverses the former PRR main, adjacent to Alcosan, Pittsburgh's water treatment plant.

CR 5567 leads ML401 at Smithboro, NY

Conrail ML401 passing one of the last semaphores on the Southern Tier.

CR 6035 at Pittsburgh, PA

Blue sky and blue diesels, a perfect match on the Mon Line.

CR 6072 at Rankin PA

A morning eastbound on Conrail's busy Pittsburgh Line rolls through the municipalities of Rankin (left) and Swissvale (right). The tracks form the border between the two municipalities in this area.

CR 6072 at West Homestead, PA

Westbound at MP 11, a loaded coal train passes the skeleton of a PRR signal bridge.

CR 6145 at Pittsburgh, PA

Conrail 6145's westbound train squeals through the sharp curve between Federal Street and CP-Penn.

CR 6195 at Mexico, MD

An eastbound coal drag slips past "M" Tower and onto the Cumberland Subdivision main.

CR 6372 at Altoona, PA

Nothing but a sea of blue and white as far as the eye can see.

CR 6430 at the USX Clairton Works in 1999

Empty hoppers pass through Clairton, destined for the former MGA coalfields in SW Pennsylvania.

CR 6775 leads CSX G173 at Harper's Ferry, WV

Eastbound grain on CSX crosses the shallow waters of the Potomac River.

CR 756 at Pittsburgh, PA

The crew on this doublestack train has a great view as they pass above the Station Square T stop.  The 756 would later be renumbered to 6282 and ultimately become CSXT 7395 after the split.

CR 8144 leads CSX L286 at Pittsburgh, PA

Two former Conrail units lead 286 east along the Monongahela River, just west of Station Square.

Route 53 Bridge

Helpers assist an eastbound coal drag between Cresson and Gallitzin. Over a decade later, SD40-2s still hold down helper assignments on the Pittsburgh Line.

Route 837

Five former Monongahela units lead a northbound coal train near Monongahela. The background bridge is the abandoned P&WV line which served the steel mills in Donora.

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