Welded Rail Trains

Conrail's welded rail trains were a common sight all over the system, especially during the early years. Conrail's surplus tracks were pulled up and transported to the Lucknow rail mill to be refinished and made into quarter-mile lengths of continuous welded rail. The "new" CWR was then taken out into the field and installed, helping turn Conrail into a safe, world-class operation.

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CR 1648 leading rail train RAI-308 near MP 139 in Hinsdale, MA. at 10:28 on Aug. 20, 1993. B23-7 1951 swings along on the rear.
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B23-7 2003, GP15-1 1661 and SW1500 9585 on a southbound rail extra @ Iona Island (Bear Myn State Park) NY
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CR 2007 and 1660 have rail train RAI711 in tow through CP 57 in Charlton, MA. on Oct. 6, 1987.
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Rail train RAI711 eastbound at Charlton, MA. on Oct. 6, 1987.
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RAI711 eastbound through Charlton depot, MA. on Oct. 6, 1987.
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Rail puller car in RAI711 at Charlton, MA. on Oct. 6, 1987.
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Rail crane car 58159 on the rear of RAI711 at Charlton, MA. on Oct. 6, 1987. Car is ex EL 7811.
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A rail train sits on the east siding at Waverly, done for the day.
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Car is ex PC 57054/NYC 499485 and was built 1-43.
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Conrail 57313 is seen at Cove, PA
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Conrail 57603 is seen at Columbia, PA. Car is ex NYC 500615 blt 4-53.
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Conrail 57606 is seen at Columbia, PA. Car is ex NYC 500363 blt 4-53.
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Conrail 57614 is seen at Columbia, PA. Car is ex CR 756098/PC 756098/NYC 481236/NYC 500??? blt 4-53.
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Conrail 57649 is seen at Cove, PA
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Car was rebuilt from Erie 7837 blt 12-56.
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Car is ex PC 715976/NYC 499??? blt 3-50.
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Sadly, this thing was too dirty too be able to discern the number.
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The view from above as RAI-176 leaves the passing siding and heads back out onto the Lehigh line at CP Pattenburg, milepost 64. It should be a slow trip to West Springfield, MA since written on the train's "Train Data Sheet" was the notation "40mph". Photo by Thomas Horvath
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Shot of welded rail cars being loaded at Lucknow, 1986.
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Wide-cab G.E. C40-8W 6092 leads a loaded RAI-301 eastward along Muddy Pond in Washington, MA. on Jan. 2, 1993.
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SD40-2 6494 is second in line on RAI-301 at Washington, MA. on Jan. 2, 1993.
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Rear of RAI-301 in Washington, MA. on Jan. 2, 1993.
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Dick was fortunate enough to shoot a CWR (continuous welded rail) train laying new rail at Perdix, PA on the Conrail Pittsburgh Line in 1982.
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Dick was fortunate enough to shoot a CWR (continuous welded rail) train laying new rail at Perdix, PA on the Conrail Pittsburgh Line in 1982.
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Dick was fortunate enough to shoot a CWR (continuous welded rail) train laying new rail at Perdix, PA on the Conrail Pittsburgh Line in 1982.
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Dick was fortunate enough to shoot a CWR (continuous welded rail) train laying new rail at Perdix, PA on the Conrail Pittsburgh Line in 1982.

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