Chris Howe's Conrail action 1997

Various Conrail action shots taken in a variety of locations in Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois in 1997

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ATSF 5094 and fellow SD40-2's powers SFEL-8 thru Momence, IL on the Kankakee Secondary June 18, 1997.
2
ATSF 922 and BN 7124 powers ELBR-8 at Porter, IN on November 8, 1997
3
BN 5114, ATSF 2917 - a GP35(!), and CR 3366 powers SFEL-8 off the Porter Branch and onto the Chicago line at Porter, IN on November 8, 1997.
4
BNSF 9654 and 9479 leads unit coal train UDM past the old freight station that now serves as the yard office at Bryan, OH on October 21, 1997. UDM is a coal train for Detroit Edison in Monroe, MI and all the cars have the reporting mark DEEX. Chris Howe photo
5
BUHE-9X is heading westbound on the Kankakee Secondary at State Line, IN on July 19, 1997
6
CR 3310, 5081, and 6522 lead BNSF train MKCCH-107 past the old train depot in Mazon, IL on May 9, 1997. This was the only time I ever saw CR power on a BNSF train east of Streator on the old Santa Fe line.
7
CR 3360 and a NS EMD leads empty train XNS-192 at Bryan, OH on April 16, 1997. This was rare since the train normally ran with all NS power on the point.
8
CR 3402 singly handles local train WDBH-11 at LaPorte, IN on February 11, 1997.
9
CR 4109 and 4108 leads southbound ELIN-7A across the diamond with the CSX ex B&O mainline at Milford Junction, IN on September 27, 1997.
10
CR SD80MAC's 4120 and 4127 lead an ecletic consist including 2 CR EMD's, C32-8 6617, and a CSX EMD on TREL-4 at Milford Junction, IN on April 14, 1997.
11
CR 4120, 4127, 2 more CR EMD's, 6617, and a CSX EMD powers TREL-4 northbound on the Marion Branch just south of Milford, IN on April 14, 1997.
12
Here is a trailing shot of INEL-9 as it negotiates the short stretch of street running in Warsaw, IN on February 9, 1997. The tight quarters of street running is noticeable as you see how close the train is to that parked pickup truck on the side of the street.
13
CR SD80MACs 4127 and 4125 power INEL-9 northbound at Warsaw, IN on the Marion Branch February 9, 1997 as it enters the brief stretch of street running in town. The train has already crossed the diamond with the ex PRR Pittsburgh to Chicago line, which is only a 1/4 mile south of this location(the home signal for which is barely visibly behind the trailing engine in the shot).
14
CR 5013, another CR EMD, and a DRGW SD40T-2 powers a southbound UP coal train south of Tuscola, IL on December 18, 1997. This train came from the Nipsco plant in Wheatfield, IN as it was a unit train of NORX cars.
15
CR 5032 and 3370 on TOEL-1X at Delta, OH on June 11, 1997. Note the passenger car right behind the power.
16
CR 5077 and fellow GE power ML451 thru Waterloo, IN on January 21, 1997
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CR 5528 on NS 656 at New Haven, IN on August 23, 1997.
18
CR 5546 and 6213 lead CSX train Q500 around the wye at Deshler, OH on September 26, 1997.
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CR 5556, 6095, and an unknown GE and EMD lead train TV1 at Bryan, OH on June 11, 1997. Chris Howe photo
20
CR 5596, UP 6341, and a UP SD40 powers SPL-804 at Porter, IN on November 8, 1997. While the SPL symbol was normally used on special moves, like high/wide loads, this train has a solid consist of autoracks.
21
CR 5599 leads a westbound freight at Bryan, OH on March 4, 1997
22
CR 5614, 5610, and another EMD powers Mail-8 at Porter, IN on November 8, 1997
23
CR 5632 with TV11 in tow passes the stopped TOEL-1X with CR 5032 on the point at Bryan, OH on June 11, 1997.
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CR 5635 and a GE powers BRSE-8X at Porter, IN on November 8, 1997.
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CR 5637 and friends powers Mail-4 past the old passenger depot in Union City, IN on March 19, 1997
26
CR 5644, 5043, a UP SD90MAC, and a CR GE leads Mail-8M at CP379 Kendallville, IN on September 27, 1997.
27
CR 5645 and a NS GE leads TV261 by the old passenger station in LaPorte, IN on February 9, 1997.
28
CR 6011 and 6144 power PREL-8 at Porter, IN on November 8, 1997.
29
CR 6031 and friends powers Mail-44 eastbound thru Winchester, IN on June 27, 1997. Two years later this engine would be involved in the infamous Stryker derailment and be burned to a crisp.
30
CR 6115 and a UP EMD leads INEL-8 north of Claypool, IN on July 18, 1997.
31
Conrail 6155, 6037, 6431 lead PIBR-1 thru Bryan, OH on October 21, 1997. Chris Howe photo
32
CR 6171 and 5578 powers coal train UKC at Bryan, OH on October 21, 1997. This train was a unit train of PPLX coal hoppers heading west to an unknown destination(hopefully not the scrap heap!).
33
CR 6217 and fellow GE power STBN-6 southbound at CP34 Galatea, OH on September 26, 1997.
34
CR 6220 and friends power PIPR-2 at Missal, IL on Sept. 16,1997. What puzzles me to this day is why was this symbol using the Streator Secondary when its supposed to go to Proviso in Chicago? The train's consist led me to believe it was the crew from PIPR on a BUHE heading for the steel mill in Hennepin, IL but I guess I'll never know for sure.
35
CR 6230 and friend leads PIBR-1 at Delta, OH on June 11, 1997
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Conrail 6260 and 5587 leads southbound CSX train Q501 at Deshler, OH on February 3, 1997
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CR 6480 and 6143 power STBN-9 thru Winchester, IN on March 19, 1997
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CR 6596 and fellow GE leads westbound ELBH-7 under the CP 463 signal bridge at LaPorte, IN on January 7, 1997
39
CR 6617 in the Ballast Express paint scheme in the consist of TREL-4 at Milford Junction, IN on April 14, 1997.
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CR 6710, 6178, and a GE powers TV12 at Corunna, IN on September 27, 1997
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CR 6723 and 6014 powers PIBR-8 at Otis, IN on November 8, 1997
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CR 6727 and friends power Mail-8M just east of CP358 at Butler, IN on April 16, 1997
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CR 6736 and friends powers INCO-9 near Ansonia, OH on March 19, 1997
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CR 6738 and fellow EMD power ELBR-1 around the curve near Pinola, IN on February 11, 1997.
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CR 6763 and a NS SD40-2 leads TV12X at CP379 Kendallville, IN on September 27, 1997
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CR 6823 and NS 8592 powers TV207 at Porter, IN on November 8, 1997
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CR 6842 and a UP EMD leads SWPI-8 through Union City, OH on March 19, 1997
48
CR 6972 and 6971 leads steel train WDGI-1 at LaPorte, IN on January 7, 1997. These two engines were the assigned power to this train, which ran steel coils to a local steel mill near Burns Harbor, IN.
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CR 8142 and 8143 return with the Bryan local train WDBR-1 at MP 338 east of Bryan, OH on October 21, 1997.
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CR 8144 and fellow GP38-2 power local train WDFW-1 under the I-469 bridge south of New Haven, IN on the Decatur Secondary July 11, 1997. This line, part of the former GR&I(Grand Rapids & Indiana), runs from Adams on the Pennsy Ft. Wayne line down to Decatur, IN to service the large Central Soya plant down there(which is now owned by Bunge Corp).

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