Kevin Nelson's Conrail Memories

Kevin Nelson, who lives in Marion, IN, managed to catch Conrail throughout its existance from '76 to the very end in '99 all over Indiana, especially in his hometown of Marion, IN where the ex NYC Marion Branch crossed the ex PRR Pan Handle mainline(Columbus to Chicago) at CP79 on the Marion Branch. While not a member, Kevin was very gracious in allowing us to put his photos on our website, so take a look inside at some classic Indiana Conrail action in both color and black & white.

ATSF 6381 at Anderson, IN

A pair of Santa Fe Uboats, including ATSF 6381, rest in the small, modest Conrail engine facility at South Anderson Yards on April 8, 1982. While the yard still exists(2010), the engine facility does not, making this a rather rare shot. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

ATSF 6381 at Marion, IN

Conrail WSAN 44 with a pair of Santa Fe GE's, including ATSF 6381, rests on the Red Key just East of Goodman Yards in Marion, IN on April 8, 1982. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

BNSF 9842 Marion, IN 05-28-1998

Conrail ELIN-8A with brand new BNSF 9842, 9692, and CR 6134 heads south at MP 81 on the Marion Branch bound for Indianapolis on May 28, 1998. This was a very rare occurence as the Marion Branch in its later years did not see very much foreign power on the point of its trains. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CN 9506 Marion, IN 10-21-1976

In the early days of Conrail, CN power was leased to cover for rebuilding of there own power and waiting on new power to arrive. Here is an example of that as CN 9506 and another CN unit leads a Conrail freight on the Marion Branch on October 21, 1976. Kevin Nelson photo with permission.

CNW 5050 South Bend, IN 07-28-1988

A westbound freight is about to roll under US 31 on track 2 on the Conrail Chicago Line with South Bend in the background on July 28, 1988. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CNW 5053 Marion, IN 02-11-1990

The Conrail Marion Branch seen some reroute trains for a couple days due to a derailment on the Indianapolis Bee Line somewhere in Ohio. Kevin believes this train was a Indianapolis to Toledo train, which was taken on Feb. 11, 1990 at Marion, IN. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CNW 807 Avon IN 02-19-1977

C&NW GP-30 807 and a CR patched SD45 works at Avon yard in light snow flurries on Feb. 19, 1977. Kevin Nelson photo with permission.

CR 1650 Marion, IN 11-14-1976

CR 1650 still in PC paint is an ex NYC F-Unit resting on the South Siding of the Red Key main in Marion, IN on November 14, 1976. Kevin Nelson photo with permission.

CR 1678 Marion, IN 11-14-1976

CR 1678, still in PC paint, is an ex NYC F-unit as it brings up the rear of a 3 unit consist on the Red Key at Goodman Yards in Marion, IN on November 14, 1976. Kevin Nelson photo with permission.

CR 1684 Marion, IN 4-16-1976

A pair of Penn Central F-Units, the soon to be CR 1684 and 1749, rest on the Engine track at Goodman Yards 16 days into Conrail on April 16, 1976. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 1783 Amboy, IN 10-1-1976

Conrail COLO(Columbus Ohio to Logansport, IN) travels through the country side just west of Amboy, IN on the CR Red Key Line with PC painted F7 1783 on the point on October 1, 1976. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 1904 Marion, IN 2-27-1981

Conrail ELIN with CR 1904 on the point changes crews at 15th st. before heading south for Indianapolis at CP-133 on the Marion Branch on Feb. 27, 1981. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 1904 Marion, IN 2-27-1981

Conrail ELIN 7a heads south near MP-134 on the Marion Branch bound for Anderson, then onto to Indianapolis on Feb. 27, 1981. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 1946 at La Fontaine, IN

On the Conrail Marion Branch, a northbound rolls past a grain elavador at La Fontaine, IN with the CR 1946 on the point headed for Elkhart on May 2, 1981. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 1946 at Marion, IN

CR 1946 leads a northbound through Marion for Elkhart on the Marion Branch on May 1, 1981. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 1957 at Marion, IN

CR 1957 at Marion, IN on Aug. 9, 1980. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 1957 at Marion, IN

Victor Williamson watches Conrail LOCO work at Becker on the east end of Goodman Yards making a set out and pickup before continuing on to Columbus Ohio on the ex PRR Red Key Main on August 8, 1980. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 1957 at Marion, IN

The conductor on the Conrail LOCO steps off the B23-7 prepairing to couple onto a cut of cars at the east end of Goodman Yards off the ex PRR Red Key Line on August 8, 1980. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 1980 at Marion, IN

Westbound COLO workes the west end of Goodman Yards before continuing on to Logansport on the ex PRR Red Key Line on April 2, 1980 with the CR 1980 on the point. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 1980 on COLO

Conrail COLO(Columbus, Ohio to Logansport, IN) with CR 1980 and TPW 2004 on the point prepares to work at Goodman yards on the ex PRR Red Key Line on Sept. 14, 1980. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 1980 on LOCO

In this shot of CR 1980 taken in the year 1980, LOCO pauses on the ex PRR Red Key Line at the west end of Goodman Yards making the set out and pickup before heading for Logansport at Marion, IN on April 2, 1980. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 1984 on COLO

The sun is about to set in the late afternoon December 15, 1979 as Conrail COLO(Columbus to Logansport) heads west on the ex PRR Red Key Line 2 miles east of Goodman Yards. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 1995 on INEL-5B

Conrail INEL-5B heads North through Anderson bound for Elkhart on the Marion Branch with CR 1995, a B23-7, on the point on May 5, 1987. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2529 Marion, IN 7-12-1981

A southbound ELIN with the CR 2529 on the point changes crews at 14th street on the Conrail Michigan Branch, which may have started to be called the Marion Branch by this time, July 12, 1981. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2533 Marion, IN 10-21-1981

CR 2533 at Marion, IN on Oct. 21, 1981. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2544 Marion, IN 6-20-1980

CR 2544 at Marion, IN on June 20, 1980. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2549 Marion, IN 2-24-1981

CR 2549 at Marion, IN on Feb. 24, 1981. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2558 Marion, IN 10-30-1980

CR 2558 at Goodman yard in Marion, IN on Oct. 30, 1980. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2563 Marion, IN 3-29-1981

CR 2563 in blue paint but lacking a can opener logo on the side at Marion, IN on March 29, 1981. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2564 Marion, IN 4-20-1980

CR 2564 at Marion, IN on April 20, 1980. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2569 Marion, IN 2-17-1980

Conrail ELCO7 airs up there train at CP Beth before proceeding east for Columbus Ohio on the Red Key Line on Feb. 17, 1980. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2569 Marion, IN 2-17-1980

CR 2569 at Marion, IN on Feb. 17, 1980. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2576 at Marion, IN

CR 2576 at Marion, IN on March 4, 1981. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2577 at Goodman yard

An ex Erie Lackawanna U25B rest on the stub track at Goodman yards on a warm summer day back around July 1977. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2577 at Marion, IN

A ex EL U25B rest on the west end of Conrail Goodman Yards in Marion, IN on a stub track along side the Red Key, back in July 1977. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2586 at Ft. Wayne, IN

CR 2586, an Ex Erie Lackawanna U25B, rests near the turn table in the Fort Wayne Winters Street engine terminal in Piqua yard on May 2, 1976. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2590

CR 2590 at Elkhart, IN on March 13, 1982. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2590

The Hostlers ready a group of engines, including CR 2590, for there next trip out at Elkhart Yard engine terminal on March 13, 1982. Note the ex PC EMD switcher in the background on the right side of the photo. Kevin Nelson photo with permission.

CR 2590 at Elkhart, IN

CR U25B 2590 at Elkhart, IN on March 13, 1982. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2590 at the Elkhart diesel pit

CR 2590 sits among several other Conrail engines at the Elkhart yard diesel pit on March 13, 1982. Note the hump yard is to the right side of the photo. Kevin notes that you couldn't get away with this nowadays. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2607 on LOCO

Around the noonish hours of a hot July 1, 1977, an Eastbound LOCO(Logansport to Columbus) runs the Red Key Main at Butler Ave bridge along side the C&O Chicago/Cincinnati line over to the left. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2656 Marion, IN 5-1-1979

A pair of Conrail U25B's, including 2656, holds up in front of the Goodman Yard office on a nice Sunny May 1, 1979 afternoon. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2716 Marion, IN 4-22-1985

Conrail 2716, a U23B, heads ELIN 2a toward Indianapolis on the Marion Branch just about to pass under the C&O trestle at Marion, IN on April 22, 1985. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2816 at Marion, IN

Conrail 2816 is one of 2 1977 built B23-7's Kevin was able to get photos of out of 17 seen here at the west end of Goodman Yards. This power seen here was used on the Elkhart to Marion and return train. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2816 at Marion, IN

CR 2816 at Marion, IN on July 19, 1984. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2834 Marion, IN 5-9-1981

CR 2834 at Marion, IN on May 9, 1981. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2834 night shot

Kevin had to use headlights from his car for this photo as it was to hard to see anything on this moonless night, May 8, 1981. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2845 Avon, IN 4-5-1981

Conrail 2845, a U30B, heads for the engine facility on April 5, 1981. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2845 Avon, IN 4-5-1981

CR 2845 at Avon, IN on April 5, 1981. Kevin Nelson photo with permission

CR 2865 Avon, IN 11-24-1979

CR 2865 is being turned around on the loop track at Avon Yards on Nov. 24, 1979. Kevin Nelson photo with permission.

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