Yard Towers

This gallery features photos of the variety of yard towers found at many of the predecessor road's yards throughout the Conrail system. 

Included are Ashtabula, Enola, Conway, Morrisville, Harrisburg, and Colehour.

1
Cleveland Electric Illuminating GP38-2s 104, 106, 105, and 100 fill the service track in Conrail's Ashtabula Yard on Oct. 4, 1994. Doug Davidson photo with permission
2
An August 1982 view of Conrail's Colehour Yard Office and Tower at Hammond, IN. Doug Davidson photo with permission
3
A 1983 shot of the hump at Conway shows the massive spread of yard tracks needed to handle the traffic flow through big blue's biggest yard.
4
A view of Conway Yard's eastbound hump in 1983 shows power and cabins laying over between assignments and servicing.
5
A great overview shot at Conway in 1983 that still only manages to show a small portion of the yard. A cabin is on the retarders as a hump set sits in the background, note the blue Conrail buses in the bottom right.
6
Late in the day at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977, CR C424's 2474 and 2485 (ex-EL 2411) and GP38 7768 idle by the yard tower.
7
With the Conway yard tower behind, Alco C425 2418 rests at the roundhouse in August, 1977.
8
An overview of Conway yard in August, 1977 shows a yard office and the two yard towers in the distance. In the foreground, a six unit engine move makes it's way toward the engine terminal.
9
An overview of the sanding facility at Conway yard in August, 1977 shows the yard towers in the near distance.
10
A rare shot of the inside of a yard tower in Conway, circa 1983.
11
Conrail GP9 7267 (ex-PC 7267, nee-PRR 7267) is on the hump at Morrisville Yard with MT-4 1005, rebuilt from CR 7607 (ex-PC 7607, nee-NYC 8007) in 1981.
12
Conrail MT4 slug is seen at Morrisville, PA back in 1981.
13
CR 1103 DeWitt Yard 1979 Photo by Tim Darnell
14
CR B23-7 1928 leads SD40 6316 (ex-PC 6063) past the Morrisville yard tower in June, 1980.
15
CR B23-7 1928 leads SD40 6316 (ex-6063) past the Morrisville yard tower in June, 1980.
16
An RS32 and 2 GP-35s are ready to head out of Goodman Street yard with a local train.
17
Conrail SW1500 9615 and class N8 caboose 23342 are seen at Morrisville Yard in 1984
18
With the yard towers overlooking the westbound yard and hump in the background, former PC Alco C425 2423 moves through the lines of GE and EMD power at the busy Enola engine terminal in July, 1978. The new 1978 T-birds in the autoracks give a historical perspective.
19
With the hump in operation behind, CR U25B 2571 (ex-EL 2502) rests in lines of power at Conway yard in August, 1977.
20
3689 leads EL 2584 & PC 5313 with a Westbound freight that is working Goodman St. Yard.
21
Former PC SD40 6272 rests in lines of power at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977.
22
Another 1981 view of Enola Yard shows SD40-2 6485, GP35 2306 (ex-PC 2306, nee-PRR 2306), and SD40-2 6469 while a CR boxcar (possibly CR 154372? looks to be an X44 from the Despatch ends...) takes a ride down the hump.
23
CR SD-45-2 6656 (ex-EL 3671) pulls into Conway late in the day in August, 1977 leading CN GP-38 5581 and ex-RDG GP-35 3625.
24
Late in the day at Conway in August, 1978, CR SDP-45 6677 (ex-EL 3646) leads ex-RDG GP-35 3641 as they wait for assignment alongside GP-38-2 8032.
25
Conrail U23C 6706 (ex-PC 6706) is seen on the hump at Enola Yard in 1983.
26

The sun has truly set on the old Alco RSD-12's that worked Morrisville yard in early 1977.

CR RSD-12 6867 received her Conrail lettering only a few months before retirement.

27
CR RSD-12 6876 at the Morrisville yard tower in March, 1977. The tired, workhorse RSD12's had but a few weeks left before retirement.
28
Renumbered from 6591 in 1979 to make room for C30-7A's, CR U36C 6888 (ex-EL 3320) rests in lines of CR power at Enola in August, 1980.
29
An RS-11 heads out of Goodman Street yard with a local.
30
5 units from 3 builders and 2 RRs power a train working Goodman Street yard. The GT unit was a leaser.
31
Conrail GP38-2 rests between assignments 8096 at Conrail's Ashtabula, Ohio "AY" West Yard. The building to the right and the tower are long gone, and I believe this is the only photo I have showing either structure. I wasn't bright enough to capture much more than trains for the most part.
32
Former Raritan River SW900's 8659 (ex-RR 2) and 8663 (ex-RR 6) lined up with CR blue power by the Westbound hump tower at Enola in September, 1983.
33
Conrail SW900 8711 (ex-RDG 1511) is seen resting near the hump at Enola Yard while a pair of TOFC flatcars go for a ride down the hump. We can be certain that this is NOT recommended operating practices, but it makes for an interesting photo.
34
Conrail SW7 9066 (ex-PC 9066) is seen at Morrisville Yard in 1983.
35
Conrail SW1001 9404 (ex-RDG 2604) is seen at Enola Yard in 1983.
36
Conrail SW1500 9615 (ex-RDG 2765) is seen on the Morrisville hump with class N8 caboose 23342 in 1984.
37
A 1983 shot of the storage tracks behind the Enola diesel shop.
38
With the Enola hump tower and yard office in the background, a mass of ex-PC power, along with a lone ex-EL and ex-LV unit surround a few CR blue units at the engine terminal as night falls.
39
With the Enola hump tower and yard office in the background, a mass of ex-PC power, along with a lone ex-EL and ex-LV unit surround a few CR blue units at the engine terminal as night falls.
40
A shot of Enola Yard in 1986, looking south from the west side of the diesel shop.
41

Southern Pacific U33's 8740 and 8791, and U25B 6755 rest behind a former PC GP-38-2 during a crew change by the eastbound Enola yard tower.

Foreign power from ATSF, CNW, D&H and Southern Pacific were all there at Enola on May 7, 1977.

42
Sunset at Morrisville in March, 1977.
43
Morrisville yard tower at dusk in March, 1977.
44
NYC Baggage car 7494 used for MOW at Harrisburg in May, 1977.
45

Southern Pacific U33's 8740 and 8791, and U25B 6755 rest behind a former PC GP-38-2 during a crew change at Enola in May, 1977.

Foreign power from ATSF, CNW, D&H and Southern Pacific were all there at Enola on May 7, 1977.

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