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, Colehour, Conway, DeWitt, Enola, Goodman St., Harrisburg, and Morrisville.

CE 104 at Ashtabula, OH

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

Colehour yard office

An August 1982 view of Conrail's Colehour Yard Office and Tower at Hammond, IN. Doug Davidson photo with permission

Conway hump in 1983

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.

Conway hump in 1983

A view of Conway Yard's eastbound hump in 1983 shows power and cabins laying over between assignments and servicing.

Conway overview in 1983

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.

Conway yard tower Conway, PA 8-8-1977

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.

Conway yard tower Conway, PA 8-8-1977

With the Conway yard tower behind, Alco C425 2418 rests at the roundhouse in August, 1977.

Conway yard towers and office Conway, PA 8-8-1977

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.

Conway yard towers Conway, PA 8-8-1977

An overview of the sanding facility at Conway yard in August, 1977 shows the yard towers in the near distance.

Conway's yard tower Conway, PA 1983

A rare shot of the inside of a yard tower in Conway, circa 1983.

CR 1005 at Morrisville, PA

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.

CR 1005 Morrisville, PA 1981

Conrail MT4 slug is seen at Morrisville, PA back in 1981.

CR 1103

CR 1103 DeWitt Yard 1979 Photo by Tim Darnell

CR 1928 Morrisville, PA 6-14-1980

CR B23-7 1928 leads SD40 6316 (ex-PC 6063) past the Morrisville yard tower in June, 1980.

CR 1928 Morrisville, PA 6-14-1980

CR B23-7 1928 leads SD40 6316 (ex-6063) past the Morrisville yard tower in June, 1980.

CR 2037 Rochester, NY 7/1977

An RS32 and 2 GP-35s are ready to head out of Goodman Street yard with a local train.

CR 23342 at Morrisville, PA in 1984

Conrail SW1500 9615 and class N8 caboose 23342 are seen at Morrisville Yard in 1984

CR 2423 Enola, PA 7-24-1978

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.

CR 2571 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

With the hump in operation behind, CR U25B 2571 (ex-EL 2502) rests in lines of power at Conway yard in August, 1977.

CR 3689 Rochester, NY 8/1977

3689 leads EL 2584 & PC 5313 with a Westbound freight that is working Goodman St. Yard.

CR 6272 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

Former PC SD40 6272 rests in lines of power at the Conway engine terminal in August, 1977.

CR 6485, CR 2306, and CR 6469 at Enola

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.

CR 6656 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

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.

CR 6677 Conway, PA 8-19-1978

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.

CR 6706 Enola, PA 1-1-1983

Conrail U23C 6706 (ex-PC 6706) is seen on the hump at Enola Yard in 1983.

CR 6867 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

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.

CR 6876 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

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.

CR 6888 Enola, PA 8-10-1980

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.

CR 7602 Rochester, NY 7/1977

An RS-11 heads out of Goodman Street yard with a local.

CR 8033 Rochester, NY 7/1977

5 units from 3 builders and 2 RRs power a train working Goodman Street yard. The GT unit was a leaser.

CR 8096 at Ashtabula Ohio 4/25/89

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.

CR 8663 Enola, PA 9-5-1983

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.

CR 8711 Enola, PA 1-1-1983

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.

CR 9066 at Morrisville Yard

Conrail SW7 9066 (ex-PC 9066) is seen at Morrisville Yard in 1983.

CR 9404 Enola, PA 1-1-1983

Conrail SW1001 9404 (ex-RDG 2604) is seen at Enola Yard in 1983.

CR 9615 and CR 23342 Morrisville, PA 1984

Conrail SW1500 9615 (ex-RDG 2765) is seen on the Morrisville hump with class N8 caboose 23342 in 1984.

Enola diesel shop in 1983

A 1983 shot of the storage tracks behind the Enola diesel shop.

Enola yard Enola, PA 7-9-1977 (1)

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.

Enola yard Enola, PA 7-9-1977 (2)

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.

Enola Yard in 1986

A shot of Enola Yard in 1986, looking south from the west side of the diesel shop.

Enola yard tower Enola, PA 5-7-1977

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.

NYC 7494 Harrisburg, PA 5-7-1977

NYC Baggage car 7494 used for MOW at Harrisburg in May, 1977.

SP 6755 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

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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