Alan Page's CR: 5-1977 to 4-1978 - Page 4

This album features year two of Conrail operations.

Expanding west from Morrisville and Abrams, areas covered include Enola, Altoona, Conway, Mingo Junction, and Weirton, WV, and east to South Amboy and Elizabethport, NJ.  

Following massive retirements of Alco’s, Baldwin’s, and EMD cab units, Conrail leased units from BAR, CNW, SP, and CN to make up for the power shortages.

CR 6219 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

CR GP40 3120 and SD45 6219 take up the rear of a trio of units pulling a TV train up Horseshoe in March, 1978.

CR 6256 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978 (1)

SD45-2 6698 heads down the Curve for more pusher duty as SD40 6256 leads a quartet of units up in March, 1978.

CR 6256 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978 (2)

CR SD40 6256, in a quartet of units, pounds up the Curve as SD45-2 6698 brings up the rear of a helper set providing braking down the hill in March, 1978.

CR 6256 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978 (3)

You can feel the ground shake as CR SD40 6256 and an SD45 pound up Horseshoe in March, 1978.

CR 6262 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (2)

PC 890568 3-bay hopper class H56A feels the pressure as CR SD45 6112 and SD40 6262 give braking assistance down the hill at Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6335 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (2)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

Steam railfans were everywhere at the Curve waiting for the run through of RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyohoga Valley Lines 2-8-2 #4070.

CR 6335 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (4)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

Steam railfans were everywhere at the Curve waiting for the scheduled run through of RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyohoga Valley Lines 2-8-2 #4070.

CR 6341 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

CR SD40 6341 (ex-PC 6088) pushes hard with SD35 6023 as they head up the Curve in March, 1978.

CR 6351 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

Helpers CR SD-40 6351 (ex-PC 6098) and SD-35 6031 roll back down the hill for more pusher duty in March, 1978.

CR 6351 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

Helpers CR SD40 6351 (ex-PC 6098) and SD35 6031 are dwarfed by the immensity of Horseshoe as they roll back down the hill for more pusher duty in March, 1978.

CR 6378 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

CR SD40-2's 6378 and 6419 brake round the Curve as they head to Altoona in March, 1978.

CR 6698 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

New passes by the old, as CR SDP45 6698 (ex-EL 3667) blasts past the Juniata shops deadline at Altoona. 

In March of 1978, August 1970-built former EL SDP45 3667 was new in comparison to the early 1950's-built D&H RS-3 4082 and EL E-8A's 818 and 828 on the deadline.

CR 7620 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

With numbers whitelined, snow-covered PC RS-11 7620 and S-2 9763 have seen their last days of operation at Morrisville in March, 1978. 

Alco RSD-12's were actively working the Morrisville yard into April, 1977, while the RS-11's continued to handle yard chores into the summer of 1977.  In the spring of 1978, however, all Alco's were gone and yard work was being handled by GP30's.

CR 7630 Morrisville, PA 6-25-1977

One of only four CR RS-11's that were painted blue, 7630 works Morrisville yard with a sister unit in June, 1977.

Sadly, this was the last time I saw RS-11's working Morrisville yard.  By early 1978, GP-30's had replaced them.

CR 7643 Allentown, PA 5-28-1977

Former LV RS-11 7643 (CR 7643) works the scenic Allentown yard in May, 1977.

CR 7643 Bethlehem, PA 8-6-1977

LV RS-11 7643 and SW-8's 273 and 264 idle around the turntable while former L&HR C420 2073 shuffles an ex-LV caboose into the Bethlehem roundhouse in August, 1977.

Just over a year into CR operations and the CR blue and white on the caboose has already worn badly.

CR 7660 Altoona, PA 8/7/1977

Former PRSL GP38 2000 (CR 7660) awaits service with GP9 7479 (ex-EL 1261) and ex-PC SD45 6238 outside the Juniata locomotive shops in August, 1977.

CR 7832 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

A three-unit engine move at Conway in August, 1977 includes CR blue GP38 7832, leased CNW GP35 826, and SD45 6078 (ex-EL 3613).

An autorack loaded with new Ford Pinto's on the next track gives historical perspective.

CR 7839 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

CR GP38 7839 leads a quartet of former PC power through Altoona in March, 1978.

CR 7866 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (1)

CR GP38 7866, CNW GP30 821, U23B 2742, and CNW GP30 812 head down Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 7866 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (2)

CR GP38 7866, CNW GP30 821, U23B 2742, and CNW GP30 812 head down Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 7866 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (3)

CR GP38 7866 leads CNW GP30 821, U23B 2742, and CNW GP-30 812 down Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 7866 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (4)

CR GP38 7866, CNW GP30 821, U23B 2742, and CNW GP30 812 head down Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 7866 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (5)

CR GP38 7866, CNW GP30 821, U23B 2742, and CNW GP30 812 head down Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 7913 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

The Conway engine terminal power lineup included CR SD40 6297 (ex-PC 6044), leased BAR GP38 88, and GP38 7913 in August, 1977.

CR 7913 Conway, PA 8-8-1977

A six unit engine move at Conway in August, 1977 includes a CR blue GP9, an ex-PC GP38, SD40 6297 (ex-PC 6044), and GP38 7913, and leased BAR GP38 88.

CR 8087 Altoona, PA 8-7-1977

CR GP-38-2 8087 leads leased C&NW GP-35 830 as they roll by the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 8861 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

Former EL SW7 429, not yet renumbered 8861, works at Hoboken in August, 1977.

CR 8932 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

A veteran crewman guides former LV SW9 281 (CR 8932) and RS-3 5389 (ex-CNJ 1564) behind the Elizabethport shops in July, 1977.

CR 9138 Mingo Junction, OH 8-8-1977

PC SW-900 9138 sits just outside the Mingo Junction roundhouse.  Cleveland Electric EMD's were also present this day in August, 1977, joining the usual assortment of Alcos.

CR 9159 Marysville, PA 6-18-1977 (2)

CR NW-2 9159 trails former PC GP38-2 8042, U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504) and GP38 7832 as they cross Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.

CR 9159 Marysville, PA 6-18-1977 (3)

CR NW-2 9159 trails former PC GP38-2 8042, U23B 2780 (ex-LV 504), and GP38 7832 as they cross Rockville Bridge in June, 1977.

CR 9225 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

EL NW-2 418 (CR 9225) shuffles one of the ancient green Pullman-built Erie Lackawanna MU's at Hoboken in August, 1977..

CR 9225 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

The engineer of former EL NW2 418 (CR 9225) pauses while working Hoboken terminal in August, 1977.

CR 9311 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

Alongside CR SW-1200M 9311 (ex-RDG V01000M 2711), CR 12 holds prime movers at the Juniata shops in March, 1978.

CR Septa 309 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

In commuter operations by CR for Septa, PC-lettered Silverliner IV 309 leads a quartet of MU's through Morrisville in March, 1978.

Hoboken tower Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

With the Hoboken tower behind, former EL U34CH 3366 (CR 4166) readies to pull out of Hoboken terminal in August, 1977. The busy CR-operations at Hoboken have all EL in sight, with Comet I cars stretching into the distance awaiting assignments out of the terminal.

NYC 7494 Harrisburg, PA 5-7-1977

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

PC 9140 Baggage car Philadelphia, PA 3-25-1977

On the first day of the 44-day Septa TWU strike in 1977, numerous CR equipment was mixed in with Amtrak units at 30th Street Station.

Former PC 9140 baggage car rested on the tracks behind Amtrak GG-1 4939 (ex-PC 4939, nee-PRR 4927).

The former PRR GG-1 4927 was not scrapped after retirement by Amtrak in 1980. The unit was repainted in 1999 and preserved at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, IL.

PRR 1361 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

PRR K-4 Pacific 1361 rests at the Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977. A gift from the PRR to the city of Altoona, 1361 was placed at the Curve "permanently" after her retirement in 1957.Her presence would be eclipsed this day by the run through of RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyahoga Valley Line 2-8-2 #4070.

A restoration was begun the fall of 1985 and completed in April 1987 to bring 1361 back to operating condition. A gleaming 1361 steamed briefly in July and October 1987, October 1988, and September 1989 before breaking a wheel bearing and being placed at Steamtown in Scranton, PA.

PRR 1361 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

PRR K-4 Pacific 1361 rests at the Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977. A gift from the PRR to the city of Altoona, 1361 was placed at the Curve "permanently" after her retirement in 1957. Her presence would be eclipsed this day by the run through of RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyahoga Valley Line 2-8-2 #4070.

A restoration was begun the fall of 1985 and completed in April 1987 to bring 1361 back to operating condition. A gleaming 1361 steamed briefly in July and October 1987, October 1988, and September 1989 before breaking a wheel bearing and being placed at Steamtown in Scranton, PA.

PRR 9237 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

The Tuscan red is a bit faded, but the Keystone's are still clear on PRR baggage car 9237 at Enola in May, 1977.  The car may be whitelined, but still appears used by CR for MOW.

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.

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.

SP 6755 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

A trio of Southern Pacific U-boats (U33's 8740 and 8791, and U25B 6755) follow a former PC GP-38-2 at Enola yard.

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

SP 8740 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

Southern Pacific U33C 8740 leads other SP units U33C 8791 and U25B 6755 as they follow a former PC GP-38-2 through Enola yard on May 7, 1977.

Leased power from ATSF, CNW, D&H and Southern Pacific were all there at Enola that day.

SP 8740 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

Southern Pacific U33C 8740 leads other SP units U33C 8791 and U25B 6755 through the Enola wash racks on May 7, 1977.

SP 8791 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

An ex-PC GP-38-2 led a trio of Southern Pacific U-boats, with U33C 8791 in the middle, through the Enola wash racks on May 7, 1977. Foreign power from ATSF, CNW, D&H and Southern Pacific were all there this day.

SR 1032 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

A surprise transfer on a mixed freight arrived in the snow at Morrisville in March, 1978.

Behind the ARCO Polymer center flow hopper, a Southern Railway NW-2 1032 was coupled between a 2-bay PRR hopper and CR gondola 622811.

SR 1032 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

A surprise transfer on a mixed freight arrived in the snow at Morrisville in March, 1978. Behind the ARCO Polymer center flow hopper, a Southern Railway NW-2 1032 was coupled between a 2-bay PRR hopper and CR gondola 622811.

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