Alan Page's CR: 5-1980 to 4-1981

This album features year five of Conrail operations. 

By the spring of 1981, the disappearance of operational Alco’s other than RS-3M’s appeared complete.  With the arrival of new SD40-2's completed in 1979, and GP40-2's in early 1980, sidelining of 20-cylinder power, ancient SW-1’s, and GP-7/GP-9’s began in the spring of 1981. The beginning of spring would also see the beauty of Horseshoe Curve changed when on 3-31-1981 Conrail removed track #2.

Other than the appearance of an occasional PC black unit, EL RDG, LV, and CNJ predecessor paint schemes were becoming rare.

Sadly, the year would see the end of electric power on Conrail with only E-44’s operational at Enola in the summer of 1980.

On the CR-contracted passenger side, however, former SR Southern Crescent E-8A’s were added to join former PC E-8A’s on the NY&LB.  The ageless GG-1’s continued their amazing years of service based out of South Amboy.

Amtrak 273 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980 (1)

Amtrak F40PH 273 roars through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980. The new F40PH took Amtrak's number 273 from a retired 1952-built former PC E-8A 4058.

Amtrak 273 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980 (2)

Amtrak F40PH 273 roars through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

The new F40PH took Amtrak's number 273 from retired 1952-built former PC E-8A 4058.

Amtrak 277 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981

Amtrak F40PH 277 blasts up the curve in March, 1981.

Amtrak 334 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980

A pair of Amtrak's brand new F40PH's, led by 334, roars past a line of piggybacks at Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980. Built in August, 1980, Amtrak 334 took the number formerly used by 30 year old ex-BN E-8A 9686.

Amtrak 357 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981

Amtrak F40PH's 357 and 351 round Horseshoe Curve eastbound to Altoona in March, 1981.

Amtrak 357 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981

Amtrak F40PH's 357 and 351 round Horseshoe Curve eastbound to Altoona in March, 1981.

Amtrak 357 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981

Amtrak F40PH's 357 and 351 round Horseshoe Curve eastbound to Altoona in March, 1981.

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 2000 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980

Two-year-old CR B23-7 2000 leads a black and blue quintet of power through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

CR 2174 Enola, PA 8-10-1980

Lined up between ex-PC GP-30 2235 and U23B 2733, CR GP-30 2174 (ex-RDG 3606) is in the first line of CR power at Enola in August, 1980.

CR 2174 Enola, PA 8-10-1980

CR GP-30's 2174 and 2235 are nose to tail with U23B 2733 in a light engine move at Enola in August, 1980.

CR 2733 Enola, PA 8-10-1980

Between ex-RDG GP-30 2154 and 1977-built GP-38-2 8167, CR U23B 2733 rests in the first line of CR power at Enola in August, 1980.

CR 2794 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980

CR U23B 2794 pulls round the curve at Spruce Creek in November, 1980.

CR 2890 Enola, PA 8-10-1980

With CR U23C 6707 working the west bound Enola hump behind, former PC U33B 2890 rests with U25B 2510 in August, 1980.

CR 2916 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981 (1)

CR U33B 2916 leads an SD-35 (6039), U33B (2958), SD-40 (6293), U25B (2564), and a GP-38(7913) dragging empty hoppers up Horseshoe Curve in March, 1981.

CR 2916 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981 (2)

CR U33B 2916 leads an SD-35 (6039), U33B (2958), SD-40 (6293), U25B (2564), and a GP-38(7913) dragging empty hoppers up Horseshoe Curve in March, 1981.

CR 2964 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980

CR U33B 2964 (ex-PC) leads GP-40 3194 through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

CR 3167 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981 (1)

CR 3167 GP-40 leads GP-30 2194 and two other black and blue EMD SD's with a coal train down Horseshoe Curve in March, 1981.

CR 3167 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981 (2)

CR 3167 GP-40 leads GP-30 2194 and two other black and blue EMD SD's down Horseshoe Curve in March, 1981.

CR 3167 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981 (3)

CR 3167 GP-40 leads GP-30 2194 and two other black and blue EMD SD's down Horseshoe Curve in March, 1981.

CR 3177 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980 (1)

Former PC GP-40 3177 leads U23B 2731 through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

CR 3177 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980 (2)

Former PC GP-40 3177 leads U23B 2731 through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

CR 3348 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980 (1)

CR GP-40-2 3348 (2/1979 built) leads SD-40s 6240 (ex-PC) and 6317 (ex-PC 6064), and SDP-45 6683 (ex-EL 3652) through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

CR 3348 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980 (2)

CR GP-40-2 3348 (2/1979 built) leads SD-40s 6240 (ex-PC) and 6317 (ex-PC 6064), and SDP-45 6683 (ex-EL 3652) through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

CR 3627 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980

Former RDG GP-35 3627 leads 1977-built GP-38-2 8175 as they pull a container train through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

CR 4022 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

Two CR predecessors meet nose to nose at South Amboy, NJ in June, 1980. Former PRR E-8A 5836 meets EL E-8A 833, but now it's NJDOT 4246 faces CR 4022. The ex-PRR unit would last another two years before retirement while the EL E-8A still had a storied CR career through the 90's.

CR 4272 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1981

CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4305 (ex-PC 4272 rebuilt by ICG 10/1978) rests with sister E-8A 4253 (ex-PC 4258 rebuilt by ICG 9/1978) at South Amboy in March, 1981.

CR 4272 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1981

CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4305 (ex-PC 4272 rebuilt by ICG 10/1978) rests with sister E-8A 4253 (ex-PC 4258 rebuilt by ICG 9/1978) at South Amboy in March, 1981.

CR 4452 Enola, PA 8-10-1980

With former PC E-44's 4402 and 4405 lined up behind, E-44's 4452 and 4454 wait for assignment at the Enola engine terminal in August, 1980.

The GG-1's were already retired and time was getting short for the E-44's.

CR 5679 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981

Still with CNJ stripes and showing road number 1532, CR GP-7 5679 rests retired alongside GP7 5658 in an Altoona deadline in March, 1981. The old CNJ GP7 was working Croxton yard in February, 1978.

CR 6105-6239 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981

An ex-PC SD45 leads a sextet of black and blue power as they pound up Horseshoe Curve in March, 1981.

CR 6124 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980

Former PC SD-45 6124 leads CR blue GP38-2 7978, U33C 6861(ex-PC 6556), and GP-40 3138 with a string of piggybacks through Spruce Creek in November, 1980.

CR 6177 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981

CR SD-40-2 6378 (1977-built) leads GP-38 7910 and SD-45 6177 racing piggybacks up track 2 past a mixed freight at Horseshoe Curve in March, 1981.

CR 6316 Morrisville, PA 6-14-1980

CR SD-40 6316 (ex-PC 6063) works Morrisville yard with B23-7 1928 in June, 1980.

CR 6332 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981

Running light down the hill at Horseshoe are CR SD-40-2 6448 and SD-40 6332 in March, 1981.

CR 6378 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981 (1)

CR SD-40-2 6378 leads GP-38 7910 and SD-45 6177 up track 2 past a mixed freight led by SD-40 6313 at Horseshoe Curve in March, 1981.

CR 6378 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981 (2)

CR SD-40-2 6378 (1977-built) leads GP-38 7910 and SD-45 6177 racing piggybacks up Horseshoe Curve in March, 1981.

CR 6430 Altoona, PA 4-11-1981

With SD-40-2's at each end and ex-PC SD-40's in the middle, CR 6430 trails a quartet of helpers as they assist with braking a coal train down Horseshoe Curve in April, 1981.

CR 6430 Altoona, PA 4-11-1981

With SD-40-2's at each end and ex-PC SD-40's in the middle, CR 6430 trails a quartet of helpers as they assist with braking a coal train down Horseshoe Curve in April, 1981.

CR 6439 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980

The trailing U33C 6875 (ex-EL 3307 and former CR 6570) smokes it up while a pair of 1977-built SD-40-2's (6439 and 6432) leads mixed freight through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

Both 6439 and 6432, part of CR series 6431-6440, underwent an operational cost comparison program in 1977.  Participants of the program received a white star under their cab numbers.

CR 6461 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980

A 1978-built SD-40-2, 6461 leads ex-PC GP-38-2 8142 pulling mixed freight through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

CR 6511 Altoona, PA 3-13-1981

A 1979-built SD-40-2, CR 6511, leads SD-40 6308 and four more ex-PC units down the Curve in March, 1981. As usual at Horseshoe and other places on the system a friendly CR fireman is waving.

CR 6604 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980

CR C30-7 6604 leads SD40-2 6485, and an unidentified unit, through the small PA town of Spruce Creek on the former PRR main line in November, 1980.

CR 6680 Altoona, PA 4-11-1981

CR SDP-45 6680 (ex-EL 3649) and ex-PC SD-40 6277 pound the ground on track 2 at Horshoecurve in April, 1981.

CR 6695 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980

With all 20 cylinders pounding, monster SDP45 6695 (ex-EL 3664) leads a U-25B(in the CR 2600-2685 series) with mixed freight through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

This unusual pairing coupled the SDP45's 3,600hp with the older U25B's 2,500hp.

CR 6839 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980 (1)

CR U30C 6839 (renumbered from ex-PC 6539) leads U33C 6882 (ex-EL 3314) and an EMD unit through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

CR 6839 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980 (2)

CR U30C 6839 (renumbered from ex-PC 6539) leads U33C 6882 (ex-EL 3314) and an EMD unit at Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

CR 6861 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980

Former PC SD-45 6124 leads CR blue GP38-2 7978, U33C 6861(ex-PC 6556), and GP-40 3138 with a string of piggybacks through Spruce Creek in November, 1980.

CR 6875 Spruce Creek, PA 11-22-1980 (2)

Smoking U33C 6875 (ex-EL 3307 and former CR 6570) trails a pair of SD-40-2's (6439 and 6432) as they lead mixed freight through Spruce Creek, PA in November, 1980.

SD40-2 6432 showed the white star under the cab number showing the unit's participation in the 1977 operational cost comparison program for CR series 6431-6440.

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