This album features year five of Conrail operations.
By the spring of 1981, the disappearance of operational Alcoís other than RS-3Mís 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-1ís, and GP-7/GP-9ís 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-44ís operational at Enola in the summer of 1980.
On the CR-contracted passenger side, however, former SR Southern Crescent E-8Aís were added to join former PC E-8Aís on the NY&LB. The ageless GG-1ís continued their amazing years of service based out of South Amboy.