Conrail ended its ownership and operation of the Bloomsburg Branch and the Center County Cluster on July 31, 1984. SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority became the new owner. Richard Robey, the new operator, renamed the Bloomsburg Branch the North Shore Railroad (NSHR), and the Center County Cluster the Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad (NBER).

Conrail provided an OCS for the dedication ceremony of SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority and the new operator. The NSHR ceremony was Aug. 14, 1984 and the NBER ceremony was the following day.

CR 7977 (PC 7977) was the OCS locomotive for these ceremonies. CR 7977 ran long hood forward to Danville, where it ran around the train for the return to Northumberland. CR OCS cars were #11, #26, #12, and #10 is bringing up the markers on the return trip.

The train seen here is leaving Montour County, PA returning to Northumberland, headquarters for the North Shore Railroad Company & Affiliates.


See ex-CR 7977 serving in another OCS service in Roger Durfee's photo .


Photo Date
Photo Location Name
Former CR Bloomsburg Branch
Conrail Road Number
CR 7977
Post Conrail Owner(s)
Post Conrail Road Number(s)
EMD 777, UP 1930, UP 430, LLPX 2314, IAIS 709

40.962619935815, -76.654928918562

Submitted by Jim Appleman on Sun, 08/14/2022 - 05:51