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A former merchandise boxcar pressed into maintenance of way service, which is why it has a 5-digit number. The car is sitting in the scrap line.
Location: Roanoke, VA   6-2-01
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Roanoke, VA   6-2-01
CR 76177
Joe Shaw (156K)

This 50' Pullman Standard boxcar with a 10' door was originally painted for Peoria & Eastern, a subsidiary of the New York Central.
Location: Unknown
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

CR 151466
Tom Haag (36K)

From 1977 until the late 1990s this boxcar sat at a scrap dealer. It remains an important car because it was repainted in a very early Conrail scheme in June 1976, two months after Conrail formed. As a result it lacks the large logo and is painted in Penn Central green. As you can see, it never wore the PC logo.
Location: Sinking Spring, PA   5-6-90
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

John Schodowski - Sinking Spring, PA   5-6-90
CR 164528 968B
John Schodowski (53K)

50' former PRR double door boxcar.
Location: Allentown, PA   1996
Series: CR 213407-213416
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Lon Godshall - Allentown, PA   1996
CR 213416 X56
Lon Godshall (59K)

The large wheels on the side of the car are Hennessy Slidewell power assists. Holidaysburg equipped a number of cars with these devices to help workers open difficult doors instead of prodding them open with forklifts. Forklifts had been damaging too many boxcar doors.
Location: Wyomissing, PA   6-18-05
Photo Online: December 23, 2005

Mark MacDougall - Wyomissing, PA   6-18-05
CR 213768 X56A
Mark MacDougall (111K)

Car repainted Buffalo, NY 6-87.
Location: Altoona, PA   1998
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Lon Godshall - Altoona, PA   1998
CR 216859
Lon Godshall (38K)

Ever have one of those days? The crew switching behind the General Motors Cadillac Fleetwood plant in Detroit did when they backed this 60' autoparts boxcar onto a dirt mound.
Location: Detroit, MI   6-85
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

John Brown - Detroit, MI   6-85
CR 218541
John Brown (99K)

Another view of the boxcar on the mound. At least it gives us a good look at the end details. The car was originally an NYC car built in 1965.
Location: Detroit, MI   6-85
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

John Brown - Detroit, MI   6-85
CR 218541
John Brown (89K)

The third and final photo in the series of a switching mishap. Most of these car were repainted Conrail by the Reading, PA shops.
Location: Detroit, MI   6-85
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

John Brown - Detroit, MI   6-85
CR 218541
John Brown (84K)

60' autoparts boxcar with Superior and Youngstown doors. Repainted into Quality scheme.
Location: Allentown, PA   1998
Series: CR 219932-219977
Models: None available
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Lon Godshall - Allentown, PA   1998
CR 219964 X63
Lon Godshall (50K)

Sitting at Rose storage yard.
Location: Altoona, PA   5-15-05
Photo Online: May 5, 2006

Sean McDonnell - Altoona, PA   5-15-05
CR 220308 X59
Sean McDonnell (67K)

Taken at Rose Storage Yard.
Location: Altoona, PA   5-15-05
Photo Online: May 5, 2006

Sean McDonnell - Altoona, PA   5-15-05
CR 220435 X59
Sean McDonnell (198K)

Former PRR 60' double door boxcars (PRR series: 90265-90280). Repainted Quality scheme. The difference between the X59A and the X59 is that the latter has plug doors.
Location: Altoona, PA   1998
Series: CR 220467-270571
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Lon Godshall - Altoona, PA   1998
CR 220551 X59A
Lon Godshall (45K)

Former Penn Central 60' double-door boxcar with its old logo and reporting marks painted out with Conrail markings, plus a nasty weathering job.
Location: Altoona, PA   6-22-00
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Mike Rose - Altoona, PA   6-22-00
CR 220901 X62B
Mike Rose (72K)

A rebuilt 60' extended height boxcar.
Location: Decature, IL   10-28-99
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Mike Rose - Decature, IL   10-28-99
CR 221163 B62C
Mike Rose (63K)

A rebuilt 60' extended height boxcar.
Location: Alttoona, PA   5-14-05
Photo Online: May 5, 2006

Sean McDonnell - Alttoona, PA   5-14-05
CR 221294 B62C
Sean McDonnell (215K)

From 1987 to 1990, Hollidaysburg rebuilt 280 X62B 60-foot auto parts boxcars into Plate F excess height cars.
Location: Bellevue, OH   2002
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Chris Crook - Bellevue, OH   2002
CR 221315 B62C
Chris Crook (74K)

Location: Berea, OH   10-10-04
Photo Online: May 5, 2006

Sean McDonnell - Berea, OH   10-10-04
CR 221392 B62D
Sean McDonnell (55K)

Location: Conneaut, OH   1-22-06
Photo Online: May 5, 2006

Dave Trenn - Conneaut, OH   1-22-06
CR 221511 B62D
Dave Trenn (250K)

This class of boxcar was rebuilt from the B62C.
Location: Decatur, IL   10-28-99
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Mike Rose - Decatur, IL   10-28-99
CR 221522 B62D
Mike Rose (55K)

Yet another version of the rebuilt 60' extended height boxcars. Note the interesting plating on this car.
Location: Decatur, IL   10-28-99
Photo Online:August 9, 2001

Mike Rose - Decatur, IL   10-28-99
CR 221764 B62F
Mike Rose (59K)

Rebuilt into an extended height car.
Location: Norristown, PA   8-12-05
Photo Online: May 5, 2006

Sean McDonnell - Norristown, PA   8-12-05
CR 221822 B62E
Sean McDonnell (116K)

Former PRR 110815 built in 6-66 but Conrail rebuilt it 6-90 into an extended height car. Dennis caught it fresh out of the paint shops in the Quality scheme.
Location: Holidaysburg, PA   5-3-98
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Dennis Sautters - Holidaysburg, PA   5-3-98
CR 221837 B62E
Dennis Sautters (55K)

Former Southern Railway 70-ton boxcars built in 1964 by Pullman-Standard. Originally equipped with roofwalk and full-height ladders. Roofwalk has been removed and ladders/brake wheel lowered. SOU owned few Plate C boxcars, such as this. Conrail simply painted out SOU markings, restenciled them with CR marks and class. These cars were recent acquisitions in 1998.
Location: Reading, PA   7-98
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Lon Godshall - Reading, PA   7-98
CR 222611 BS-29
Lon Godshall (50K)

Location: Rankin, PA   2-6-05
Photo Online: May 5, 2006

Sean McDonnell - Rankin, PA   2-6-05
CR 222702
Sean McDonnell (256K)

Location: Conneaut, OH   1-22-06
Photo Online: May 5, 2006

Dave Trenn - Conneaut, OH   1-22-06
CR 223009 B63A
Dave Trenn (257K)

Location: Berea, OH   10-10-04
Photo Online: May 5, 2006

Sean McDonnell - Berea, OH   10-10-04
CR 223010 B63A
Sean McDonnell (122K)

An extended height car.
Location: Braddock, PA   11-21-04
Photo Online: May 5, 2006

Sean McDonnell - Braddock, PA   11-21-04
CR 223030
Sean McDonnell (133K)

Not sure what class this is or its purpose. It might be a class B62G?
Location: Unknown  
Photo Online: January 31, 2006

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CR 223670
Chris Crook (51K)

A large extended height car.
Location: Leetsdale, PA   9-18-04
Photo Online: May 5, 2006

Sean McDonnell - Leetsdale, PA   9-18-04
CR 230527 BW84A
Sean McDonnell (146K)

A repainted RDG 50' boxcar class XLj (RDG series: 20000-20199).
Location: Unknown  
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Reed Estabrook -
CR 231749
Reed Estabrook (61K)

Restenciled RDG 50' boxcar class XLj (RDG series: 20000-20199). Built 11-72.
Location: Fogelsville, PA   1998
Series: CR 231597-231795
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Lon Godshall - Fogelsville, PA   1998
CR 231789
Lon Godshall (67K)

Location: Altoona, PA   5-15-05
Photo Online: May 5, 2006

Sean McDonnell - Altoona, PA   5-15-05
CR 237008
Sean McDonnell (200K)

In the late 1960s, Erie Lackawanna ordered 143 86' Hi-Cube boxcars from Greenville, placing them in EL series 92100-92242. Conrail inherited these cars and merged them in with Penn Central's large fleet of Hi-Cube's.
Location: Ingleside, WV   9-01
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Joe Shaw - Ingleside, WV   9-01
CR 237372 BE83B
Joe Shaw (151K)

Painted with the Quality logo. Ex-PRR 110421.
Location: New Haven, IN   7-22-06
Photo Online: June 2, 2015
CR 237512
Alan Gaines - New Haven, IN   7-22-06
CR 237512
Alan Gaines (249K)

86' Pullman-Standard 4-door auto parts boxcar outside the Macedonia Car Shops. For HO modeling the Walthers PS 86' Hi-Cube 4-Door boxcar is a replica of X60, though the Athearn model is an adequate stand-in for X60 subclasses built by Thrall or Greenville.
Location: Macedonia, OH   8-2-89
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Arnie Morscher - Macedonia, OH   8-2-89
CR 237718 X60
Arnie Morscher (71K)

A former EL Greenville Hi-Cube repainted into the Quality scheme.
Location: Alliance, OH   2004
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Chris Crook - Alliance, OH   2004
CR 238065 BE83B
Chris Crook (81K)

Former ATSF 36779.
Location: New Haven, IN   2-23-08
Photo Online: June 2, 2015
CR 239290
Alan Gaines - New Haven, IN   2-23-08
CR 239290
Alan Gaines (223K)

A former 50' Erie boxcar built by Pullman Standard that was painted into this Conrail scheme in 1978.
Location: Pitcairn, PA   1988
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Tom Haag - Pitcairn, PA   1988
CR 267906
Tom Haag (30K)

Former PRR double-door boxcars (PRR series: 88251-88500). Roofwalks have been removed. Repainted into Conrail scheme in Buffalo, NY on 2-88. Though there are no models available for this class in HO, N scale modelers could use the inexpensive Life-Like 50' boxcar, though the model's doors are not the same, the sill needs to be replaced with styrene strip, and the foot rungs could be replaced.
Location: Pottstown, PA   1998
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Lon Godshall - Pottstown, PA   1998
CR 270193 X56
Lon Godshall (48K)

Location: Decatur, IL   10-28-99
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Mike Rose - Decatur, IL   10-28-99
CR 275135 X62A
Mike Rose (55K)

A Conrail stenciled PC boxcar. It looks like an X62A, but with a different door.
Location: Unknown   2001
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Joe Shaw - Unknown Location   2001
CR 275391
Joe Shaw (132K)

Restenciled PC 60' boxcar (PC 275425).
Location: Allentown, PA   1997
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Lon Godshall - Allentown, PA   1997
CR 275425 X62A
Lon Godshall (65K)

Former PC car (PC series: 278045-278174). Built by Berwick Forge & Fabrication (BFF) 2-3/73. Designed for hauling autopart between plants. Original large CR logo. Was repainted in Buffalo, NY 5-84.
Location: Wyomissing, PA   9-96
Series: CR 216840-216877
HO Models: Con-Cor 60' Autoparts boxcar.
N Models: Unknown
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Robert Waller - Wyomissing, PA   9-96
CR 276850 X77
Robert Waller (49K)

Another of th 450 B60C rebuilt boxcars.
Location: Selkirk, NY   7-20-00
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Reed Estabrook - Selkirk, NY   7-20-00
CR 277903 B60C
Reed Estabrook (51K)

Painted with the Quality logo.
Location: New Haven, IN   7-22-06
Photo Online: June 2, 2015
CR 278012
Alan Gaines - New Haven, IN   7-22-06
CR 278012
Alan Gaines (249K)

Location: Conway, PA   1998
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Lon Godshall - Conway, PA   1998
CR 278516 BE60B
Lon Godshall (87K)

Boxcar devoted to autoparts service.
Location: Wyomissing, PA   10-96
Series: CR 278729-278999
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Robert Waller - Wyomissing, PA   10-96
CR 278849 X64
Robert Waller (100K)

Boxcar devoted to autoparts service.
Location: Altoona, PA   1998
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Lon Godshall - Altoona, PA   1998
CR 279011 143B
Lon Godshall (45K)

Former RDG class XLL 60' boxcars (RDG series: 19000-19049). Repainted into the Conrail scheme and numbering 8-84.
Location: Altoona, PA   1998
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Lon Godshall - Altoona, PA   1998
CR 279734 BR62A
Lon Godshall (45K)

Pullman-Standard 60' door-and-a-half boxcar originally built in 1974 for the PC as PC 220225-220295 and PC 281400-281635. On these cars, Conrail kept the same numbering system as PC. The cars rode on 100-ton trucks.
Location: Allentown, PA   8-88
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Reed Estabrook - Allentown, PA   8-88
CR 281501 X82
Reed Estabrook (44K)

By the end of the 1980s all of the PC cars had been repainted in Conrail oxide, though they kept the original PC numbers. The doors had an opening of 16 feet.
Location: Selkirk, NY
Series: CR 281400-281635
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Leo Landry - Selkirk, NY.
CR 281569 X82
Leo Landry (28K)
Doug Trueblood Coll

Former 60' PC 220835 repainted in Conrail Quality.
Location: Reading, PA   6-18-98
Series: CR 283000-283029
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

John Schodowski - Reading, PA   6-18-98
CR 283000 X66A
John Schodowski (47K)

Former 60' boxcar PC 220845. Repainted Quality scheme 11-88.
Location: Allentown, PA   1998
Series: CR 283000-283029
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Lon Godshall - Allentown, PA   1998
CR 283009 X66A
Lon Godshall (62K)

Painted with the Quality logo. Ex-NYC 67196.
Location: New Haven, IN   7-17-10
Photo Online: June 2, 2015
CR 294207
Alan Gaines - New Haven, IN   7-17-10
CR 294207
Alan Gaines (227K)

Location: Columbus, OH   2004
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Chris Crook - Columbus, OH   2004
CR 294753
Chris Crook (59K)

86' Pullman-Standard 4-door auto parts boxcar outside the Macedonia Car Shops.
Location: Macedonia, OH   5-6-90
Series: CR 295440-295552
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Arnie Morscher - Macedonia, OH   5-6-90
CR 295541 X60P
Arnie Morscher (93K)

The 359008 and the several refrigerated cars pictured below were built by the Pacfic Car & Foundry for the Erie Lackawanna. Conrail placed them in series CR 359001-359038. Most were retired by 1990. The remaining cars lingered on the roster for several more years. As you can see, some cars remained in the early yellow paint scheme Conrail used in its early years for reefers, while others were repainted in the white and blue scheme seen below.
Location: Reading, PA   1-10-98
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

John Schodowski - Reading, PA   1-10-98
CR 359008
John Schodowski (66K)

Special one-of-a-kind reefer fitted with a satellite that keeps track of the car's temperature. Conrail retired the car and donated it the Conrail Technical Society.
Location: Unknown
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

John Durant
CR 359020
John Durant (43K)

Location: Ontario, CA   8-91
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Chris Butts - Ontario, CA   8-91
CR 359020
Chris Butts (87K)

Taken back in 1981, the 359034 is in a fresh paint of Conrail yellow and brown. The built date on the car is 12-67, though there are no real class markings, only an RPL.
Location: Tucson, AZ   10-81
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Bill Whitfield - Tucson, AZ   10-81
CR 359034
Bill Whitfield (75K)

I don't know how this happened, but we have photos of two sequential cars in a class! Anyway, these are former EL boxcars. More prototype and modeling information is needed about this class.
Location: Selkirk, NY (CP-SK)   10-97
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Mike Rose - Selkirk, NY (CP-SK)   10-97
CR 360271 BE55C
Mike Rose (83K)

Former EL boxcars.
Location: Unknown   1998
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Lon Godshall - Unknown   1998
CR 360272 BE55C
Lon Godshall (62K)

Location: Unknown
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Mike Rose
CR 360484 133B
Mike Rose (66K)

Insulated boxcar, former LV 7172. Repainted 6-81.
Location: Fogelsville, PA   1998
Series: CR 360704-360753
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Lon Godshall - Fogelsville, PA   1998
CR 360736 BL55B
Lon Godshall (45K)

I believe these were former 50' NYC boxcars.
Location: East Cambridge, MA   4-30-95
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Dave Santos - East Cambridge, MA   4-30-95
CR 361081 935B
Dave Santos (68K)

An Evans double-door boxcar Conrail purchased second-hand.
Location: West Falls, PA   7-98
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Robert Palmer - West Falls, PA   7-98
CR 368600
Robert Palmer (45K)

Another Evans 50' boxcar but painted in a blue scheme.
Location: Sayre, PA   3-01
Photo Online:October 28, 2002

Mike Collins - Sayre, PA   3-01
CR 368611
Mike Collins (64K)

Here we see one of the Evans totally repainted into fresh Conrail paint instead of just a stencil job.
Location: Sayre, PA   9-00
Photo Online:October 28, 2002

Tom Honnan - Sayre, PA   9-00
CR 368615
Tom Honnan (65K)

These are 69'-6" insulated boxcars built by Fruit Grower's Express in Alexandria, Virginia in 1977. They were the only insulated boxcars built for Conrail, the rest being inherited from predecessors or purchased second-hand. Nearly every car is painted in the large Conrail logo. Our rolling stock guru, Lon Godshall, has only seen one repainted in the newer small logo. The cars are equipped with a massive 14' single plug door, which makes the Eel River Models "beer car" model unusable. Cars saw assigned service, with some even being used in beer service. 376072 had been repainted at Buffalo in December 1983.
Location: Chapman Yard, PA   2-16-97
Series: CR 376001-376190
Photo Online: October 22, 1998

Lon Godshall - Chapman Yard, PA   2-16-97
CR 376072 B65A
Lon Godshall (71K)

A typical B65A, but notice the end reporting marks have been painted over.
Location: Alliance, OH   2004
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Chris Crook - Alliance, OH   2004
CR 376148 B65A
Chris Crook (104K)

Location: Galesburg, IL   10-26-99
Photo Online:September 3, 2001

Mike Rose - Galesburg, IL   10-26-99
CR 376168 B65A
Mike Rose (66K)

Insulated boxcar. Built Built 11-68. Former HLMX 8901.
Location: Altoona, PA   1998
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

Lon Godshall - Altoona, PA   1998
CR 377005
Lon Godshall (60K)

These cars were not sold to Kellogg's by Conrail. They were purchased new from Thrall by Kellogg's in 1973 and then leased to PC for exclusive use by Kellogg's. When PC decided to go bankrupt, Kellogg's withdrew the lease and reclaimed the cars because they feared that they would loose the use of them in the bankruptcy of PC.
Location: Reading, PA   6-30-98
Photo Online: July 5, 2005

John Schodowski - Reading, PA   6-30-98
KELX 281329 X79
John Schodowski (26K)

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