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Location: Scranton, PA   7-2-05
Photo Online: December 23, 2005

CR 510545 GE51D
Mark MacDougall (97K)

Former Erie Lackawanna 52'6" gondola built by Greenville and sitting on the Altoona scrapline.
Location: Altoona, PA   10-98
Photo Online:January 9, 2002

CR 510614
Paul Tupaczewski (73K)

52' former EL gondola with original logo still intact. Another paint-out. According my research, all of these EL gondolas had been reassigned Conrail numbers by the end of the 1980s.
Location: Wyomissing, PA   8-96
Series: CR 531885-531888
Photo Online: July 7, 1998

CR 531885
Robert Waller (48K)

Former PRR 385212.
Location: Allentown, PA   1998
Photo Online: February 15, 1999

CR 533797 G36M
Lon Godshall (49K)

52' gondola hauling trusses.
Location: Comminupaw (Jersey City, NJ)   10-91
Series: CR 533930-533976
Photo Online: September 5, 1998

CR 533966 G36M
John McCluskey (36K)

The yellow container frames are loaded onto a car behind the gondola, not in the gondola itself.
Location: Abrams, PA   1994
Photo Online:October 16, 2001

CR 564002 120G
John Almeida (72K)

Location: Abrams, PA   1994
Photo Online:October 16, 2001

CR 564757 G43B
John Almeida (52K)

Compare this gondola to the CR 577566 below. This car has plating on the sides, with the marks and logo painted on. The name next to the logo is "ENOLA."
Location: Bethlehem, PA   8-98
Photo Online: February 15, 1999

CR 576498 G43A
Lon Godshall (45K)

Location: Abrams, PA   1994
Photo Online:October 16, 2001

CR 577235 G43A
John Ameida (57K)

Former Erie Lackawanna 44428 sitting in the scrapline.
Location: Altoona, PA   10-98
Photo Online:January 9, 2002

CR 565568 GE52H
Paul Tupaczewski (65K)

52' gondola hauling scrap steel.
Location: CP Belt (Reading, PA)   2-97
Series: CR 576000-578149
Photo Online: July 7, 1998

CR 577566 G43A
Robert Waller (59K)

Location: Abrams, PA   1994
Photo Online:October 16, 2001

CR 578893 G43C
John Almeida (60K)

A great shot showing the interesting car sides of the G43C.
Location: Macungie, PA   8-17-05
Photo Online: December 23, 2005

CR 578919 G43C
Mark MacDougall (72K)

Location: Allentown, PA   9-5-05
Photo Online: December 23, 2005

CR 581823
Mark MacDougall (83K)

Possibly a class G43D. These are modern rebodies from G43's.
Location: Abrams, PA   1994
Photo Online:October 16, 2001

CR 582242 G43C
John Almeida (60K)

Location: Abrams, PA   1994
Photo Online:October 16, 2001

CR 583268 G43C
John Almieda (35K)

Location: Allentown, PA   1998
Photo Online: February 15, 1999

CR 583800 120G
Lon Godshall (54K)

52' gondola carrying an interesting load.
Location: Communipaw (Jersey City, NJ)   10-91
Series: CR 583785-583849
Photo Online: September 5, 1998

CR 583840 120G
John McCluskey (37K)

Conrail purchased these Berwick gondolas in 1990 from the SBRR but did not assign them a class. Notice the black paint and the chalk markings on the car.
Location: Abrams, PA   1994
Photo Online:October 16, 2001

CR 584965
John Almeida (40K)

These are former DTI gons and are stenciled such in the upper right corner.
Location: Bound Brook, NJ   1-18-03
Photo Online:March 28, 2003

CR 585054 GN52A
Cory Rothlisberger (97K)

Contrary to popular belief, Conrail did not paint these gondolas blue. Instead, Conrail purchased these cars from the Cape Brenton & Central Nova Scotia Railroad and restenciled them 'CR.' Keith Burkey discovered this while examining the cars. The former CB&CNS markings are quite evident under the paint-out area. (Just when we thought we finally had a prototype to match all our old blue Conrail Life-Like gondolas! Oh well...) Sometimes the cars will have a sticker on the side that reads "Provided by a Railtex Feeder Railroad," while other cars have this sticker removed as does the 585581 below. No class markings on any car, as per practice on new CR equipment this year.
Location: CP Rochester (Rochester, PA)   5-24-98
Photo Online: July 10, 1998

CR 585519
Keith Burkey (85K)

Blue gon without the Railtex sticker.
Location: Blairsville, PA   7-10-98
Photo Online: July 31, 1998

CR 585524
Rick Topeka (86K)

This blue gon lacks the Railtex sticker found on some other cars. We don't know which company removed it, or when it was removed.
Location: CP Rochester (Rochester, PA)   5-24-98
Photo Online: July 10, 1998

CR 585581
Keith Burkey (71K)

Trinity built (2-98) gondola destined for CSX after the acquisition. CSX will be getting the new Conrail Trinity gondolas that are painted black, while Norfolk Southern will be getting the Conrail Trinity gondolas that are painted brown.
Location: Bethlehem, PA   8-98
Photo Online: February 15, 1999

CR 585801
Lon Godshall (42K)

Trinity gondola.
Location: CP Works (Altoona, PA)   3-15-98
Photo Online: May 12, 1998

CR 585834
Keith Burkey (75K)

Trinity hazardous material gondola. This shot shows the sealed cover.
Location:   1999
Photo Online: February 20, 1999

CR 585862
J. Gontero (35K)

Location: Scranton, PA   12-2-05
Photo Online: December 23, 2005

CR 587068
Mark MacDougall (105K)

This gon and the two below were purchased by Conrail sometime after 1991, though I don't know when without seeing a lube plate.
Location: CP Belt (Reading, PA)   9-97
Photo Online: May 9, 1998

CR 587382
Robert Waller (98K)

Modern rebodied gondolas from G47 class cars. The load is slab steel.
Location: Abrams, PA   1994
Photo Online:October 16, 2001

CR 587921 G52N
John Almeida (91K)

Location: Allentown, PA   9-5-05
Photo Online: December 23, 2005

CR 588563
Mark MacDougall (87K)

Lon believes this to be a former Buffalo Creek Southern car restenciled with CR.
Location: Allentown, PA   1998
Photo Online: February 15, 1999

CR 589015
Lon Godshall (51K)

Rob had been seeing these freshly painted black Conrail gondolas operating in steel slab service out of South Philly. These are former Norfolk & Western cars and are still being run today on NS.
Location: Phoenixville, PA   5-99
Photo Online: July 31, 1999

CR 589033
Robert Russell (62K)

Lon provides this photo as historical certification that the CR 596000 series of gondolas are of MoPac origin. Former MP 650118; the marks can be seen on the side of the car. They look like PRR class G44 cars.
Location: Allentown, PA   1998
Photo Online: February 15, 1999

CR 596003
Lon Godshall (36K)

Location: Allentown, PA   1998
Photo Online: February 15, 1999

CR 596007
Lon Godshall (47K)

A former green Penn Central gondola with only oxide bands where the marks and logo go.
Location: CP Belt (Reading, PA)   8-98
Photo Online: February 15, 1999

CR 598186 G44A
Lon Godshall (61K)

Hauling scrap steel.
Location: Bellows Falls, VT   7-94
Photo Online: May 29, 2004

CR 598704
Tim Stevens (118K)

Location: Alburtis, PA   8-98
Photo Online: February 15, 1999

CR 598915 G46
Lon Godshall (58K)

Taken on a scrap steel train.
Location: Marion, OH   2005
Photo Online: January 31, 2006

CR 609179
Chris Crook (113K)

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