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The old Reading Company eastbound signal still in operation in June 1998. The chocolate plant is in the background and the park is to the left.
Photo Online: November 28, 2003
922E Signal
Kevin DeGroff - The old Reading Company eastbound signal still in operation in June 1998. The chocolate plant is in the background and the park is to the left.
Kevin DeGroff (108K)

Most of these signals are no more since Norfolk Southern has made the Harrisburg Line bi-directional. These signals spoke of the Reading Company and then Conrail. Another small piece of the railroad gone forever. We're farther east on the line in Myerstown, PA on July 18, 1998. A simple RDG block signal guards the westbound track.
Photo Online: January 22, 2004
Myerstown Block Signal
Kevin DeGroff - Most of these signals are no more since Norfolk Southern has made the Harrisburg Line bi-directional. These signals spoke of the Reading Company and then Conrail. Another small piece of the railroad gone forever. We're farther east on the line in Myerstown, PA on July 18, 1998. A simple RDG block signal guards the westbound track.
Kevin DeGroff (100K)

A close-up of the same type of block signal, which were everywhere on the old RDG lines, but this one is on the opposite side of the tracks for eastbounds.
Photo Online: January 22, 2004
Myerstown Block Signal
Kevin DeGroff - A close-up of the same type of block signal, which were everywhere on the old RDG lines, but this one is on the opposite side of the tracks for eastbounds.
Kevin DeGroff (51K)

Still a bit farther east on the line an old signal guards the Sheridan interlocking looking westbound. This signal sits far off to the side of the old yard complex.
Photo Online: January 22, 2004
Sheridan Signal
Kevin DeGroff - Still a bit farther east on the line an old signal guards the Sheridan interlocking looking westbound. This signal sits far off to the side of the old yard complex.
Kevin DeGroff (91K)

A Conrail ballast extra is running westbound through Richland, PA on the old Harrisburg Line. This is pretty much all there is to see in Richland except for the crossing behind the photographer and a small cut through a hill.
Photo Online: November 28, 2003
Richland Ballast Xtra
Kevin DeGroff - A Conrail ballast extra is running westbound through Richland, PA on the old Harrisburg Line. This is pretty much all there is to see in Richland except for the crossing behind the photographer and a small cut through a hill.
Kevin DeGroff (129K)

Looking eastbound at the old abandoned Rutherford Yard on the Harrisburg Line in 1997.
Photo Online: November 28, 2003
Rutherford
Kevin DeGroff - Looking eastbound at the old abandoned Rutherford Yard on the Harrisburg Line in 1997.
Kevin DeGroff (135K)

On December 12, 1988 the servicing facility at Olean, NY is brand new in the snow with 6408 and 2756 under the tower.
Photo Online:December 17, 2002
Olean Servicing
Kevin DeGroff - On December 12, 1988 the servicing facility at Olean, NY is brand new in the snow with 6408 and 2756 under the tower.
Kevin DeGroff (92K)

This is a 2-shot sequence on August 19, 1989 of the TankTrain that ran on the NYC. The unique train cycled between someplace in Canada and the power plant in Oswego, NY, at the end of the Conrail's (DL&W/EL) Baldwinsville Secondary. Here, the train approaches CP-293 in Syracuse from the east, crosses over to the north track, and enters the branch. Heading in the other direction on the main, and cooling its heels for the TankTrain crossover move, is an eastbound autorack train just out of view.
Photo Online: July 18, 2000
degroff-tanktrain1
Kevin DeGroff - This is a 2-shot sequence on August 19, 1989 of the TankTrain that ran on the NYC. The unique train cycled between someplace in Canada and the power plant in Oswego, NY, at the end of the Conrail's (DL&W/EL) Baldwinsville Secondary. Here, the train approaches CP-293 in Syracuse from the east, crosses over to the north track, and enters the branch. Heading in the other direction on the main, and cooling its heels for the TankTrain crossover move, is an eastbound autorack train just out of view.
Kevin DeGroff (143K)

It appears there are 14 tank cars in one TankTrain set. The number of sets in the train are unknown. The tank cars in the foregound are coming off the crossover while the head end has entered the DL&W. Actually, the DL&W used to pass underneath the NYC. That underpass, a problem area in terms of drainage, was closed off in favor of a jump-on-jump-off arrangement on the NYC.
Photo Online: July 18, 2000
degroff-tanktrain
Kevin DeGroff - It appears there are 14 tank cars in one TankTrain set. The number of sets in the train are unknown. The tank cars in the foregound are coming off the crossover while the head end has entered the DL&W. Actually, the DL&W used to pass underneath the NYC. That underpass, a problem area in terms of drainage, was closed off in favor of a jump-on-jump-off arrangement on the NYC.
Kevin DeGroff (151K)

During the Midwest flooding of 1993, power from western roads could be seen on many Conrail trains. The western roads also detoured many trains until the waters subsided and repairs were complete. Here we see a Santa Fe SD-45 as the trailing unit of CRTV-25.
Photo Online: June 14, 2000
degroff-atsf5358
Kevin DeGroff - During the Midwest flooding of 1993, power from western roads could be seen on many Conrail trains. The western roads also detoured many trains until the waters subsided and repairs were complete. Here we see a Santa Fe SD-45 as the trailing unit of CRTV-25.
Kevin DeGroff (139K)

The Buffalo Division marker in Wamers, NY on September 13, 1987.
Photo Online: July 18, 2000
Buffalo Division
Kevin DeGroff - The Buffalo Division marker in Wamers, NY on September 13, 1987.
Kevin DeGroff (117K)

Westbound TVLA is running late as is passes through the crossover at Sheridan, PA (Harrisburg Line) on June 6, 1998. TVLA was a cross-country intermodal that ended in Los Angeles, CA. The crossing used to be manually controlled by a special operator who had to be called out to operate it. This was the only crossover between here and Wyomissing to the east. Sheridan's was the opposite of Wyomissing's. An operational nightmare when traffic was heavy and trains had to run opposite. NS has since made the line bi-directional signaling, eliminating the problem.
Photo Online: January 22, 2004
Sheridan Xovers
Kevin DeGroff - Westbound TVLA is running late as is passes through the crossover at Sheridan, PA (Harrisburg Line) on June 6, 1998. TVLA was a cross-country intermodal that ended in Los Angeles, CA. The crossing used to be manually controlled by a special operator who had to be called out to operate it. This was the only crossover between here and Wyomissing to the east. Sheridan's was the opposite of Wyomissing's. An operational nightmare when traffic was heavy and trains had to run opposite. NS has since made the line bi-directional signaling, eliminating the problem.
Kevin DeGroff (170K)

The Keating Helpers are pushing BUEN through CP-North Eldred in Eldred, PA on August 27, 1988.
Photo Online: November 28, 2003
Keating Helpers
Kevin DeGroff - The Keating Helpers are pushing BUEN through CP-North Eldred in Eldred, PA on August 27, 1988.
Kevin DeGroff (174K)

Westbound MAIL-3 is coming through the Hershey Food chocolate plant in Hershey, PA on September 25, 1998. The monorail in the foreground runs from Hershey Park (to the left) to the Hershey plant. When the monorail used to stop at the plant, and you could get off for a tour of the plant and free chocolate. The cabooses on the right siding are for the local assigned to the plant. During the early 1990's it was powered by an SW-900, though an SW-1500 eventually took over the duties.
Photo Online: November 28, 2003
Hershey Foods
Kevin DeGroff - Westbound MAIL-3 is coming through the Hershey Food chocolate plant in Hershey, PA on September 25, 1998. The monorail in the foreground runs from Hershey Park (to the left) to the Hershey plant. When the monorail used to stop at the plant, and you could get off for a tour of the plant and free chocolate. The cabooses on the right siding are for the local assigned to the plant. During the early 1990's it was powered by an SW-900, though an SW-1500 eventually took over the duties.
Kevin DeGroff (183K)

The crew of westbound LMPI has run out of time at Derry Street in Hershey, PA on February 20, 1999 and is being replaced by a new crew, who will continue the train to its destination in Conway, PA, outside Pittsburgh.
Photo Online:February 13, 2002
Derry Dog-Catch
Kevin DeGroff - The crew of westbound LMPI has run out of time at Derry Street in Hershey, PA on February 20, 1999 and is being replaced by a new crew, who will continue the train to its destination in Conway, PA, outside Pittsburgh.
Kevin DeGroff (174K)

Track Geometry Train B23-7 #1933 takes a break from its normal duty to haul a RoadRailer from Rutherford along the Reading Line at the Derry Street crossing in Herhsy, PA, on August 29, 1998. The Hershey Chocolate factory can be seen in the background. The silos to the right stored the raw product such as cocoa beans and sugar. The products were then transported to the factory across the tracks via the conveyor you see over the tracks. The traditonal factory is to the left of the photo.
Photo Online: September 4, 2000
Hershey Chocolate!
Kevin DeGroff - Track Geometry Train B23-7 #1933 takes a break from its normal duty to haul a RoadRailer from Rutherford along the Reading Line at the Derry Street crossing in Herhsy, PA, on August 29, 1998. The Hershey Chocolate factory can be seen in the background. The silos to the right stored the raw product such as cocoa beans and sugar. The products were then transported to the factory across the tracks via the conveyor you see over the tracks. The traditonal factory is to the left of the photo.
Kevin DeGroff (165K)

A pair of SD-80MAC's lead a westbound freight just east of the Hershey Foods plant in Hershey, PA on February 20, 1999.
Photo Online: April 29, 2003
Hershey 80MAC's
Kevin DeGroff - A pair of SD-80MAC's lead a westbound freight just east of the Hershey Foods plant in Hershey, PA on February 20, 1999.
Kevin DeGroff (176K)

A closer view of the cab of 4114 from the shot above.
Photo Online: April 29, 2003
4114 Cab
Kevin DeGroff - A closer view of the cab of 4114 from the shot above.
Kevin DeGroff (154K)

The shot is from several months (October 2, 1999) after the break-up of Conrail, but the scene looks the same as when Conrail still owned the property. We're looking at Alto Tower in Altoona, PA on the old Pennsylvania Railroad.
Photo Online: April 29, 2003
Alto Tower
Kevin DeGroff - The shot is from several months (October 2, 1999) after the break-up of Conrail, but the scene looks the same as when Conrail still owned the property. We're looking at Alto Tower in Altoona, PA on the old Pennsylvania Railroad.
Kevin DeGroff (267K)

Enola Engine Terminal on August 3, 1997. CR 6506 in the Quality scheme is in the foreground, with a host of other locos in the background, including a Ballast Express unit.
Photo Online:December 17, 2002
Enola Engines
Kevin DeGroff - Enola Engine Terminal on August 3, 1997. CR 6506 in the Quality scheme is in the foreground, with a host of other locos in the background, including a Ballast Express unit.
Kevin DeGroff (167K)

An assortment of traction motors at Juniata. The one on the right that is marked AH is for a GE C40-8/C40-8W.
Photo Online: July 18, 2000
Traction Motors
Kevin DeGroff - An assortment of traction motors at Juniata. The one on the right that is marked AH is for a GE C40-8/C40-8W.
Kevin DeGroff (177K)

GP-40-2 3334 leads westbound OIEL (Oak Island, NJ - Elkhart, IN) across the scenic Genesee River outside of Belmont, NY on July 7, 1990.
Photo Online:February 13, 2002
Genesee Crossing
Kevin DeGroff - GP-40-2 3334 leads westbound OIEL (Oak Island, NJ - Elkhart, IN) across the scenic Genesee River outside of Belmont, NY on July 7, 1990.
Kevin DeGroff (171K)

An interesting encounter as a Conrail train overtakes a Delaware & Hudson freight in East Hornell, NY, a year or so after the Conrail merger. A former Erie Lackawanna SD-45 leads the Conrail drag, followed by a fairly new SD-40-2 that had been purchsed new in 1977 and ending with a Penn Central U25B with its NYC logo and colors showing through. If that wasn't interesting enough, the D&H train is powered with locomotives that were intended to go to Conrail but were sent by the FRA to the D&H instead. You just gotta love the 1970s!
Photo Online:January 12, 2002
Vintage D&H - Conrail Meet
Kevin DeGroff - An interesting encounter as a Conrail train overtakes a Delaware & Hudson freight in East Hornell, NY, a year or so after the Conrail merger. A former Erie Lackawanna SD-45 leads the Conrail drag, followed by a fairly new SD-40-2 that had been purchsed new in 1977 and ending with a Penn Central U25B with its NYC logo and colors showing through. If that wasn't interesting enough, the D&H train is powered with locomotives that were intended to go to Conrail but were sent by the FRA to the D&H instead. You just gotta love the 1970s!
Kevin DeGroff (180K)

A view of Conrail train TV-301 climbing the east slope of Gulf Summit hill up from Deposit. Soon, the train would crest the grade, cross Starrucca Viaduct and proceed to Binghamton. Unfortunately, this train would strike an automobile near Kirkwood NY. I would witness the accident while pacing the train alongside on Route 11. After calling for EMT response, I ran ahead to fetch 2 members of the 3-man crew, dropping one man at a road crossing that needed to be cut and taking the other back to the scene.
Photo Online: September 4, 2000
Summit
Kevin DeGroff - A view of Conrail train TV-301 climbing the east slope of Gulf Summit hill up from Deposit. Soon, the train would crest the grade, cross Starrucca Viaduct and proceed to Binghamton. Unfortunately, this train would strike an automobile near Kirkwood NY. I would witness the accident while pacing the train alongside on Route 11. After calling for EMT response, I ran ahead to fetch 2 members of the 3-man crew, dropping one man at a road crossing that needed to be cut and taking the other back to the scene.
Kevin DeGroff (160K)

The automobile industry greatly increased Conrail's bottom line. Only a couple of days prior to the official end of Conrail, a pair of SD-70MAC's leading BUTO (Buffalo, NY - Toledo, OH) thunder through Ripley, NY, on May 29, 1999 with autopart cars in tow.
Photo Online: March 25, 2000
BUTO
Kevin DeGroff - The automobile industry greatly increased Conrail's bottom line. Only a couple of days prior to the official end of Conrail, a pair of SD-70MAC's leading BUTO (Buffalo, NY - Toledo, OH) thunder through Ripley, NY, on May 29, 1999 with autopart cars in tow.
Kevin DeGroff (165K)

It's still only a couple days until Norfolk Southern takes over the railroad when Kevin caught 6521 SD-40-2 leading BRSE (Belt Railway Chicago, IL - Selkirk, NY) under the Bort Road overpass along the PA-NY border.
Photo Online: March 25, 2000
BRSE
Kevin DeGroff - It's still only a couple days until Norfolk Southern takes over the railroad when Kevin caught 6521 SD-40-2 leading BRSE (Belt Railway Chicago, IL - Selkirk, NY) under the Bort Road overpass along the PA-NY border.
Kevin DeGroff (223K)

There is only one more day left before the end of Conrail, but maintenance of way continues as planned, even as autoracks blur past.
Photo Online: March 25, 2000
MoW Man
Kevin DeGroff - There is only one more day left before the end of Conrail, but maintenance of way continues as planned, even as autoracks blur past.
Kevin DeGroff (197K)

Another historical photo of railroading shortly before the Conrail merger. Since the Lehigh Valley liked running its U23B's and GP-38-2's in solid sets, the GP-18 that's coupled to two GP-38-2's is obviously a substitution for an ailing GP-38-2. The LV 302 would go onto become CR 7496 and fail prey to CR stencils, whereas LV 325 and 318 would fall prey to D&H stencils.
Photo Online:January 12, 2002
GP-18 Pitches In
Kevin DeGroff - Another historical photo of railroading shortly before the Conrail merger. Since the Lehigh Valley liked running its U23B's and GP-38-2's in solid sets, the GP-18 that's coupled to two GP-38-2's is obviously a substitution for an ailing GP-38-2. The LV 302 would go onto become CR 7496 and fail prey to CR stencils, whereas LV 325 and 318 would fall prey to D&H stencils.
Kevin DeGroff Coll. (199K)

A Lehigh Valley intermodal, Mercury-1, is kicking up some serious snow. The Lehigh Valley locos in the shot went to the D&H instead of Conrail, and the LV lines through LeRoy, NY on the western end of the system never made it into Conrail either.
Photo Online:January 12, 2002
Let It Snow!
Kevin DeGroff - A Lehigh Valley intermodal, Mercury-1, is kicking up some serious snow. The Lehigh Valley locos in the shot went to the D&H instead of Conrail, and the LV lines through LeRoy, NY on the western end of the system never made it into Conrail either.
Kevin DeGroff Coll. (122K)

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