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On a warm July morning in 1988, CR 6585 and two other C30-7A's are working an eastbound freight on the Boston Line. Conrail bought these high-adhesion units just for this hard work on this line's mountainous grades and low (40mph) track speed.
Photo Online: May 30, 2004
Morning Mountain Thunder
Don Oltmann - On a warm July morning in 1988, CR 6585 and two other C30-7A's are working an eastbound freight on the Boston Line. Conrail bought these high-adhesion units just for this hard work on this line's mountainous grades and low (40mph) track speed.
Don Oltmann (135K)

Lebanon Valley Junction in West Reading was where Reading Company's old Lebanon Valley Branch crossed over the Belt Line, which bypassed Reading. A connection track ran from the Belt Line, pictured here with a pair of EL SDP-45's on 9-4-76, up to Wyomissing Junction, where the freights would continue westbound on the Valley Branch to Harrisburg.
Photo Online: May 30, 2004
Lebanon Valley Jct
Don Oltmann - Lebanon Valley Junction in West Reading was where Reading Company's old Lebanon Valley Branch crossed over the Belt Line, which bypassed Reading. A connection track ran from the Belt Line, pictured here with a pair of EL SDP-45's on 9-4-76, up to Wyomissing Junction, where the freights would continue westbound on the Valley Branch to Harrisburg.
Don Oltmann (120K)

A repainted U28C, a stenciled xPC SD-40, and a RDG GP-30 still in original numbers tracks southbound with VW-1A through the snow on January 1, 1977 at Mile Post 10 on the River Line's west shore outside Teaneck, NJ.
Photo Online: May 30, 2004
VW-1A
Don Oltmann - A repainted U28C, a stenciled xPC SD-40, and a RDG GP-30 still in original numbers tracks southbound with VW-1A through the snow on January 1, 1977 at Mile Post 10 on the River Line's west shore outside Teaneck, NJ.
Don Oltmann (201K)

Another of my favorite hangouts later in my life when I began driving around Eastern PA. CR 6462 SD-40-2 leads a westbound freight past the station and freight house in Wernersville, PA on the Harrisburg Line in September 1985. The freight house, in the foreground, would eventually become a snadwich shop. Conrail tore down the bridge Don's shooting from in order to run double-stack intermodals in the 1990s. Railroad Model Craftmann once ran an article on Wernersville.
Photo Online: May 30, 2004
Wernersville
Don Oltmann - Another of my favorite hangouts later in my life when I began driving around Eastern PA. CR 6462 SD-40-2 leads a westbound freight past the station and freight house in Wernersville, PA on the Harrisburg Line in September 1985. The freight house, in the foreground, would eventually become a snadwich shop. Conrail tore down the bridge Don's shooting from in order to run double-stack intermodals in the 1990s. Railroad Model Craftmann once ran an article on Wernersville.
Don Oltmann (127K)

We're looking at a typical scene railfans often overlooked, a shot of yard tracks with average freight cars. These shots are invaluable to period modelers trying to capture the proper mix of old and new equipment back in the 1970s. Notice the freshly painted caboose and the older PC one. Selkirk, NY in October 1976.
Photo Online: May 30, 2004
Selkirk Freight & Cabins
Don Oltmann - We're looking at a typical scene railfans often overlooked, a shot of yard tracks with average freight cars. These shots are invaluable to period modelers trying to capture the proper mix of old and new equipment back in the 1970s. Notice the freshly painted caboose and the older PC one. Selkirk, NY in October 1976.
Don Oltmann (129K)

It's six months since the government created Conrail from several fallen flags, but all four units are still in their original numbers and paint schemes as they haul a freight under the wires in October 1976 in Princeton, NJ.
Photo Online: May 30, 2004
Princeton
Don Oltmann - It's six months since the government created Conrail from several fallen flags, but all four units are still in their original numbers and paint schemes as they haul a freight under the wires in October 1976 in Princeton, NJ.
Don Oltmann (173K)

One of Conrail's Bicentennial locomotives, freshly painted CR 1776 U34CH, is at Hoboken Terminal on July 4, 1976.
Photo Online: May 30, 2004
CR 1776
Don Oltmann - One of Conrail's Bicentennial locomotives, freshly painted CR 1776 U34CH, is at Hoboken Terminal on July 4, 1976.
Don Oltmann (118K)

An awesome shot looking over Selkirk engine terminal on October 8, 1976. Many of the locos remain in their original paint schemes. The Canadian National units to the left, including an Alco, are on lease to Conrail to ease power shortages.
Photo Online: March 4, 2004
Selkirk 1976
Don Oltmann - An awesome shot looking over Selkirk engine terminal on October 8, 1976. Many of the locos remain in their original paint schemes. The Canadian National units to the left, including an Alco, are on lease to Conrail to ease power shortages.
Don Oltmann (162K)

A pair of Lehigh Valley RS-11M's still in their original LV colors pass by a Conrail renumbered RDG caboose in Bethelhem, PA on August, 14, 1976. Stenciled cabooses were rare to be sure.
Photo Online: March 4, 2004
Stenciled xRDG Caboose
Don Oltmann - A pair of Lehigh Valley RS-11M's still in their original LV colors pass by a Conrail renumbered RDG caboose in Bethelhem, PA on August, 14, 1976. Stenciled cabooses were rare to be sure.
Don Oltmann (219K)

A trio of Penn Central still in their PC livery leads eastbound CPSK (Canadian Pacific - Selkirk) through Selkirk, NY on September 28, 1976. Notice the Grand Trunk geep in the consist.
Photo Online: January 22, 2004
Grand Trunk
Don Oltmann - A trio of Penn Central still in their PC livery leads eastbound CPSK (Canadian Pacific - Selkirk) through Selkirk, NY on September 28, 1976. Notice the Grand Trunk geep in the consist.
Don Oltmann (123K)

An eastbound mixed freight lead by three Penn Central units still in their original numbers along with some other stenciled Conrail pass through Cresson, PA in May 1977.
Photo Online: January 22, 2004
PC 2931
Don Oltmann - An eastbound mixed freight lead by three Penn Central units still in their original numbers along with some other stenciled Conrail pass through Cresson, PA in May 1977.
Don Oltmann (151K)

SD-70M EMD 7002 leads a test train on the Illsworth Secondary. Conrail was testing the units to see how they would work on the system.
Photo Online: January 22, 2004
SD-70M Demo
Don Oltmann - SD-70M EMD 7002 leads a test train on the Illsworth Secondary. Conrail was testing the units to see how they would work on the system.
Don Oltmann (124K)

Former Penn Central SD-35 6003 leads an empty coal drag through the crossovers in front of MO Tower in August 1978.
Photo Online: October 22, 2003
xPC 6003
Don Oltmann - Former Penn Central SD-35 6003 leads an empty coal drag through the crossovers in front of MO Tower in August 1978.
Don Oltmann (134K)

A pair of former Penn Central SD-45s on pusher duty by the Horseshoe Curve signal bridge on October 17, 1976.
Photo Online: October 22, 2003
Autumn Curve
Don Oltmann - A pair of former Penn Central SD-45s on pusher duty by the Horseshoe Curve signal bridge on October 17, 1976.
Don Oltmann (162K)

Conrail SD-40-2 6406 leads a mixed freight through the Altoona Brickyard on august 1, 1987.
Photo Online: October 22, 2003
Brickyard
Don Oltmann - Conrail SD-40-2 6406 leads a mixed freight through the Altoona Brickyard on august 1, 1987.
Don Oltmann (129K)

We're standing on the Route 53 overpass at Cresson, PA in May 1977 as two SD-45 helpers, one in fresh paint, on a freshly-graded mainline pass by the tailend of a coal drag, complete with N5C caboose.
Photo Online: September 8, 2003
Fresh Helpers
Don Oltmann - We're standing on the Route 53 overpass at Cresson, PA in May 1977 as two SD-45 helpers, one in fresh paint, on a freshly-graded mainline pass by the tailend of a coal drag, complete with N5C caboose.
Don Oltmann (166K)

It's another great spring day in May 1977 as a trio of EMD's led by SD-45 xPC6237 head toward The Curve at milepost 241.
Photo Online: September 8, 2003
MP241 Trailvan
Don Oltmann - It's another great spring day in May 1977 as a trio of EMD's led by SD-45 xPC6237 head toward The Curve at milepost 241.
Don Oltmann (161K)

A Conrail N8 caboose brings up the rear of northbound train out of Pot Yard crossing the famous PRR bridge at Havre de Grace, MD in April 1980.
Photo Online: September 8, 2003
Havre de Grace.jpg
Don Oltmann - A Conrail N8 caboose brings up the rear of northbound train out of Pot Yard crossing the famous PRR bridge at Havre de Grace, MD in April 1980.
Don Oltmann (177K)

During the early years, when power was always short, Conrail used locomotives from a number of roads. Here we see SD-45 xPC 6173 with an CNW SD-45 on The Curve in May 1977. The CNW unit has no dynamic brakes, hence no buldge in the middle of the long hood.
Photo Online: September 8, 2003
xPC & CNW on Curve
Don Oltmann - During the early years, when power was always short, Conrail used locomotives from a number of roads. Here we see SD-45 xPC 6173 with an CNW SD-45 on The Curve in May 1977. The CNW unit has no dynamic brakes, hence no buldge in the middle of the long hood.
Don Oltmann (139K)

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