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Black and white photography can be just as dramatic as color, maybe more so. Ken captured this freight on at MP 384 on the Chicago Line. The rock wall to the right is the old embankment where the West Shore used to cross the NYC mainline.
Photo Online: August 12, 1998
MP 384 B&W
Ken Freeman - Black and white photography can be just as dramatic as color, maybe more so. Ken captured this freight on at MP 384 on the Chicago Line. The rock wall to the right is the old embankment where the West Shore used to cross the NYC mainline.
Ken Freeman (179K)

Lee says this is one of his favorite photos. You can just hear the trainman shouting down: "And when you're done filling 'er up, could you check the oil and toss up a bag of ice?"
Location: Inwood, VA   1982
Photo Online: December 10, 1999
Fill Er Up
Lee Weldon - Lee says this is one of his favorite photos. You can just hear the trainman shouting down: "And when you're done filling 'er up, could you check the oil and toss up a bag of ice?"
Lee Weldon (50K)

It's only two months since the Conrail merger and PC 2316 GP-35 sits in its original colors under what I assume is an old New Haven coaling dock in New Haven, CT, sometime in June 1976.
Photo Online: February 18, 2000
New Haven
Steve Geisler - It's only two months since the Conrail merger and PC 2316 GP-35 sits in its original colors under what I assume is an old New Haven coaling dock in New Haven, CT, sometime in June 1976.
Steve Geisler (90K)

CR 1608 is passing the "shorty" semaphore at Crawfordsville, Indiana with CSX Z460, AKA Conrail WSAV-22.
Photo Online: February 18, 2000
Semaphores
Pete Ruesch - CR 1608 is passing the "shorty" semaphore at Crawfordsville, Indiana with CSX Z460, AKA Conrail WSAV-22.
Pete Ruesch (160K)

Conrail train UGS-21 heads west through Danville, Indiana, behind SD-60M 5629 late in the afternoon of April 4, 1998.
Photo Online: February 18, 2000
UGS-21
Pete Ruesch - Conrail train UGS-21 heads west through Danville, Indiana, behind SD-60M 5629 late in the afternoon of April 4, 1998.
Pete Ruesch (181K)

Conrail E-8A 4021 leads an Operation Lifesaver special on CSX rails, running as P918-13, past milepost 147 at Crawfordsville, Indiana, on May 15, 1998.
Photo Online: April 18, 2000
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Pete Ruesch - Conrail E-8A 4021 leads an Operation Lifesaver special on CSX rails, running as P918-13, past milepost 147 at Crawfordsville, Indiana, on May 15, 1998.
Pete Ruesch (183K)

On a different Lifesaver trip, 4021 races northward on Conrail's Marion Branch with train OCS-502 near Silver Lake, Indiana, on June 24, 1998.
Photo Online: April 18, 2000
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Pete Ruesch - On a different Lifesaver trip, 4021 races northward on Conrail's Marion Branch with train OCS-502 near Silver Lake, Indiana, on June 24, 1998.
Pete Ruesch (183K)

The observation dome of Conrail 55.
Location: Altoona, PA   10-4-97
Photo Online: March 19, 2000
Conrail 10
Jeff Lubchansky - The observation dome of Conrail 55.
Jeff Lubchansky (83K)

It's March 1978 at Port Kennedy, PA, and snow still blankets the tracks in the late afternoon as CR 6292, a former CNJ SD-40 3068) leads a train. Mike shot the scene on the way home from school. That crewman must have been cold walking between the two locomotives!
Photo Online:January 18, 2002
Morning Snow
Mike Szilagyi - It's March 1978 at Port Kennedy, PA, and snow still blankets the tracks in the late afternoon as CR 6292, a former CNJ SD-40 3068) leads a train. Mike shot the scene on the way home from school. That crewman must have been cold walking between the two locomotives!
Mike Szilagyi (69K)

The photo of Conrail 2 to the right was taken by George Elwood on a cold, snowy day. The car was coupled to the rear of an Amtrak train, which was not the usual place to find a Conrail business car. Brrr...you can almost feel the snow. This eventually became Conrail 19.
Location: Northeast Corridor   Date unknown
Photo Online: March 19, 2000
Conrail 2 Blue
George Elwood - The photo of Conrail 2 to the right was taken by George Elwood on a cold, snowy day. The car was coupled to the rear of an Amtrak train, which was not the usual place to find a Conrail business car. Brrr...you can almost feel the snow. This eventually became Conrail 19.
George Elwood (49K)

Sometimes the train is only one small element of a great scenic photo, as is the case in this official Conrail publicity photo from the late 1970s taken by Kent Campbell and titled Along The Ohio River--Cincinnati, Ohio. From the personal collection of David P. Frye.
Photo Online:February 11, 2002
Downtown Indianapolis
David Frye Coll. - Sometimes the train is only one small element of a great scenic photo, as is the case in this official Conrail publicity photo from the late 1970s taken by Kent Campbell and titled Along The Ohio River--Cincinnati, Ohio. From the personal collection of David P. Frye.
David Frye Coll. (161K)

A familiar scene on 1970s Conrail, a trainman waving from the top of a caboose to a tower operator below. The title of this official Conrail photopgraph taken by Don Jilson is Greetings Exchanged, Horseheads, New York. From the personal collection of David P. Frye.
Photo Online:February 11, 2002
Greetings Exchanged, Horseheads, New York
David Frye Coll. - A familiar scene on 1970s Conrail, a trainman waving from the top of a caboose to a tower operator below. The title of this official Conrail photopgraph taken by Don Jilson is Greetings Exchanged, Horseheads, New York. From the personal collection of David P. Frye.
David Frye Coll. (142K)

Sunsets are often the subject of railfan and oficial railroad photography as the case in Sunset In Upstate New York by official Conrail PR photographer Kent Campbell from the late 1970s. From the personal collection of David P. Frye.
Photo Online:February 11, 2002
Sunset In Upstate New York
David Frye Coll. - Sunsets are often the subject of railfan and oficial railroad photography as the case in Sunset In Upstate New York by official Conrail PR photographer Kent Campbell from the late 1970s. From the personal collection of David P. Frye.
David Frye Coll. (107K)

This photo bring a tear to the eye of your old webmaster. Many a day I saw this very scene played out in the Reading area. From the looks of the scenery the photo appears to have been taken along the old Lehigh Valley Branch (aka Harrisburg Line) somewhere in the Wernersville area. Official Conrail photographer Ken Kauffman shot the scene in the late 1970s and titled it Hauling Coal, Near Reading, Pennsylvania.
Photo Online:February 11, 2002
Hauling Coal
David Frye Coll. - This photo bring a tear to the eye of your old webmaster. Many a day I saw this very scene played out in the Reading area. From the looks of the scenery the photo appears to have been taken along the old Lehigh Valley Branch (aka Harrisburg Line) somewhere in the Wernersville area. Official Conrail photographer Ken Kauffman shot the scene in the late 1970s and titled it Hauling Coal, Near Reading, Pennsylvania.
David Frye Coll. (241K)

Another official Conrail photo taken by Joe Jack outside Ambridge, PA in the late 1970s. The third unit is a Union Pacific GP-9B. Also take notice of the funky freight cars.
Photo Online:February 11, 2002
Winter in Ambridge
Dave Frye Coll. - Another official Conrail photo taken by Joe Jack outside Ambridge, PA in the late 1970s. The third unit is a Union Pacific GP-9B. Also take notice of the funky freight cars.
Dave Frye Coll. (164K)

Here we see TV-5 leaving Beacon Park Yard in Boston, MA in the late 1970s. Conrail's new GP-40-2's, doing what Conrail purchased them to do, look fantastic in the setting sun.
Photo Online:February 11, 2002
TV-5 Leaving Beacon Park
Dave Frye Coll. - Here we see TV-5 leaving Beacon Park Yard in Boston, MA in the late 1970s. Conrail's new GP-40-2's, doing what Conrail purchased them to do, look fantastic in the setting sun.
Dave Frye Coll. (160K)

When they took over the Monongahela in May 1993, Conrail inherited MGA's S23-7B "Super-7's" (MGA 2300-2310). Starting that very month, Conrail began upgrading the units to B30-7R's and repainting them into the Quality scheme. Here we see MGA 2300 prior to rebuilding leading a freight up the street in West Brownsville, PA during Labor Day Weekend 1991.
Photo Online:June 23, 2002
MGA Street Running
Richard Shirey - When they took over the Monongahela in May 1993, Conrail inherited MGA's S23-7B "Super-7's" (MGA 2300-2310). Starting that very month, Conrail began upgrading the units to B30-7R's and repainting them into the Quality scheme. Here we see MGA 2300 prior to rebuilding leading a freight up the street in West Brownsville, PA during Labor Day Weekend 1991.
Richard Shirey (105K)

We railfans tend to overlook the minor details that bring a railroad to life, such as signs. Here we see the sign greeting employees as they enter the yard in Allentown, PA in 1998.
Photo Online:March 28, 2003
Welcome to Allentown
Rich Reinhart - We railfans tend to overlook the minor details that bring a railroad to life, such as signs. Here we see the sign greeting employees as they enter the yard in Allentown, PA in 1998.
Rich Reinhart (119K)

Harry was an EL man through and through, and often helped the CRCyc during the early days. Harry passed away a few years ago, but his memory still lives on here. He took this shot of HO tower at Horseheads, NY on a chilly autumn day in 1976.
Photo Online: September 10, 2003
HO Tower
Harry Scholtz - Harry was an EL man through and through, and often helped the CRCyc during the early days. Harry passed away a few years ago, but his memory still lives on here. He took this shot of HO tower at Horseheads, NY on a chilly autumn day in 1976.
Harry Scholtz (136K)

Harry shot the old board inside the tower, a sight we no longer see in our modern age.
Photo Online: September 10, 2003
HO Tower Board
Harry Scholtz - Harry shot the old board inside the tower, a sight we no longer see in our modern age.
Harry Scholtz (64K)

A late summer freight headed by SD-80MAC 4105 roars through Olmsted Falls, Ohio on August, 7th 1997.
Photo Online: January 21, 2004
4105
Jim Shields - A late summer freight headed by SD-80MAC 4105 roars through Olmsted Falls, Ohio on August, 7th 1997.
Jim Shields (97K)

It's November 28, 1998 in Rocky Ridge, Ohio as 4106 SD-80MAC leads a freight.
Photo Online: January 21, 2004
4106
Jim Shields - It's November 28, 1998 in Rocky Ridge, Ohio as 4106 SD-80MAC leads a freight.
Jim Shields (140K)

4100 is the only power on an intermodal running through a late-season snow on April 23, 1996 in Vermillion, Ohio.
Photo Online: January 21, 2004
4100
Jim Shields - 4100 is the only power on an intermodal running through a late-season snow on April 23, 1996 in Vermillion, Ohio.
Jim Shields (106K)

A shot of Elkhart Yard in Elkhart, Indiana during the winter of 1978.
Photo Online: March 13, 2004
Winter
Robert Morrow - A shot of Elkhart Yard in Elkhart, Indiana during the winter of 1978.
Robert Morrow (32K)

You will never be able to get a shot at the famous Gallitzin tunnels like this ever again. Though John took this shot on July 1, 1979, I would repeat the same set up from the same spot almost a year later. A former Penn Central SD-35, CR 6031, is heading westbound while a couple of friendly railfans watch in amazement. Do you now understand why we love Conrail during the 1970s so much?
Photo Online:August 6, 2004
Tunnel Of Love
John Prock - You will never be able to get a shot at the famous Gallitzin tunnels like this ever again. Though John took this shot on July 1, 1979, I would repeat the same set up from the same spot almost a year later. A former Penn Central SD-35, CR 6031, is heading westbound while a couple of friendly railfans watch in amazement. Do you now understand why we love Conrail during the 1970s so much?
John Prock (166K)

This is an awesome scene back when railfanning Conrail was so much fun! Camping out trackside at MP-241 just east of Horseshoe Curve in July 1980.
Photo Online: August 6, 2004
CR 6191
John Prock - This is an awesome scene back when railfanning Conrail was so much fun! Camping out trackside at MP-241 just east of Horseshoe Curve in July 1980.
John Prock (125K)

A lash-up of two painted-out Reading Company units and some Penn Central units in the snow on February 11, 1978.
Photo Online: August 6, 2004
Snow
John Prock - A lash-up of two painted-out Reading Company units and some Penn Central units in the snow on February 11, 1978.
John Prock (69K)

Back in the 1970's, the Bethlehem roundhouse was busy with old LV ALCos, RDG SD-45s, and all sorts of oddball locomotives from the good old days. By the 1990s, Conrail abandoned the facility. This is what it looked like as of November 1997.
Photo Online: February 12, 2005
Saucon Roundhouse
Stirling Woodin - Back in the 1970's, the Bethlehem roundhouse was busy with old LV ALCos, RDG SD-45s, and all sorts of oddball locomotives from the good old days. By the 1990s, Conrail abandoned the facility. This is what it looked like as of November 1997.
Stirling Woodin (116K)

On the same day as the photo above, Stirling also shot an overhead view of the east end of Allentown hump yard in November 1997. It's a great snapshot of Conrail at the time. Notice how little actual CR freight is there. Of course, a lot came off the CN down the old Lehigh River line and then got sorted here.
Photo Online: February 12, 2005
Allentown
Stirling Woodin - On the same day as the photo above, Stirling also shot an overhead view of the east end of Allentown hump yard in November 1997. It's a great snapshot of Conrail at the time. Notice how little actual CR freight is there. Of course, a lot came off the CN down the old Lehigh River line and then got sorted here.
Stirling Woodin (238K)

Taldeo train depot in Bucyrus, Ohio on February 28, 2005 during a snow storm. They are restoring the old depot.
Photo Online: April 7, 2005
Depot
Marvin Perdue - Taldeo train depot in Bucyrus, Ohio on February 28, 2005 during a snow storm. They are restoring the old depot.
Marvin Perdue (156K)

The green of spring is just starting to sprout as three Conrail SD-40-2s (6375, 6403, 6459) along with three GP-40s (3197, 3204, Unknown) begin the descent into the historic curve area on May 8, 1987.
Photo Online: July 23, 2005
40 Parade
Glen Beans - The green of spring is just starting to sprout as three Conrail SD-40-2s (6375, 6403, 6459) along with three GP-40s (3197, 3204, Unknown) begin the descent into the historic curve area on May 8, 1987.
Glen Beans (180K)

A classic scene on The Curve during the early transition years of Conrail as three GP-38-2's (xPC 8088, CR 8089, xPC 8012) make their way though the scene. The hastily painted-out Penn Central logos on 8088 now look as if they never had been obliterated with black paint. This was the peak of rainbow days!
Photo Online: July 23, 2005
38-2 March
Glen Beans - A classic scene on The Curve during the early transition years of Conrail as three GP-38-2's (xPC 8088, CR 8089, xPC 8012) make their way though the scene. The hastily painted-out Penn Central logos on 8088 now look as if they never had been obliterated with black paint. This was the peak of rainbow days!
Glen Beans (196K)

Conrail 3297 leads GLM-31 through the grade crossings at Main Street in Elkhart, Indiana on May 19, 1996.
Photo Online: July 23, 2005
CR 3297
Bill Blum - Conrail 3297 leads GLM-31 through the grade crossings at Main Street in Elkhart, Indiana on May 19, 1996.
Bill Blum (129K)

On September 19, 1997 Jay shot 4108 as it passed through Berea, OH.
Photo Online: July 23, 2005
CR 4108
Jay Brown - On September 19, 1997 Jay shot 4108 as it passed through Berea, OH.
Jay Brown (137K)

A little pre-Conrail history. Russ took the picture of RS-3 PC 5298 in Washington, DC on December 8, 1973 and just made the first print of it from his 32 year-old negative. You can't even tell it's a Penn Central unit, until you notice the "worms in love" logo on the front through the window of the former electric commuter car it's coupled to.
Photo Online: July 23, 2005
PC 5298
Russ Ottens - A little pre-Conrail history. Russ took the picture of RS-3 PC 5298 in Washington, DC on December 8, 1973 and just made the first print of it from his 32 year-old negative. You can't even tell it's a Penn Central unit, until you notice the "worms in love" logo on the front through the window of the former electric commuter car it's coupled to.
Russ Ottens (231K)

Conrail 5030 B36-7 is leading a pig train with another B-Boat on April 6, 1999.
Photo Online: December 24, 2005
CR 5030
Brian Nicholson - Conrail 5030 B36-7 is leading a pig train with another B-Boat on April 6, 1999.
Brian Nicholson (199K)

Grab shots sometimes come out better than those we plan. Such was the case back on November 12, 1998 at Dauphin, PA. Craig caught the locos at the crossing at the last moment.
Photo Online: July 23, 2005
Hot SD-80MAC's
Craig Zeni - Grab shots sometimes come out better than those we plan. Such was the case back on November 12, 1998 at Dauphin, PA. Craig caught the locos at the crossing at the last moment.
Craig Zeni (167K)

It is only two months after the Conrail merger as two untouched Erie Lackawanna units thunder through Tuxedo, NY on June 23, 1976 with a mixed train of autoracks and general merchandise.
Photo Online: July 23, 2005
Tuxedo, NY
Craig Zeni - It is only two months after the Conrail merger as two untouched Erie Lackawanna units thunder through Tuxedo, NY on June 23, 1976 with a mixed train of autoracks and general merchandise.
Craig Zeni (157K)

During the mid-1970s, Bicentenial fever swept across the nation. Looking to improve public relations and employee morale, many railroads repainted special locomotives into patriotic schemes. It seems odd that the Erie Lackawanna would take the trouble to repaint a locomotive, considering that it was to become a part of Conrail before the 1976 Bicentenial celebrations would take place. However, you must keep in mind that originally the EL was not to be part of Conrail, and that the FRA folded into into Conrail rather late in the game. So why not repaint a locomotive? Croxton, NJ. March 1977.
Photo Online: July 23, 2005
EL Bicentenial
Craig Zeni - During the mid-1970s, Bicentenial fever swept across the nation. Looking to improve public relations and employee morale, many railroads repainted special locomotives into patriotic schemes. It seems odd that the Erie Lackawanna would take the trouble to repaint a locomotive, considering that it was to become a part of Conrail before the 1976 Bicentenial celebrations would take place. However, you must keep in mind that originally the EL was not to be part of Conrail, and that the FRA folded into into Conrail rather late in the game. So why not repaint a locomotive? Croxton, NJ. March 1977.
Craig Zeni (169K)

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