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Conrail - handing up orders at BOJct tower in Mansfield,Oh - Dec 1978.

Eastbound on exPRR Chicago-New York line and crossing B&O Willard-Newark,Ohio line.
BOJct tower was one of three towers in Mansfield (all long gone of course)- all within a mile of each other.
The B&O line south was abandoned at least 10 years ago,while the line north was taken over by I believe the Ashland RR.
The building in the background is Union Station where the train is crossing what was left of the EL Hoboken-Chicago main.
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Conrail SD40 #6356 at Mansfield,Oh -- December 1978.

Eastbound on the ex-PRR Chicago-New York line.
#6356 was an ex-PRR unit retired in 1994.
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Conrail units (most in PC paint) at ex-NYC Collinwood Yd - Cleveland - Dec 1976.
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Amtrak F40PH #365 & 363 with Conrail SW1 #8429 working the Amtrak yard in Chicago - June 1982
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Conrail #3058 (ex-PC) eastbound between Elyria and Berea,Ohio - Dec 1976.

On the ex-NYC Chicago-NY line.
Less than a year after Conrail was formed and most of the ex-NYC signals were still in place.
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Conrail SW1 #8438 (PC paint) working the Amtrak yard in Chicago - June 1982
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Conrail units (mostly ex-PC) at Collinwood Yd near Cleveland,Oh - Dec 1976.

seriously, there are a few units among the wires!
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Conrail Funit at Collinwood Yard east of Cleveland,Ohio - Dec 1976
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Conrail #1742 at Collinwood Yard east of Cleveland - Dec 1976
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Conrail GP-7 #5832 at Cleveland,Oh (from a CTA train) -- December 1978.

Passed these engines while riding a Hopkins Airport - Terminal Tower train in Cleveland. The transit line parallels Conrail's ex-NYC New York-Chicago line at this point.
That's the driver at the left in this poor quality shot.
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Conrail caboose (ex-Reading?) at Collinwood Yd in Cleveland,Oh -- December 1976
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Conrail - ex-NYC signal bridge and coaling tower at Collinwood Yd in Cleveland,Oh -- December 1976

The largest coaling facility I've ever seen
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Conrail units (PC paint) at Collinwood Yd in Cleveland,Oh -- December 1976
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Conrail #8153 at Wellington,Oh -- December 1977

Northbound on the ex- NYC Big Four Route before the double track was reduced to a single with long sidings.
Wellington is about 36 miles sw of Cleveland.
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(1) ex-EL F7 #7121 at Cleveland,Oh -- December 1976

This Conrail F was working in a small yard between downtown Cleveland and Collinwood yard on the ex- NYC New York-Chicago line.
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(2) ex-EL F7 #7121 at Cleveland,Oh -- December 1976
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Penn Central GP-7 #5631 (Conrail-exNYC) near Cleveland,Oh -- December 1976

This ex-New York Central unit was working between Cleveland and Berea on Conrails' ex - NYC New York-Chicago line.
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Conrail #8233 near Pittsburgh,Pa -- Nov 1998.

Westbound on the ex-PRR New York-Chicago main - this scene has changed little from the Pensy days.
About 7 miles west of Pittsburgh.
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Conrail #4014 (ex-EL E-8) on a Valparaiso commuter train near Chicago -- Sept 1977.

One of the evening eastbound Chicago-Valparaiso commuter trains on ex-PRR trackage with ex-Pennsy P-70 coaches. I don't remember this stop but somewhere in the eastern suburbs of Chicago.
The Valparaiso trains were discontinued in 1992.
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(1) Conrail freight with U33B? #2861on ex-EL trackage near Ravenna,Oh -- December 1977

Eastbound on ex - Erie Lackawanna Chicago-New York trackage about 15 miles east of Akron ,possibly at Brady Lake.
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(2) Conrail freight with #2418 Alco C425 (third unit) on ex-EL trackage near Ravenna,Oh -- December 1977

possibly BA Tower in the background
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(3) Conrail freight with GP-9 #7335 (last unit) on ex-EL trackage near Ravenna,Oh -- December 1977

The last unit (possibly ex-NYC) was set up for passenger service.
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Conrail (ex-PRR) line near Hudson,Oh -- December 1978.

Looking along the ex - Pennsy Cleveland-Alliance line near Hudson,Ohio (about 20 miles se of Cleveland). I believe the Capital Limited passes thru here today while the PRR Cleveland-Pittsburgh "Steel Limited" passenger trains used this route.
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Conrail C30-7 #6605 at Crestline,Oh.
December 1978.

Northbound on the ex-NYC Big Four Route crossing the ex-PRR New York-Chicago line. The station on the right is long gone.
The small town of Crestline was a major player on the Pensy with shops,yard and a large roundhouse (part of which is still there). The Broadway Limited made few stops between New York and Chicago but Crestline was one of them. The K4's were changed out along with crew changes etc. In the diesel years crew changes continued along with a chance to fuel up. Amtrak continued the tradition with its Broadway Ltd.
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ex-PRR heavyweight car in Massillon,Oh.
October 1987.

It could have been a coach or sleeper - with a vestibule at each end. It was also rebuilt with air conditioning "back in the day".
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Conrail C40-8W #6249 heads west with a coal train at Leetsdale on the ex-PRR New York-Chicago line - a few miles west of Pittsburgh.
I like this area since it looks little changed from the PRR days.

November 1998
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Conrail C36-7 #6644 at Rochester,Pa -- November 1998.

Eastbound on the ex-PRR Chicago-New York line about 25 miles west of Pittsburgh.
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Conrail SD60M #5571 at Leetsdale,Pa -- November 1998.

Eastbound on the ex-PRR Chicago-New York line - just west of Pittsburgh.
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Conrail GP40-2 #3396 at Leetsdale,Pa -- November 1998

On the ex-PRR New York-Chicago line just west of Pittsburgh
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Conrail GG-1 #4800 at the ex-PRR shops in Wilmington, Delaware -- September 1979

Old Rivets - the first GG1 built in 1934. The only one that had a riveted body shell - the rest were welded. Today the engine is at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania at Strasburg.
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Part of Collinwood -- the Conrail ex - New York Central shops and yard -- east of Cleveland.

December 1978
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Conrail C628 #6742 near Cleveland Hopkins Airport.
West of Cleveland on the ex-NYC.
December, 1978
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A couple of Conrail Alco C425 at Crestline,Ohio.
This is at the former PRR shops and yard. The shops and roundhouse were abandoned but Conrail was still using the yards.
Next to Altoona,the Crestline shops were one of the largest on the Pennsy.
The Broadway Limited didn't have many stops between New York and Chicago but the small town of Crestline was one of them. K4's were switched out, crews were changed etc. Even the Amtrak version of the Broadway stopped here for a crew change.
Today, little remains of this once large complex.
December 1978
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Conrail units on ex-PRR trackage at Hudson,Ohio

Looking east - the line to the left is the Cleveland - Alliance line while the track to the right went to Akron. The Akron line was to be abandoned by Conrail in the early 90's but was purchased by the local METRO for possible Akron-Cleveland commuter service.
Hudson is about 20 miles se of Cleveland.
The 2 units behind the Conrail engine on the left look like ex - EL engines.

December 1978
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Conrail units at Hudson,Oh

Looking east on the ex-PRR Pittsburgh line.

December 1978
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SD35 #6028 is southbound on the ex-NYC Big Four Route past the beautiful station at Galion.
Passenger service ended in the 60's and the station was closed in 1969.
The station looked empty when I was here but good things would happen. A few years ago the city bought the station and restored it.
Unfortunately I have heard of money troubles in Galion and the station future is clouded.
Built in 1900 it was division headquarters for the Cleveland, Chicago, Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad.

December 1978
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"Truckin" on Conrail at Wellington,Oh.

Working for Conrail on the ex-NYC Big Four route at Wellington,Ohio

December 1978
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The Conrail Chicago-Valparaiso commuter consist with ex PRR P-70 cars is being pulled (by a Amtrak switcher on the other end) into the yard at Chicago.
I believe this run was operated by Conrail for a few more years before Amtrak took it over till the early 90's.

December 1976
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Conrail "blue" F7A #1648 at Collinwood

I believe this was the only F unit Conrail painted blue (ex-NYC).
It is at the ex-NYC Collinwood shops east of Cleveland.
It had only a few months to go before retirement.

December 1978
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Conrail SW9 #8996 at Cleveland -- Dec 78
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A few Conrail units at the shops in Collinwood

December 1978
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ex-NYC GP9 #7300 at Cleveland

Along with an ex-PRR caboose, #7300 works the Conrail ex-NYC yard at Collinwood under the highway bridge built in 1925.

December 1978
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Conrail SD40 #6322 near Cleveland

If I remember correctly this was between Berea and Cleveland on the line that went to Terminal Tower.

December 1978
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SW1 #8406 (ex-NYC, Chicago River & Indiana?) at the ex-NYC Collinwood shops east of Cleveland.

December 1978
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GP-38 #7778 heads east to Cleveland on the water level route in an area little changed from the New York Central days.

December 1976
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Ex-New York Central F7 #1675 and others have sustained a little damage on the road (look to the back of 1675 and the front of the next unit).

At the ex-NYC Collinwood Yard east of Cleveland

December 1976
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GG1's and a couple of E-44 units at Wilmington,De

September 1979
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Conrail and Amtrak engines at Wilmington,De

September 1979
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GG1 #4885 at Wilmington,De

September 1979
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Conrail (PC) GP9 on local in Ohio
I caught this local leaving the ex-PRR yard in Alliance,Ohio (about 20 miles east of Canton).
This is on one of the branch lines east of town. I don't remember which -- there was one to Newton Falls and Niles.
The GP9 was an ex PRR unit.

December 1976
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(1) Early Conrail local on E-L in Ohio - December 1976

Ex-NYC GP9 #7353 heads east on the ex-Erie Lackawanna main about 15 miles west of Akron.
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(2) Early Conrail local on E-L in Ohio - December 1976

A few minutes earlier the local was finishing up work at Rittman (a few miles further west).
While most of the E-L main was abandoned, this part (the last I heard) is still in service. Today a single track, no signals or pole lines, exist from Akron to Rittman (about 17 miles).
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(3) Early Conrail local on E-L in Ohio - December 1976

Looking west at Rittman part of the station can barely be seen in the distance among the pole line. Approximately from the station west the line was completely abandoned (to Ashland).

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