CR originally had so many branch lines, they radiated out like spider webs from many cities. These lines were often the ones that were sold off to regionalsÂ and short lines or abandoned over time. Some branches that remained were upgraded and given Secondary status.
Conrail's Mexico Secondary ran from North Manchester to Mexico, IN and was the remnant of an ex PRR line(originally known as the Eel River line) that ran from Logansport to Butler, IN.Â By the summer of 1977, Conrail had decided to abandon the line so Manchester News Journal reporterÂ Kim Heusel rode the final run of the line down to Mexico and back.Â Kim has been nice enough to grant us permission to useÂ his photosÂ on our website, so take a look back to summer 1977 and the final run on the Mexico Secondary.
WPAB-10, the Lansdale to Abrams job, departing. Power today was GP15-1 1642 (with the labor-management decal on the nose) leading SW-1001 9405 and SW-1500 9595.