Conrail's Chicago Line - Page 6

Conrail's Chicago line stretched from Selkirk, NY to Chicago, IL and was an extremely important double track main in which the majority of its traffic from the western roads reached the New England states and the East Coast.  Included on this route were important terminal cities like Toledo and Cleveland, OH and Conrail's major classification yard in Elkhart, IN.  This busy route saw anywhere from 50-60 trains a day including a lot of foreign power from western connections with Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe and their predecessors.

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A westbound Conrail freight with the 6169 on the point going past the classic NYC signals at Delta, OH on March 12, 1996. These signals were replaced not too long after this picture was taken.
Westbound PIEL-3A with the 6171, a couple of CP SD40's, and some other EMD's on the point pass the old grain elevator at Bryan, OH on January 23, 1999
CR 6171 and 5578 powers coal train UKC at Bryan, OH on October 21, 1997. This train was a unit train of PPLX coal hoppers heading west to an unknown destination(hopefully not the scrap heap!).
An empty hopper train is making its way through Berea, OH in early May of 1997. Leading the consist are CR C40-8W 6182 and CR SD60M 5565. This westbound train is just about to pass Berea tower (CP-194 Chicago Line) and has just come off Cleveland's "Short Line" or "Belt line" (as some call it). It is taking the connecting track over to the Chicago Line. Things look very different now; The start of the Indianapolis Line (in the foreground) is now the double tracked CSX main. The original GRS "Type G" signals in the picture are also gone. The Chicago Line is now NS. The connecting track is still in place and fully signaled, but has been used almost never in the last 10 years (except for occasional derailment reroutes and maintenance equip storage). The former "Big Four" sandstone depot is just to the right of the photo edge, just out of sight.
Conrail C40-8W 6229 is seen leading a westbound freight into the Buffalo Terminal at Depew, NY
Conrail SD40 6247 leads an Eastbound Freight at the MP 127.9 Diamonds (with Conrail's Youngstown Line) on Track #2 - On Conrail's Chicago Line. (Ashtabula, Ohio)
Conrail TVLA with 6257 on the point is east of Stryker, OH at the 332 signals on January 23, 1999. This is hot coast to coast intermodal train ran in conjunction with the BNSF(ex Santa Fe) from Los Angeles to the East Coast
Conrail 6262 leads Westbound Conrail TV-7 is at @ CP127.9 on track number one
Conrail 6263 leads Eastbound CR TV-204 @ MP 122 on Trk#2 at 10:00 AM -- On Conrail's Chicago Line.
An Eastbound picks up salt cars at Rochester.
Conrail SD40 6316 is seen leading a stack train on the Chicago Line in upstate New York
Ex-PC(PRR) SD40 6329 and ex-PC U33C 6559 take TV-9S west at Rome, NY on the Chicago line. The date is 29 July 1978.
Westbound Conrail freight with SD40 6339 and SD40-2 6509 at Hudson Lake, IN in October 1982. Doug Davidson photo with permission
A friendly wave from the engineer on an Eastbound passing under the signal bridge at Goodman Street Yard.
Conrail SD40-2 6408 leads its train under a signal bridge near Toledo, OH on November 23, 1979. Photographer unknown, Chris Howe collection
Conrail BUIN-8 is Westbound near MP 115 on Trk #2 in Conneaut, Ohio [on Conrail's Chicago line].
A 3 builder lashup heads East thru Rochester.
TV11 with 6464 on the point near Sandusky, OH on June 25, 1996
Conrail ELTO-5 at Waterloo, IN on May 25, 1996
An Eastbound blasts thru Rochester at CP-367 with a mix of power that includes an SD-38 and slug.
A Westbound intermodal ducks under the Lyndon Road bridge.
Conrail SD40-2 6499 leads train TV207 past the passenger depot in Elkhart, IN on August 2, 1996
An Eastbound is pulling in on track 3 to work Goodman Street Yard.
A pair of U-25-C's bracket a U-30-B on an Eastbound freight. This part of the system did not see much in the way of big Alco Century power, but I thought the big GE's were just as neat as the big Alco's. CR did eventually reassign the big Centuries to Dewitt Yard in Syracuse before they were retired.
Conrail SD40-2 6506 is seen leading an eastbound hot merchandise freight (note the TOFC cars on the head end) past the Amtrak station at Depew, NY
A pair of U-25-C's are making a setoff at the East end of Goodman Street Yard in Rochester.
A U25-C and a leased GT unit pass by a U23-C and GP-9B that are working Frontier yard.
Conrail 6513 leads Westbound TV-7 at MP125 on track number one (Conrail Chicago Line) through Ashtabula, Ohio
An Eastbound van train passes under the signal bridge at the West end of Goodman Street Yard.
A pair of big GE's move an Eastbound thru the heavy snow that fell in the Winter of 1977.
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