Â Conrail's Port Road Branch ran between Perryville, MD on the Amtrak Northeast Corridor on its east end, and CP-Mary on the Pittsburgh Line at the west. It is composed of the former PRR Columbia and Port Deposit Branch between Perryville, MD and Columbia, PA, the former Atglen & Susquehanna line between Columbia and Shocks Mills, where it crosses the Susquehanna River. On the west side of the Susquehanna, the former A&S joined with the former Northern Central line north into Enola Yard. The line largely saw nocturnal operations, as freight trains operating over Amtrak's Northeast Corridor were subject to a 10PM-6AM window to clear the NEC.
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Having run the Port Road in beautiful sunshine, the OCS train would make a left turn at Perryville and head northbound to Philly.
The Port Road - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA
April 05, 1994
GP10 7558 on WOR-201
A pair of GP10s hold down a work train assignment on the formerly electrified PRR line along the Susquehanna River back in 1994. These rebuilt geeps would soon be retired by Conrail.
Photo by Don Kalkman III