Saturday Morning at South Fork

Our second stop on the railfan tour had one of the biggest surprises of the weekend. Norfolk Southern parked two blue SD40-2s and an SD80mac for us to inspect and walk through. This was a CR fan's dreams come true.

A pair of Conrail painted units, former CR 4115 and 6495(NS 7208 and 3410) at South Fork, PA on Oct. 25, 2008

Back to the busses for the ride to Cassandra and lunch!

It's all almost true blue, but something's missing.

JB Kerr seems quite happy with how the Convention was going.

This might be one of the last times we got to see a blue SD80mac up close. I made sure to take many pictures of it from both sides to aid in future CRHS restoration efforts.

Climbing aboard 7205.

Conrail hopper at South Fork Yard during the Convention visit

Inside the cab and the "desktop" control stand of 7205.

You can really see the old CR number, 4109, showing through behind the NS patch on the 7205.

From the Netherlands to South Fork, I think this is the real reason he came. It's all about the SD40-2!

Gert's grin was almost as big as the one on the front of the locomotive! I think he'd say it was worth the trip.

A little rain didn't get in everyone's way. Umbrellas abounded, but everyone still had a good time.

The current ownership is clear, but someday hopefully it'll say "CR" again. In the meantime, here's the area above the windows on the 80mac.

Even though were were given permisson to check out the locomotives set aside for us, NS's work still went on around us. Here a set of local power heads off for another run to the mines for more coal, the lifeblood of the operation at South Fork.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is why we do this crazy stuff!

Steve Ondik is enjoying the convention, despite the downpour. Here he's grinning from ear to ear after getting off of an 80mac. 

Former Conrail 6366(NS 3336) at South Fork, PA on Oct. 25, 2008
Former Conrail 6368(NS 3338) at South Fork, PA on Oct. 25, 2008
The cab signal box inside NS 3338. Notice that it still uses the old PRR color position light signals to give indications of the track ahead.
The control stand inside NS SD40-2 3338. The top lever is for the dynamic brakes while the lever underneath it is for the throttle.
The electrical control panel on the NS 3338
If you look closely at the fading patch on 3338, you can make out the old CR number, 6368
A head on shot of former Conrail 6368(NS 3338) at South Fork, PA on Oct. 25, 2008
Back in the day, this used to say CR 6368
Former Conrail 6495(NS 3410) at South Fork, PA on Oct. 25, 2008
Former Conrail 6503(NS 3413) at South Fork, PA on Oct. 25, 2008
Former Conrail 4105(NS 7203) at South Fork, PA on Oct. 25, 2008
Former Conrail 4106(NS 7204) at South Fork, PA on Oct. 25, 2008
Former Conrail 4109(NS 7205) at South Fork, PA on Oct. 25, 2008
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