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By:Tom Beckett
Dates:4/1/1976 - 6/1/1999
Album Info:Conrail ran OCS(office car special) trains, as well as a track geometry train, and some special freight moves as well. This album contains those moves.
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Unusual power
Title:  Unusual power
Description:  After CR retired its electric power, GE kept an E44 as a test unit. Here it is seen on the Southern Tier Line at Hillburn, waiting for OIBU to pick it up and forward to Buffalo, and then onto a connection to GE-Erie
Photo Date:  8/7/1984  Upload Date: 1/8/2012 2:19:42 AM
Location:  Suffern, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  CR 4453(E44)
Views:  723   Comments: 2
Work train
Title:  Work train
Description:  The guys who make it possible for the coal train to run go east on track 1 at Campville in a blaze of color as the JC coal train waits. The railfan chase vehicle is at far right. I was a route driver for a commercial laundry, which allowed me some freedom to watch the action while working. I didn't waste an opportunity.
Photo Date:  10/14/1988  Upload Date: 9/11/2015 3:18:26 AM
Location:  Campville, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 7706(GP38) CR 6720(SD50)
Views:  213   Comments: 1
Checking track 2
Title:  Checking track 2
Description:  A Sperry car rolls east on track 2 near MP 231.
Photo Date:  11/10/1988  Upload Date: 9/9/2015 2:49:18 AM
Location:  Owego, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  187   Comments: 1
U 23 work train
Title:  U 23 work train
Description:  A work extra picking up ties is at Owego with a U23B for power. There were still many of these units on the roster, and they served mostly in local and work train service by this time, but could occasionally get out on symbol freights as well.
Photo Date:  12/6/1988  Upload Date: 9/27/2015 2:06:00 AM
Location:  Owego, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CR 2780(U23B)
Views:  127   Comments: 1
Checking the rails
Title:  Checking the rails
Description:  Conrail had a track inspection train that normally ran behind B23-7 1933, which was specially equipped for the task. Sometimes, on some of the less heavily trafficked lines, theyd go out with one unit and a track geometry car. Here we see such a situation, with a single GP 40-2 and Track Geometry car 21 rolling east on the Lehigh Line near Ulster PA. Its a far cry from GP 38s or C 420s in Cornell Red.
Photo Date:  12/14/1988  Upload Date: 9/21/2015 3:36:19 AM
Location:  Ulster, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CR 3317(GP40-2)
Views:  222   Comments: 1
Sugar Creek
Title:  Sugar Creek
Description:  A Conrail track geometry train crosses Sugar Creek as it works the Lehigh Line.
Photo Date:  12/14/1988  Upload Date: 9/21/2015 3:39:16 AM
Location:  Towanda, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  CR 3317(GP40-2)
Views:  127   Comments: 1
Running solo
Title:  Running solo
Description:  A single GP 40-2 and a track geometry car roll east on the ex LV, seen from US 220.
Photo Date:  12/14/1988  Upload Date: 9/21/2015 3:37:07 AM
Location:  Ulster, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CR 3317(GP40-2)
Views:  180   Comments: 2
Unusual power
Title:  Unusual power
Description:  Conrail had 100 units they designated GP 10, rebuilt from the several hundred GP 9s inherited from its component roads at start up. Typically, these were found in eastern PA, though sometimes elsewhere in the system. Work trains on the Tier tended to get B23-7s, U23Bs, and GP 38s or 40s for power, so it was unusual to find one of these GP 10s at Waverly on a work extra picking up old ties. It was nice to hear the mellow 567 sound as it worked past. Check out the railfan chase vehicle at left, and how about the side of that building??
Photo Date:  1/25/1989  Upload Date: 9/26/2015 1:48:19 AM
Location:  Waverly, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CR 7568(GP10)
Views:  145   Comments: 1
Tie train west
Title:  Tie train west
Description:  A tie train heads for tie up at Elmira, passing McMaster St in Owego.
Photo Date:  3/7/1989  Upload Date: 9/29/2015 1:32:29 AM
Location:  Owego, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 1972(B23-7)
Views:  104   Comments: 1
Rail train
Title:  Rail train
Description:  A rail train with a pair of four axles runs west at Big Flats, seen from the NY 352 overpass. The short bridge the train is on is now a single track culvert.
Photo Date:  4/19/1989  Upload Date: 10/4/2015 12:56:28 AM
Location:  Big Flats, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 8123(GP38-2) CR 8116(GP38-2)
Views:  173   Comments: 1
On the east siding
Title:  On the east siding
Description:  The track geometry train has tied up on the east siding at Waverly. CR 1933 was the assigned power for this train, as it had equipment to work with the specialized sensors in the train.
Photo Date:  8/17/1989  Upload Date: 11/20/2015 2:49:13 AM
Location:  Waverly, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  CR 1933(B23-7)
Views:  233   Comments: 2
Tied up
Title:  Tied up
Description:  The track geometry train has tied up on the east siding at Waverly on the Southern Tier. We see a rear view of the obs used to watch the track as the train progresses.
Photo Date:  8/17/1989  Upload Date: 11/20/2015 2:45:16 AM
Location:  Waverly, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,RollingStock,Passenger
Locomotives:  CR 1933(B23-7)
Views:  244   Comments: 1
Off the Corning Secondary
Title:  Off the Corning Secondary
Description:  The Southern Tier picnic train comes off the Corning Secondary onto the Southern Tier, rolling behind the yard office and shop off the 1951 connection to the Erie. This was part of the line relocation that took the tracks out of downtown Corning, where they ran in the street. The NYC line ran on the Erie to what is now CP Corning, under the NY 414 overpass, where the ex NYC line splits to head north along Seneca Lake, connecting with what is now the CSX Chicago Line at Lyons. The GP 40 will pull the train through CP W Glass onto the Corning Secondary, clear the signal at North Glass, and cut off. It will go back to Gang Mills, the passenger train, now with the Es in the lead, will head east on the Tier.
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/22/2015 2:54:55 AM
Location:  Gang Mills, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  CR 3281(GP40-2)
Views:  124   Comments: 1
Headed home behind a blue unit
Title:  Headed home behind a blue unit
Description:  GP 40 3281 was added at Gang Mills to create a pull-pull train, since there was noplace to turn the power at Hammond Dam. It is leading the return trip along Hammond Lake, seen from PA 287
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/22/2015 3:29:01 AM
Location:  Wellsboro, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  CR 3281(GP40-2)
Views:  253   Comments: 1
Through the corn
Title:  Through the corn
Description:  The picnic goers are getting a good look at the primary crop of the Tier, acre upon acre of corn, as they return home following the Southern Tier picnic.
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/22/2015 2:56:37 AM
Location:  Presho, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  CR 3281(GP40-2)
Views:  78   Comments: 1
Picnic train help
Title:  Picnic train help
Description:  The Southern Tier picnic train got a unit on the rear at Gang Mills to assist with the return trip on the Corning Secondary, since there was no place to turn the power at Hammond Lake. This GP 40 did the honors, sharing the job with a pair of E 8s on the head end.
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/20/2015 3:00:53 AM
Location:  Tioga, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  CR 3281(GP40-2)
Views:  153   Comments: 1
Coming home
Title:  Coming home
Description:  CR 3281 leads the picnic train near Tioga PA on the return to Corning, where it will cut off.
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/20/2015 3:02:22 AM
Location:  Tioga, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 3281(GP40-2)
Views:  81   Comments: 1
Got the board
Title:  Got the board
Description:  The Southern Tier picnic train has the board at East Glass and is about to take to the Tier and take off. Once clear of the plant, Jack Kithcart, Southern Tier GM was running. He notched it out and he was gone. I did not catch the train all the way back to Binghamton. Jack must have thought he was running the Erie Limited. Im told he ran 70 MPH to Binghamton.
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/22/2015 3:09:15 AM
Location:  Corning, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  CR 4021(E8A) CR 4020(E8A)
Views:  693   Comments: 1
Es pushing east
Title:  Es pushing east
Description:  The train has come off the Corning Secondary and is now headed through town to take the wye at the Glass complex, rolling onto the Corning Secondary north, cutting off the GP 40, then heading east. This view is from the Lumber Rd overpass at the east end of Gang Mills yard.
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/22/2015 3:18:39 AM
Location:  Gang Mills, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  CR 4021(E8A) CR 4020(E8A)
Views:  532   Comments: 1
Say goodbye
Title:  Say goodbye
Description:  A couple of riders on the rear platform watch the trains progress through East Glass. Hell be waving goodbye as the train gets up to speed for a quick ride east. Jack Kithcart was running, and he must have thought he had the Lake Cities. We never caught up to him.
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/22/2015 3:15:45 AM
Location:  Corning, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  CR 4020(E8A)
Views:  645   Comments: 1
Es on the lake
Title:  Es on the lake
Description:  The rear of the picnic train, with the Es trailing, rolls north on the Corning Secondary at Hammond Lake
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/22/2015 3:31:21 AM
Location:  Wellsboro, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  CR 4021(E8A) CR 4020(E8A)
Views:  625   Comments: 1
From the road
Title:  From the road
Description:  The picnic train rolls away from the camera on its way along Hammond Lake headed back to Corning.
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/22/2015 3:39:35 AM
Location:  Tioga, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  CR 4021(E8A) CR 4020(E8A)
Views:  508   Comments: 2
Back in New York
Title:  Back in New York
Description:  The picnic train passes the state line marker on the Corning Secondary as it heads home.
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/22/2015 3:13:15 AM
Location:  Lindley, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  CR 4021(E8A) CR 4020(E8A)
Views:  536   Comments: 1
On the Corning Secondary
Title:  On the Corning Secondary
Description:  A going away shot of the picknic train on the Corning Secondary shows the back in the woods nature of the line.
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/22/2015 3:23:41 AM
Location:  Presho, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  CR 4021(E8A) CR 4020(E8A)
Views:  555   Comments: 1
View from the ground
Title:  View from the ground
Description:  A view of the head end, looking up at the classic EMD bulldog nose.
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/20/2015 3:04:09 AM
Location:  Tioga, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  CR 4021(E8A)
Views:  536   Comments: 1
High view
Title:  High view
Description:  A look at the head end from the hillside.
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/20/2015 3:05:39 AM
Location:  Tioga, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  CR 4021(E8A) CR 4020(E8A)
Views:  511   Comments: 1
Good crowd
Title:  Good crowd
Description:  The picnic goers are getting off the train at Hammond Dam State Park. Despite what had to be a really early start at Port Jervis, there is a good sized crowd.
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/20/2015 3:10:07 AM
Location:  Tioga, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  CR 4021(E8A) CR 4020(E8A)
Views:  550   Comments: 2
Roadside
Title:  Roadside
Description:  There was a road close to the tracks for most of the distance south from Corning, so following the train was easy. It has almost reached the park in this shot from PA 267.
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/20/2015 3:16:59 AM
Location:  Tioga, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 4021(E8A) CR 4020(E8A)
Views:  551   Comments: 1
Along the lake
Title:  Along the lake
Description:  Hammond Lake is man made, so the railroad needed to be relocated when it was created. We see the picnic train along the lake on the relocated line.
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/20/2015 3:19:29 AM
Location:  Tioga, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 4021(E8A) CR 4020(E8A)
Views:  542   Comments: 1
Rolling south
Title:  Rolling south
Description:  A full length view taken near Hammond Dam
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/20/2015 3:21:49 AM
Location:  Tioga, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 4021(E8A) CR 4020(E8A)
Views:  522   Comments: 1
Tied up
Title:  Tied up
Description:  The Sperry car that tours the Southern Tier is tide up on the west siding at Owego, sitting atop the North Av(NY 96) overpass downtown. The crew will have some decent options for dinner tonight.
Photo Date:  10/24/1989  Upload Date: 12/3/2015 3:25:43 AM
Location:  Owego, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,RollingStock,Night
Locomotives:  SRS 130(Doodlebug)
Views:  117   Comments: 1
Waiting.
Title:  Waiting.
Description:  Sperry car 130 is waiting for traffic at Owego. Sometimes it can be a long wait. This was a fairly busy time(for Conrail) on the Tier.
Photo Date:  11/7/1989  Upload Date: 12/4/2015 3:24:30 AM
Location:  Owego, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SRS 130(Doodlebug)
Views:  132   Comments: 2
Good chase
Title:  Good chase
Description:  OIEL was a hard train to get. Sometimes it ran before dawn in the Tier, so photo ops were limited. Another inhibiting factor was that it would often yard at Gang Mills, and a crew would not be called until much later in the day. I was fortunate on this cold(10 degrees) Saturday morning to catch it just as the light got good, and chase to Gang Mills. Here it is passing the semaphore at MP 259.
Photo Date:  12/9/1989  Upload Date: 12/3/2015 3:23:56 AM
Location:  Chemung, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CR 3332(GP40-2) CR 3197(GP40) CR 3280(GP40-2)
Views:  150   Comments: 1
Crossing the Chemung
Title:  Crossing the Chemung
Description:  OIEL and a block of tanks roll across the deck bridge over the Chemung River in downtown Elmira on a cold December morning.
Photo Date:  12/9/1989  Upload Date: 12/15/2015 2:26:06 AM
Location:  Elmira, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Winter,Action
Locomotives:  CR 3332(GP40-2) CR 3197(GP40) CR 3280(GP40-2)
Views:  129   Comments: 1
Tanks!!
Title:  Tanks!!
Description:  OIEL going away at Waverly, showing the tanks on six wheel truck DODX flats head out.
Photo Date:  12/9/1989  Upload Date: 12/15/2015 2:27:27 AM
Location:  Waverly, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CR 3332(GP40-2) CR 3197(GP40) CR 3280(GP40-2)
Views:  301   Comments: 1
Downtown
Title:  Downtown
Description:  OIEL rolls past the model railroad set up in downtown Waverly. This is one of the best in town scenes anywhere.
Photo Date:  12/9/1989  Upload Date: 12/15/2015 2:28:44 AM
Location:  Waverly, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CR 3332(GP40-2) CR 3197(GP40) CR 3280(GP40-2)
Views:  127   Comments: 2
Rolling the tanks
Title:  Rolling the tanks
Description:  MIL 101 rolls west at Barton with a train of Army tanks headed west.
Photo Date:  1/6/1990  Upload Date: 12/19/2015 4:46:39 AM
Location:  Barton, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 6596(C30-7A) CR 6387(SD40-2)
Views:  121   Comments: 2
Westbound tanks
Title:  Westbound tanks
Description:  MIL 101 rolls a train of Army tanks west.
Photo Date:  1/6/1990  Upload Date: 12/19/2015 4:48:13 AM
Location:  Wellsburg, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 6596(C30-7A) CR 6387(SD40-2)
Views:  110   Comments: 2
Tanks east
Title:  Tanks east
Description:  A Conrail MIL- train rolls east at the south end of Kirkwood as the sun fades.
Photo Date:  4/11/1990  Upload Date: 1/2/2016 4:42:11 AM
Location:  Kirkwood, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CR 6020(C39-8)
Views:  118   Comments: 2
Military special
Title:  Military special
Description:  Conrail ran quite a few MIL trains carrying various types of equipment. These increased during the Gulf War, which would begin the following year. Todays train has 16 cars of tanks, seen from the Kirkwood-Conklin connector. Frito Lay and now defuncty 84 Lumber are at left. Note the white bar with red ends on the front handrail of the locomotive. The tanks were slightly oversize, and this was used to check clearances. The Erie, originally built to a six foot gauge, had no clearance issues. Meets, however, could pose a problem, and other trains were supposed to come to a complete stop when meeting on of these MIL trains on double track.
Photo Date:  4/11/1990  Upload Date: 1/2/2016 4:44:57 AM
Location:  Kirkwood, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 6020(C39-8)
Views:  206   Comments: 1
The circus comes to town
Title:  The circus comes to town
Description:  The Ringling Bros circus has arrived as CIR101, behind a B23-7/SD40 combination. It has cut part of the train back at the DLW station, and is now pulling up to spot equipment cars for unloading.
Photo Date:  4/25/1990  Upload Date: 1/7/2016 2:53:19 AM
Location:  Binghamton, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CR 1958(B23-7) CR 6384(SD40-2)
Views:  84   Comments: 1
Riding them back
Title:  Riding them back
Description:  The conductor on CIR101 rides the rear car as the crew spots cars carrying the circus wagons.
Photo Date:  4/25/1990  Upload Date: 1/7/2016 2:54:32 AM
Location:  Binghamton, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CR 1958(B23-7) CR 6384(SD40-2)
Views:  135   Comments: 1
Circus rolls onto the Tier
Title:  Circus rolls onto the Tier
Description:  The Ringling Bros circus train has come up the Lehigh Line and is now rolling onto the Southern Tier at block limit station WAVE for the rest of the trip to Buffalo.
Photo Date:  4/10/1991  Upload Date: 3/13/2015 3:40:21 AM
Location:  Waverly, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CR 6455(SD40-2) CR 6498(SD40-2)
Views:  128   Comments: 1
Starting to roll
Title:  Starting to roll
Description:  The whole train is now on the Tier and the hand throw switch to the Lehigh Line is lined and locked. The conductor on board, the train now rolls past Ted Clarks and on to Buffalo. He'll run wrong main at least as far as Elmira.
Photo Date:  4/10/1991  Upload Date: 3/13/2015 3:43:09 AM
Location:  Waverly, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 6455(SD40-2) CR 6498(SD40-2)
Views:  153   Comments: 1
Track geometry train
Title:  Track geometry train
Description:  Conrail had a track geometry train that took all kinds of engineering measurments on the track structure. It was permanently assgined to B23-7 1933, which was specially outfitted to work with the equipment in the cars. We see it on the ex LV at Sayre, laying over for a trip down the Lehigh Line the next day.
Photo Date:  5/30/1991  Upload Date: 3/11/2015 2:33:41 PM
Location:  Sayre, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  CR 1933(B23-7)
Views:  238   Comments: 1
Sperry car checks track 1
Title:  Sperry car checks track 1
Description:  Sperry car 142 checks track 1 on Conrails Southern Tier
Photo Date:  7/13/1992  Upload Date: 11/13/2011 12:24:50 AM
Location:  Campville, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  RollingStock,Action
Locomotives:  SRS 142(MoW Equipment)
Views:  228   Comments: 2
High wide
Title:  High wide
Description:  A DIM 301 rolls west on the Tier near Adrian with a large vessel. CR symboled their dimensional trains DIM ###, the number indicating division and trip of that day.
Photo Date:  8/22/1992  Upload Date: 2/2/2015 3:31:57 AM
Location:  Adrian, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 1924(B23-7) CR 3386(GP40-2)
Views:  202   Comments: 3
River view
Title:  River view
Description:  DIM 301 rolls along the Canisteo River seen from the bridge near Cameron.
Photo Date:  8/22/1992  Upload Date: 2/2/2015 3:40:14 AM
Location:  Cameron, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 1924(B23-7) CR 3386(GP40-2)
Views:  187   Comments: 1
Going to church
Title:  Going to church
Description:  DIM 301 passes the church near West Cameron
Photo Date:  8/22/1992  Upload Date: 2/2/2015 3:41:51 AM
Location:  West Cameron, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 1924(B23-7) CR 3386(GP40-2)
Views:  164   Comments: 1
Sunny face
Title:  Sunny face
Description:  DIM 301 rolls past CP East Hornell and on toward Buffalo
Photo Date:  8/22/1992  Upload Date: 2/2/2015 3:44:20 AM
Location:  Hornell, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CR 1924(B23-7) CR 3386(GP40-2)
Views:  150   Comments: 3


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