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By:Tom Beckett
Dates:4/1/1976 - 6/1/1999
Album Info:Photos of CR trains on the EL Main Line west of Hornell.
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OIEL arriving
Title:  OIEL arriving
Description:  OIEL arrives at Salamanca on the ex EL Mahoning Division with his train of 68 cars, including a block of TOFC up front. These are obviously not priority trailers. Hes coordinating with ELOI, who is working the yard there at the same time. A year later, I moved to Binghamton, where I lived for 18 years. This was the only time I ever saw both of these trains on the same day, never mind the same location.
Photo Date:  6/27/1987  Upload Date: 5/14/2015 3:42:39 PM
Location:  Salamanca, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 6269(SD40) CR 6430(SD40-2) CR 6431(SD40-2)
Views:  339   Comments: 0
ELOI and the BR&P station
Title:  ELOI and the BR&P station
Description:  ELOI pulls up to work Salamanca yard, adjacent to the former B&O station, now the Salamanca Rail Museum, which is on a spur downtown. The museum is well worth your time if you find yourself in Salamanca.
Photo Date:  6/27/1987  Upload Date: 5/14/2015 3:48:48 PM
Location:  Salamanca, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Station,Action
Locomotives:  CR 6700(SD50)
Views:  287   Comments: 0
Down the hill
Title:  Down the hill
Description:  The XBP empty coal train to the Buffalo & Pittsburgh at Salamanca rolls downgrade just west of Andover.
Photo Date:  3/24/1990  Upload Date: 12/31/2015 4:48:04 AM
Location:  Andover, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 6032(C40-8) CR 6749(SD50)
Views:  100   Comments: 0
Down on the farm
Title:  Down on the farm
Description:  A close up view of the XBP train passing the silos of a dairy farm at Scio on the Erie main.
Photo Date:  3/24/1990  Upload Date: 12/31/2015 4:48:57 AM
Location:  Scio, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 6032(C40-8) CR 6749(SD50)
Views:  99   Comments: 0
Great spot
Title:  Great spot
Description:  This was the only shot I ever got of a train here. I was not far enough ahead of him to get a good tele shot, but still managed a decent photo, though the lead unit is partly obscured. An XBP empty coal train rolls past a farm at Andover.
Photo Date:  3/24/1990  Upload Date: 12/29/2015 2:46:43 AM
Location:  Andover, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 6032(C40-8) CR 6749(SD50)
Views:  145   Comments: 0
Hi-low
Title:  Hi-low
Description:  Erie seemed to be unable to settle on a single type of hardward for their signals. They had searchlights, tri light clusters, traffic light types, and of course the many semaphores that were still in service at the date of this photo. Another twist was this high and low pair at Belmont, seen with an XBP coal train.
Photo Date:  3/24/1990  Upload Date: 12/29/2015 2:51:11 AM
Location:  Belmont, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CR 6032(C40-8) CR 6749(SD50)
Views:  127   Comments: 0
Used to be busy here
Title:  Used to be busy here
Description:  A Conrail XBP empty coal train on the Meadville Line, once ELs Mahoning Division 4th sub, crosses the ex Pennsy Buffalo Line, also a Conrail operation, at the location of X tower. Now, the tower is long gone, and its CP Olean. At one time, this was a busy place, with several dozen train per day, most of them EL. There will be half a dozen moves here today, maybe.
Photo Date:  3/24/1990  Upload Date: 12/29/2015 2:56:09 AM
Location:  Olean, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CR 6032(C40-8) CR 6749(SD50)
Views:  334   Comments: 0
Once busy, now a memory
Title:  Once busy, now a memory
Description:  An XBP coal train passes Cuba Jct, once a much busier place than it is at the date of this photo. The train is on the Meadville Line, going from single track to double for the 11 miles into Olean. There were eastbound and westbound sidings here in Erie days. The empty roadbed to the left was the Erie/EL River Line, which followed the Genesee River to NT tower, near Hunt, where it joined the Buffalo Sub. It crossed the river near Belfast on one of Eries massive steel bridges. A busy route when it was EL-it was the preferred route for most frieghts, since it had a much better gradient than the main line through Wellsville-it was abandoned almost immediately after Conrail startup. They dynamited the bridge in the early 80s. Of note, and not visible in this photo, the PRR also had a branch to Rochester that left the Buffalo Line at Olean, and passed under the River Line just east of here, taking a river level route up through Letchworth Park.
Photo Date:  3/24/1990  Upload Date: 12/29/2015 3:39:13 AM
Location:  Cuba, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CR 6032(C40-8) CR 6749(SD50)
Views:  241   Comments: 1
View from the road
Title:  View from the road
Description:  I took this from the shoulder of NY 17, which follows the Meadville Line for much of the way from Belmont to Olean. Too bad they didnt run more trains here, the line has some really scenic spots.
Photo Date:  3/24/1990  Upload Date: 12/29/2015 3:50:43 AM
Location:  Friendship, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 6032(C40-8) CR 6749(SD50)
Views:  142   Comments: 0
Used to be X tower
Title:  Used to be X tower
Description:  The tower actually stood across the EL, in the northwest quadrant of the crossing, a half mile west of the Olean station. CR tore it down early in its existence when they were working furiously to downgrade the former EL lines. It really wasnt needed after the CR startup anyway, since traffic here declined from several dozen trains/day to a handful on both lines. It almost could have been made an automatic interlocking. So a once elegant towers work is now done by a guy a couple hundred miles away, and a metal box. Ah, progress!!
Photo Date:  3/24/1990  Upload Date: 12/29/2015 3:11:59 AM
Location:  Olean, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CR 6032(C40-8) CR 6749(SD50)
Views:  200   Comments: 0
Scio silo
Title:  Scio silo
Description:  The westbound empty coal train rolls past a couple of silos in the dreary late winter farmland.
Photo Date:  3/24/1990  Upload Date: 12/29/2015 3:17:45 AM
Location:  Scio, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 6032(C40-8) CR 6749(SD50)
Views:  123   Comments: 0
Lots of clutter
Title:  Lots of clutter
Description:  The area around Cass St had a lot going on. We see OIEL about to take the switch from track 2 on the Southern Tier to the Meadville Line. There are signals on the Tier, one of them a dwarf on track 1, as well as the signal protecting Cass St for trains coming off the Meadville Line, along with the poles for power and the signals. Cass St tower, long closed, is the concrete block structure to the right of the train.
Photo Date:  3/24/1990  Upload Date: 12/31/2015 5:42:24 AM
Location:  Hornell, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CR 8224(GP38-2) CR 1927(B23-7) CR 1945(B23-7)
Views:  162   Comments: 0
Taking the Meadville Line
Title:  Taking the Meadville Line
Description:  OIEL, the through road train on the Meadville Line, diverges off the Southern Tier at Cass St in Hornell, heading for Olean and Jamestown. This train would go into the yard at Olean and wait for a new crew. When OIEL made a crew change point, you never knew when it would roll next. There were relatively few crews on this part of the line, and the train was not high priority. We'd get lucky, and chase the coal train also in this album. OIEL would come to life again later in the day, and we'd see it passing Salamanca while we were at the museum there.
Photo Date:  3/24/1990  Upload Date: 12/29/2015 3:53:19 AM
Location:  Hornell, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CR 8224(GP38-2) CR 1927(B23-7) CR 1945(B23-7)
Views:  158   Comments: 1
A view from the bridge
Title:  A view from the bridge
Description:  OIEL is pumping up air at Jamestown, seen from the NY 394 overpass that crossed the tracks and the Chadakoin River.
Photo Date:  3/24/1990  Upload Date: 12/29/2015 3:57:11 AM
Location:  Jamestown, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 8224(GP38-2) CR 1927(B23-7) CR 1945(B23-7)
Views:  276   Comments: 2
Along the bank
Title:  Along the bank
Description:  OIEL from the bank of the Chadakoin River, a different view than from above. Picture this with an EL GP35 on each end of the consist, bracketing a pair of U25B's.
Photo Date:  3/24/1990  Upload Date: 12/29/2015 4:01:14 AM
Location:  Jamestown, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CR 8224(GP38-2) CR 1927(B23-7) CR 1945(B23-7)
Views:  203   Comments: 2
On into Pennsylvania
Title:  On into Pennsylvania
Description:  After OIEL left Jamestown, we followed west, a bit of a challenge since there are no good roads that follow the tracks. We caught up near Niobe Jct, where the Columbus & Erie, a low grade line built in the early 20th century, split from the main. This is the last point on the Erie in NY state. Wed have chased to Corry, but the light was about gone-and we had a 220 mile ride home.
Photo Date:  3/24/1990  Upload Date: 12/29/2015 4:05:49 AM
Location:  Watts Flats, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CR 8224(GP38-2) CR 1927(B23-7) CR 1945(B23-7)
Views:  159   Comments: 0


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