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E ast bo und f r om Ch icago . C onrail t raffic is r o ut ed l arg'e ly t h ro u gh a h u ge r etard er y ard i n E l kh art . I nd iana, (train s ymbol "EI "). A nything d estined e ast o f t he H u dso n R i ver g oes t o Se lki r k Y ard (Se) i n A lbany , N ew Y or k. F or pO in ts alon g t h e for me r P ennsy lva ni a Ra il road m ain l in e. C on way (Pa) Y ar d . located 2 0 m il es w e st o f P it tsbur gh a lon g t h e O hi o Ri ver , is t h e f un n el poin t. F urther c las sificati on s a r e m a de at E no la Yar d (En ), a lon g t h e S u sq ue h anna R i ver a t H arr isb u rg. T his p attern o f m ovement h as r es ul ted i n a m aj or s h ift o f t raffic o ff t h e f or m er " P -Comp any " m a in w est o f Cre stlin e, O h io. M ost P e nns y t ra ins n ow u se t he l in e f r om Clevela nd t o Allia n ce, Ohi o, a s a b r id ge r o ut e c o n nectin g t h e two P e nn Cen tral p re d ecesso rs . Ma jor u p g r ad in g o f t h e "C&P" (Pe nnsylvania R ailroad compo n en t Clevela nd & P ittsb u r g h ) s ou th ea st wa rd f r om Clevela nd 's La k ef ro nt a nd a t r ac k r ealig n men t a t Alli ance b endin g t h e m a ins n o rth ward t o w ard Clevela nd h a s s ig nifi c antl y i mpro ve d a l in e w hi ch , i n P e nn Cen tral d ay s. w as a ll b u t c logge d w ith c r aw lin g o re t ra in s a nd s tore d "je nn ies ," t h e s t ubb y g o ndola-like ex-Pe nns y o r e c ar s.

M ore f ac et s o f the di vers it y e mbodi ed in m od eling Conrail a re illustrated h ere . A b ove , he lper en g in es ass ist a fr eig ht o ver fo rm er Penn sy lvani a f o ur -tra ck m a in, n ow re du c ed to thr ee tracks b y C o nra il. Pas se n ge r o pera ti o ns a re p oss ible, too . Be low , C o nr a il E8's c ombine d forces on the C hi ca go-Valpara iso (In d .) c o mm ute r train on July 14 , 1977 . N umber 4014 sti ll w ears the c o lors o f p redec e ss or Eri e Lack a wanna , while the l ead unit, No. 40 22 , a no ther fo rm e r EL ( and b efo re tha t, Eri e) l ocomo ti ve, is d ress ed in Conrail b lue. N umbe r 40 22 w ent o n to g a in d istin ctio n as the E unit e xc lus ively ass igne d to insp ec tion a nd b u sin ess trains, a n d to da y displa ys t he Pullma n g reen c o lors t hat are th e n ew st an dard for C o nr a il b u sine ss c ar s.
J oe McMillon

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 1984

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