Summer Evening and the ML401

Summer Evening and the ML401
Conrail ML401 rolls west through Central New York farm country in Onondaga County, September 1994.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Railfanning on the Onondaga Cutoff

This weekend we have a treat for you all, thanks to TJ compiling some video clips of action along the Onondaga Cutoff.  These are 'revenue moves' during operating sessions that TJ, one of the regular operators, recorded and edited into this clip.  What makes TJ's films even more fun is his use of prototype sounds added to the mix, with locomotives and cars all adding to the experience.  Turn up your speakers!

Trackside on the Onondaga Cutoff

Take a look at TJ's other YouTube videos, posted under 'Belt Line Productions' and worth your time.  Thanks for sharing this unique view of the OC, TJ!

~RGDave

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ghosts: Echos of the Past

Do you believe in ghosts? 

If you're familiar with Conrail, you need to believe at least in 'ghost-ing' as so much of Conrail's fleet was owned by predecessor railroads.  One of the common points of excitement for us as we watched Conrail trains roll past in the 1990's was to watch for cars lettered for the old railroads, or ones painted for Conrail where you could see the "ghost" - signs of the car's former owner.


Lenny Harlos, a prolific and professional weathering master, prepared this car for the Onondaga Cutoff and it has now joined the fleet with resistive wheelsets and 1994-era weathering.  Here's a car delivered new to the Erie Lackawanna, and hastily repainted into Conrail's late 1970's-era boxcar red colors with minimal preparation.  As the brown fades, the old gray starts to come through, and the lettering of the fallen flag with it.  It's a Conrail car on the register - but much more than that to those of us that love history.

Consider a few ghost cars like this on your railroad.  They add interest, and historical context!

Oh, and 'Happy Valentine's Day' to you all.  :-)

~RGDave