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Conrail.Conrail Days

June 23 - 24, 2016.


Conrail arose from the wreckage of six failed railroads in the 1970s to become a profitable and successful private enterprise. This program highlights the equipment, history and people of Conrail, and is presented in partnership with the Conrail Historical Society.

Regular Museum hours. Included in the regular Museum admission.

The railroad started its life with a colorful mixture of aging, classic locomotives. Eventually, as it became profitable, Conrail utilized modern and innovative cars and engines, like the legendary giant SD80MACs and the unique Coilshield cars.

The railroad operated through the heavily populated northeast and served many of the nation's largest cities, from New York and Philadelphia to Chicago. Conrail's demise was a result of a merger between Norfolk Southern and CSX. However, during its 23 years in business, Conrail transformed northeastern railroading from bankruptcy to blue chip status.

The 2016 event will include:

Operating model train layouts by the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society and the Capital PenNscalers, as well as a static display by the Penn Central Railroad Historical Society.

Presentations will include:

• “Conrail Through the Eyes of Engineer Chip Syme” by Bruce Kerr, Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
• “Conrail From My Window” by Joe Jack, Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
• “Oddities of Conrail in the Early Years” by Bob Wilt, Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
• “Freight Car Rebuilds at Hollidaysburg and Locomotive Rebuilds at Juniata” by Ken Kobus, Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
• Locomotives of the Anthracite Roads in the Early Days of Conrail” by Olev Taremae, Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
• “An Early Look at Conrail in the Atlantic Region” by Bill Sheppard, Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
• “A Glimpse of Conrail Artifacts in the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s Collection” by Nick Zmijewski, Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

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