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PC: Conrail thoughts
- Subject: PC: Conrail thoughts
- From: "Roger P. Hensley" <rhensley@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 20:26:44 +0000
- Comments: Authenticated sender is <rhensley -AT- ecicnet.org>
As I sit here, I consider what is happening today. It is the last
day of Conrail. I stopped by South Anderson Yards after work
tonight. It is nearly empty. Few cars and no sign of life. Two
local engines and the yard job with it's caboose are tied up.
A few minuites later I heard the whistle of an eastbound manifest
freight. Grabbing my camera, I hoped to be able to position myself
to shoot across the sun, but alas, this was not to be. I was too
far away and the sun was too low. I watched it by me and I returned
home. Even as I put the camera away, another eastnound rolls by
and I listen to it whistle for the crossings ahead. And yet another
freight comes by eastbound. It is as if Conrail is pulling
everything it owns back east.
And now comes the track detector at Chesterfield with an alarm
on track 2. I can make this one! I know where he will stop and I
again grab my camera and head out the door. I find him exactly
where I hoped he would be. The light was still against me but
he was under a tree line that shielded him from the sun. I
waited until the Conductor returned and the engines revved as
he approached the crossing. Two, three more shots with lights
on. Two cameras and 15 shots. Surely, I will have one good
one to remember Conrail on its last day.
As the consist picked up speed, I noted a number of 86 foot
boxes with NYC markings. They were on home track as this
was 'Big Four' territory before becoming a part of the ill-
fated Penn Central and then Conrail. And now, this track waits
again for the 'morrow and a new dawn with new owners.
As I drive home into the setting sun, I can't help but hope that
there is one more Conrail train through here shortly before
Midnight. It would be a fitting memorial to hear the cry of the
whistle and the sound of steel wheels on steel rails as Conrail
comes to a close.
Roger Hensley - 00rphensley -AT- bsuvc.bsu.edu - firstname.lastname@example.org
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