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Photo Album - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Courtesy Conrail Inc.

Harrisburg, PA Area

This is a brief version of a full-featured railfan guide found at the Eastern Railroad News magazine site.

Road Maps
Duncannon/Cove Road Map
Marysville/Enola Road Map
Harrisburg Road Map
Maps used without permission from DeLorme PA Atlas & Gazetteer, 1995; p. 78

Buffalo Line
Harrisburg Line
Lurgan Branch
Port Road & Enola Branches

Rail Information
Harrisburg Area Rail Map
Harrisburg Area Dispatchers & Radio Freqs

The area surrounding Harrisburg, PA has always been one of my favorite railfanning locations. It has plenty of everything: traffic, photogenic locations, fast-food joints, and history. Many main Conrail routes radiate from Harrisburg to points such as Pittsburgh, Reading (thus to Allentown or Philadelphia), Baltimore, Hagerstown, and Buffalo (via Williamsport). Also, Amtrak runs four trains a day via Conrail's Pittsburgh Line; Amtrak has its own line from Harrisburg to Philadelphia via Lancaster. Conrail freight traffic is very heavy in this area. For now, this tour will cover from Duncannon (approximately 20 miles north of Harrisburg) to Rockville and Enola.
Amtrak 41, The Broadway Limited, passes through Duncannon, PA in these two exposures, taken on July 7, 1994. Once the site of appropriately-named View Tower, Duncannon boasts a full view of the Susquehanna River, as well as the still-standing ex-PRR station. Duncannon is the division point between the Philadelphia (Harrisburg Terminal DS) and Pittsburgh Divisions (Altoona East DS). Amtrak abolished The Broadway in 1995, replacing it with train 46/47 Three Rivers (later train 40/41 again). The F40PH's are also history as they are being replaced by GE P42's.
Access to Duncannon is from US. 11/15 (from I81 or US. 322.). Take the Duncannon exit off of 11/15, and head towards the Susquehanna River. Turning right after about a block will reveal the location of the former PRR station. Currently, parking is allowed at the station - which is now a cable company.
On a wintry morning in December 1995; Conrail TV-61 passes Duncannon, PA.
The next town south of Duncannon is Cove, located at Milepost 116 on the Pittsburgh Line. Mail-3 is shown here cruising westbound just past Cove, PA on the #2 Track on the ex-PRR "Broad Way".
Here is Mail-9H east of Cove (almost in Perdix), with a Union Pacific SD40-2 and a UP SD50 in tow. US 11/15 parallels the tracks between Duncannon to south of Enola Yards, just across the Susquehanna from Harrisburg. There are several pull-over spots in Cove along 11/15, enabling views such as this.
Early in 1997, Conrail revised certain symbol freights to improve the efficiency of traffic flow through Conway Yard. BAEL, formerly BAPI, is heading west out of CP-Banks, just north of Marysville; on October 5, 1996 at 3:11 PM. Banks is a junction of the Pittsburgh Line with the Enola Branch to Enola Yard. Photo by Melanie L. Good
South of Cove is Marysville, PA. Located here is CP-Banks, one of three interlockings connecting the various main lines in the area. CP-Banks is located just north of Marysville, connecting the Pittsburgh Line to two Enola Yard leads. CP-Mary connects Pittsburgh Line #1 track to Enola Branch #5 track to Enola Yard. CP-Hip is located on the Enola Branch, jsut south of the approach to Rockville Bridge. CP-Hip is a double crossover betweeh the two tracks of the Enola Branch. Shown about a mile "east" of CP-Banks, PIMO is headed east (geographic south) through Marysville, approaching Rockville Bridge.
Chicago to Morrisville doublestack TV-2M rolls by Marysville in the early evening of February 25, 1996. Since the September 1995 completion of the Pennsylvania double-stack clearance project, several new doublestack and autorack trains traverse the Keystone State. Finding eastobound stack trains in daylight this far east was a challenge during the winter months. Chances are slightly better more recently with the addition of TV-200. Westbound TV-61 regularly runs in the morning; frequently with double stacks on the front.
Mail-3 heads west past Marysville, PA on February 25, 1996 behind a typical large lashup.
Rockville Bridge was the first stone arch bridge of its kind when it was constructed in the early part of this century. CR's Pittsburgh Line crosses on it, connecting with the Enola Branch on the west end and with the Buffalo Line on the east. TV-2H, a Chicago to Harrisburg trailer train rolls eastward towards CP-Rockville and Harrisburg Yard.
Rockville Bridge will always be one my favorite train watching locations. These black-and-white photos seem to enhance the tranquil appearance of the area. Train TV-61 heads west across the bridge, unnoticed by the two fisherman. TV-61 is one of the only westbound double-stack trains running in daylight hours. Photo taken August 17, 1996.
Loaded coal train UBT-368 heads east across the bridge while ML-411 (Autoracks from Port of Wilmington to Buffalo) waits it's turn on the 0 (zero) track from Enola Yard. The 0 track gained some fame this summer as a UIR coal train dumped four coal hoppers into the Susquehanna, destroying about 100 feet of the facade of the bridge.
Here is another popular view of Rockville, again from the west shore of the Susquehanna. Witness train PIED-7 (Conway to Wilmington - Edgemoor DE) behind CR 6466 and CR 6113 (SD40-2, C40-8W), again on August 17, 1996.
South of CP-Hip, on the Enola Branch, PIBA rolls into Enola Yard in November 1996. Enola's humps were closed in October 1994, but sees some north-south oriented flat-switching. This view is from the Overview Road ("Iron") Bridge, at the north end of Enola Yard. This is now the site of the "Overview" High Car Detector, placed there in case a doublestack train is misrouted into Enola.
On June 5, 1997; PIBA-5 heads south into Enola Yard. PIBA's consist: 6063 - 5650 - 5073 - 5050 - 6034 (C40-8W, SD60I, B40-8, B36-7, C40-8).
PIBA-5 is doing some switching at Enola Yard, preparing for it's nocturnal journey down the Port Road Branch to Perryville, MD; thence via Amtrak's Northeast Corridor to Baltimore. Visible to the right are some stored Conrail switchers, a former Pittsburg and Shawmut unit, and a Nittany and Bald Eagle CF-7.
Conrail train PIES-4 arrived Enola late on the night of March 14, 1998 with a CR unit in the lead and this ATSF C40-8W trailing. Hoping the ATSF unit would be dropped at Enola, we decided to take a trip there. On the morning of March 15, 1998, we found ATSF C40-8W No. 904 resting near the shops with brake problems.
Photo by Melanie L. Good
Conrail train XCX-143 crosses the Susquehanna River on the former Reading Railroad line to Hagerstown, MD. Now called the Lurgan Branch, this line traditionally hosts interchange traffic to CSXT and Norfolk Southern. XCX is no exception, taking empty hoppers from Camden, NJ to Hagerstown, MD. Especially noteworthy is the power: brand new AC6000CW's 640 and 641 on their way to their new owner, enroute from General Electric's Erie shops.
Middletown & Hummelstown 1016 runs light from the Conrail/Amtrak interchange in Middletown to it's small yard nearby. Middletown is about ten miles south of Harrisburg, located on the Susquehanna River. The M&H connects to Amtrak's Harrisburg Line, which runs from Harrisburg to Philadelphia via Lancaster. The Alco T6 was acquired recently and is seen here doing some street running, tying up traffic in Middletown.
Photo by Lauren R. Lang
Amtrak train 648 whisks past the small station at Middletown, PA on Amtrak's Harrisburg Line. Leading the train is Amtrak 107, a P42-9 painted in the new Northeast Direct color scheme. Train 648 passed Middletown on time at 10:30 am on September 30, 1997.

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This page was created and maintained by J. Alex Lang, © 1997-1998.
Last updated March 22, 1998

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