Conrail heritage unit CSXT 1976 leads M363 at Weedsport, NY


CSXT 1976 and CSXT 489 lead M363-01 west on the Rochester Subdivision at Weedsport, NY.
CSXT 1976 and CSXT 489 lead M363-01 west on the Rochester Subdivision at Weedsport, NY.

CSX's heritage locomotive, CSXT 1976, made an appearance today on Conrail's former Chicago Line. 1976 is leading M363-01 west through Weedsport, NY., at Auto 311 of CSX's Rochester Subdivision.

Conrail was formed out of the ashes of many bankrupt and failing eastern railroads, one of the biggest being the Penn Central. In 1973 the Regional Rail Reorganization Act (3R Act) was signed into law, paving the way for Conrail. Under the 3R Act the United States Railway Association (USRA) was tasked with creating and implementing a plan combining rail lines from the eastern railroads. In 1976, the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act was signed into law, which included the USRA's final plan for Conrail.

In 1998, with Conrail being a success, the railroad was split up and merged with CSX and Norfolk Southern (NS). Both railroads formed the railroad, Conrail Shared Assets, which operates a few lines jointly for both railroads. The Chicago Line was split up between CSX and NS. 

Photograph taken on September 1, 2023.


  1. Really enjoying the catches of the Heritage units. I have yet to see one in person.

    1. Thanks, Shelly. I'm not sure if these will get over your way anytime soon. You might have to come to the east side to catch one.


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