I was blessed to be a teenage railfan in Waverly, NY during the mid 80's!
very interesting times..
Conrail, D&H, Guilford, Susquehanna, and NS power could be found on any given day..even Alcos!
D&H got trackage rights on the Southern Tier Main between Binghamton and Buffalo when Conrail was formed in 1976..then D&H was operated by Guilford, and briefly by NYSW, which accounted for the power mix..I just put together this timeline, compliled from about 8 different web sources..I think its accurate!
if not, someone please correct me..
Southern Tier Main, West of Binghamton, a timeline.
The beginning of time to 1960 - Erie Railroad. (im not counting Erie predecessors)
1960 - 1976 - EL
1976 - 1999 - Conrail.
1976 - D&H gets traffic rights between Bing and Buffalo.
1984 - 1988 - D&H taken over by Guilford. Guilford trains now running between Bing and Buffalo,(along with Conrail) Guilford is using the D&H rights from '76.
1988 - Guilford discards the D&H after declaring it bankrupt.
End of the brief 4-year Guilford era on the Souther Tier main between Binghamton & Buffalo.
1988 - 1991 - Susquehanna operates the D&H while it reorganized during it's bankrupcy, and until a buyer can be found, resulting in NYSW power on the southern tier main between Binghamton & Buffalo.
1991 - Canadian Pacific purchases the D&H, now we have CP trains on the ST main between Bing and Buffalo...continuing to today.
(the old D&H traffic rights have remained in effect, regardless of who was operating the D&H..which is why CP can still operate trains over the ST main today.)
1999 - Conrail is dissolved and is split between NS and CSX.
S.T. main between Bing and Buffalo becomes NS.
Summary, Railroads operating between Binghamton to Buffalo on the Southern Tier Main.
1850 - 1960 - Erie
1960 - 1976 - Erie Lackawanna
1976 - 1984 - Conrail & D&H
1984 - 1988 - Conrail & Guilford
1988 - 1991 - Conrail & Susquehanna
1991 - 1999 - Conrail & CP
1999 - present - NS & CP.
I dont have dates for the stack trains..when did they start over the 'tier?
they ended in 1999 then? when CSX got the Water Level Route?
Why did Conrail operate some
of the stack trains,
and why did D&H/Guilford/Susquehanna operate other stack trains?
I have never been clear on that..
or were ALL the stack trains technically D&H/Guilford/Susquehanna, but some just happened to have Conrail power?
A typical Guilford train of the mid 80's passes through Waverly,
5 EMD GP's of mixed B&M and D&H heritage. (including LV 318!)
One D&H Alco C424!
and one D&H U33C.
(sorry the pic quality isnt so great..)