Photographs & History

Photographs and History

Helpers on the West Slope


At the base of the West Slope in Woodvale Yard, heavy eastbound trains pick up helper locomotives in East Conemaugh, Pennsylvania to begin the climb to the Allegheny Summit in Gallitzin and descent onto the famed Horseshoe Curve on the former PRR Mainline. Flanked by neighborhoods on steep hillsides and the bleak remains of the former Johnstown Steel's East End, this sleepy area witnesses this repeated scene some 20+ times a day. Here the conductor is tying in a four unit set of EMD SD40-2 Locomotives to shove a huge Pennsylvania Power and Light Coal train over the mountain and provide braking assistance down the Eastern Slope into Altoona PA.