The Conrail Office Car Special (1976 - 1998)

The Pride of the Fleet

The CR OCS (Office Car Special) was originally painted the standard blue/white until 1983 when then CEO Stanley L. Crane ordered the train painted green and gold. (Reminiscent of his Southern days).

The original power was CR 4022 (xEL 833) and early on very rarely CR 4014 (xEL 825) until CR 4020 (xPRR 5809) and CR 4021 (xPRR 5711) were acquired from Amtrak with HEP.

The OCS was used as a business tool for the sales and marketing department and an inspection tool for the Executive Board and Management.

It was stationed in three locations through the years; Reading, Enola, and Altoona.


Scenic images of the OCS where individual pieces of the equipment can not be clearly used for research purposes.

CR 4020 Burlington, NJ 5/31/1996

Conrail E8A 4020 is seen powering the Trenton bound Office Car Special street running through Burlington City on a publicity trip for what would become the NJT River Line. 5/31/1996


CR 4020 East Pittsburgh, PA 10/15/1997

An OCS led by 4020 rolls under the massive Westinghouse Bridge on the short Port Perry Branch.

CR 4020 Voorheesville, NY 4-29-2012

Westbound OCS @ CP-VO Voorheesville, NY

CR 4021 Gang Mills, NY 8/26/1989

CR ran an employee special from Port Jervis to Wellsboro, PA in 1989. The train was for employees and their families to enjoy a train ride and picinic. The train stopped at Tioga Reservoir and let the riders off for the picinic.

OCS train at GM&O Jct, IL

Conrail Office Car Special led by E8 4020 approaches GM&O Jct. Tower on the IHB. The train was enroute to to the Chrysler Plant at Belvidere, IL, via the C&NW in April 1986. Doug Davidson photo with permission

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