Conrail Passenger Service

For a few years after its creation, Conrail still provided commuter passenger service in a number of cities.

This excellent site has some more information about Conrail's short lived passenger operations.

NJDOT contracted Conrail to operate NJ commuter lines from Conrail’s formation in April 1976 until 1979, when the Public Transportation Act created NJ Transit. Passenger service continued under contract by NJ Transit with Conrail from 1979 until the end of 1982.  On January 1, 1983 NJ Transit assumed passenger operations from Conrail.

NJ diesel-powered passenger service was provided by former EL U34CH's, CNJ GP-40P's, PC E-7A and E-8A's, and PRSL and CNJ Budd Company RDC's.  Electric-powered service was provided by former PC GG-1's and Silverliners (St. Louis Car Company Arrow I and GE Arrow-II's and III's), and EL MU's (Pullman GE).

Septa contracted Conrail to operate regional Philadelphia passenger service until the early 1980's.

Diesel-powered passenger service was provided by former RDG FP-7A's and Budd Company RDC's.  Electric-powered service was provided by former RDG MU's (Harlan & Hollingsworth MU's built 1931) and Silverliners (Budd Company II's and GE, Avco IV's), as well as former PC MP-54's and Silverliners (Budd Company II, St. Louis Car Company III's, and GE, Avco IV's).

North of NJ, Conrail operated NYC commuter lines using diesel and electric-powered ex-NH FL-9's and Budd Company RDC's.

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CDOT 2027, ex M-N 2027, ex CR/PC 5015, nee NH 2015, is in "da push mode" shoving a fan trip, sponsored by the Danbury Railroad Museum, northward through New Hamburg, NY. on May 20, 1995.
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Conrail 1776, ex-EL 3351, waits to depart from Hoboken in August, 1977.

Following the 1983 transition of Conrail passenger operations from contract by NJDOT to operation by NJ Transit, the unit was renumbered to NJ Transit 4151.

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Conrail 1776 (ex-EL 3351), rests along with NJDOT 3358 at Hoboken in August, 1977.
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With Comet I cars behind, Conrail 1776 (ex-EL 3351) waits for assignment at Hoboken in August, 1977.
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CR GP40 3190 leads CR-operated former PC E-8A 4249 and other E-units at South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.
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The circus train passes through Akron,Ohio in October 1980. The train is on the former Penn Central Hudson to Orrville "CA&C" line at MP 15. CR GP40-2 3322 would become CSX 4419.
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CR E-8A 4014 (ex-EL 825) rests with ex-PC 4321 outside the South Amboy engine facility in November, 1978.
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CR E-8A 4014 (ex-EL 825) rests at the NJDOT South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978
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CR E-8A 4014 (ex-EL 825) rests with a GP38-2 and other E-units behind the South Amboy engine house in March, 1978.
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CR E-8A 4014, ex-EL 825, rests at the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.
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Outside the South Amboy locomotive shop, CR E-8A 4014 (ex-EL 825) rests in March, 1978.
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CR E-8A 4014 (ex-EL 825) rests with a GP38-2 and a former PC E-8A behind the South Amboy engine house in March, 1978.
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CR E8A 4014 & PC E7A 4244 are seen at S. Amboy NJ in 7-77.
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Former EL 833 E-8A smokes it up in CR 4022 blue, as it leaves Harrisburg with passenger steel in tow.
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Alongside some elder GG-1s, CR 4022 E-8A sits at the 30th Street Station engine service area in Philadelphia.
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CR E-8A 4022 (ex-EL 833) receives service outside the South Amboy engine facility in November, 1978.
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CR E-8A 4022 (ex-EL 833) receives service outside the South Amboy engine facility in November, 1978.
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CR E-8A 4022 (ex-EL 833) receives service outside the South Amboy engine facility in November, 1978.
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CR E-8A 4022 is hooked up with one of the four newly arrived E-8A's to the NJDOT South Amboy engine terminal. Now numbered 4332, the E-8A along with her three SR sisters were formerly assigned to the Southern's flagship passenger train the Southern Crescent.
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Two CR predecessors meet nose to nose at South Amboy, NJ in June, 1980. Former PRR E-8A 5836 meets EL E-8A 833, but now it's NJDOT 4246 faces CR 4022. The ex-PRR unit would last another two years before retirement while the EL E-8A still had a storied CR career through the 90's.
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CR E-8A 4022 (ex-EL 833) at South Amboy, NJ in June, 1980.
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CR 4022, 4014 & PC 4328 are seen at South Amboy NJ in July of 1978.
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CR-operated NJDOT GP-40P 4100 (CR roster 4100, ex-CNJ 3671) pulls a string of ex-Great Northern coaches through South Amboy, NJ in March, 1978.
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CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4100 (ex-CNJ 3671) rests inside the Elizabethport shops in July, 1981.
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CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4100 (ex-CNJ 3671) receives service in the 80 year old CNJ locomotive shop at Elizabethport, NJ in July, 1981. 

The Conrail crew has added a small "Conrail Elizabeth Port Locomotive Shop" sign to indicate the new owners.

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CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4100 (ex-CNJ 3671) rests inside the Elizabethport shops in July, 1981.
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Repainted from CNJ blue to NJDOT blue and silver, CR-operated GP40P 4102 (ex-CNJ 3673) rolls through South Amboy station in November, 1978.
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CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4102 (ex-CNJ 3673) pulls ex-Great Northern coaches through South Amboy, NJ in March, 1978.
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CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4102 (ex-CNJ 3673) pulls ex-Great Northern coaches through South Amboy, NJ in March, 1978.  GG-1 4872 is in the background, uncoupled after pulling a string of PRR coaches into the station.
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CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4102 (ex-CNJ 3673) pulls ex-Great Northern coaches through South Amboy, NJ in March, 1978.
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CR-operated NJDOT GP40P's 3674 (ex-CNJ CR roster 4103) and 3682 (ex-CNJ CR roster 4111) at South Amboy in July, 1977.
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CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 3674 (ex-CNJ, CR roster 4103) at South Amboy in July, 1977.
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NJDOT GP40P 3675 (ex-CNJ, CR roster 4104) with EL GP7 1241 (CR 5979) and an SW-1 beside the Elizabethport shops in July, 1977.
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EL GP7 1241 (CR 5979) rests outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops with NJDOT GP40P 3675(ex-CNJ, CR roster 4104) and an SW-1 in July, 1977.

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CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4106 (ex-CNJ 3677) awaiting service at Elizabethport, NJ in February, 1979.
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CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4106 (ex-CNJ 3677) awaiting service at Elizabethport, NJ in February, 1979.
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CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4107 (ex-CNJ 3678) pulls through South Amboy, NJ in March, 1982.
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CR passenger operations out of South Amboy station in July, 1977 included former CNJ GP40P 3678 (CR 4107) pulling an ex-Great Northern coach now labeled for NJDOT.
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CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4110 (ex-CNJ 3681) behind the South Amboy shops in April, 1983.
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No longer CNJ blue and yellow, CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4110 (ex-CNJ 3681) waits for assignment at South Amboy in April, 1983 in one of the bright NJ Transit paint schemes of the 1980's.
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CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4111 (ex-CNJ 3682) receiving service at Elizabethport shops in July, 1981.
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At the South Amboy engine terminal, CNJ GP40P 3682 (CR roster 4111) readies E-7A 4244 to replace an incoming GG-1 for service out of South Amboy Station in March, 1978.
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CNJ GP40P 3682 (CR roster 4111) ready for service at the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978. Later, the GP40P and E-7A 4244 would replace incoming GG-1 4872 for service out of South Amboy Station in March, 1978.

Following the 1983 transition of Conrail passenger operations from contract by NJDOT to operation by NJ Transit, the unit was renumbered to NJ Transit 4111. 

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Replacing GG-1 4872, CNJ GP40P 3682 (CR roster 4111) and PC E-7A 4244 are ready to pull a string of Keystone-laden coaches past the electrified lines outside of South Amboy station in March, 1978.
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At the South Amboy engine terminal, former CNJ GP40P 3682 (CR roster 4111) rests with sister-unit 3674 (CR roster 4003) in July, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3353 (CR roster 4153) ready to depart Hoboken terminal in August, 1977.

Following the 1983 transition of Conrail passenger operations from contract by NJDOT to operation by NJ Transit, the unit was renumbered to NJ Transit 4153. 

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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3353 (CR roster 4153) readies to depart Hoboken Terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3353 (CR roster 4153) ready to depart Hoboken Terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH's 3353 (CR 4153) and 3354 (CR 4154) prepare to depart Hoboken Terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated NJDOT U34CH 4153 (ex-EL 3353) pulls coaches through Maplewood, NJ in August, 1979.

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