Conrail Passenger Service - Page 3

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.

CR 4233 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR commuter operations for NJDOT at the South Amboy engine terminal show former PC E-8A 4325, E-7A 4233, and other E-8A's waiting for assignment in March, 1978.

CR 4233 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated former PC E-7A 4233, looking very worn and needing paint, sits in a line of E-units at South Amboy in March, 1978. The E-7 has about a year left before retirement.

CR 4233 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

The place where GG-1s and E-7A's meet: CR-operated former PC E-7A's 4233 and 4244 are back to back behind a duo of GG-1's at South Amboy in July 1978.

CR 4244 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated former PC E-7A 4244 being readied for service along with GP40P 3682 (CR 4111) among lines of E-unit power at South Amboy in March, 1978.

CR 4244 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

A busy engine terminal at South Amboy in March, 1978 shows E-7A 4244, E-8A 4328 and others, GP40P 3682 (CR 4111), and GP40 3130 lined up readying for service to South Amboy staton.

CR 4244 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978 (2)

A quartet of former PRR coaches await diesels to replace GG-1 4872 at South Amboy station in March, 1978. Former CNJ GP40P 3682 (CR 4111) and PC E-7A 4244 will couple on to continue the journey on the NY&LB past the end of the electrified lines.

CR 4244 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978 (3)

PC E-7A 4244 and ex-CNJ GP-40P 3682 prepare to couple on to a set of PRR Keystone-laden coaches at South Amboy station in March, 1978.

CR 4244 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978 (5)

The moment of truth as PC E-7A 4244 and ex-CNJ GP-40P 3682 couple on to Keystone-laden coaches as they ready to pull out of South Amboy station in March, 1978.

CR 4244 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978 (6)

GG-1 4872 has uncoupled, and PC E-7A 4244 and ex-CNJ GP-40P 3682 have coupled on, ready to pull Keystone-laden coaches out of South Amboy station in March, 1978.

CR 4244 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978 (7)

CNJ GP-40P 3682 and PC E-7A 4244 pull a string of PRR coaches out of South Amboy station, after replacing GG-1 4872.

CR 4244 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978 (8)

CNJ GP-40P 3682 and PC E-7A 4244 pull a quartet of PRR coaches out of South Amboy station. GG-1 4872, uncoupled from the train at the end of the electrified lines, waits in the distance.

CR 4244 South Amboy, NJ 5/78

PC 4244 & CR 4014 are seen at South Amboy NJ in May of 1978.

CR 4244 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

CR-operated former PC E-7A's 4244 and 4233 rest behind the South Amboy engine facility in July, 1978.

Both units were in heavy use on the NY&LB replacing GG-1's at the end of the electrified line until their retirement in the summer of 1979.

CR 4244 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

CR-operated former PC E-7A 4244 rests at South Amboy in July, 1978.

The old E-7A has retirement looming next summer.

CR 4246 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

With nose door open, CR-operated former PC E-8A 4246 rests outside the South Amboy engine facility in July 1978.

Rebuilt at Elizabethport shops in November, 1977, the E-unit has a number of years of service remaining.

CR 4248 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4248 (ex-PC) rests at the South Amboy engine terminal in June, 1980.

The 1952-built EMD will have logged almost 31 years of service upon retirement in late January, 1983.

CR 4248 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4248 (ex-PC) waits for assignment at the South Amboy engine terminal in June, 1980.

The 1952-built EMD will have logged almost 31 years of service upon retirement in late January, 1983.

CR 4249 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated former PC E-8As 4249 and 4320 (ex-PC, rebuilt by GE 5/1977) lined up behind GP40 3190 at the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.

Former PC E-8A 4253 is ready for service in the foreground.

CR 4251 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated former PC E-8A 4251 sits between E-8A 4258 and E-7A 4233 at the South Amboy engine terminal in March 1978.

CR 4251 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR commuter operations for NJDOT on the NY&LB have lines of E-units ready for assignment at the South Amboy enginer terminal. 

Former PC E-7A 4233 is sandwiched between E-8A 4251 and other E-units in the back row on March 11, 1978.

CR 4251 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated former PC E-8As 4251 and 4258 lined up in the middle of rows of E-8A's and E-7A's at the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.

CR 4251 South Amboy, NJ 3-6-1982

CR-operated former PC E-8A's 4251 and 4323 at South Amboy in March, 1982.

E-8A 4251 was rebuilt by ICG 10/78 and renumbered NJDOT 4267 as ex-PC 4267 had been traded in to ICG in 9/78. 

This unit was later donated to URHS, traded to NYS&W, and sent to NRE in Silvis, IL.

CR 4251 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

A duo of NJDOT E-8A's pass by Essay Tower in South Amboy, NJ in July, 1981. The tower has a few more years until it's closure on 7-2-1986.

NJDOT 4267 is ICG rebuilt ex-PC 4251, as the original PC E-8A 4267 had been traded to ICG in September, 1978 and scrapped in 1981. The new NJDOT white paint scheme E-8A is unidentified.

CR 4253 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated former PC E-8A 4253 sits by the steam-era water plug at the head of a line of E-units at South Amboy in March, 1978.

CR 4253 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

PC E-8A 4253 sits by the steam-era water plug at South Amboy in March, 1978.

CR 4253 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

As part of CR operations for NJDOT, former PC E-8A 4253 waits for assignment at South Amboy in March, 1978.

CR 4253 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR operations for NJDOT show PC E-8A 4253 waiting for action by the steam-era water plug at South Amboy in March, 1978.

CR 4253 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

Ex-PC E-8A 4253 leads a lineup of E-8's at South Amboy in March, 1978.

CR 4253 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

Following ICG rebuilding in 10/78, E-8A 4325 (ex-PC 4253) shows fresh NJT colors while leading ex-SR 4331 with a string of coaches rolling out of South Amboy in July, 1981.

CR 4256 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR E-8A 4256 leads former PC E-8A's 4326 and 4267 into the South Amboy engine terminal.

Ex-PC 4256 shows fresh CR blue.

CR 4256 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR E-8A 4256 leads former PC E-8A's 4326 and 4267 into South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.

CR 4256 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

In fresh CR blue, E-8A 4256 leads former PC E-8A's 4326 and 4267 into the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.

CR 4256 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

Showing fresh CR blue, E-8A 4256 and former PC 4326 line up outside the South Amboy locomotive shop in March, 1978.

CR 4257 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

CR-operated E-8A 4257 (ex-PC rebuilt by GE North Bergen in 4/1978) shows fresh NJT colors at the South Amboy engine terminal in June, 1980.

CR 4257 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

CR-operated E-8A 4257 (ex-PC rebuilt by GE North Bergen in 4/1978) shows fresh NJT colors at the South Amboy engine terminal in June, 1980.

CR 4257 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

CR-operated E-8A 4257 (ex-PC rebuilt by GE North Bergen in 4/1978), in fresh NJT colors, lined up with E-7A 4233 at the South Amboy engine terminal in June, 1980.

CR 4257 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4257 (ex-PC, rebuilt by GE 4/78) paired up for assignment at South Amboy in July, 1978.

CR 4257 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

GG-1 4872 appears to sit toy-like atop CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4257 (ex-PC, rebuilt by GE in 4/78) at the South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1978.

The crew's Chevy Chevette and Olds Cutlass give a historical perspective.

CR 4257 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4257 (ex-PC, rebuilt by GE 4/78) at the South Amboy engine facility in July, 1978.

CR 4257 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

With GG-1 4872 and others behind, CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4257 (ex-PC, rebuilt by GE in 4/78) lines up with E-8A 4272 at the South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1978.

CR 4258 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4258 (ex-ICG 4043, rebuilt by ICG and acquired 6/78) rests late in the day at the back of the South Amboy engine facility in November, 1978.

CR 4258 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated former PC E-8A 4258 sits in a line of E-units at the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.

CR 4258 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated former PC E-8As 4251 and 4258 lined up in the middle of rows of E-8A's and E-7A's at the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.

CR 4258 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

Ex-PC E-8A's 4258 and 4039 lined up at the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.

CR 4258 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operations for the NY&LB have former PC E-8A 4328, a GP40P (ex-CNJ), and E-8A 4258 lined up and waiting for assignment at South Amboy in March, 1978.

CR 4258 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4258 (ex-ICG 4043, rebuilt by ICG and acquired 6/78) outside the South Amboy locomotive shop in June, 1980.

CR 4258 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

Two CR-operated E-8A's, led by NJT E-8A 4253 (ex-PC 4258 rebuilt by ICG 9/1978), blast out of South Amboy with nine cars trailing in July, 1981.

CR 4267 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4267 (ex-PC) awaits assignment with sister-unit 4326 at the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978. 

The unit was traded in to ICG in September, 1978 and scrapped in 1981.

CR 4267 South Amboy, NJ 3-6-1982

One of two E-8As painted in white NJ Transit colors, former PC 4323, joins NJDOT E-8A 4267 (ex-PC 4251 rebuilt by ICG in 10/1978) at South Amboy in March, 1982.

CR 4272 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4305 (ex-PC 4272, rebuilt by ICG 10/78) rests late in the day at the South Amboy engine terminal in November, 1978.

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