Conrail Passenger Service - Page 4

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 4272 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4305 (ex-PC 4272, rebuilt by ICG 10/78) prepares to couple up to her train at South Amboy station in November, 1978.

CR 4272 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1981

CR-operated NJT E-8A 4305 (ex-PC 4272 rebuilt by ICG 10/1978) rests with sister E-8A 4253 (ex-PC 4258 rebuilt by ICG 9/1978) at South Amboy in March, 1981.

CR 4272 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1981

CR-operated NJT E-8A 4305 (ex-PC 4272 rebuilt by ICG 10/1978) rests with sister E-8A 4253 (ex-PC 4258 rebuilt by ICG 9/1978) at South Amboy in March, 1981.

CR 4285 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

Looking very worn and needing paint, CR-operated ex-PC E-8A 4285 sits in a line of E-units at the South Amboy engine facility in March, 1978.

CR 4285 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

PC E-8A 4285 rests at South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.

CR 4285 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated former PC E-8As 4285 and NJDOT 4328 are paired up at the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.

CR 4285 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

Former PC E-8A's 4324 and 4285 are nose to nose at the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.

CR 4285 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

Late in the day on July 10, 1977, CR-opearated former PC E-8A 4285 rests at the busy South Amboy engine terminal.

CR 4285 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

On a bright July, 1977 day at South Amboy, PC E-8A 4285 rests at the busy engine terminal.

CR 4285 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

CR-operated E-8As 4285 and 4320 rest at the South Amboy engine terminal. Former PC 4320 was rebuilt by GE in 5/1977 and sports NJDOT colors while 4285 remains in PC black on July 10, 1977.

CR 4320 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4320 (ex-PC, rebuilt by GE 5/1977) rests at the South Amboy engine terminal in November, 1978.

CR 4320 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated ex-PC E-8A 4320 in new NJDOT colors behind the South Amboy engine facility in March, 1978.

CR 4320 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated ex-PC E-8A 4320 in new NJDOT colors at the South Amboy engine facility in March, 1978.

CR 4320 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

CR-operated NJT ex-PC E-8A's 4320 (rebuilt by North Bergen 5/1977) and 4248 wait for assignment at the South Amboy engine terminal in June, 1980.

CR 4320 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

CR-operated E-8As 4285 and 4320 rest at the South Amboy engine terminal. Former PC 4320 was rebuilt by GE in 5/1977 and sports NJDOT colors while 4285 remains in PC black on July 10, 1977.

CR 4320 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

CR-operated E-8A 4320 rests with a pair of ex-PC Alco RS-11's and CR SW-7 8877 (ex-LV 222) beside the South Amboy diesel shop. Former PC 4320 was rebuilt by GE in 5/1977 and sports NJDOT colors on July 10, 1977.

CR 4320 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

CR-operated E-8A 4320 rests with a pair of ex-PC Alco RS-11's and CR SW-7 8877 (ex-LV 222) beside the South Amboy diesel shop. Former PC 4320 was rebuilt by GE in 5/1977 and sports NJDOT colors on July 10, 1977.

CR 4321 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

Former PC E-8A 4321 lined up with CR 4014 (ex-EL 825) outside the South Amboy engine facility in November, 1978.

CR 4322 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

Car-operated NJDOT ex-PC E-8A 4322 sits behind the South Amboy engine facility in March, 1978.

CR 4323 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

Late in the day, former PC E-8A 4323 rests outside the South Amboy engine facility in November, 1978. This E-unit would later become one of two CR-operated E-8As painted in white NJ Transit colors,

CR 4323 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

PC E-8A 4323 sits idle behind the South Amboy engine facility in March, 1978.

CR 4323 South Amboy, NJ 3-6-1982

One of two CR-operated 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 4323 South Amboy, NJ 3-6-1982

One of two CR-operated E-8As painted in white NJ Transit colors, former PC 4323, joins NJDOT E-8A 4267 (ex-PC 4251) at South Amboy in March, 1982.

CR 4324 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4324 (ex-PC) sits in a line of E-units at South Amboy in March, 1978.

CR 4324 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated NJDOT ex-PC E-8A's 4324 and 4253 lined up ready for commuter service at South Amboy in March, 1978.

CR 4325 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4325 (ex-PC) sits at the front of a line of E-units at South Amboy in March, 1978.

CR 4325 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operations for NJDOT show E-8A 4325 (ex-PC) alongside PC 4253 at the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.

CR 4325 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4325 (ex-PC) leads E-7A 4233 and three other E-8A's lined up for service at the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.

CR 4325 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated E-8A 4325 (ex-PC) sits at the front of a line of E-units at South Amboy in March, 1978.

CR 4325 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated former PC E-8A's 4325 and 4253 lead lines of E-units at the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.

CR 4325 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4325 (ex-PC) sits at the front of a line of E-units at the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.

CR 4325 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

With CR GP40 3190 in the foreground, CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4325 (ex-PC) sits at the front of a line of E-units at South Amboy in March, 1978.

CR 4325 South Amboy, NJ 8-17-1979

CR-operated NJT E-8A 4285, rebuilt 12/1978 by ICG from ex-PC 4325, rests at the South Amboy engine terminal in August, 1979. The original PC 4285 was traded to ICG in August, 1978 and scrapped in 1981.

CR 4326 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

CR-operated former PC E-8A 4326 rests at the South Amboy engine facility in November, 1978.

CR 4326 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

CR-operated former PC E-8A 4326 rests at the South Amboy engine facility in November, 1978.

CR 4326 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

It's late in the day as former Harrisburg-based PC E-8A 4326 sits behind blue CR E-8A 4256 at South Amboy in March, 1978.

CR 4326 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

Shadows are getting longer as former PC E-8A 4326 rests with CR E-8A 4256 at the South Amboy engine facility in March, 1978.

CR 4326 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated former PC E-8A 4326 rests by the steam-era water plug between E-8A's 4267 and 4256 at the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.

CR 4326 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

It's late in the day as former Harrisburg-based PC E-8A 4326 sits behind blue CR E-8A 4256 at South Amboy in March, 1978.

CR 4326 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 4326 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 4326 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR blue, E-8A 4256 and former PC 4326 line up at the busy South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.

CR 4328 Elizabethport, NJ 4-4-1983

After ending almost 30 years of passenger operation by NYC, PC and CR, NJT-lettered E-8A 4328 sits in a line of retired E-units at Elizabethport, NJ in April, 1983.

Formerly NYC E-8A 4085, this unit has been preserved at the New York Central Museum in Elkhart, Indiana.

CR 4328 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated NJDOT E-8A 4328 (ex-PC) sits in a line of E-units at South Amboy in March, 1978.  Built in 8/53, the E-8A would operate over the NY&LB almost 3 more years by CR, followed by 2 with NJ Transit, before being retired at Elizabethport in 4/1983.

Formerly NYC 4085, this unit has been preserved at the New York Central Museum in Elkhart, Indiana.

CR 4328 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated ex-PC E-8A's 4328 and 4285, E-7A 4244, GP40P 3682 (CR roster 4111), and CR GP40 3190 are lined up in March, 1978, readying for NY&LB service at South Amboy station.

CR 4328 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

A busy engine terminal full of E units was common at South Amboy in March, 1978.

With apparently retired E-7A 4224 in the foreground,  former PC E-8A 4328 and a number of E-8As and E-7A 4233 are lined up ready for service to South Amboy station.

CR 4371 King of Prussia, PA 8-25-1978

Ex-RDG FP-7A 900 (CR 4371), repainted in SEPTA colors, blasts through Abrams yard with five coaches on a late August day in 1978.

The push-pull train has ex-RDG FP-7A 903 (CR 4373) on the rear.

CR 4371 King of Prussia, PA 8-25-1978

Conrail was contracted by SEPTA to operate regional Philadelphia passenger service until the early 1980's. Diesel-powered passenger service through Abrams yard was either by ex-RDG RDC's or FP-7A push-pull trains.

Here, ex-RDG FP-7A 900 (CR 4371), repainted in SEPTA colors, blasts through Abrams yard with five coaches on a late August day in 1978. The push-pull train has ex-RDG FP-7A 903 (CR 4373) on the rear.

CR 4372 King of Prussia, PA 6-8-1979

Former RDG FP-7A 902 (CR 4372), repainted in SEPTA colors, leads a five coach push-pull through Abrams in June, 1979.

CR 4373 King of Prussia, PA 5-25-1979

Ex-RDG FP-7A 903 (CR 4373), repainted in SEPTA colors, brings up the rear of a five coach push-pull on a May day in 1979.

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