Conrail Passenger Service - Page 5

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 4327 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

CR-operated NY&LB passenger operations are in full swing as a trio of E-8A's, led by NJDOT 4327 (ex-ICG 4023, rebuilt in 7/1978), pull a string of coaches through South Amboy in July, 1981.

CR 4328 Elizabethport, NJ 4-4-1983

After ending almost 30 years of passenger operation by NYC, PC and CR, NJDOT-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.

CR 4373 King of Prussia, PA 8-25-1978

Former RDG FP-7A 903 (CR 4373), repainted in SEPTA colors, brings up the rear of a five coach push-pull on a late August day in 1978.

The push-pull train was led by ex-RDG FP-7A 900 (CR 4371).

CR 4858 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977 (1)

CR GG-1 4858 pulls a string of nine 1929-1930 vintage Reading MU's through Morrisville on their way to 30th Street Station in April, 1977, during the 44-day March 25 to May 8 Septa City Division transit strike.

CR 4858 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977 (2)

Reading MU unit 896 is at the tail end of a string of 9 vintage 1929-1930 MU’s pulled by CR GG-1 4858 at Morrisville, PA in April, 1977.  

They are on their way to 30th Street Station during the 44-day March 25 to May 8 Septa City Division transit strike.

CR 4872 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977

Even CR's NJDOT GG-1's were brought over from South Amboy to help during the Septa strike on April 7, 1977.

With a mixed freight pulled by boxcab electrics on the highline above, and ex-PC SW9 9140 on the engine service tracks behind, GG-1 4872 pulls commuters into 30th Streeet Station in Philadelphia, PA.

Though unpleasant for commuters, the Septa TWU strike from March 25 to May 8, 1977 brought railfans a mix of CR power not normally in use for passenger service at Amtrak's 30th Street station.

The crews' AMC Javelin and Ford Pinto add a nice touch to the first year of Conrail's operations.

CR 4872 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

In a scene that could be 1968 if not for the black paint and white numbers, GG-1 4872 led Keystone-laden coaches into South Amboy station in March, 1978. As the catenary ends in South Amboy, an NJDOT ex-CNJ GP-40P and a PC E-7A will soon replace the GG-1 to carry the train onward.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but the NJDOT-contracted GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983.

CR 4872 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

After uncoupling from her train of PRR coaches at South Amboy station, GG-1 4872 waits for tracks to clear before heading back to the engine terminal on March, 11, 1978.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but the NJDOT-contracted GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983. 

CR 4872 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4872 rests with both pans up at the South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1978.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but the NJDOT-contracted GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983.

CR 4872 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4872 at the South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1978.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but NJDOT-contracted GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983.

CR 4872-4884 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

A CR contracted GG-1 (4872-4884) pulls an NJ Transit train through South Amboy, NJ in June, 1980.  The CR freight GG-1's are already retired, but the NJDOT contracted fleet remained in active service for another three years.

CR 4873 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1's 4873 and 4880 at the South Amboy engine terminal in November, 1978.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but NJDOT contracted CR to operate GG-1's 4872-4884 until the end of October, 1983.

CR 4873 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

CR GG-1 4873 at dusk at South Amboy in July, 1981.

CR 4873 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

GG-1 4873 rests at dusk at South Amboy in July, 1981.

CR 4874 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4874 hauling passengers on the Northeast Corridor at Morrisville, PA during the Septa strike in April, 1977.

CR 4875 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

NJDOT-contracted GG-1 4875 at the South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1981. My apologies for this poor quality processed image as it was my ony one of 4875.

CR 4875 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4875 rests with both pans up with sister unit 4883, next to MU 1338 at the South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1978.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but the NJDOT-contracted GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983.

CR 4876 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

NJDOT GG-1 4876 at the South Amboy engine terminal in November, 1978. After retirement from NJDOT in 1983, this GG-1 was donated to NRHS Washington, DC chapter.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but the NJDOT-contracted GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983.

CR 4876 South Amboy, NJ 3-6-1982

NJDOT GG-1 4876 and two other black G's wait for their next run out of South Amboy in March, 1982.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but the NJDOT-contracted GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983.

CR 4876 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

NJDOT 4876 pulls a string of coaches to South Amboy station in July, 1981.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but the NJDOT-contracted GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983. 

CR 4876 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

CR GG-1 4876 at South Amboy in July, 1981. The storied GG-1 that crashed through the floor of Union Station in January, 1953 was donated to NRHS Washington, DC chapter upon retirement from NJDOT in 1983.

CR 4876 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

Thirteen years after the Pennsy was gone, GG-1 4876 was still pulling a Keystone-clad Tuscan Red PRR coach late in the day at South Amboy in July, 1981.

CR 4876 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4876 rests with both pans up between sister units at the South Amboy engine terminal. After retirement from NJDOT in 1983, the GG-1 was donated to NRHS Washington, DC chapter.

This GG-1 was famously known to have piloted No. 173, the "Federal Express," from Boston to Washington, DC on January 14, 1953. While approaching Union Station, brake loss of 13 of it's 16 cars made the train a runaway, causing 4876 to smash through the track bumper, the iron track gate, demolish the stationmaster's office, run out onto the concouse floor, and fall through the concrete floor to the basement below, along with two of it's steel passenger cars.

After shipping to Altoona, 4876 was placed back in service just 10 months after the accident.  A tribute to the amazing skill and determination of the Altoona shop crews. 

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but the NJDOT-contracted GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983.

CR 4877 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

NJDOT GG-1 4877 rests with both pans up at the South Amboy engine terminal in November, 1978.

In mid-1981, 4877 was repainted in PRR Tuscan Red and pinstripes and would continue in service until the day when all GG-1's would be retired.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but the CR-contracted NJDOT GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the end of October, 1983.

CR 4877 South Amboy, NJ 4-4-1983

Former PC/PRR GG-1 4877, repainted in Tuscan Red in 1981, rests at the South Amboy engine terminal in April, 1983. Just 6 months later, "Big Red" would be honored to pull the last run of the GG-1. Sadly, it was not to be as a breakdown forced sister GG-1 4879 to rescue the train. This beautiful GG-1 was preserved (in as-built Brunswick green) along with her sister unit 4879 as part of the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ collection in Boonton, NJ.

CR 4877 South Amboy, NJ 4-4-1983

Former PC/PRR GG-1 4877, repainted in Tuscan Red in 1981, rests at the South Amboy engine terminal in April, 1983. Just 6 months later, "Big Red" would be honored to pull the last run of the GG-1. Sadly, it was not to be as a breakdown forced sister GG-1 4879 to rescue the train. This beautiful GG-1 was preserved (in as-built Brunswick green) along with her sister unit 4879 as part of the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ collection in Boonton, NJ.

CR 4877 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

New Jersey Transit painted ex-PRR GG-1 4877 into PRR Tuscan Red and gold stripes in June, 1981.

Still showing fresh paint in July, 1981, PRR 4877 rests at South Amboy's engine terminal. She would continue in service for another two years before being one of the last GG-1's retired on October 31, 1983.

CR 4877 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

The nose of GG-1 4877 shows fresh paint and Keystone in July, 1981 as she rests at South Amboy's engine terminal. "Big red" would continue in service for another two years before being one of the last GG-1's retired in October 31, 1983.

CR 4877 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

Resting in fresh Tuscan Red and gold stripes, GG-1 4877 waits for assignment at South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1981.

CR 4877 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

Resting in fresh Tuscan Red and gold stripes, GG-1 4877 waits for assignment at South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1981.

CR 4878 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

CR-contracted GG-1 4878 leads a lineup of GG-1's ready for service at South Amboy, NJ in June, 1980.

CR 4879 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

At dusk, CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4879 waits for her next run out of South Amboy station in November, 1978.

CR 4879 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

At dusk in November, 1978, CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4879 waits for her next run out of South Amboy.

On October 31, 1983 this unit would hold the distinction of being the last operating GG-1 when she was called upon to rescue 4877 in it's last run on the NY&LB.

CR 4879 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-81

Conrail operated NJ commuter lines under contract from NJDOT until January 1, 1983 when NJ Transit assumed control. With former PC providing GG-1s, E-8A's, and a few E-7A's, great passenger consists like this scene were available in NJ for many years.

On a hot and bright July day in 1981, GG-1 4879 pulls through South Amboy with a string of coaches.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but the NJDOT-contracted GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983.

CR 4880 South Amboy, NJ 11-18-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4880 with pans up at South Amboy in November, 1978.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but NJDOT contracted CR to operate GG-1's 4872-4884 until the end of October, 1983.

CR 4880 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

NJDOT-contracted GG-1 4880 at South Amboy in July, 1981.

CR 4880 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4880 rests outside the South Amboy engine facility ready for another run North from South Amboy in July, 1978. This unit had a few more years of heavy service remaining in North Jersey.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but the NJDOT-contracted GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983. 

CR 4880 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4880 rests outside the South Amboy engine facility ready for another run North from South Amboy in July, 1978. This unit had a few more years of heavy service remaining in North Jersey.

CR retired their freight fleet of GG-1's in 1979, but the NJDOT-contracted GG-1's 4872-4884 saw their operating days extended to the fall of 1983. 

CR 4881 South Amboy, NJ 3-6-1982

CR GG-1 4881 with a line of sister G's at South Amboy, NJ in March, 1982. The ageless electric enjoyed another year of operations under contract to NJ Transit until final retirement in July, 1983.

CR 4881 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

CR GG-1 4881 rolls effortlessly through South Amboy with a string of coaches in July, 1981.

CR 4881 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

NJDOT-contracted GG-1 4881 waits to pick up her coaches at South Amboy station in July, 1981.

CR 4882 South Amboy, NJ 4-3-1983

With 6 months until retirement, GG-1 4882 waits for assignment at South Amboy, NJ in April, 1983. Along with 4877 and 4879, 4882 would remain as one of the last three operable GG1's available for the last revenue run on October 28, 1983, and for the Farewell to the GG1 celebration on October 29, 1983.

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