Conrail Passenger Service - Page 6

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 4882 South Amboy, NJ 4-4-1983

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.

CR 4882 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

Conrail still operated NJ commuter lines under contract from NJDOT in 1978. Not until January 1, 1983 did NJ Transit assume Conrail passenger operations. 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. Here at South Amboy station on a hot and bright July day in 1978, GG-1 4882 pulls in 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 4883 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

CR-operated GG-1 4883 with both pans up at the South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1977.

CR 4883 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

Late on a July, 1977 day, CR-operated GG-1 4883 has both pans up at the South Amboy engine terminal.

CR 4883 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

CR-operated GG-1 4883 with both pans up at the South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1977.

CR 4883 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

CR-operated GG-1 4883 with both pans up at the South Amboy engine terminal in July, 1977.

CR 4883 South Amboy, NJ 7-9-1978

CR-operated GG-1 4883 rests by the South Amboy engine facility 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 4884 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

CR GG-1 4884 leads a lineup of majestic GG-1's at South Amboy in July, 1981.

CR 4937 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977

CR GG-1 4937 backs 1929-1930 vintage RDG MU's 896, 877, 850, 845, 891, 855, 895, and 857 into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station during the 1977 Septa TWU strike.

CR 5003 Brewster, NY 12-29-1980

A disheveled CR 5003 leads a northbound commuter train by Nelson Blvd. near Brewster, NY. on Dec. 29, 1980. If you look closely, you can see some of the red New Haven paint showing through on the nose. Since it's difficult to read, I believe the second unit is the 5055.

CR 5015 Crugers NY 4/78

CR FL-9's 5015 & 5042 are seen at Crugers NY in April of 1978.

CR 5015 Purdys, NY 6-5-1980

CR 5015 pauses at Purdys station, NY. on June 5, 1980 with a southbound commuter train. The 5015 was the first FL-9 to get the ConRail paint scheme, which was fashioned after the PC scheme. CR used a darker yellow on the nose and the rest of the carbody was CR blue. PC used a dark, almost teal blue. The 5015 is another "survivor", renumbered 2027 by M-N , then transferred to CDOT where it got the "full treatment", complete rebuild and repaint into it's native New Haven McGinnis paint scheme. The 2027, along with 5 other CDOT rebuilds, was still "on the roster" as of Jan., 2009.

CR 5018 Croton Falls, NY 6/5/80.

CR 5018 departing Croton Falls station on June 5, 1980.

CR 5027 Garrison Landing, NY 9/78

Conrail was still operating NYC commuter trains in 1978 and most FL9's were still lettered PC. FL9's 5027 and 5017 depart Garrison Landing with a short City bound train.

CR 5033 Croton Falls, NY 6/6/80

CR 5033 leads a southbound away from the station stop at Croton Falls, NY. on June 6, 1980. The 5033 was one of a few "lucky ones" that had a long future ahead. When it was transferred to Metro-North it was renumbered 2008 and became the last M-N "Beachball" FL-9 to operate in regular service, being retired in mid 2007.

CR 5033 Croton Falls, NY 6/6/80

CR 5033 arriving in Croton Falls, NY. on June 6, 1980.

CR 5034 Croton Falls, NY 6/6/80

CR 5034 arriving in Croton Falls, NY. on June 6, 1980

CR 5040 (2) Purdys, NY 12/29/80

CR 5040 southbound near Purdys, NY. on the upper Harlem Div. on Dec. 29, 1980.

CR 5040 Brewster, NY 12/29/80

CR 5040 at Nelson Blvd. outside Brewster, NY. on Dec. 29, 1980.

CR 5040 Brewster, NY 12/31/80

CR 5040 northbound on the upper Harlem Div. at Nelson Blvd. south of Brewster, NY. on Dec. 31, 1980.

CR 5041 Brewster, NY 12/31/80

CR 5041 with northbound commuter train at Nelson Blvd. near Brewster, NY. on Dec. 31, 1980.

CR 5041 Purdys, NY 12/29/80

CR 5041 arriving at Purdy station with a northbound in Purdys, NY. on Dec. 29, 1980.

CR 5042 Croton-Harmon, NY 5/78

CR FL9's 5042 & 5015 are seen at Croton-Harmon NY in May of 1978.

CR 5045 (2) Brewster, NY 12/31/80

CR 5045 nearing Brewster, NY. at Nelson Blvd. on Dec. 31, 1980.

CR 5045 Brewster, NY 12/29/80

CR 5045 heads south out of Brewster, NY. on Dec. 29, 1980 with a short two car train.

CR 5045 Brewster, NY 12/29/80

CR 5045 is about to cross Nelson Blvd. south of Brewster, NY. on Dec. 29, 1980.

CR 5045 Brewster, NY 12/31/80

CR 5045 has just departed Brewster, NY. with a southbound commuter train on Dec. 31, 1980. Second unit is CR 5059, nee NH 2059, the last "F" unit built by EMD.

CR 5055 Croton Falls, NY 6/6/80

CR 5055 departs Croton Falls, NY. with a southbound on June 6, 1980.

CR 5055 Croton Falls, NY 6/6/80

CR 5055 leads a northbound past Dean's Bridge, about midway between Croton Falls and Purdys, NY. on June 6, 1980. Check out that Lime green early "Cuda sitting at the crossing.

CR 5058 Brewster, NY 12/31/80

CR (?) 5058 heads south at Nelson Blvd. in Brewster, NY. on Dec. 31, 1980. The 5058 is a definite front runner candidate for "Rat of the Year". Sadly, the condition of the coaches wasn't much better, inside or out.

CR 5059 Brewster, NY 12/29/80

CR 5059 leads a southbound commuter train at Nelson Blvd. in Brewster, NY. on Dec. 29, 1980. The 5059 is origionally New Haven 2059, the last FL-9 and last "F" unit built by EMD. When Metro-North took ownership of the 5059 it was renumbered 2033. The Railroad Museum of New England expressed a great interest to Metro-North back in the mid 80's in obtaining the 2059/5059 when it was retired and the unit arrived at the museum a few years ago.

CR 5059 Croton Falls, NY 6/6/80

CR 5059 brings a northbound into Croton Falls, NY. on June 6, 1980. After a nearly 20 year wait, the "Last F unit" became the property of the Railroad Museum of New Egland in April, 2003. The unit is in "cold starage" awaiting restoration back to it's origional glory as New Haven 2059. Fortunately, it was also one of the few FL-9's NOT overly modified by M-N, still retaining it's steam gen.

CR 5909 on train 454 Chicago, IL 10-1-1979

After the N&W suburban train to Orland Park was equipped with RTA bi-level cars in the summer of 1979, Conrail leased the former N&W coaches for use on its Valparaiso trains. Train No. 454 is seen behind two Conrail Geeps(GP7 5909 and GP38-2 8187) running long hood forward above the ICG at Grand Crossing, in October 1979. The use of the ex-N&W coaches in this sevice lasted just a few months, as Conrail turned the service over to Amtrak in 1980. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 5959 on train #454 at South Chicago, IL 7-1-1976

The Valpo Dummy, Conrail Train No. 454 behind two GP7s, led by No. 5959 running long hood forward, crosses the Calumet River lift bridge and overtakes a CSL(Chicago Short Line) freight at South Chicago, in July 1976. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 7301 Chicago, IL 08-19-1978

The afternoon train to Valpo is departing Chicago Union Station. This train ran with a variety of equipment from E8's to Amtrak F40's. This day's version has a CR GP-9/GP-7 pulling some old PRR/PC passenger cars. From this vantage point one could still photograph BN, GM&O, N&W, CR, and Amtrak passenger trains in 1978.

CR 9014 Elizabethport, NJ 11-18-1978

To support CR-operated commuter operations in NJ, CR lettered former EL SW-9 438 as NJDOT 438 rather than 9014 for the CR roster.  The former EL SW-9 waits in the service line at Elizabethport, NJ in November, 1978.

The April, 1952-built SW-9 served NJDOT until transferred to NJ Transit following cessation of CR-operated passenger operations on January 1, 1983.  The ancient SW-9 survives as part of the United Rairoad Historical Society museum roster after donation by NJ Transit in 1995.

CR 9225 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

EL NW-2 418 (CR 9225) shuffles one of the ancient green Pullman-built Erie Lackawanna MU's at Hoboken in August, 1977..

CR 9225 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

The engineer of former EL NW2 418 (CR 9225) pauses while working Hoboken terminal in August, 1977.

CR NJDOT 1378 Enola, PA 5-7-1977

NJDOT GE-built Arrow III MU 1378 leads two new married pairs awaiting transport to their NJ home at Enola in May, 1977.

CR would operate them over the former Penn Central electrified lines in NJ until the end of 1982.

Following a mid-life overhaul by ABB from 1992-1995, many Arrow III's remain in NJ commuter service.

CR NJDOT 1455 Morrisville, PA 11-17-79

An octet of CR-operated NJ Transit Arrow III NJ MU's, led by 1455, streak through Morrisville in November, 1979.

NJ Transit contracted CR to operate passenger operations from 1979 until the end of 1982. The Arrow cars were similar to the Reading and PRR Silverliner IV MU's that operated over CR-managed Philadelphia area passenger operations.

CR NJDOT EL 3200 and 3300 series Maplewood, NJ 8-17-1979

Former Erie Lackawanna low (3200 series) and high roof (3300 series) MU's run through Maplewood, NJ in August, 1979.

The MU's retained their EL olive paint and gold numbering until their final runs in August, 1984 when Edison's 3000 volt DC power was turned off and 25000 volt 60 hertz AC turned on.

CR NJDOT EL 3200 and 3300 series Maplewood, NJ 8-17-1979

Erie Lackawanna low (3200 series) and high roof (3300 series) MU's run through Maplewood, NJ in August, 1979.

The MU's retained their EL olive paint and gold numbering until their final runs in August, 1984 when Edison's 3000 volt DC power was turned off and the new 25000 volt 60 hertz AC was turned on.

CR NJDOT EL 3200 and 3300 series Maplewood, NJ 8-17-1979

Erie Lackawanna low (3200 series) and high roof (3300 series) MU's run through Maplewood, NJ in August, 1979. The MU's retained their EL olive paint and gold numbering until their final runs in August, 1984 when Edison's 3000 volt DC power was turned off and 25000 volt 60 hertz AC turned on.

CR NJDOT EL 3200 series Maplewood, NJ 8-17-1979

An Erie Lackawanna low roof trailer MU (3200 series) leads through Maplewood, NJ in August, 1979.

The MU's retained their EL olive paint and gold numbering until their final runs in August, 1984 when Edison's 3000 volt DC power was turned off and 25000 volt 60 hertz AC turned on.

CR NJDOT EL 3217 Maplewood, NJ 8-17-1979

Erie Lackawanna MU's, led by low roof trailer 3217, pull through Maplewood, NJ in August, 1979.

Unlike the ex-EL U34CH's, the MUs were not renumbered while under contract to NJDOT.

They retained their EL olive paint and gold numbering until their final runs in August, 1984 when Edison's 3000 volt DC power was turned off and the new 25000 volt 60 hertz AC was turned on.

CR NJDOT EL 3236 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

EL 3236, one of 50 low-roof trailer MU cars built by Pullman in 1925, rests with semi-pemanently coupled sister power car at Hoboken in August, 1977.

The cars were not renumbered during their few years operated by Conrail under contract with NJDOT, or later by NJ Transit.

MU trailer 3236 has been preserved by the Brooks Preservation Society as part of rolling stock for the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad in Belfast, Maine.

CR NJDOT EL 3300 series Maplewood, NJ 8-17-1979

An Erie Lackawanna high roof trailer MU (3300 series) leads through Maplewood, NJ in August, 1979.

The MU's retained their EL olive paint and gold numbering until their final runs in August, 1984 when Edison's 3000 volt DC power was turned off and 25000 volt 60 hertz AC turned on.

CR NJDOT EL 3300 series Maplewood, NJ 8-17-1979

An Erie Lackawanna high roof trailer MU (3300 series) leads through Maplewood, NJ in August, 1979.

The MU's retained their EL olive paint and gold numbering until their final runs in August, 1984 when Edison's 3000 volt DC power was turned off and 25000 volt 60 hertz AC turned on.

CR NJDOT EL 3300 series Maplewood, NJ 8-17-1979

An Erie Lackawanna high roof trailer MU (3300 series) leads through Maplewood, NJ in August, 1979.

The MU's retained their EL olive paint and gold numbering until their final runs in August, 1984 when Edison's 3000 volt DC power was turned off and the new 25000 volt 60 hertz AC was turned on.

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