Conrail Passenger Service - Page 7

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 Septa 219 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977 (2)

Former PRR MP85B 219 leads a quintet of Silverliners through Morrisville in April, 1977 during the 44-day March 25 to May 8 Septa City Division transit strike.

The lead unit was the last in the first series 201-219 delivered to the PRR by the Budd company in 1963.

A year after the Conrail startup, lead MU 219 remains lettered Pennsylvania and the second MU shows off her PRR keystone.

CR Septa 257 Morrisville, PA 3-26-1977

Former PRR MP85C 257 leads a trio of Silverliner II's through Morrisville in March,1977 on day 2 of the 44-day March 25 to May 8 Septa City Division transit strike.

The lead unit was in the second series 250-269 delivered to the PRR by the Budd company in 1963.

CR Septa 263 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977

CR-operated MU 263 trails a quintet of ex-PRR MP85B (series 201-219) and MP85C (series 250-269) Silverliner II’s as they roar through Morrisville on the Northeast Corridor.

Lead unit 219 and the fourth unit were still lettered Pennsylvania, while the second unit showed intact PRR keystones.  The third unit and trailing unit 263 were relettered with the wheels on rails Conrail logo.

CR Septa 281 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

Showing her PC herald, CR-operated Silverliner IV 281 roars by at Morrisville in March, 1977.

CR Septa 301 Warminster, PA 11-28-1976

Vintage Reading Company combine MU 301 is at the tail end of a line of MU's taking the Sunday layover at Warminster station. The extra cars were needed for the Monday morning rush to Reading Terminal.

Poor quality image taken by an ancient Brownie camera on Ektachrome large format film.

CR Septa 301 Warminster, PA 11-28-1976

Vintage Reading Company combine MU 301 is at the tail end of a line of MU's taking the Sunday layover at Warminster station. The extra cars were needed for the Monday morning rush to Reading Terminal.

This image was taken using an ancient Brownie camera with large format Ektachrome film.

CR Septa 309 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

In commuter operations by CR for Septa, PC-lettered Silverliner IV 309 leads a quartet of MU's through Morrisville in March, 1978.

CR Septa 371 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

Showing her PC herald, Silverliner IV 371 roars by at Morrisville in March, 1977.

CR Septa 395 and 523 Cornwells Hts, PA 9-3-76

CR Septa Silverliner IV's 395 and 523 at Cornwells Hts, PA in September, 1976.

CR Septa 789 Warminster, PA Fall, 1976

RDG MUs wait on Sunday for the commuter runs to begin Monday morning from Warminster Station to Reading Terminal in the Fall, 1976. With no operations on Sunday, my friend took my picture in front of MU 789 with his Kodak Instamatic. Wouldn't be able to do this safely with today's security! With permission.

CR Septa 800 series Wayne Junction, PA 3-26-1977

Vintage Reading Company MU's were lined up at the Wayne Junction coach yard on day 2 of the Septa Transit Worker's Union (TWU) 44-day strike on March 26, 1977.

While not always the case on the old MU's, the windows were somewhat clean on the Philadelphia to Warminster local this day!

CR Septa 801 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (1)

While a CR mixed freight rolls through on the high line, a CR GG-1 backs a string of vintage RDG MU cars, led by 801, into 30th Street Station during the 44-day Septa Transit Worker's Union strike in April, 1977.

CR Septa 801 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (2)

While a CR mixed freight rolls through on the high line, a CR GG-1 backs a string of vintage RDG MU cars, led by 801, into 30th Street Station during the 44-day Septa Transit Worker's Union strike in April, 1977.

CR Septa 801 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (3)

While a CR mixed freight rolls through on the high line, a CR GG-1 backs a string of vintage RDG MU cars, led by 801, into 30th Street Station during the 44-day Septa Transit Worker's Union strike in April, 1977.

Other CR units are mixed in with Amtrak GG-1's and E-60's at the engine terminal.

CR Septa 857 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (1)

Former RDG 857 heads a string of 1929-1930 vintage MU's being backed by CR GG-1 4937 into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station during the Septa strike in April 1977.

CR Septa 857 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (2)

Former RDG 857 heads a string of 1929-1930 vintage MU's being backed by CR GG-1 4937 into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station during the 44-day Septa Transit Worker's Union (TWU) strike in April 1977.

CR Septa 857, 895 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (3)

RDG MU 895 follows lead unit 857 as CR GG-1 4937 backs a long string of 1929-1930 vintage MU's into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station during the 44-day Septa TWU strike in April 1977.

CR Septa 857, 895, 855 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (4)

RDG MU 855 is third behind lead unit 857 and 895 as CR GG-1 4937 backs the 1929-1930 vintage MU's into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station during the 1977 Septa TWU strike.

CR Septa 857, 895, 855, 891, 845 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (5)

RDG MU 845 is fifth behind lead unit 857, 895, 855, and 891 as CR GG-1 4937 backs the 1929-1930 vintage MU's into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station during the 1977 Septa TWU strike.

CR Septa 857, 895, 855, 891, 845, 850, 877 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (6)

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

CR Septa 857, 895, 855, 891, 845, 850, 877, 896 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (7)

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

CR Septa 857, 895, 855, 891, 845, 850, 877, 896, 4937 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (8)

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 Septa 896 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

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 Septa 9102 Wayne Junction, PA 3-26-1977

One of the Reading Company's 38 "blue-liners," rebuilt in 1964-65, at the Wayne Junction MU facility on day 2 of the Septa Transit Worker's Union (TWU) 44-day strike.

CR Septa 9102 Wayne Junction, PA 3-26-1977

One of the Reading Company's 38 "blue-liners," rebuilt in 1964-65, at the Wayne Junction MU facility on day 2 of the Septa Transit Worker's Union (TWU) 44-day strike.

CR Septa 9102 Wayne Junction, PA 4-7-1977

A desperate attempt to capture RDG MU 9102 out the window of the Philadelphia to Warminster local gave a view of the entrance to the former RDG Wayne Junction MU terminal.

During the 44-day Septa Transit Worker's Union strike on April, 1977, the Wayne Junction terminal was full of RDG Blueliners.  A few Silverliners and 1929-1930 olive MU's were also lined up past the shops.

CR Septa 9117 Warminster, PA 11-28-1976

Vintage Reading Company "blue-liner" 9117, rebuilt in 1964-65, in a line of olive and blue MU's taking the Sunday layover at Warminster station. The extra cars were needed for the Monday morning rush to Reading Terminal.

This image was taken with an ancient Brownie camera using large format Ektachrome film.

CR Septa 9117 Warminster, PA 11-28-1976

Vintage Reading Company "blue-liner" 9117, rebuilt in 1964-65, in a line of olive and blue MU's taking the Sunday layover at Warminster station. The extra cars were needed for the Monday morning rush to Reading Terminal.

This image was taken with an ancient Brownie camera using large format Ektachrome film.

CR Septa 9120 Warminster, PA 11-28-1976

RDG MU 9120 waits on Sunday for the commuter runs to begin Monday morning from Warminster Station to Reading Terminal in November, 1976. The Reading purchased 100 MU's in 1929 and 1930 for suburban Philadelphia commuter service.  In 1964, MU 9120 was one of 38 to be rebuilt, upgraded, and repainted from the original olive green to blue and white.

CR Septa 9120 Warminster, PA 11-28-1976

RDG MU 9120 waits on Sunday for the commuter runs to begin Monday morning from Warminster Station to Reading Terminal in November, 1976. Although all was quiet as the line of MU’s waited for the Monday rush, my buddy and I would not have attempted the picture with today’s security and safety. We meant no disrespect to Conrail by the picture. (Ektachrome large format slide from a Brownie camera)

CR Septa 9120 Warminster, PA 11-28-1976

RDG MU 9120 waits on Sunday for the commuter runs to begin Monday morning from Warminster Station to Reading Terminal in November, 1976. Although all was quiet as the line of MU’s waited for the Monday rush, my buddy and I would not have attempted the picture with today’s security and safety. We meant no disrespect to Conrail by the picture. (Ektachrome large format slide from a Brownie camera)

CR Septa 9134 Warminster, PA 11-28-1976

Vintage Reading Company "blue-liner" 9117, rebuilt in 1964-65, in a line of olive and blue MU's taking the Sunday layover at Warminster station. The extra cars were needed for the Monday morning rush to Reading Terminal.

This image was taken with an ancient Brownie camera using large format Ektachrome film.

CR Septa MP54's Wayne Junction, PA 4-7-1977

Still in their PC and PRR colors, MP-54's are lined up at Wayne Junction during the Septa strike in April, 1977.

Photo taken from the window of a RDG MU on the Philadelphia to Warminster line.

CR Septa MU's Warminster, PA Fall, 1976

On a dreary weekend in the fall of 1976, a line of vintage RDG Company MU's rests at Warminster station.

In the late '70's, extra vintage MU's were typically stored after Friday's commute for the Monday morning rush trains.

Kodak Instamatic photo by permission.

CR Septa RDC Bethlehem, PA 1-7-1978

A strange visitor to the Bethlehem engine terminal, Reading Company RDC rests outside the roundhouse in January, 1978.

CR Septa RDC King of Prussia , PA 2-21-1977

The sun is going down over Abrams yard as a pair of former RDG RDC's races through on a weekday commuter run in February, 1977.

CR Septa RDC King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

A trio of RDG RDC's race past the Abrams yard office on track 2 in January, 1977.

CR Septa RDC King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

A trio of RDG RDC's race through Abrams yard on track 2 in January, 1977. Kodak Instamatic photo.

CR Septa RDC King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977 (1)

A trio of RDG RDC's race through Abrams yard on track 2 in January, 1977.

CR Septa RDC King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

A pair of CR-operated former Reading Lines RDC's rushes through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR Septa RDC King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

A trio of former Reading Lines RDC's race through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR Septa RDC King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

Still lettered Reading Company, a trio of CR-operated RDC's race through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR Septa Warminster Station Warminster, PA Fall, 1976

Warminster station in the Fall of 1976.

Kodak Instamatic photo. Photo by permission.

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

Conrail Train No. 454 ( Valpo Dummy) heads east at South Chicago in July 1976, overtaking a Chicago Short Line transfer for Colehour Yard. Doug Davidson photo with permission

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

Conrail Train No. 454 (one of the Valpo Dummies) is about to overtake an eastbound Chicago Short Line train at the Calumet River bridge South Chicago, IL, in July 1976. This spot was called River Branch Jct(MP 454.7) by the PRR and PC until being renamed by Conrail as CP509. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR Valpo Dummy schedule 10-31-1976

A rare copy of a Conrail train schedule for its Chicago to Valporaiso commuter service, otherwise known as the Valpo Dummies. This public timetable image is from Otto Vondrak with permission

EL 3380-Denville NJ 8/78

EL 3380 is seen leading a NJDOT commuter train a Denville NJ in Aug of 1978. Note CR train CS-9 to the left of the EL 3380.

EL Commuter ticket transition July to December, 1976

When Erie Lackawanna's NJ commuter operations transitioned to Conrail in April, 1976 all tickets on the Newark, Harrison, NJ line remained lettered with Erie Lackawanna Railway throughout 1976.

EL Commuter Ticket transition to CR April, 1976 to October, 1976

When the Erie Lackawanna NJ division transitioned to Conrail-contracted commuter operations in April, 1976, the top of the ticket receipts showed the initial "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below.

The new logo is seen on this October 30, 1976 ticket receipt. This initial ConRail logo lasted only a short time.

The well known wheels on rails "CONRAIL" logo appeared on the January 30, 1977 ticket receipt.

EL Commuter timetable transition April, 1976 to February, 1977

When Erie Lackawanna's NJ commuter operations transitioned to Conrail in April, 1976, the Newark, NJ line April 15, 1976 timetables remained lettered with Erie Lackawanna Railway.

The wheels on rails CONRAIL logo appeared on the October, 1976 timetable in a brown color. Conrail blue appeared on the February, 1977 timetable.

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