Conrail Passenger Service - Page 8

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 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.

EL PC Commuter ticket transition 6-1976 to 9-1977

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. In February, 1977, Conrail was added to reflect the new operator of the passenger line that ran EL MU's.

Penn Central remained on 30th Street Station Philadelphia commuter tickets as of June 11, 1976. By November, 1976, Conrail was seen on 30th Street Station tickets.

MN 2033 (ex CR 5059) Manitou, NY 7/3/95

M-N 2033 leads northbound train 805 through Manitou, NY. on July, 3, 1995. The 2033, formerly CR/PC 5059, nee New Haven 2059, is the last "F" unit built by EMD and became the property of the Railroad Museum of New England in April, 2003.

NH Observation Car Peekskill, NY 2-28-1979

An unidentified NH Observation car rests at Peekskill, NY by the deadline in February, 1979.

NJDOT 4330 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

Former Southern Crescent E-8A's 4331 (ex-SR 6907) and 4330 (ex-SR 6914) came to NJDOT in 1980.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-8A's over the NY&LB until their retirement in 1982.

NJDOT 4330 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

Former Southern Crescent E-8A's 4331 (ex-SR 6907) and 4330 (ex-SR 6914) came to NJDOT in 1980.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-8A's over the NY&LB until their retirement in 1982.

NJDOT 4330 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

Former Southern Crescent E-8A 4330 (ex-SR 6914) came to South Amboy, NJ in 1980.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-8A's over the NY&LB until their retirement in 1982. 

NJDOT 4330 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

Former Southern Crescent E-8A 4330 (ex-SR 6914) came to South Amboy, NJ in 1980.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-8A's over the NY&LB until their retirement in 1982. 

NJDOT 4330 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980 (1)

Feels like home again pulling the Southern Crescent for two ex-SR E-8A's except that they are no longer south of the Mason Dixon line, but are in New Jersey!

Now with CR operations for NJDOT, E-8A's 4330 (ex-SR 6914) and 4331 (ex-SR 6907) pull nine cars near South Amboy in June, 1980.

NJDOT 4330 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980 (2)

After ex-SR CEO Stanley Crane removed passenger operations from the Southern Railway in 1978, the former Southern Crescent-assigned E-8A's now pull for CR's contract passenger operations in New Jersey. 

With NJDOT numbers 4330 and 4331 and worn paint, the former pride of the Southern pull nine cars near South Amboy in June, 1980.

NJDOT 4330 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980 (3)

The rumble in the distance is now very close as NJDOT E-8A's 4330 (ex-SR 6914) and 4331 (ex-SR 6907) pull nine cars near South Amboy in June, 1980.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-8A's over the NY&LB until their retirement in 1982. 

NJDOT 4330 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980 (4)

NJDOT E-8A's 4330 (ex-SR 6914) and 4331 (ex-SR 6907) roll on by with nine cars near South Amboy in June, 1980.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-8A's over the NY&LB until their retirement in 1982. 

NJDOT 4331 South Amboy, NJ 3-6-1982

Looking worn, NJDOT E-8A's 4331 (ex-SR 6907) and 4333 (ex-SR 6903) are nearing their last days at South Amboy, NJ in March, 1982.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-8A's over the NY&LB from 1980 to 1982. 

NJDOT 4331 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

NJDOT E-8A 4331 (ex-SR 6907) coupled with 4330 (ex-SR 6914) at South Amboy, NJ in June, 1980.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-8A's over the NY&LB until their retirement in 1982. 

NJDOT 4331 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

Former Southern Crescent E-8A's 4331 (ex-SR 6907) and 4330 (ex-SR 6914) at South Amboy in June, 1980.

Following years of service for the Southern Railway, the E-8A's would operate n NJ from 1980 until their retirment in 1982 as part of CR's NJDOT contract passenger operations.

After removing the cash-draining passenger operations as Southern Railway's CEO in 1978, Stanley Crane oversaw both the retirement of the former pride of the Southern's E-8A's in 1982, and the eventual ending of CR passenger operations on NJDOT in 1983.

NJDOT 4331 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

Former Southern Crescent E-8A's 4331 (ex-SR 6907) and 4330 (ex-SR 6914) came to NJDOT in 1980.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-8A's over the NY&LB until their retirement in 1982.

NJDOT 4331 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

Former Southern Crescent E-8A 4331 (ex-SR 6907) at South Amboy in June, 1980.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-unit over the NY&LB until retirement in 1982. 

NJDOT 4332 Elizabethport, NJ 4-4-1983

The pride of the Southern Railway's Southern Crescent has come to rest at Elizabethport, NJ for retirement in April, 1983. Ex-SR E-8A 6904, with NJ Transit number 4332, joined CR's contracted ex-PC E-8A fleet in 1980.

NJDOT 4332 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

NJDOT E-8A 4332 (ex-SR 6904) rests behind the South Amboy engine shops in June, 1980.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-unit over the NY&LB until retirement in 1982. 

NJDOT 4332 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

NJDOT E-8A 4332 (ex-SR 6904) rests behind the South Amboy engine shops in June, 1980.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-unit over the NY&LB until retirement in 1982. 

NJDOT 4332 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

NJDOT E-8A 4332 (ex-SR 6904) rests behind the South Amboy engine shops in June, 1980.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-unit over the NY&LB until retirement in 1982.  

NJDOT 4332 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

NJDOT E-8A 4332 (ex-SR 6904) rests behind the South Amboy engine shops in June, 1980.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-unit over the NY&LB until retirement in 1982.  

NJDOT 4332 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

NJDOT E-8A 4332 (ex-SR 6904) rests with CR 4022 behind the South Amboy engine shops in June, 1980.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated 4332 over the NY&LB until retirement in 1982. 

NJDOT 4332 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

NJDOT E-8A 4332 (ex-SR 6904) rests behind the South Amboy engine shops in June, 1980.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-unit over the NY&LB until retirement in 1982.  

NJDOT 4332 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

NJDOT E-8A 4332 (ex-SR 6904) rests with CR 4022 behind the South Amboy engine shops in June, 1980. Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated 4332 over the NY&LB until retirement in 1982.

NJDOT 4332 South Amboy, NJ 6-14-1980

NJDOT E-8A 4332 (ex-SR 6904) rests with CR 4022 behind the South Amboy engine shops in June, 1980. Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated 4332 over the NY&LB until retirement in 1982.

NJDOT 4333 Elizabethport, NJ 4-4-1983

Her CR-operating days over, NJDOT E-8A 4333 (ex-SR 6903) rests retired at Elizabethport, NJ in April, 1983.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-unit over the NY&LB until retirement in 1982.  

NJDOT 4333 Elizabethport, NJ 4-4-1983

Her operating days over, NJDOT E-8A 4333 (ex-SR 6903) rests retired at Elizabethport, NJ in Aoril, 1983.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-unit over the NY&LB from 1980 until retirement in 1982.  

NJDOT 4333 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1981

NJDOT E-8A 4333 (ex-SR 6903), rebuilt by ICG 1978, in line with other E-8A's at the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1981.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-unit over the NY&LB until retirement in 1982.  

NJDOT 4333 South Amboy, NJ 3-6-1982

NJDOT E-8As 4333 and 4331, former Southern Railway 6903 and 6907, behind the South Amboy shops late in the day in March, 1982.

Rebuilt by ICG in 1978, the E-8A's that pulled Southern's Crescent Limited joined the fleet of Conrail's contracted GG-1's and E-8A's to serve North Jersey commuter service.

NJDOT 4333 South Amboy, NJ 3-6-1982

NJDOT E-8A 4333 (ex-SR 6903) behind the shops at South Amboy in March, 1982.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-unit over the NY&LB until retirement later in 1982.  

NJDOT 4333 South Amboy, NJ 3-6-1982

NJDOT E-8A 4333 (ex-SR 6903) behind the shops at South Amboy in March, 1982.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-unit over the NY&LB until retirement in 1982.  

NJDOT 4333 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1981

NJDOT 4333 (ex-SR 6903, rebuilt by ICG in 1978) rests just outside the South Amboy engine shops in July, 1981.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated the E-unit over the NY&LB until retirement in 1982.  

NJDOT 4334 South Amboy, NJ 3-6-1982

One of two E-8As painted in white NJ Transit colors behind the South Amboy shops in March, 1982.

Former SR 6913 was rebuilt by ICG in 1979, and acquired by NJDOT in 1980.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated 4334 over the NY&LB until retirement later in 1982.  

NJDOT 4334 South Amboy, NJ 3-6-1982

One of two E-8As painted in white NJ Transit colors at South Amboy in March, 1982. NJDOT 4334 (ex-SR 6913) was rebuilt by ICG in 1979 prior to beginning service with NJ Transit and joining Conrail's contracted GG-1's and E-8A's.

Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated 4334 over the NY&LB until retirement later in 1982.

NJDOT 4334 South Amboy, NJ 3-6-1982

One of two E-8As painted in white NJ Transit colors at South Amboy in March, 1982. NJDOT 4334 (ex-SR 6913) was rebuilt by ICG in 1979 prior to beginning service with NJ Transit and joining Conrail's contracted GG-1's and E-8A's. Following decades of service for the Southern Railway, CR-operated 4334 over the NY&LB until retirement later in 1982.

NJDOT Main Line - Bergen County CONRAIL timetable 12-6-1976

The "CONRAIL" with wheels on rails logo is boldly represented on the 12-6-1976 version of the NJDOT Main Line - Bergen County Line timetable.

NJDOT PC Trenton timetable transition to ConRail 4-25-1976

Following NJDOT's commuter operations transition from PC-contracted operations to ConRail in April, 1976, the "Trenton to New York" timetable was revised for April 25, 1976 to replace "Penn Central" and the PC logo with the new "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below, and the NJDOT logo alongside.

In addition, a color change was made from green on white in the April, 1975 timetable to black on green.

Unlike the RDG Division timetables that did not show the transition to ConRail until May, 1976, the PC to ConRail revision was released the end of April.

 

NJDOT Trenton timetable transition to CONRAIL 10-31-1976

NJDOT supported PC, EL, CNJ and RDG passenger rail operations in New Jersey until contracting those operations to Conrail in April, 1976.

The "Trenton to New York" April 25, 1976 timetable shows the new "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below.

A second revision of the timetable in October 31, 1976 shows the familiar "CONRAIL" and wheels on rails logo along with a color change from black on green to dark blue on light blue.

NJDOT Trenton timetable transition to CONRAIL 4-24-1977

Following the "Trenton to New York" timetable transition from the April 26, 1976 "ConRail" logo to the October 31, 1976 "CONRAIL" with wheels on rails logo, a third revision of the timetable in April 24, 1977 again shows the familiar "CONRAIL" with wheels on rails logo.

The only changes were the addition of the "DO NOT CROSS RAILROAD TRACKS" warning and a return to the color scheme of the initial Conrail April 26, 1976 timetable.

NTSB 210 South Amboy, NJ 8-17-1979

To supplement CR-contracted ex-PC E-units, NJ Transit leased NTSB E-8A 210 (ex-Amtrak 210, nee-B&O 1463) until May, 1981. The E-unit receives service alongside repainted ex-PC E-8A's at the South Amboy engine facility in August, 1979.

PC Chestnut Hill timetable transition to ConRail 04-25-1976

Following Septa's Philadelphia commuter operations transition from PC-contracted operations to ConRail in April, 1976, the "Chestnut Hill to Philadelphia" timetable was revised for April 25, 1976 to replace "Penn Central" and the PC logo with the new "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below, and the "SEPTA" name below.

In addition, a color change from the PC dark blue to black lettering to the new CR blue was seen.

Unlike the RDG Division commuter timetables that did not show the transition to ConRail until May, 1976, the PC to ConRail revision was released the end of April.

 

PC Chestnut Hill timetable transition to CONRAIL 10-31-1976

The initial CR April 25, 1976 "Chestnut Hill to Philadelphia" timetable showed the new "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below.

A second revision of the timetable in October 31, 1976 shows the familiar "CONRAIL" and wheels on rails logo alongside.

In addition, "SEPTA" has been removed from below the "ConRail" logo, and added as "SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY" at the bottom of the timetable.

PC Chestnut Hill timetable transition to CONRAIL 4-30-1978

The October 31, 1976 Chestnut Hill to Philadelphia timetable showed the change from the initial "ConRail" logo to the familiar "CONRAIL" with wheels on rails logo.

An April 30, 1978 version of the table shows the same "CONRAIL" with wheels on rails logo, but also includes the new SEPTA logo alongside. 

Also, Chestnut Hill station was listed as "Chestnut Hill West" to reflect Septa's renaming of the the ex-PRR Chestnut Hill station on April 1, 1977.  Finally, a color change was made from dark blue to black to a lighter blue.

PC Chestnut Hill timetable transition to SEPTA 10-29-1978

The April 30, 1978 Chestnut Hill West to Philadelphia timetable showed the familiar "CONRAIL" with wheels on rails logo.

A heavily revised October 29, 1978 version of the table shows the CONRAIL logo removed, replaced by "Operated by Conrail under contract with Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority" at the bottom of the table.

The blue colors are replaced with orange, and Septa's stylized version of commuter power has been added.

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