Conrail Passenger Service - Page 10

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.

RDG Division Lansdale timetable transition to ConRail 05-23-1976

During Septa's Reading Division transition to Conrail-contracted operations in April, 1976, the "Lansdale to Philadelphia" May 23, 1976 timetable shows the Reading Lines diamond replaced with the new "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below.

In addition, "Reading Division" was added alongside the logo as compared to the September 7, 1975 timetable.

The notification for Reading Company police was changed to ConRail police along with a change from the old style phone numbers that included letters to the new all digit numbers.

An interesting color change was made from the light blue used for the Reading version to a darker blue for the ConRail version.

As seen on other RDG Division tmetables following the Conrail startup, the May timetables appear to be the first to show the Conrail transition.

RDG Division Lansdale timetable transition to CONRAIL 10-31-1976

The "Lansdale to Philadelphia" May 23, 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 alongside.

Unlike the PC Division commuter timetables that showed the transition to "ConRail" in April, 1976, the RDG Division transition timetables did not appear until May.

RDG Division Newtown timetable transition to ConRail 05-23-1976

During Septa's Reading Division transition to Conrail-contracted operations in April, 1976, the "Newtown to Philadelphia" May 23, 1976 timetable shows the Reading Lines diamond replaced with the new "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below.

In addition, "Reading Division" was added alongside the logo as compared to the September 7, 1975 timetable.

The notification for Reading Company police was changed to ConRail police along with a change from the old style phone numbers that included letters to the new all digit numbers.

As seen on other RDG Division tmetables following the Conrail startup, the May timetables appear to be the first to show the Conrail transition.

RDG Division Newtown timetable transition to CONRAIL 10-31-1976

The "Newtown to Philadelphia" May 23, 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 alongside.

Unlike the PC Division commuter timetables that showed the transition to "ConRail" in April, 1976, the RDG Division transition timetables did not appear until May.

RDG Division Norristown timetable transition to ConRail 05-23-1976

During Septa's Reading Division transition to Conrail-contracted operations in April, 1976, the "Norristown to Philadelphia" May 23, 1976 timetable shows the Reading Lines diamond replaced with the new "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below.

In addition, "Reading Division" was added alongside the logo as compared to the September 7, 1975 timetable.

The notification for Reading Company police was changed to ConRail police along with a change from the old style phone numbers that included letters to the new all digit numbers.

As seen on other RDG Division tmetables following the Conrail startup, the May timetables appear to be the first to show the Conrail transition.

RDG Division Norristown timetable transition to CONRAIL 10-31-1976

The "Norristown to Philadelphia" May 23, 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 alongside.

Unlike the PC Division commuter timetables that showed the transition to "ConRail" in April, 1976, the RDG Division transition timetables did not appear until May.

RDG Division Pottsville (card stock) timetable transition to ConRail 05-1-1976

During Septa's Reading Division transition to Conrail-contracted operations in April, 1976, the "Pottsville to Philadelphia" May 1, 1976 cardstock timetable shows "Reading Railway System" replaced with the new "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below.

In addition, "Reading Division" was added alongside the logo as compared to the September 7, 1975 timetable.

As seen on other RDG Division tmetables following the Conrail startup, the May timetable revision appears to be the first to show the Conrail transition.

RDG Division Pottsville timetable transition to ConRail 05-1-1976

Following Septa's Reading Division transition to Conrail-contracted operations in April, 1976, the "Pottsville to Philadelphia" timetable was revised for May 1, 1976 to replace "Reading Lines" with the new "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below.

In addition, "Reading Division" was added below the logo along with a color change from the RDG dark blue in the September, 1975 timetable to CR blue. The pictured MU also displays the new ConRail herald.

As seen on other RDG Division timetables, the first revision following the Conrail startup appeared in May, 1976.  The PC line first revision appeared in April, 1976.

RDG Division Pottsville timetable transition to CONRAIL 10-31-1976

The "Pottsville to Philadelphia" May 1, 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" with the wheels on rails logo underneath. Also, the MU "ConRail" herald has been replaced with "Septa."

Interesting to note that "Fast-Modern" and "Air-conditioned" have also been removed.

Unlike the PC Division commuter timetables that showed the transition to "ConRail" in April, 1976, the RDG Division transition timetables did not appear until May.

RDG Division Pottsville timetable transition to CONRAIL under contract 10-29-1978

Following the initial Septa's Reading Division transition to Conrail-contracted commuter operations in April, 1976, a number of versions of the "Pottsville-Reading to Philadelphia" timetable were printed.

Version 1 for 5-1-1976 showed the Reading Lines diamond replaced with the new "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below, and "Reading Division" added below the logo. Version 6 for 10-31-1976 showed the "ConRail" logo replaced with the familiar wheels on track logo with "CONRAIL" alongside.

A heavily revised October 29, 1978 version of the table shows the CONRAIL logo removed, and "Operated by Conrail under contract with Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority" added at the bottom. The blue Pottsville colors were changed to purple, and Septa's stylized version of commuter power was added.

The cartoon appears to represent a combination of an MU and a cab unit which seemed to fit the Reading Division that operated Silverliners and FP7's. However, Septa also included this cartoon on ex-PC Philadelphia commuter line timetables that only operated MU's.

RDG Division Warminster (cardstock) timetable transition to CONRAIL 10-30-1977

Following SEPTA's Reading Division transition to Conrail-contracted operations in April, 1976, the bottom of the white cardstock timetables were revised in May 23, 1976 from the Reading Lines logo to the initial "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below.

The white cardstock timetables were common for many of the Philadelphia lines running to and from Reading terminal. All white with blue lettering, they were a simple alternative to the fold-out timetables with their specific colors designating a particular line (i.e. Chestnut Hill yellow, Warminster pink, Newtown orange, Lansdale gray, West Trenton blue, and Norristown green, for example).

In the June 26, 1976 revision, no changes were made from the May 23 version. However, in the September 7, 1976 version, the familiar all caps "CONRAIL," with wheels on rails logo alongside, was added.

In an October 30, 1977 version of the table, the familiar "CONRAIL" logo was shown as a registered trademark! Alongside, the new Septa logo, was added as well as "Reading Division" removed.

RDG Division Warminster timetable transition to ConRail 05-23-1976

During Septa's Reading Division transition to Conrail-contracted operations in April, 1976, the "Warminster to Philadelphia" May 23, 1976 timetable shows the Reading Lines diamond replaced with the new "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below.

In addition, "Reading Division" was added alongside the logo as compared to the September 7, 1975 timetable.

The notification for Reading Company police was changed to ConRail police along with a change from the old style phone numbers that included letters to the new all digit numbers.

As seen on other RDG Division tmetables following the Conrail startup, the May timetables appear to be the first to show the Conrail transition.

RDG Division Warminster timetable transition to CONRAIL 09-7-1976

After the May 23, 1976 timetable of SEPTA's Reading Division was revised to include the "ConRail" logo in place of the Reading Lines diamond, a second update was made on June 26, 1976.

Other than the date, however, no changes were made from the May version.

An additional update on September 7, 1976 revealed the change to the familiar "CONRAIL," with the wheels on rails logo alongside.

RDG Division Warminster timetable transition to CONRAIL 10-31-1976

After the May 23, 1976 and June 26, 1976 timetable versions of SEPTA's Reading Division were revised to include the "ConRail" logo in place of the Reading Lines diamond, a third update was made on September 7, 1976.

The September 7, 1976 version revealed the change to the familiar "CONRAIL," with the wheels on rails logo alongside.

A fourth version in October 31, 1976 showed no changes from the previous September version.

RDG Division Warminster timetable transition to CONRAIL under contract 10-29-1978

After the May 23, 1976 and June 26, 1976 timetables of SEPTA's Reading Division were revised to include the "ConRail" logo in place of the Reading Lines diamond, a third update was made on September 7, 1976. 

The September 7, 1976 revision, and an unchanged later October 31, 1976 version, showed the familiar "CONRAIL," with the wheels on rails logo alongside.

A heavily revised October 29, 1978 timetable, along with an unchanged later October 26, 1980 version, showed the CONRAIL logo removed, and "Operated by Conrail under contract with Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority" added at the bottom.

The pink Warminster-line colors remained in the 1978 version, but a darker pink color was added in 1980.  Both versions show Septa's stylized version of commuter power.

The cartoon appears to represent a combination of an MU and a cab unit which seemed to fit the Reading Division that operated Silverliners and FP7's.

However, Septa also included this cartoon on ex-PC line October 29, 1978 timetables that only operated MU's.

RDG Division Wayne Junction timetable RDG to ConRail(5-23-76) to CONRAIL(10-31-1976)

During Septa's Reading Division transition to Conrail-contracted commuter operations in April, 1976, the "Philadelphia and Wayne Junction" May 23, 1976 timetable shows the Reading Lines diamond replaced with the new "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below.

In addition, "Reading Division" was added alongside the logo as compared to the September 7, 1975 timetable.

The October 31, 1976 revision of the timetable shows the addition of the wheels on track logo with "CONRAIL" above.

As seen on other RDG Division tmetables following the Conrail startup, the May timetable revision appears to be the first to show the ConRail transition.

RDG Division West Trenton timetable transition to ConRail 05-23-1976

During Septa's Reading Division transition to Conrail-contracted operations in April, 1976, the "West Trenton to Philadelphia" May 23, 1976 timetable shows the Reading Lines diamond replaced with the new "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below.

In addition, "Reading Division" was added alongside the logo as compared to the September 7, 1975 timetable.

The notification for Reading Company police was changed to ConRail police along with a change from the old style phone numbers that included letters to the new all digit numbers.

As seen on other RDG Division tmetables following the Conrail startup, the May timetables appear to be the first to show the Conrail transition.

RDG Division West Trenton timetable transition to CONRAIL 10-31-1976

The "West Trenton to Philadelphia" May 23, 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 alongside.

Unlike the PC Division commuter timetables that showed the transition to "ConRail" in April, 1976, the RDG Division transition timetables did not appear until May.

RDG Division/NJ Division Newark timetable ConRail transition 05-23-1976

During the joint Reading Railway System/Central RR Co. of NJ's transition to Conrail-contracted operations on their Reading Division/NJ Division commuter lines in April, 1976, the "Newark Belle Mead-Philadelphia" timetable was revised May 23, 1976 to show "Reading Railway System Central RR Co. of NJ" replaced with the new "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below.

In addition, "Reading Division" and "New Jersey Division" were added alongside the logo.

Interesting to note that both the Reading's Director of Passenger services and CNJ's Manager of Passenger Operations, along with their addresses, have been removed on the new "ConRail" timetable.

As seen on other RDG Division tmetables following the Conrail startup, the May timetable revision appears to be the first to show the Conrail transition.

RDG Division/NJ Division Newark timetable ConRail transition 05-23-1976 (2)

During the joint Reading Railway System/Central RR Co. of NJ's transition to Conrail-contracted operations on their Reading Division/NJ Division commuter lines in April, 1976, the obverse of the "Newark Belle Mead-Philadelphia" timetable was revised May 23, 1976 to show "Reading Railway System Central RR Co. of NJ" replaced with the new "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below.

In addition, "Reading Division" and "New Jersey Division" were added alongside the logo.

As seen on other RDG Division tmetables following the Conrail startup, the May timetable revision appears to be the first to show the Conrail transition.

RDG Division/NJ Division Newark timetable CONRAIL transition 10-31-76

Following the joint Reading Railway System/Central RR Co. of NJ's transition to Conrail-contracted operations on their Reading Division/NJ Division commuter lines in April, 1976, the "Newark to Philadelphia" timetable was revised May 23, 1976 to show 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. Also, the "New Jersey Division" has been removed.

Unlike the PC Division commuter timetables that showed the transition to "ConRail" in April, 1976, the RDG Division/NJ Division transition timetables did not appear until May.

RDG Division/NJ Division Newark timetable CONRAIL transition 10-31-76 (2)

Following the joint Reading Railway System/Central RR Co. of NJ's transition to Conrail-contracted operations on their Reading Division/NJ Division commuter lines in April, 1976, the "Newark to Philadelphia" timetable was revised May 23, 1976 to show the new "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below.

The obverse of the second revision of the timetable in October 31, 1976 shows the familiar "CONRAIL" and wheels on rails logo alongside. Also, the "New Jersey Division" has been removed.

Unlike the PC Division commuter timetables that showed the transition to "ConRail" in April, 1976, the RDG Division/NJ Division transition timetables did not appear until May.

RDG Division/NJ Division Newark timetable CONRAIL under contract 10-29-1978

Following the joint Reading Railway System/Central RR Co. of NJ's transition to Conrail-contracted operations on their Reading Division/NJ Division commuter lines in April, 1976, the "Newark to Philadelphia" timetable was initially revised May 23, 1976 to show the new "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below.

A second revision of the timetable in October 31, 1976 showed the familiar "CONRAIL" and wheels on rails logo alongside. Also, the "New Jersey Division" has been removed.

A later revision in October 29, 1978 replaced "CONRAIL," the wheels on track logo, and "Reading Division" with "Operated by Conrail under contract with Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority" and the Septa logo.

RDG Division/NJ Division Newark timetable CONRAIL under contract 10-29-1978 (2)

Following the joint Reading Railway System/Central RR Co. of NJ's transition to Conrail-contracted operations on their Reading Division/NJ Division commuter lines in April, 1976, the "Newark to Philadelphia" timetable was initially revised May 23, 1976 to show the new "ConRail" logo, with lines above and below.

The obverse of the second revision of the timetable in October 31, 1976 showed the familiar "CONRAIL" and wheels on rails logo alongside. Also, the "New Jersey Division" has been removed.

The obverse of a later revision in October 29, 1978 replaced "CONRAIL," the wheels on track logo, and "Reading Division" with "Operated by Conrail under contract with Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority" and the Septa logo.

RDG MU 782 New Hope, PA 4-19-1977

Vintage RDG MU 782 at New Hope, PA in April, 1977.

Conrail operated the ancient MU's for almost a year over Septa's former Reading Philadelphia Division with their home base at Wayne Junction.

A number of the Harlan & Hollingsworth 1931-built RDG MU's were purchased by the New Hope and Ivyland RR, and had recently arrived at their New Hope, PA home in April, 1977.

RDG MU 790 New Hope, PA 4-19-1977 (1)

Vintage RDG MU 790 leads a line of the ancient MU's at New Hope, PA in April, 1977.

Conrail operated the MU's for almost a year over Septa's former Reading Philadelphia Division with their home base at Wayne Junction.

A number of the Harlan & Hollingsworth 1931-built RDG MU's were purchased by the New Hope and Ivyland RR, and had recently arrived at their New Hope, PA home in April, 1977.

RDG MU 790 New Hope, PA 4-19-1977 (2)

Vintage RDG MU 790 leads a line of ancient MU's at New Hope, PA in April, 1977.

Conrail operated the MU's for almost a year over Septa's former Reading Philadelphia Division with their home base at Wayne Junction.

A number of the Harlan & Hollingsworth 1931-built RDG MU's were purchased by the New Hope and Ivyland RR, and had recently arrived at their New Hope, PA home in April, 1977.

RDG MU 799 New Hope, PA 4-19-1977 (1)

Vintage RDG MU combine 799 at New Hope, PA in April, 1977.

Conrail operated the MU's for almost a year over Septa's former Reading Philadelphia Division with their home base at Wayne Junction.

A number of the Harlan & Hollingsworth 1931-built RDG MU's were purchased by the New Hope and Ivyland RR, and had recently arrived at their New Hope, PA home in April, 1977.

RDG MU 799 New Hope, PA 4-19-1977 (2)

A string of vintage RDG MU's curve behind a New Hope & Ivyland steam tender, with combine 799 first in line.

Conrail operated the MU's for almost a year over Septa's former Reading Philadelphia Division with their home base at Wayne Junction.

A number of the Harlan & Hollingsworth 1931-built RDG MU's were purchased by the New Hope and Ivyland RR, and had recently arrived at their New Hope, PA home in April, 1977.

RDG MU 799 New Hope, PA 4-19-1977 (3)

A string of vintage RDG MU's curve behind a New Hope & Ivyland steam tender, with combine 799 first in line.

Conrail operated the MU's for almost a year over Septa's former Reading Philadelphia Division with their home base at Wayne Junction.

A number of the Harlan & Hollingsworth 1931-built RDG MU's were purchased by the New Hope and Ivyland RR, and had recently arrived at their New Hope, PA home in April, 1977.

RDG MU 799 New Hope, PA 4-19-1977 (4)

A string of vintage RDG MU's curve behind a New Hope & Ivyland steam tender, with combine 799 first in line.

Conrail operated the MU's for almost a year over Septa's former Reading Philadelphia Division with their home base at Wayne Junction.

A number of the Harlan & Hollingsworth 1931-built RDG MU's were purchased by the New Hope and Ivyland RR, and had recently arrived at their New Hope, PA home in April, 1977.

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