Conrail on the Northeast Corridor - Page 2

Amtrak owned the NEC from the begininng of Conrail, however there was still lots of CR action to be seen along it as Big Blue provided freight service along the line. Trains included road jobs and locals, and while freight traffic declined following the 1987 incident in Chase, MD, there was still plenty to be seen.

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E-44 4440 lays over near Baltimore Penn Station.

CRWA-7 is at track speed on track 3 @ Lawrenceville, NJ
OIPI-6 has just entered Amtrak's NorthEast Corridor to begin it's run to Pittsburgh. The Big Electrics come off at Harrisburgh and the trip west will continue behind diesels. The 4426 is minus the Conrail logo and most E44's will be retired still wearing PC Black.....
Still lettered Penn Central, E44 4447 leads two sister E44's on the Tropicana Orange Juice train
Two E44's power a westbound Ore Extra running on track 3 toward the Atglen & Susquehanna Branch...
E44's 4455 and 4462 with SEWA-6 pass one of New Jersey's more famous landmarks.....An ACME Supermarket

Conrail actually employed helpers in many more places than just the Horseshoe Curve area. Here two E44s assist a loaded coal train under the wires in Baltimore. They're cruising through the small yard and railfan hangout called Orangeville.

Still early in the Conrail merger, these two ex PRR E44's retain their Penn Central "colors" as they power a freight for Potomac yard through Essex, Maryland on the day after Thanksgiving 1976.

Conrail E-33s 4602 &4608 lead a westbound freight past the station at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, Pa. 1978

A pair of E33's power a CREN-4 west on the Corridor..

"Old Rivets", the only Conrail GG-1 to wear blue paint is dead in tow, heading west at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, Pa.

A pair of G's power CRWA-7 (Croxton/Secaucus-Washington/Pot Yard) @ Colonia, NJ
Got Pantographs? CR GG1's sitting whitelined at the Wilmington Shops awaiting their fate by the scrappers torch.
CR GG1's await the scrappers torch.
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.

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

Conrail GG-1 #4886 leads a westbound through the station at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, Pa.

CR 4894 is the last in a quartet of GG1’s pulling away on the Northeast Corridor at Morrisville in March, 1977.
Local freight A-1 returns to Morrisville on Track 1 at Princeton Jct., NJ
PIOI-6 crosses over from track one to track two at ELMORA Elizabeth, NJ

A S/B coal train is passing under the Wilkens Avenue overpass on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.

SD45s- 6215, 6220 & 6223 are on the point along with an unidentified fourth unit.

Late morning on 12/20/80 in W. Baltimore, MD.

SD45 6237 leads a NB freight past the tower and station at Perryville, MD on 9-2-1979. Evidence of trackwork is visable with the CR crew bus in the background.

Five years and eight months after the birth of "Big Blue", blackberry ex Penn Central SD40-6262 is leading two CR blueberries, SD40-2 6377 & SD35 6023, on a S/B freight on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, about to cross Martin Blvd in Middle River, MD.

The blackberries/blueberries terms were coined by noted rail photographer J. J. Young, Jr.

1:47PM on 12/19/81.


Back when freight on the Northeast Corridor was a regular occurrence in daylight, two CR SD40s-6344 & 6303 are S/B with a loaded coal train.

The industrial spur, long gone, led to the Mitchell's Corn facility.

3:25PM on 12/5/81 in Perryman, MD.

Conrail SD40-2 6382 is seen leading SEPY south on the Northeast Corridor at Crum Lynne, PA on 8/25/1984
Relatively new SD40-2-6395 is up front with ex PRR/PC SD45-6138. I have no idea how I accessed this location. 2:15PM on 3/11/78 in Philadelphia, PA.
The 6425 et. al. head south with SENH on Amtrak's Springfield line at the Meadow Rd. crossing in Windsor, CT. in Feb., 1979.

Conrail SD-40-2 #6514 leads a northbound freight on the Northeast Corridor, next to the Delaware River in Wilmington, DE. February 6, 1983

ENED-0 has just entered the NorthEast Corridor for the run to Edgemoor, Del
If I recall, I took this shot either from an Amtrak train, or possible an NJT train, possible at Waverly in Newark. It's an ex EL SDP45.

Big Alcos were rare in Philly, and even rarer on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. Conrail C-630 #6769 is the second unit on a westbound passing the station at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, Pa. 5/30/1979.

GP10 7580 powers local freight TRB-1 west to Bristol, Pa
CR 7665, 2255, 2218, and 2241 lead a southbound freight at "HOLLY" interlocking, just north of Wilmington, DE, on 9/17/83. The interlocking had been reconfigured in the late 70's by Amtrak to make the inside tracks (2 & 3) the high-speed passenger tracks (and give them the straight route), opposite of the way that the PRR had originally built it to run the outside tracks (1 & 4) for passenger.

GP38 7858 is leading a S/B freight on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.

3:50PM on 8/2/81 in Perryman, MD.


AMTRAK Northeast Corridor - Middle River, Maryland, USA
The daytime local out of Bayview yard heads north near the Martin State Airport in Middle River with a Geep on each end. Not much freight rolls along these tracks in daylight.

PYSE-9 crossing the Susquehanna River @ Perryville, MD

Conrail SW-1 #8409 is the rear unit in an "Engine Changer" waiting to head west at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. July 22, 1979.

If the Blue Room liked the crews, these could be real good paying 12 hour jobs shuttling engines around the system.


Conrail SW-1 #8539 is bringing some trailers east (bound for the Aramingo Ave.TrailVan Terminal) through the station at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. April 29, 1979.

A thunderstorm just rolled through as Conrail SW-1001 #9408 is about to pull through Tacony station in Philadelphia, PA. April 3, 1985
Ex-Reading SW 1001 hastily patched into CR 9416 works the north end of the Bleigh Avenue yard on the "0" track of the North East Corridor near Holmesburg Junction.
SW1500's 9590 and 9591 along with SW8 8656 run lite west at Islen, NJ
The crew is getting ready to head south out of the Columbus Ave. yard in Springfield, MA with a quartet of RS3m units and symbol CH-2 on a sultry 4 July 1977 afternoon. Motive power lineage is 9973 ex-PC(NH); 9982 ex-PC(PRR); 9972 ex-PC(PRR); and 9983 ex-PC(NH).
Led by CR-operated Septa 204, a quintet of ex-PRR Budd Silverliner II’s blasts through Morrisville during the Septa TWU 44-day strike.

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.

In commuter operations by CR for Septa, PC-lettered Silverliner IV 309 leads a quartet of MU's through Morrisville in March, 1978.
EMDX 1975 GM6C hard at work on the Northeast Corridor in Morrisville, PA.
Powered by GM10C 1975, TV22 exits the Port Road and enters the "Corridor" for remainder of its run to Baltimore...

EMDX 1976 GM10B heading south on the Northeast Corridor in Morrisville, PA.

Both EMD demonstrators were pulling their weight on the Corridor on March 26, 1977.


"Ahhh, The Grandeur Of A Railroad Station"

PC/CR/Septa Frankford Junction Station (inbound to Center City) on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, Philadelphia, Pa. 1978

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