Conrail in and Around Philadelphia

Philadelphia was more than the location of Conrail's corporate headquarters. It also featured lots of blue action.

Conrail's lines in the Philadelphia area were a combination of ex-Penn Central and ex-Reading lines, and varied from big time railroading along the Northeast Corridor to lightly tracked branches like the Venice Industrial.

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With CR switchers and GG-1's mixed with Amtrak power at the engine terminal, Amtrak Metroliner 814 pulls into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station in April, 1977 during the 44-day Septa TWU strike.
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While a pair of ex-PC E-44's(4442 and 4404) lead a mixed freight on the high line, Amtrak GG-1 904 roars past Arsenal tower on May 15, 1977.

All attention this day, however, was focused on the next Amtrak train to come through: The maiden run of refurbished former PRR GG-1 4935 sponsored by the "Friends of the GG-1."

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With a mixed freight pulled by boxcab electrics on the highline, a pair of Amtrak GG-1's led by the Savings Bond 921 pull commuters into Philadelphia's 30th Streeet Station.

Though unpleasant for commuters, the 44-day Septa TWU strike from March 25 to May 8, 1977 brought an interesting mix of CR and Amtrak power to 30th Street station.

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With a mixed freight pulled by boxcab electrics on the highline, and ex-PC SW9 9140 on the engine service tracks, a pair of Amtrak GG-1's led by the Savings Bond 921 pull commuters into Philadelphia's 30th Streeet Station.

Though unpleasant for commuters, the 44-day Septa TWU strike from March 25 to May 8, 1977 brought an interesting mix of CR and Amtrak power to 30th Street station.

The crews' AMC Javelin and Oldsmobile Ninety-eight add a nice touch to the first year of Conrail's operations.

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With a mixed freight pulled by boxcab electrics on the highline, and ex-PC SW9 9140 on the engine service tracks, a pair of Amtrak GG-1's led by the Savings Bond 921 pull commuters into Philadelphia's 30th Streeet Station.

Though unpleasant for commuters, the 44-day Septa TWU strike from March 25 to May 8, 1977 brought an interesting mix of CR and Amtrak power to 30th Street station.

 

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With a CR mixed freight on the highline, Amtrak GG-1 929 pulls commuters into Philadelphia's 30th Streeet Station in April, 1977.

Though unpleasant for commuters, the Septa TWU strike from March 25 to May 8, 1977 brought an interesting mix of CR and Amtrak power at the 30th Street engine terminal.

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With a CR mixed freight on the highline, Amtrak GG-1 929 pulls commuters into Philadelphia's 30th Streeet Station in April, 1977.

Though unpleasant for commuters, the 44-day Septa TWU strike from March 25 to May 8, 1977 brought an interesting mix of CR and Amtrak power to the 30th Street engine terminal.

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While a CR freight rolls through on the high line in the background, Amtrak GG1 910 enters 30th Street Station in April, 1977 during the Septa strike.
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A pair of Conrail freights travel on the old PRR High Line, the freight bypass allowing trains to avoid 30th St Station in Philadelphia, PA in 1982.
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A SEPTA Chestnut Hill West local with ex-Reading Silverliner IV 9022 on the point passes the crowded Conrail Midvale Yard, filled with cars for Budd's Hunting Park Plant.
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Conrail SD-60 #6853 leads a train at Bridgeport, PA. August 11, 1991

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CR GP15-1's 1638 and 1633 (in Operation Lifesaver paint) are seen shifting at Abrams Yard in September 1998.
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WPAB-10, the Lansdale to Abrams job, departing. Power today was GP15-1 1642 (with the labor-management decal on the nose) leading SW-1001 9405 and SW-1500 9595.

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Conrail GP15-1 1644, SW1500 9595 and GP38-2 7874 relaxing by the shores of Lake Lansdale (aka the SEPTA parking lot).

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CR GP7 5813, ex-RDG 623, is coupled to RDG N4A cabin 94013.

RDG cabins like 94013, soon to be CR 18830, were familiar sites at Abrams yard through the winter of 1977. They were often tucked behind SW1500 or GP7’s.

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CR B23-7 1933 leads a 3-car track geometry train through CP-Belmont near Philadelphia, PA in September 1995.
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Conrail B23-7 #1980 is NOT moving, as its soaks up the Sun's rays in Greenwich yard in Philadelphia, PA. 9/8/1985.

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CR GP-30 2171 (ex-RDG 3603) works Abrams yard with GP-7 5835 (ex-RDG 633) in March, 1978.
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Conrail GP30 2180 (an ex Reading unit) leads a westbound high & wide move at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. June 11, 1985

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With the sun going down in November, 1976, former RDG GP-30 3618 rests between other ex-RDG units at the Abrams engine terminal.
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CR GP-30 2199 works with GP-7 5829 (ex-RDG 627) at Abrams yard in August, 1978.
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PC and RDG lettered units follow CR GP-30 2211 as they pull freight through Abrams yard.
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Still in PC paint, GP-30 2213 couples up with an ex-RDG SW-1500 to work Abrams yard.
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Still in PC paint, GP-30 2213 rests at the Abrams engine terminal in February, 1977.
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PC GP-30 2227 and SD45 6070 (ex-EL 3605) smoke it up as they lead PC GP 2210 and PRSL GP38 2003 (CR 7663) with mixed freight through Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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PC GP-30 2227 smokes it up leading SD45 6070 (ex-EL 3605), PC GP30 2210, and PRSL GP38 2003 (CR 7663) with mixed freight through Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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Conrail GP30 2230 (ex-PC 2230) is seen rounding the curve in front of Amtrak's ZOO tower in Philadelphia, PA circa 1983.
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Conrail GP30 2235 is sitting with RS-3M 9909 at Greenwich Yard in South Philly on 4/12/1980
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PC 2237 GP-30 and CR 9591 SW1500 (ex-RDG 2752) work Abrams yard in March, 1977.

The paint crews had some fun with CR 9591 by repainting the trucks silver.  The trucks were black on February 19, 1977.

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The crew makes some adjustments before PC GP-30 2237 moves some PRR hoppers at Abrams in March, 1977.
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PC 2237 GP-30 takes a breather from working Abrams yard in March, 1977.
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LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 team up at Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 team up at Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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PC 2239 GP-30 follows 2 CR GG-1s (4889 in front) on the Trenton cutoff, heading to Morrisville, PA in April, 1977. Photo by permission.
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PC GP-30 2241 waits for westbound clearance with CR GP-7 5814 (ex-RDG 624), and a string of hoppers, on the Trenton cutoff at Willow Grove, PA.
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PC GP-30 2241 pauses with CR GP7 5814 (ex-RDG 624) and a string of hoppers on the Trenton Cutoff at Willow Grove, PA in March, 1977.
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A trio of former PC units led by GP-30 2242 blasts through Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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CR GP-30 2243 and U33B 2929 storm past RDG MOW gondola 96331 at Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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At the Abrams engine terminal in January, 1977, the yard crews for PC GP30 2247 and GP-7's 626 and 635 are gathered by unit 626.

RDG 626 would be stenciled CR 5828 by February 19th, while 635 held out the winter in pure RDG colors.

Kodak Instamatic photo.

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Conrail GP-35 #2251 leads a southbound at Cheltenham Jct. in Philadelphia, PA. 3/13/1982

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CR 2255 shifts cars in the yard at South Philly, PA on 8/7/82.
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D&H 7314, 2316 and 404 pass an ex-PRR N8 cabin as they roll through Abrams yard on President's day, 1982.

Although the last digit in the N8's number is hard to make out in this view, the cabin's number is in the series 23291-23298.

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Passing behind a pair of RDG SW-1500's, PC GP35 2338 leads a mixed freight into Abrams at sunset in November, 1976.

Kodak Instamatic photo.

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With a home base of "Collinwood" visible under the large PC number, GP-35 2380 follows Alco C636 6791 with a mixed freight through Abrams in February, 1977.
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ex-PC GP35 2380 and C636 6791 paired at Abrams in February, 1977.
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Conrail GP-35 #2391 (EX Penn Central, Exx New York Central, note the "NEW" bleeding through and lack of dynamic brakes) leads a train out of the Port Ricmhond yard at "A St. in Philadelphia, Pa. May 10, 1979

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Conrail class N10 caboose 24031 is seen just north of ZOO tower in Philadelphia, PA in 1983.
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CR C425 2423 is at the tail end of a quartet of mixed CR power rumbling through Abrams yard in early February 1977.
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CR U25B 2559 and ex-RDG GP-35 3638 pull through Abrams in February, 1977.
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Not typical yard workers, LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) leads PC GP-30 2238 as they shuffle gondolas and boxcars at Abrams.

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