Conrail in and Around Philadelphia - Page 2

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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CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

Not typical yard workers, LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) leads PC GP-30 2238 as they shuffle gondolas and boxcars at Abrams.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) smokes up Abrams yard, during switching duties with PC GP-30 2238.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

After switching duties, LV U23B 512 and PC GP-30 2238 are ready to pull out of Abrams with their mixed freight on a dark day in February, 1977.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (LV's last of 12 U23B's inherited to Conrail) and PC GP-30 2238 worked Abrams yard and now prepare to depart with a mixed freight on a dark day in February, 1977

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 team up at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 team up at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 teamed up and worked Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 team up at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 3 Philadelphia, PA 3-25-1977

On the first day of the 44-day Septa TWU strike in 1977, numerous CR equipment was mixed in with Amtrak units at 30th Street Station.

OCS 3 rested on the tracks behind Amtrak GG-1 4939 (ex-PC 4939, nee-PRR 4927).

The former PRR GG-1 4927 was not scrapped after retirement by Amtrak in 1980.  The unit was repainted in 1999 and preserved at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, IL.

CR 3181 on the ground near "A" St. & Lehigh Ave in Philadelphia, PA. 1978

"Port Richmond, We Have A Problem"

GP40 3181 split a switch and its front truck is on the ground. Near "A" St. & Lehigh Ave. in Philadelphia, PA. 1978.

CR 3368 leads an eastbound trailer train through Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, August 19, 1979

Conrail GP-40-2 3368 leads a seemingly endless eastbound trailer train through the station at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. August 19, 1979.

CR 3648 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

Still in RDG livery, GP-35 3648 works at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 3648 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

Crew change at Abrams for RDG GP-35 3648 on a cool February day in 1977.

CR 3648 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

RDG GP-35 3648 works with a PC-lettered sister-unit at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 4021 at Rosemont, PA in 1992

Conrail E8A 4021 is seen leading an OCS-101 west at Rosemont, PA on 6/16/1992

CR 4021 at Swedeland, PA in 1990

Conrail E8A 4021 is seen powering a short westbound OCS move at Swedeland, PA on 8/30/1990

CR 4022 Philadelphia, PA 3-25-1977

On the first day of the 44-day Septa TWU strike in 1977, numerous CR equipment was mixed in with Amtrak units at 30th Street Station. Flanked by Amtrak E-60's 970 and 973, CR E-8A 4022 rests at the 30th Street Station engine facility.

CR 4022 Philadelphia, PA 3-26-1977

Alongside some elder GG-1s, CR 4022 E-8A sits at the 30th Street Station engine service area in Philadelphia.

CR 4022 Philadelphia, PA 3-26-1977

During the 44-day Septa strike in 1977, Conrail units lined up alongside the Amtrak GG1's, E60's, and E-8s at 30th Street. On Day 2 of the strike, CR 4022 E-8A rests beside an elder CR GG1 at the 30th Street Station engine service area.

CR 4110 at Philadelphia, PA in 1999

Conrail SD80MAC 4110 is seen leading a UDP50 coal train at CP-Belmont in Philadelphia, PA on 4/29/99

CR 4371 King of Prussia, PA 8-25-1978

Ex-RDG FP-7A 900 (CR 4371), repainted in SEPTA colors, blasts through Abrams yard with five coaches on a late August day in 1978.

The push-pull train has ex-RDG FP-7A 903 (CR 4373) on the rear.

CR 4371 King of Prussia, PA 8-25-1978

Conrail was contracted by SEPTA to operate regional Philadelphia passenger service until the early 1980's. Diesel-powered passenger service through Abrams yard was either by ex-RDG RDC's or FP-7A push-pull trains.

Here, ex-RDG FP-7A 900 (CR 4371), repainted in SEPTA colors, blasts through Abrams yard with five coaches on a late August day in 1978. The push-pull train has ex-RDG FP-7A 903 (CR 4373) on the rear.

CR 4372 King of Prussia, PA 6-8-1979

Former RDG FP-7A 902 (CR 4372), repainted in SEPTA colors, leads a five coach push-pull through Abrams in June, 1979.

CR 4373 King of Prussia, PA 5-25-1979

Ex-RDG FP-7A 903 (CR 4373), repainted in SEPTA colors, brings up the rear of a five coach push-pull on a May day in 1979.

CR 4373 King of Prussia, PA 8-25-1978

Former RDG FP-7A 903 (CR 4373), repainted in SEPTA colors, brings up the rear of a five coach push-pull on a late August day in 1978.

The push-pull train was led by ex-RDG FP-7A 900 (CR 4371).

CR 4400-4610 Philadelphia, PA 4/7/1977

The highline above Philadelphia's 30th Street Station was busy with a pair of boxcab electrics pulling a mixed freight in April, 1977.

A pair of Amtrak GG-1's led by the Savings Bond 921 pull into 30th Street, below. In March 1980, GG-1 921 was seen relettered as 4921.

CR 4402 Willow Grove, PA 3-19-1977

Still in PC colors, E-44 4402 leads E44A 4448 eastbound with a mixed freight at Willow Grove on March 19, 1977.

Waiting to head westbound are PC GP30 2241, GP7 5814, and a line of hoppers.

CR 4404 Philadelphia, PA 5-15-1977

PC E-44 4404 assists 4442 on the high line by Arsenal tower in Philadelphia on May 15, 1977.

CR 4404 Philadelphia, PA 5-15-1977

CR E-44 4404 assists 4442 on the high line by Arsenal tower in Philadelphia on May 15, 1977.

CR 4404 Philadelphia, PA 5-15-1977

Still in PC colors, E-44 4404 pulls an unusual load, a light rail commuter car #3460, at Arsenal tower in Philadelphia.

CR 4407 Willow Grove, PA 12-11-1976

PC E-44's 4410 and 4407 pull through Willow Grove, PA on the Trenton Cutoff in December, 1976.

The lessor quality image was taken with an ancient Brownie camera using large format Ektachrome slide film.

CR 4407 Willow Grove, PA 12-11-1976

A pair of E-44 electrics, PC 4410 and 4407, pause with a mixed freight on the Trenton Cutoff at Willow Grove in December, 1976.

The lesser quality photo was taken with an ancient Kodak Brownie camera using large format Ektachrome slide film.

CR 4410 Willow Grove, PA 12-11-1976

A pair of E-44 electrics, led by CR 4410, pause with a mixed freight on the Trenton Cutoff at Willow Grove in December, 1976.

The lesser quality photo was taken with a Kodak Brownie camera using large format Ektachrome film.

CR 4410 Willow Grove, PA 12-11-1976

A pair of E-44 electrics, led by CR 4410, pause with a mixed freight on the Trenton Cutoff at Willow Grove in December, 1976.

The lesser quality photo was taken with an ancient Kodak Brownie camera using large format Ektachrome slide film.

CR 4414 Lite at Frankford Jct, Philadelphia, August 1978

Conrail E-44 #4414 running lite at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, Pa. 1978 (scanned from print).

CR 4416 Sharon Hill, PA 5-11-1979

Conrail E44 4416 is seen leading a southbound freight on the Northeast Corridor at Sharon Hill, PA on 5/11/1979

CR 4442 Philadelphia, PA 5-15-1977

PC E-44 4442 leads 4404 on the high line by Arsenal tower in Philadelphia on May 15, 1977.

CR 4448 Willow Grove, PA 3-19-1977

Still in PC colors, E44 4402 leads E44A 4448 and mixed freight eastbound at Willow Grove in March, 1977. 

Waiting to head westbound are PC GP30 2241, GP7 5814, and a line of hoppers.

CR 4457 Willow Grove, PA Winter 1977

As seen from the cab of a former PC SD45, E-44 4457 leads a pair of "bricks" with a mixed freight through the snow at Willow Grove, PA in 1977.

CR 4601 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977

Still in their PC colors, E-33's 4606 and 4601 roll through on the high line at 30th Street Station in April, 1977.

CR 4602 and 4608 E33s Lead at Frankford Jct, Philadelphia, 1978

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

CR 4603 Philadelphia, PA 4-12-1980

Conrail E33 4603 is seen at Greenwich yard in South Philly, PA on 4/12/1980

CR 4606 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977

Still in their PC colors, E-33's 4606 and 4601 roll through on the high line at 30th Street Station in April, 1977.

CR 4606 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977

Still in their PC colors, E-33's 4606 and 4601 roll through on the high line at 30th Street Station in April, 1977.

CR 4800, Dead in Tow at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, 7/78

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

CR 4802 Willow Grove, PA 6-11-1977

CR GG-1’s 4861 and 4802 taking a signal break on the Trenton cutoff at Willow Grove, PA before pulling off toward Morrisville.

CR 4840 Philadelphia, 5-15-1977

CR GG-1's 4936, 4840, and 4849 on the high line in Philadelphia on May 15, 1977.

CR 4860 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977

CR GG-1 4860 leads 4824 on the "high line" at 30th Street Station, Philadelphia in April, 1977.

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