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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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 teamed up and worked 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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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.

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Still in RDG livery, GP-35 3648 works at Abrams in February, 1977.
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Crew change at Abrams for RDG GP-35 3648 on a cool February day in 1977.
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RDG GP-35 3648 works with a PC-lettered sister-unit at Abrams in February, 1977.
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Conrail E8A 4021 is seen leading an OCS-101 west at Rosemont, PA on 6/16/1992
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Conrail E8A 4021 is seen powering a short westbound OCS move at Swedeland, PA on 8/30/1990
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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.
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Alongside some elder GG-1s, CR 4022 E-8A sits at the 30th Street Station engine service area in Philadelphia.
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Conrail SD80MAC 4110 is seen leading a UDP50 coal train at CP-Belmont in Philadelphia, PA on 4/29/99
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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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PC E-44 4404 assists 4442 on the high line by Arsenal tower in Philadelphia on May 15, 1977.
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CR E-44 4404 assists 4442 on the high line by Arsenal tower in Philadelphia on May 15, 1977.
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Still in PC colors, E-44 4404 pulls an unusual load, a light rail commuter car #3460, at Arsenal tower in Philadelphia.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Conrail E44 4416 is seen leading a southbound freight on the Northeast Corridor at Sharon Hill, PA on 5/11/1979
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PC E-44 4442 leads 4404 on the high line by Arsenal tower in Philadelphia on May 15, 1977.
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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.

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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.
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Still in their PC colors, E-33's 4606 and 4601 roll through on the high line at 30th Street Station in April, 1977.
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Conrail E-33s 4602 &4608 lead a westbound freight past the station at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, Pa. 1978

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Conrail E33 4603 is seen at Greenwich yard in South Philly, PA on 4/12/1980
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Still in their PC colors, E-33's 4606 and 4601 roll through on the high line at 30th Street Station in April, 1977.
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Still in their PC colors, E-33's 4606 and 4601 roll through on the high line at 30th Street Station in April, 1977.
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"Old Rivets", the only Conrail GG-1 to wear blue paint is dead in tow, heading west at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, Pa.

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CR GG-1’s 4861 and 4802 taking a signal break on the Trenton cutoff at Willow Grove, PA before pulling off toward Morrisville.
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CR GG-1's 4936, 4840, and 4849 on the high line in Philadelphia on May 15, 1977.
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CR GG-1 4860 leads 4824 on the "high line" at 30th Street Station, Philadelphia in April, 1977.
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CR GG-1 4860 leads 4824 on the "high line" at 30th Street Station, Philadelphia in April, 1977.
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CR GG-1’s 4861 and 4802 taking a signal break on the Trenton cutoff at Willow Grove, PA before pulling off toward Morrisville.
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The crews of the freights that ran on the Trenton cutoff were always gracious to very excited high school railfans! We were very thankful teenagers who got a chance to walk by the ex-PRR right of way everyday going to school!

This day in June, my high school buddy took this view from the cab of 4861. On other days I got my turn to visit in the cab of both GG-1s and E-44s. The view from the window of the beautifully Raymond Loewy-designed GG-1, however, was one of the greatest in railroading.

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CR 4877 leads a pair of GG-1's pulling a mixed freight on the ex-PRR highline at 30th Street Station in August, 1976.

Kodak Instamatic photo.

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CR 4877 leads a pair of GG-1's pulling a mixed freight on the ex-PRR highline at 30th Street Station in August, 1976. Kodak Instamatic photo.
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Conrail GG-1 #4886 leads a westbound through the station at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, Pa.

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Doubleheaded PC GG-1's were a common sight pulling through Willow Grove on the Trenton cutoff in the early months of Conrail. A borrowed Kodak instamatic captured PC 4889 roaring by with a TV in August, 1976.
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The still new Conrail ran doubleheaded GG-1's often on the Trenton cutoff. This fast TV train was powered by still-PC liveried GG-1 4889, and an unidentified G, as they roared through Willow Grove, PA toward Morrisville in August, 1976. Thanks to my friend's borrowed Kodak instamatic, I was able to capture one of the quickly disappearing GG-1's sporting PC paint.
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PC GG-1 4894 at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia in August, 1976.
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In August, 1976, 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, PA was filled with Amtrak GG-1's and the expected G replacement, the E60. The new E60's didn't turn out as well as expected, as they were unable to be approved for the high speed passenger service the GG-1's provided with ease. PC GG-1 4894 waits for assignment between a few E60's.

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