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) smokes up Abrams yard, during switching duties with PC GP-30 2238.
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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.
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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
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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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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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"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.

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

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Conrail GP-35 #3644 (ex Reading) leads an eastbound through the station at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. 1978

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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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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.
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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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