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 2255 S. Phila. PA 8/82

CR 2255 shifts cars in the yard at South Philly, PA on 8/7/82.

CR 23166, 18807 and 23238 on the High Line next to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, PA. Sometime in 1977

"Somebody Call A Cab?"

Conrail N5C (Ex PC, PRR ) #23166, N4A (Ex Reading) #18807, and Penn Central N8 #23238 are in the middle of a freight train on the High Line next to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, PA. Sometime in 1977

CR 23291-23298 King of Prussia, PA 2-15-1982

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.

CR 2338 King of Prussia, PA 11-20-1976

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.

CR 2380 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

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.

CR 2380 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

ex-PC GP35 2380 and C636 6791 paired at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 2391 leads a train out of the Port Richmond yard at "A St." in Philadelphia, Pa. May 10, 1979

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

CR 24031 - Class N10

Conrail class N10 caboose 24031 is seen just north of ZOO tower in Philadelphia, PA in 1983.

CR 2423 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

CR C425 2423 is at the tail end of a quartet of mixed CR power rumbling through Abrams yard in early February 1977.

CR 2559 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

CR U25B 2559 and ex-RDG GP-35 3638 pull through Abrams in February, 1977.

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 & 4433 are on the "High Line" in front of the now gone powerhouse at 30th St. in Philadelphia, PA. April 4, 1977

They've been owned by Conrail for a little over a year, I guess they havent seen the shop in a while. Still lettered for Penn Central, E-44's #'s 4407 & 4433 are on the "High Line" in front of the now gone powerhouse at 30th St. in Philadelphia, PA. April 4, 1977

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).

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