Conrail in and Around Philadelphia - Page 4

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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This day's edition of PIED rolls southbound past the Philadelphia Electric Company's power plant at 1:22PM. Trailing units are CR SD50 6825 and CR C40-8W 6262 with 96 cars in tow.
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At 7:33 on this Sunday morning this GE C40-8W duo (CR 6139 and CR 6144) roll through Hook interlocking on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. Today's edition of PIED is 32x48 for 5,188 tons. At this point in their trip they are only a few miles from their final destination of Edgemoor, DE.
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After making a set-off on the O-Track in Hook interlocking for Stoney Creek PIED-1 continues the final leg of their journey towards Edgemoor just south of Marcus Hook.  At 9:07AM this pair of GE C40-8Ws pull 48 cars southbound under catenary.
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Power for today's EDPI ran lite from Edgemoor north to the O-track at Marcus Hook, PA along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor to pick up their train.  The cars were setout by a yard job from Stoney Creek off the Linwood Industrial Track.  The consist today will be CR 5606, 6029, 6771 (offline), 6179 (offline), 9x34 for 1,982 tons.
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Conrail C40-8W 6196 is seen leading ALCS on the CSX Philly Sub in downtown Philadelphia, PA on 4/14/1996
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Conrail SD40 6249 is leading a SD40-2 and a SD50 on ALCA, seen at Valley Forge, PA on 10/12/1989
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CR SD40 6263 (ex-PC 6263) and SD40-2 6423 are seen on the High Line at Philadelphia, PA in 1982.
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SD40-2 6343, GP38-2 8101 and a pair of CSX-family SD50s tagging along lead ZBB-11 at Phoenixville, Pennsylvania on 8/11/91.
The westbound ore out of Philadelphia takes a ride on the Reading on its way to Bethlehem.

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Conrail SD40-2 6382 is seen leading SEPY south on the Northeast Corridor at Crum Lynne, PA on 8/25/1984
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Relatively new SD40-2-6395 is up front with ex PRR/PC SD45-6138. I have no idea how I accessed this location. 2:15PM on 3/11/78 in Philadelphia, PA.
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This pair of Conrail SD40-2s bask in afternoon sun outside of the Philadelphia Electric Company power plant. The pair has recently brought in a coal train and is awaiting empties to take back to the mines.
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This pair of Conrail SD40-2s, 6438 and 6476, pull 88 empty hoppers northbound through Wanamaker Yard on a sunny, August afternoon. The train weighed in at 2,728 tons.
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Conrail SD40-2 6457 is leading MOPI-X across the Schuylkill River on SEPTA's Norristown Line on 11/25/1990. Soon the train will join the Harrisburg Line at CP-Norris and proceed west to Conway Yard
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A worthy pair of EMD SD40-2s muscle UEP-26's 12,711 tons of coal in 97 cars towards the Philadelphia Electric Company's power plant in Eddystone, PA. Trailing unit is UP 3306.
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At 7:25AM on this hazy Saturday morning a pair of EMD products bring 64 cars southbound on the corridor for Edgemoor. Trailing engine is CRL SD40 0802 (ex-CR 6243, nee-PC 6243).
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Conrail SD40-2 6491 is seen powering ALCA at Valley Forge, PA on 9/18/1990
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The Devault local begins its trip to the American Sweeteners Plant, located near the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Devault, PA. Its route is an eclectic one, as it will traverse the Reading's Perkiomen Branch to the other side of the Schuylkill River, then cross it again on the Pennsy's Schuylkill Division, and finally use the Devault branch to acess the plant. Although this line saw heavy use under Conrail, today the American Sweeteners Plant has moved and the Devault branch is out of service.
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The Devault local, this day powered by SD40-2s 6503 and 6502, has opened the switch at Perkiomen Jct., just west of Valley Forge National Park, and begins to proceed down this ex Reading branch. This is the Summer of 1995, and traffic to the American Sweeteners Plant is booming, calling for this local to run almost every day.
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Conrail SD40-2 6504 is seen sitting in the siding at Feltonville, PA on the Chessie Philly Sub while PYSE passes on 11/20/1982. Gotta love the message on the back of the caboose...
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This Philadelphia-Greenwich to Stoney Creek jobs rolls southbound on the Chester Secondary through Eddystone, PA. The PGSC/SCPG pair briefly replaced PIED/EDPI on Conrail north of Edgemoor. It would only be a little over a month later that PGSC/SCPG would be replaced by ALSC/SCAL.
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Photo taken with permission. At 1:46 on this cloudy Saturday afternoon CR SD40-2s 6509 and 6455 haul sixty-six empty coal hoppers northbound through Wanamaker Yard. The train weighed in at 2,046 tons.
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From the cab of SD40-2 6510 we see CR SD40-2 6429 and SD50s 6796 and 6707. This quartet of EMD standard cabs is shoving coal loads in the Philadelphia Electric Company's power plant, seen in the background.
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Here we see CR SD40-2s 6510 and 6429 and SD50s 6796 and 6707 making their last shove into the Philadelphia Electric Company's power plant.
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CR SD40-2 6510, with the help of three other EMD standard cabs, brings 76 loads of coal (9,955 tons) across the Darby Creek drawbridge at the south end of Wanamaker Yard, destined for the Philadelphia Electric Company's Eddystone power plant.
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A pair of 1979-built SD-40-2's, CR 6512 and 6514, lead a freight into Abrams yard on President's day, 1982.
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A pair of 1979-built SD-40-2's, CR 6512 and 6514, lead a freight into Abrams yard on President's day, 1982.
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CR U33C 6565 (ex-EL 3302) leads ex-PC GP-9B 3826 at Abrams in June, 1979.
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CR U33C 6565 (ex-EL 3302) leads ex-PC GP-9B 3826 at Abrams in June, 1979.
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Conrail C36-7 6634 is seen leading a PICA across the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, PA on 1/9/94. Back then, Camden-bound trains had to run on the Northeast Corridor, as the Engelside connection that allows trains to move from the Trenton Line to the Delair Branch did not yet exist.
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This pair of Conrail C36-7s have just brought in 74 loads of coal for the Philadelphia Electric Company's power plant.  This train weighed in at 9,730 tons.

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Conrail SD50 6707 is seen leading a westbound freight through Valley Forge, PA on 2/7/93
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Conrail SD50 6707 is seen leading a PGAL at Abrams Yard near King of Prussia, PA on 2/7/1993
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The "We Support Our Troops" SD50 sits outside of the Philadelphia Electric Company's power plant after shoving 76 loads of coal in. Conrail painted this unit during Operation: Desert Storm in Iraq.
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The "We Support Our Troops" SD50 sits outside of the Philadelphia Electric Company's power plant after shoving 76 loads of coal in. Conrail painted this unit during Operation: Desert Storm in Iraq.
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Conrail SD50 6761 is seen bringing train OICA south into Pavonia Yard in 9/1996
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Big Alcos were rare in Philly, and even rarer on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. Conrail C-630 #6769 is the second unit on a westbound passing the station at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, Pa. 5/30/1979.

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Big Blue Alco C-636 #6783 is ready to roll at Port Richmond. 5/20/1979.

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Massive Alco C636 6791 (ex-PC 6341) heads up a mixed freight through Abrams along with PC GP-35 2380.
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Trailing typical Alco smoke, massive CR 6791 C-636 drags a mixed freight out of Abrams along with PC GP-35 2380.
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Before leaving Abrams in February, 1977, CR C-636 6791, and mate PC GP-35 2380, were backing up their line of cars.

Even on that dreary day, the massive Century impressed by belching out what Alco’s did best!

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Massive ALCo C636 6791 works with PC GP-35 2380 at Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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Massive ALCo C636 6791 readies to pull a mixed freight out of Abrams yard with PC GP-35 2380 in February, 1977.
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A lot of CR traffic, interesting consists, and easy access attracted railfans to Abrams yard in February, 1977.

Here, Alco's massive C636 6791 (ex-PC 6341) attracted a few of those railfans.

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Before heading out of Abrams with their mixed freight, CR C636 6791 (ex-PC 6341) moves light with PC GP-35 2380.
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A nice variety of former Penn Central units are at Camden, N.J. this November 1976 day.

Alco RSD-15's 6812 and 6816 are switching, the first number and last number of the 5 total on the roster. Also seen are an SW-7, SW-1, and a pair of E44's. The two RSD's would become MT-6's 1125 (6812) and 1126 (6816) and go through multiple re-numberings under NS, 1125 to NS 1114, then 985, then eventually to RPU6 851. CR 1126 became NS 1115, 985, then RPU6 857.

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With the help of SD40-2 6480, the last Conrail SD50 leads 101 empty hoppers northbound through Wanamaker Yard. This train weighed in at 3,095 tons.
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With the help of SD40-2 6480, the last Conrail SD50 leads 101 empty hoppers northbound through Wanamaker Yard. This train weighed in at 3,095 tons.
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Conrail U30C 6836's crew is getting ready for a crew change at Belmont in Philadelphia, PA. May 7, 1980. Crew changes sometimes took place here, but more often occurred at Arsenal tower (on the other end of the "High Line") as many crews were not qualified all the way to Belmont.

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A pair of road units sit with two yard jockeys awaiting their next assignment.
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A nose shot of Conrail SD60 6844. In June of 1999 this engine would become CSXT 8712.

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