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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CR 5838 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG GP7 636 (CR 5838) works Abrams with fellow RDG yard mates SW1500 2766 and GP7 625, as well as CR GP10 7567. 

Watching the yard work at trackside and parking near the Abrams signal bridge were safe and typical happenings in the early days of Conrail. 

The sights, sounds and smells of typical RDG yard work may have stirred the heart of the smallest railfan at Abrams that day to someday become a railroader or even a member of CRHS!

CR 5838 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG GP7 636 (CR 5838) shows years of wear and hard use on it's sides while working in Abrams yard.

CR 5838 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

GP7 636 (CR 5838) and SW1500 2766, in their last days of Reading paint, are part of a 4-unit switching crew working Abrams yard.

CR 5838 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

Many railfans were on hand at Abrams while RDG GP7 625, GP10 7567, RDG SW1500 2766, and RDG GP7 636 worked the yard on February 12, 1977.

CR 5838 King of Prussia, PA 3-4-1978

CR GP7 5838 (ex-RDG 636) works Abrams yard in March, 1978.

CR 6029 on EDPI-5X at Edgemoor, DE

Photo taken with permission. Road power for todays EDPI sits in Edgemoor, waiting for a crew. The consist today will be CR 5606, 6029, 6771 (offline), 6179 (offline), 9x34 for 1,982 tons.

CR 6035 on PIED-4X at Essington, PA

Photo taken with permission. This PIED-4X, the last Conway - Edgemoor train, rolls southbound on the Chester Secondary through Wanamaker Yard at 2:14PM. Conrail would soon reroute traffic and run the SCAL/ALSC combo between Allentown and Stoney Creek. The Edgemoor traffic would then be moved via local out the Linwood Branch to AMTRAK at Hook interlocking. This move was short lived as by February 1994 Conrail had reinstated the EDPI/PIED. The train was 21 x 24 for 3,388 tons. Trailing engine is CR C40-8W 6194.

CR 6035 on PIED-4X at Essington, PA

This PIED-4X, the last Conway - Edgemoor train, rolls southbound on the Chester Secondary through Wanamaker Yard at 2:14PM. Conrail would soon reroute traffic and run the SCAL/ALSC combo between Allentown and Stoney Creek. The Edgemoor traffic would then be moved via local out the Linwood Branch to AMTRAK at Hook interlocking. This move was short lived as by February 1994 Conrail had reinstated the EDPI/PIED. The train was 21 x 24 for 3,388 tons. Trailing engine is CR C40-8W 6194.

CR 6046 (ex CNJ) is ready to leave Port Richmond yard and head west. May 19, 1979.

Conrail SD35 6046 (ex CNJ) and GP9 7048 (which now sits on Horseshoe Curve) are ready to leave Port Richmond yard and head west, taken near "B" St. & Tusculum Sts. in Philadelphia, PA. May 19, 1979.

CR 6059 on PIED-1 at Ridley Park, PA

At 2:56 on this Saturday afternoon, Conrail Dash-8s 6059 and 6090, along with GP38-2 8277, haul 123 cars (39x84 for 7,568 tons) southbound under wire towards Edgemoor, DE. The train came east on Conrail's Harrisburg Line to CP-River, hung the right at the wye, went up over the High Line in Philadelphia, and entered Amtrak at Phil interlocking. He will leave Amtrak at Bell interlocking, just north of Edgemoor.

CR 6071 Philadelphia, PA 12-16-1979

Conrail SD45 6071 (ex-EL 3606) is seen laying over at Chessie's Eastside Yard in Philadelphia, PA on 12/16/1979

CR 6090 on PIED-4 at Prospect Park, PA

At 12:45PM this pair of GE products lug 134 cars of freight southbound for Edgemoor, DE. Trailing unit is CR 6035.

CR 6090 on XCG-66W at Essington, PA

Photo taken with permission. At 1:40PM CR 6090, along with CR SD60M 5526, move 75 empty bathtubs northbound through Wanamaker Yard, destined for West Brownsville, PA. The train will enter SEPTA trackage at CP-90th Street North where it will stay until it heads for CSX at Eastwick on their Philadelphia Subdivision. It will then continue eastbound to Park Junction and home rails. At CP-River on Conrail's Harrisburg Line XCG-66W will turn left and head west to Reading, Harrisburg, and the coal mines of western Pennsylvania.

CR 6098 on WPHA-61 at Prospect Park, PA

At 1:25 on this Thursday afternoon this Harrington, DE-based local heads northbound on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor with 54 empty hoppers for Dyers Quarry. Trailing engine is CR SD40-2 6510. The train weighed in at 1,728 tons.

CR 6124 Willow Grove, PA 3-19-1977

Late in the day on March 19, 1977, PC-lettered SD45 6124 roars by the cab of GP30 2241 on the Trenton cutoff at Willow Grove, PA.  

Still in PC colors, GP30 2241 was waiting for westbound clearance with GP7 5814 and a line of hoppers.  The friendly crew of 2241 gave me permission to climb aboard for this great view.

CR 6135 on Pied-9 at Eddystone, PA

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.

CR 6139 on PIED-1 at Marcus Hook, PA

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.

CR 6179 on EDPI-5X at Marcus Hook, PA

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.

CR 6196 at Philadelphia, PA in 1996

Conrail C40-8W 6196 is seen leading ALCS on the CSX Philly Sub in downtown Philadelphia, PA on 4/14/1996

CR 6210 leads a train at Belmont in Philadelphia, PA. May 14, 1980

Conrail SD-45 #6210 leads a train at Belmont in Philadelphia, PA. May 14, 1980.

Based on the time, this train was likely ALPG or ALCA heading from Allentown to Philadelphia (Greenwich) or Camden.

CR 6249 at Valley Forge, PA in 1989

Conrail SD40 6249 is leading a SD40-2 and a SD50 on ALCA, seen at Valley Forge, PA on 10/12/1989

CR 6263 and CR 6423 at Philadelphia

CR SD40 6263 (ex-PC 6263) and SD40-2 6423 are seen on the High Line at Philadelphia, PA in 1982.

CR 6343 and 8101 Phoenixville PA, 8/11/1991


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.

CR 6382 at Crum Lynne, PA in 1984

Conrail SD40-2 6382 is seen leading SEPY south on the Northeast Corridor at Crum Lynne, PA on 8/25/1984

CR 6395 Leads 6138 and a TV train at Frankford Junction on the NEC, 3/78

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.

CR 6425 on XCG-93W at Eddystone, PA

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.

CR 6438 on XWB-18 at Essington, PA

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.

CR 6457 at Norristown, PA in 1990

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

CR 6471 Eddystone, PA 05-08-1996

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.

CR 6484 on PIED-6 at Marcus Hook, PA

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).

CR 6491 at Valley Forge in 1990

Conrail SD40-2 6491 is seen powering ALCA at Valley Forge, PA on 9/18/1990

CR 6502 at Perkiomen Jct, PA, 8/1995

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.

CR 6503 at Perkiomen Jct, PA 8/1995

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.

CR 6504 at Feltonville, PA in 1982

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...

CR 6505 on PGSC-3 at Eddystone, PA

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.

CR 6509 on XCX-154 at Essington, PA

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.

CR 6510 on UCG-22E at Eddystone, PA

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.

CR 6510 on UCG-22E at Eddystone, PA

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.

CR 6510 on UCG-22E at Essington, PA

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.

CR 6512 King of Prussia, PA 2-15-1982

A pair of 1979-built SD-40-2's, CR 6512 and 6514, lead a freight into Abrams yard on President's day, 1982.

CR 6514 King of Prussia, PA 2-15-1982

A pair of 1979-built SD-40-2's, CR 6512 and 6514, lead a freight into Abrams yard on President's day, 1982.

CR 6565 King of Prussia, PA 6-8-1979

CR U33C 6565 (ex-EL 3302) leads ex-PC GP-9B 3826 at Abrams in June, 1979.

CR 6565 King of Prussia, PA 6-8-1979

CR U33C 6565 (ex-EL 3302) leads ex-PC GP-9B 3826 at Abrams in June, 1979.

CR 6591 in the yard at Port Richmond, Phila., PA. 6/5/1978

Before the can opener logo, there was the equal sign logo, but nobody quite got that one. Here's 1/2 a logo CR U36-C #6591, in the yard at Port Richmond, Phila., PA. 6/5/1978.

CR 6634 at Philadelphia, PA in 1994

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.

CR 6639 on UEP-28S at Eddystone, PA

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.

CR 6707 at Valley Forge, PA in 1993

Conrail SD50 6707 is seen leading a westbound freight through Valley Forge, PA on 2/7/93

CR 6707 King of Prussia, PA 2-7-1993

Conrail SD50 6707 is seen leading a PGAL at Abrams Yard near King of Prussia, PA on 2/7/1993

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