Conrail in and Around Philadelphia - Page 5

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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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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CR 6868, 3628, 3196 lead empty hoppers out of Greenwich yard west, on the elevated trackage at 25th St. and Washington Ave., (between Penrose and Arsenal), S. Phila. PA on 4/19/80.
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Former PC GP7 7157 and C424 2423 fill out a quartet of units pulling through Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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Third and fourth in line behind former PRSL GP38's 2001 and 2007, CR GP7 7157 and PC C424 2423 pause before pulling through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

RDG SW1500 2769 (CR 9619), a caboose mate, and a sister SW1500 wait for clearance in the foreground.

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Conrail C40-8W 749 leads a XGW20 ore train past CP-Belmont in Philadelphia, PA on 3/3/1996. The train is on the new connection to the High Line, en-route to Pier 122 to be re-loaded with iron ore.
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Conrail GP10 7553 is seen drilling Abrams Yard near King of Prussia, PA on 11/9/1992.
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CR GP-10 7567 mixes with original RDG power at Abrams in February, 1977.
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CR GP-10 7567 works Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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CR GP-10 7567 works Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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CR GP-10 7567 rests at the Abrams engine terminal between yard assignments in February, 1977.
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CR GP38-2 8105 teamed up with GP10 7567 and GP7 5828 (ex-RDG 626) at Abrams in February, 1977.
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CR GP10 7569 leads a mixed freight on the High Line at 30th Street in April, 1977.
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CR GP-38 7660 (ex-PRSL 2000) assists pulling mixed freight through Abrams yard on a cool day in February, 1977.
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Former PRSL GP-38 2000 (CR 7660) pulls freight through Abrams yard on a cool February day in 1977.
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CR GP-38 7660 (ex-PRSL 2000) assists pulling mixed freight through Abrams yard on a cool day in February, 1977.
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Former PRSL GP38 2000, soon to be CR 7660, pauses at Abrams yard on a cool day in February, 1977.
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Former PRSL GP-38 2001 leads a quartet of mixed CR power through Abrams yard in early February, 1977.
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A quartet of mixed CR power, led by PRSL GP-38's 2001 and 2007, rumbles through Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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PRSL GP-38 2001 leads a quartet of mixed CR power through Abrams yard in early February, 1977.
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The crew of PRSL GP-38 2001 (CR 7661) makes a change by the Abrams yard office in February, 1977.
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PRSL GP-38 2003 (CR 7663) follows PC GP30 2227, SD45 6070 (ex-EL 3605), and PC GP30 2210 as they shake the ground going through Abrams yard.
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Former PRSL GP-38 2007 (CR 7667) lies second in a quartet of power pulling mixed freight into Abrams yard on a cool day in February, 1977.
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Former PRSL GP-38 2007 (CR 7667) in a quartet of mixed power at Abrams on a cool February day.
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PRSL GP-38 2008 (CR 7668) working at the former Reading Lines Wayne Junction engine terminal on Day 2 of the Septa Transit Union workers strike in March, 1977.
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Conrail GP38 7721 is seen shifting cars at Lansdale, PA in 1992.
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Conrail GP38 7721 is seen shifting cars at Lansdale, PA in 1992.
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Conrail GP38 7721 is seen shifting cars at Lansdale, PA in 1992.
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CR GP38 7832 leads a U-boat and a mixed freight on the high line at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station in April, 1977.
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CR GP38 7875 and CR GP15-1 1640 are seen idling at Lansdale Yard in September 1998.
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Former PC GP38-2 8105 works with an ex-RDG GP7 and a GP10 at Abrams in February, 1977.
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CR GP38-2 8105 teamed up with GP10 7567 and GP7 5828 (ex-RDG 626) at Abrams in February, 1977.
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Ex-PC GP-38-2 pauses entering Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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Conrail GP38-2 8123 and GP15-1 1662 shove a string of ore jennies in South Phila. Yard in October 1994.
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Conrail SW-1 #8409 is the rear unit in an "Engine Changer" waiting to head west at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. July 22, 1979.

If the Blue Room liked the crews, these could be real good paying 12 hour jobs shuttling engines around the system.

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Ancient PC SW-1 8501 works at 30th Street station in Philadelphia in August, 1976.
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Conrail SW-1 #8539 is bringing some trailers east (bound for the Aramingo Ave.TrailVan Terminal) through the station at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. April 29, 1979.

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