Conrail in and Around Philadelphia - Page 6

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 7569 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977

CR GP10 7569 leads a mixed freight on the High Line at 30th Street in April, 1977.

CR 7570 leads a train around the curve at Belmont in Philadelphia, PA. April 19, 1980.

Conrail GP-10 #7570 and an un-rebuilt former PC GP9 lead a train around the curve at Belmont in Philadelphia, PA. April 19, 1980.

CR 7660 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

Former PRSL GP-38 2000 (CR 7660) pulls freight through Abrams yard on a cool February day in 1977.

CR 7660 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

CR GP-38 7660 (ex-PRSL 2000) assists pulling mixed freight through Abrams yard on a cool day in February, 1977.

CR 7660 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

Former PRSL GP38 2000, soon to be CR 7660, pauses at Abrams yard on a cool day in February, 1977.

CR 7661 Abrams, PA 2-12-1977

Former PRSL GP-38 2001 leads a quartet of mixed CR power through Abrams yard in early February, 1977.

CR 7661 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

A quartet of mixed CR power, led by PRSL GP-38's 2001 and 2007, rumbles through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 7661 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

PRSL GP-38 2001 leads a quartet of mixed CR power through Abrams yard in early February, 1977.

CR 7661 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

The crew of PRSL GP-38 2001 (CR 7661) makes a change by the Abrams yard office in February, 1977.

CR 7663 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

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.

CR 7667 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

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.

CR 7667 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

Former PRSL GP-38 2007 (CR 7667) in a quartet of mixed power at Abrams on a cool February day.

CR 7668 Wayne Junction, PA 3-26-1977

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.

CR 7721 Lansdale, PA 1992

Conrail GP38 7721 is seen shifting cars at Lansdale, PA in 1992.

CR 7721 Lansdale, PA 1992

Conrail GP38 7721 is seen shifting cars at Lansdale, PA in 1992.

CR 7721 Lansdale, PA 1992

Conrail GP38 7721 is seen shifting cars at Lansdale, PA in 1992.

CR 7832 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977

CR GP38 7832 leads a U-boat and a mixed freight on the high line at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station in April, 1977.

CR 7875 and CR 1640 at Lansdale PA, September 1998

CR GP38 7875 and CR GP15-1 1640 are seen idling at Lansdale Yard in September 1998.

CR 8105 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

Former PC GP38-2 8105 works with an ex-RDG GP7 and a GP10 at Abrams in February, 1977. My railfan mates calmly watched the action standing next to the Explosives container by the signal bridge.

CR 8105 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

CR GP38-2 8105 teamed up with GP10 7567 and GP7 5828 (ex-RDG 626) at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 8105 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

Ex-PC GP-38-2 pauses entering Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 8123 and a GP15-1 Shove Ore Jennies at S. Philly Yard, October 1994

Conrail GP38-2 8123 and GP15-1 1662 shove a string of ore jennies in South Phila. Yard in October 1994.

CR 8409 on an "Engine Changer" at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. July 22, 1979.

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.

CR 8501 Philadelphia, PA 8-14-1976

Ancient PC SW-1 8501 works at 30th Street station in Philadelphia in August, 1976.

CR 8539 is bringing some trailers through the station at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia. April 29, 1979

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.

CR 8715 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

Soon to be CR 8715, former RDG 1515 SW900 works Abrams yard in January, 1977.

CR 8715 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

Former RDG SW900 1515 (CR 8715) is sandwiched between CR blue N4A class cabins 18811 (ex-RDG 94016) and 18810 (ex-RDG 94015) at Abrams in January, 1977.

CR 8715 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

RDG SW900 1515 (CR 8715) is sandwiched between CR blue N4A class cabins 18811 (ex-RDG 94016) and 18810 (ex-RDG 94015) at Abrams yard in January, 1977.

CR 8719 switching Jack Frost Sugar Refinery

CR 8719 - ex RDG 1519, nee RDG 13, an SW900M (retired on 8-4-86 and probably scrapped at Hollidaysburg) - switches the Jack Frost National Sugar Refining Co. facility, located on N. Delaware Ave. in Philadelphia, PA. This facility was shut down in 1982 and torn down in 1997. An interesting note: The 8719 was featured briefly in a scene in the movie Rocky II, which was filmed in the former Reading yard in Port Richmond around the time this photo was taken. Photo processed 9/78.

Collection of Jeff Weaver, courtesy of eBay seller "tchowee"

For more history on the refinery itself, check out this link.

The scene from Rocky II featuring the 8719 can be viewed on Youtube.

CR 8721 At Manyunk, Philadelphia, PA, 2/85

CR 8721 working a local at Manayunk on the Venice Industrial Track.

CR 8800 on Tioga St in Phildelphia, 5/78

Its 2 + years into Conrail, and it appears neither of these have been CR'ed over yet. Ex PC NW-2 #8800 trundles down Tioga St, (near Tulip) in Philadelphia, PA.

CR 886174 lays on its end, spilling grain all over the place at the Port Richmond Graino, Late 70s early 80s

OOPS!!! Conrail covered hopper #886174 lays on its end, spilling grain all over the place, Port Richmond Graino, Philadelphia, Pa Date unknown (late 1970's or early 1980's).

For a view of this complex in an earlier era, check out this 1927 photo from the Hagley collection. The kickback ramp where this photo is from is over on the far right.

CR 9307, 9310 and 9419 Cross the Port Richmond Yard on the Belgrade St Connector in Philadelphia

Two former Baldwins (now re-engined with EMD guts to become SW8m's) and an SW1001 lead a transfer freight in Philadelphia. They are coming off of the former PRR/PC Trenton Street Elevated (which continued south) on the Belgrade Street Connection to the former Reading Port Richmond Yard. The Coral Street engine facility can be seen in the background.

CR 9310, a VO-10E, in Philly 5-15-1979

The engineer on Conrail VO-10E #9310 is looking for his backup signal, A St. near Lehigh Ave. Philadelphia, PA. 5/15/1979.

CR 9316 Delivering Some Corn Syrup Near Lansdale PA, 1977

Ex RDG SW1200 2716 now "CRed" as CR 9316 switching the industrial sidings around Lansdale, Summer 1977

CR 9316 Pulling An Empty Tank Car Near Lansdale PA, 1977

Ex RDG SW1200 2716 now "CRed" as CR 9316 switching the industrial sidings around Lansdale, Summer 1977

CR 9316 Switching Picking Up Loads of Tile from American Olean Lansdale PA, 1977

This was the American Olean Plant in Lansdale PA. The plant processed tile ore that was sometimes brought up from Port Richmond into finished products. Here Ex RDG SW1200 2716 now "CRed", is picking up a load of tile in the Summer of 1977.

CR 9381 at Frankford Jct, Philadelphia. 3/86

A few things give this away as being an ex New Haven locomotive, the flexi-coil trucks and the old Hancock air whistle mount next to the cab door. Conrail SW-1200 #9381 is at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. March 10, 1986.

CR 9408 at the Tacony SEPTA station in Philadelphia 4/85

A thunderstorm just rolled through as Conrail SW-1001 #9408 is about to pull through Tacony station in Philadelphia, PA. April 3, 1985

CR 9411 at South Philly, PA in 1983

Conrail SW1001 9411 (ex-RDG 2611) is seen at Greenwich Yard in South Philly, PA on 12/25/1983. Note that this unit did not even receive the typical early-Conrail hasty paint-out treatment, shop forces instead simply slapped "CR" stencils over the Reading logo and new numbers on top of the old RDG reporting mark.

CR 9412 SW1001 still in Reading Green at Port Richmond, Philadelphia, PA, 2/11/84

Looks like someone has uncovered the heritage of this locomotive. Conrail SW-1001 #9412 at the old Grain elevator in the Port Richmond Section of Philadelphia, PA. 2/11/1984

CR 9416 working the Bleigh Ave. Yard near Holmesburg Junction

Ex-Reading SW 1001 hastily patched into CR 9416 works the north end of the Bleigh Avenue yard on the "0" track of the North East Corridor near Holmesburg Junction.

CR 9421 on the Delair bridge approach in Philadelphia, PA. 3/87

Conrail (Ex Reading) SW-1001 #9421 leads an eastbound on the Delair bridge approach (The Woodwork) next to Lewis St. in Philadelphia, PA. March 15, 1987.

CR 9424 with a more standard "CONRAIL" paint job at Frankford Junction 9/20/1985

This unit was repainted into the more standard small "Conrail" scheme between January and September of 1985.

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