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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At sunset, RDG SW-1500 2751 (CR 9590) works Abrams yard in November, 1976.

Kodak Instamatic photo.

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All three ex-RDG paint scheme stages of the 10 month old Conrail are present at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

Blue CR SW1500 9591(ex-RDG 2752) works between sister-unit 2762 (CR 9612) in RDG livery, and newly stenciled GP-7 5817 (ex-RDG 625) still in RDG olive drab.

The paint crews would have some fun with CR 9591 in March, 1977 by painting the trucks silver.

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With ex-PC X44 class 50' boxcar 274858 in tow, CR SW-1500 9594 (ex-RDG 2755) works Abrams yard on President's day, 1982.
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Conrail WPAB-10, the local run from Lansdale to Abrams, departs Lansdale, photo taken from the north end of the former Reading Company Freight House.

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Conrail WPAB-10, the local run from Lansdale to Abrams crosses over the old Sumneytown Pike Bridge in Upper Gwynedd PA.
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RDG SW1500 2757 (CR 9596) at Abrams yard in January, 1977.
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Former RDG SW1500 2759, soon to be CR 9598, works with N4-class cabin 92887(CR 18752) at Abrams in February, 1977.

This caboose would later be preserved by the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ, and stored at Ridgefield Park.

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One of the longtime former Reading employees passes by his Abrams workhorse, RDG SW1500 2759 (soon to be CR 9598), in February, 1977.
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RDG SW-1500 2759 (CR 9598) works Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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RDG SW1500 2759, soon to be CR 9598, idles between yard assignments at Abrams in February, 1977.
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RDG SW1500 2759, soon to be CR 9598, is coupled to N4 class cabin 92887(CR 18752) as they work the Abrams yard.

This cabin would later be preserved by the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ. It is stored at Ridgefield Park.

The 1972 Ford Country Squire station wagon was one of many railfan's vehicles present at Abrams on this President's day in 1977.

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RDG SW1500 2759, soon to be CR 9598, is coupled to N4A class cabin 94065 (CR 18854) at Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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Still in RDG livery at Abrams in February, 1977, SW1500 2759 will soon be stenciled CR 9598.
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CR 9611 and 9409 local power sits in Midvale Yard on 5/31/97.
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A friendly ex-RDG crew working Abrams yard in January, 1977 gave my buddy and I an early January ride in SW1500 2762 coupled up to N4A 94013.

The stenciling of Conrail number series to both SW1500's and GP7's had not yet begun in January, 1977.

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RDG SW1500 2762 (CR 9612) idles by the signal bridge between switching assignments at Abrams yard on January 3, 1977.
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Former RDG SW1500 2762 (CR 9612) takes a break between switching assignments with N4A class cabin 94013 (CR 18830) by the Abrams yard office on January 3, 1977.
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The crew of RDG SW1500 2762 (CR 9612) takes a breather from switching duties at Abrams yard on a snowy January 3, 1977.

RDG 2762's mate this day was N4A class cabin 94013 (CR 18830).

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RDG SW1500 2762 (CR 9612) and N4A class cabin 94013 (CR 18830) take a break from Abrams yardwork under the signal bridge in January, 1977.
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Abrams engine terminal in February, 1977 shows RDG 2763 SW1500(soon to be CR 9613), sister unit CR 9595(ex-RDG 2756) and a still RDG-numbered GP-7.
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RDG SW1500 2763, soon to be CR 9613, works Abrams yard with recently CR-stenciled sister-unit 9595 (ex-RDG 2756).
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RDG SW1500 2763, soon to be CR 9613, works Abrams yard with recently CR-stenciled sister-unit 9595 (ex-RDG 2756).
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RDG 2763 SW1500, soon to be CR 9613, works Abrams yard with RDG sister unit 2770 (CR 9620).
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In February, 1977, SW1500 2766 (CR 9616) and GP7 636 (CR 5838) work Abrams yard in their last days of Reading paint.
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RDG SW1500 2766 (CR 9616), CR GP10 7567, and two GP7's work Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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Conrail SW1500 9617 (ex-RDG 2767) is seen with class N4B cabin car 18889 at Lansdale, PA in 1982.
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RDG SW1500 2767 (CR 9617) idles under the signal bridge at Abrams yard in January, 1977.
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CR SW-1500 9617 (ex-RDG 2767) takes a break from yard work at the Abrams engine terminal on President's Day in February, 1982.

The Conrail crews painted the flag pole CR blue!

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The engineer of SW-1500 9617 (ex-RDG 2767) was smiling as he passed by while working Abrams yard on President's day, 1982.
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More than 3 years after the formation of Conrail, sister-units CR 9617 and 9618 are seen working their home turf at Abrams Yard. The pair is pausing for a crew change on October 27, 1979.
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Conrail SW1500 9619 (ex-RDG 2769) is seen at Lansdale, PA with class N4B caboose 18889 in 1983.
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Late in the day in Novemer, 1976, RDG SW1500 2770 (CR 9620) works Abrams yard.
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RDG SW-1500 2770 (CR 9620) works Abrams yard at sunset in November, 1976.

Kodak Instamatic photo.

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RDG SW1500 2770 (CR 9620) works with CR cabins 22841 (ex-PRR N5B class) and soon to be CR 18752 (RDG N4 class 92887) at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 18752 (built 3/41) was preserved by the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey at Ridgefield Park, NJ.

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RDG SW1500 2770 (CR 9620) works Abrams yard sandwiched between ex-PC N5B 22841 and RDG N4 92887 (CR 18752) cabooses.
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CR RS-3M 9967 captured on the Trenton cutoff in Willow Grove, PA.
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Still showing a PRR keystone, a pair of former PC Silverliner III's at 30th Street Station on day 2 of the Septa Transit Worker's Union 44-day strike.
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Vintage Reading Company combine MU 301 is at the tail end of a line of MU's taking the Sunday layover at Warminster station. The extra cars were needed for the Monday morning rush to Reading Terminal.

Poor quality image taken by an ancient Brownie camera on Ektachrome large format film.

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Vintage Reading Company combine MU 301 is at the tail end of a line of MU's taking the Sunday layover at Warminster station. The extra cars were needed for the Monday morning rush to Reading Terminal.

This image was taken using an ancient Brownie camera with large format Ektachrome film.

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Vintage Reading Company MU's were lined up at the Wayne Junction coach yard on day 2 of the Septa Transit Worker's Union (TWU) 44-day strike on March 26, 1977.

While not always the case on the old MU's, the windows were somewhat clean on the Philadelphia to Warminster local this day!

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While a CR mixed freight rolls through on the high line, a CR GG-1 backs a string of vintage RDG MU cars, led by 801, into 30th Street Station during the 44-day Septa Transit Worker's Union strike in April, 1977.
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While a CR mixed freight rolls through on the high line, a CR GG-1 backs a string of vintage RDG MU cars, led by 801, into 30th Street Station during the 44-day Septa Transit Worker's Union strike in April, 1977.
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While a CR mixed freight rolls through on the high line, a CR GG-1 backs a string of vintage RDG MU cars, led by 801, into 30th Street Station during the 44-day Septa Transit Worker's Union strike in April, 1977.

Other CR units are mixed in with Amtrak GG-1's and E-60's at the engine terminal.

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Former RDG 857 heads a string of 1929-1930 vintage MU's being backed by CR GG-1 4937 into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station during the Septa strike in April 1977.
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Former RDG 857 heads a string of 1929-1930 vintage MU's being backed by CR GG-1 4937 into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station during the 44-day Septa Transit Worker's Union (TWU) strike in April 1977.
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One of the Reading Company's 38 "blue-liners," rebuilt in 1964-65, at the Wayne Junction MU facility on day 2 of the Septa Transit Worker's Union (TWU) 44-day strike.
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One of the Reading Company's 38 "blue-liners," rebuilt in 1964-65, at the Wayne Junction MU facility on day 2 of the Septa Transit Worker's Union (TWU) 44-day strike.
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A desperate attempt to capture RDG MU 9102 out the window of the Philadelphia to Warminster local gave a view of the entrance to the former RDG Wayne Junction MU terminal.

During the 44-day Septa Transit Worker's Union strike on April, 1977, the Wayne Junction terminal was full of RDG Blueliners.  A few Silverliners and 1929-1930 olive MU's were also lined up past the shops.

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Vintage Reading Company "blue-liner" 9117, rebuilt in 1964-65, in a line of olive and blue MU's taking the Sunday layover at Warminster station. The extra cars were needed for the Monday morning rush to Reading Terminal.

This image was taken with an ancient Brownie camera using large format Ektachrome film.

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