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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.
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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.

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

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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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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.
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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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