Conrail in and Around Philadelphia - Page 7

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 9595 Upper Gwynedd PA 9-16-1995

Conrail WPAB-10, the local run from Lansdale to Abrams crosses over the old Sumneytown Pike Bridge in Upper Gwynedd PA.

CR 9596 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

RDG SW1500 2757 (CR 9596) at Abrams yard in January, 1977.

CR 9598 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

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.

CR 9598 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

One of the longtime former Reading employees passes by his Abrams workhorse, RDG SW1500 2759 (soon to be CR 9598), in February, 1977.

CR 9598 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG SW-1500 2759 (CR 9598) works Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 9598 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG SW1500 2759, soon to be CR 9598, idles between yard assignments at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 9598 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

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.

CR 9598 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG SW1500 2759, soon to be CR 9598, is coupled to N4A class cabin 94065 (CR 18854) at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 9598 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

Still in RDG livery at Abrams in February, 1977, SW1500 2759 will soon be stenciled CR 9598.

CR 9612 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

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.

CR 9612 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

RDG SW1500 2762 (CR 9612) idles by the signal bridge between switching assignments at Abrams yard on January 3, 1977.

CR 9612 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

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.

CR 9612 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

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).

CR 9612 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

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.

CR 9613 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

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.

CR 9613 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

RDG SW1500 2763, soon to be CR 9613, works Abrams yard with recently CR-stenciled sister-unit 9595 (ex-RDG 2756).

CR 9613 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

RDG SW1500 2763, soon to be CR 9613, works Abrams yard with recently CR-stenciled sister-unit 9595 (ex-RDG 2756).

CR 9613 King of Prussia, PA 3-26-1977

RDG 2763 SW1500, soon to be CR 9613, works Abrams yard with RDG sister unit 2770 (CR 9620).

CR 9616 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

In February, 1977, SW1500 2766 (CR 9616) and GP7 636 (CR 5838) work Abrams yard in their last days of Reading paint.

CR 9616 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG SW1500 2766 (CR 9616), CR GP10 7567, and two GP7's work Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 9616 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 9617 and N4B 18889 Lansdale, PA 1982

Conrail SW1500 9617 (ex-RDG 2767) is seen with class N4B cabin car 18889 at Lansdale, PA in 1982.

CR 9617 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

RDG SW1500 2767 (CR 9617) idles under the signal bridge at Abrams yard in January, 1977.

CR 9617 King of Prussia, PA 2-15-1982

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!

CR 9617 King of Prussia, PA 2-15-1982

The engineer of SW-1500 9617 (ex-RDG 2767) was smiling as he passed by while working Abrams yard on President's day, 1982.

CR 9618 King of Prussia, PA 10-27-1979

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.

CR 9619 and 18889 Lansdale, PA 1983

Conrail SW1500 9619 (ex-RDG 2769) is seen at Lansdale, PA with class N4B caboose 18889 in 1983.

CR 9620 King of Prussia, PA 11-20-1976

Late in the day in Novemer, 1976, RDG SW1500 2770 (CR 9620) works Abrams yard.

CR 9620 King of Prussia, PA 11-20-1976

RDG SW-1500 2770 (CR 9620) works Abrams yard at sunset in November, 1976.

Kodak Instamatic photo.

CR 9620 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

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.

CR 9620 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG SW1500 2770 (CR 9620) works Abrams yard sandwiched between ex-PC N5B 22841 and RDG N4 92887 (CR 18752) cabooses.

CR 9967 Willow Grove, PA 2-5-1977

CR RS-3M 9967 captured on the Trenton cutoff in Willow Grove, PA.

CR Septa 200 series Philadelphia, PA 3-26-1977

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.

CR Septa 301 Warminster, PA 11-28-1976

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.

CR Septa 301 Warminster, PA 11-28-1976

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.

CR Septa 800 series Wayne Junction, PA 3-26-1977

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!

CR Septa 801 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (1)

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.

CR Septa 801 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (2)

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.

CR Septa 801 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (3)

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.

CR Septa 857 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (1)

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.

CR Septa 857 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (2)

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.

CR Septa 9102 Wayne Junction, PA 3-26-1977

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.

CR Septa 9102 Wayne Junction, PA 3-26-1977

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.

CR Septa 9102 Wayne Junction, PA 4-7-1977

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.

CR Septa 9117 Warminster, PA 11-28-1976

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.

CR Septa 9117 Warminster, PA 11-28-1976

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.

CR Septa 9120 Warminster, PA 11-28-1976

RDG MU 9120 waits on Sunday for the commuter runs to begin Monday morning from Warminster Station to Reading Terminal in November, 1976. The Reading purchased 100 MU's in 1929 and 1930 for suburban Philadelphia commuter service.  In 1964, MU 9120 was one of 38 to be rebuilt, upgraded, and repainted from the original olive green to blue and white.

CR Septa 9134 Warminster, PA 11-28-1976

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.

CR Septa RDC King of Prussia , PA 2-21-1977

The sun is going down over Abrams yard as a pair of former RDG RDC's races through on a weekday commuter run in February, 1977.

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