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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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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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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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.
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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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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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A trio of RDG RDC's race past the Abrams yard office on track 2 in January, 1977.
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A trio of RDG RDC's race through Abrams yard on track 2 in January, 1977.
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A pair of CR-operated former Reading Lines RDC's rushes through Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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A trio of former Reading Lines RDC's race through Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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Still lettered Reading Company, a trio of CR-operated RDC's race through Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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D&H GP38-2 7314 leads U23B 2316 and C420 404 past an ex-PRR N-8 cabin at Abrams yard on President's day, 1982.
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D&H Alco C420 404 (ex-LV 404) trails GP-38-2 7314 (ex-LV 314) and U23B 2316 as they pass by a CR blue caboose at Abrams on President's day, 1982.
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Passing behind a CR blue caboose, D&H 7314 leads a trio of 3 different builders through Abrams on President's day, 1982.

The colorful mix of D&H paint schemes on GP-38-2 7314 (ex-LV 314), U23B 2316, and Alco C420 404 (ex-LV 404) reminded of Conrail's rainbow years of '77 and '78.

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"Ahhh, The Grandeur Of A Railroad Station"

PC/CR/Septa Frankford Junction Station (inbound to Center City) on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, Philadelphia, Pa. 1978

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Overall view looking southeast from Abbotsford Avenue at Conrail's Midvale Yard, which served Budd's large Hunting Park plant in the distance.
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Overall view of Conrail's Midvale Yard, which served Budd's large Hunting Park plant just a few blocks down.  Note the PRR 19103 class X54A "Campbell's Soup" boxcar being used as a shed -- it is the one now saved and restored at the RR Museum of PA in Strasburg.
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NYC E-7B 4107 was being taken to scrap along with two ex-PRR E-7A's at Willow Grove, PA in December, 1976. The E-7A's and the E-7B were not on the April, 1976 Conrail roster. The low quality photo was taken by a Kodak Brownie camera and Ektachrome film.
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An unidentified ex-PRR E-7A(4200-4245 series) was on it's way, along with ex-PRR E-7A 4243 and NYC E-7B 4107, to scrap at Willow Grove, PA in December, 1976. The crude lettering shows the E-7A's destination as "Morrisville Scrap Co., Morrisville, PA. The E-7A's and E-7B were not on the April, 1976 roster. The low quality photo was taken with a Kodak Brownie camera and Ektachrome film.
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Ex-PRR E-7A 4243 was one of two E-7A's, and a NYC E-7B being taken to scrap at Willow Grove, PA in December, 1976.  The stenciling shows the E-7A's destination as "Tube City Iron and Metal Corp. Morrisville, PA."   E-7A's and the E-7B were not on the April, 1976 Conrail roster. The low quality photo was taken by a Kodak Brownie camera and Ektachrome film.
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Ex-PRR E-7A 4243, an unidentified ex-PRR E-7A, and NYC E-7B 4107 were being taken to scrap at Willow Grove, PA in December, 1976.  The stenciling shows the E-7A's destination as "Tube City Iron and Metal Corp. Morrisville, PA."  The E-7A's and the E-7B were not on the April, 1976 Conrail roster. The low quality photo was taken by a Kodak Brownie camera and Ektachrome film.
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Still in PC paint, GG-1 4894 moves light while SW-1 8501 shuffles coaches at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia in August, 1976.
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RDG 50' boxcar 109313 at Abrams yard.
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Former RDG 2-bay covered hopper 93543 at the Abrams engine terminal in February, 1982.
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RDG MOW gondola 36331 rests by the Abrams yard signal tower in February, 1977.
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Sperry Rail Service unit 132 was resting between assignments in the Abrams yard in February, 1977.

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