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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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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