Conrail in and Around Philadelphia - Page 8

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 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.

CR Septa RDC King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

A trio of RDG RDC's race past the Abrams yard office on track 2 in January, 1977.

CR Septa RDC King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977 (1)

A trio of RDG RDC's race through Abrams yard on track 2 in January, 1977.

CR Septa RDC King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

A pair of CR-operated former Reading Lines RDC's rushes through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

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

A trio of former Reading Lines RDC's race through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

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

Still lettered Reading Company, a trio of CR-operated RDC's race through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

DH 2316 King of Prussia, PA 2-15-1982

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.

DH 404 King of Prussia, PA 2-15-1982

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.

DH 7314 King of Prussia, PA 2-15-1982 (2)

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.

ETI 2001 and 1001 at the Port Richmond Graino, 1982

One of the grain elevators in Philadelphia was in the Port Richmond Section and was an old Reading RR facility. This facility was run by a company called Energy Terminals Inc.(ETI) GP-9 #2001 is an ex CR, PC, NYC (#7353) while GP-7 #1001 is an ex Frisco unit (#580). Taken sometime in 1982. Philadelphia, PA.

Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, Station

"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

Midvale Yard - May 31, 1997

Overall view looking southeast from Abbotsford Avenue at Conrail's Midvale Yard, which served Budd's large Hunting Park plant in the distance.

Midvale Yard - May 31, 1997

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.

NYC 4107 Willow Grove, PA 12-11-1976

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.

PC 4200-4245 Willow Grove, PA 12-11-1976

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.

PC 4243 Willow Grove, PA 12-11-1976

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.

PC 4243 Willow Grove, PA 12-11-1976

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.

PC GG1 4894 Philadelphia, PA 11-20-1976

Still in PC paint, GG-1 4894 moves light while SW-1 8501 shuffles coaches at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia in August, 1976.

PRSL 2000 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

PRSL GP-38 2000 (to become CR 7660) assists pulling mixed freight through Abrams yard on a cool day in February, 1977.

RDG 93543 King of Prussia, PA 2-15-1982

Former RDG 2-bay covered hopper 93543 at the Abrams engine terminal in February, 1982.

RDG 96331 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG MOW gondola 36331 rests by the Abrams yard signal tower in February, 1977.

Sperry Rail Service 132 Abrams, PA 2-19-1977

Sperry Rail Service unit 132 was resting between assignments in the Abrams yard in February, 1977.

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