Michael DeSoi's Primarily Philadelphia Area Conrail Photos

Michael DeSoi was born and raised in Philadelphia. He spent his "formative" years watching the Reading RR running down American Street. He started active railfanning in the summer of 1976, just in time for Big Blue.

CR 1687 & 1686 accelerate with a cut of cars at Croxton yard in Secacus, N.J. September 17, 1979

"Notchin' It Out"

Almost new Conrail GP-15's #'s 1687 & 1686 accelerate with a cut of cars at Croxton yard in Secacus, N.J. September 17, 1979.

CR 1980 is NOT moving in Greenwich yard in Philadelphia, PA. 9/85

Conrail B23-7 #1980 is NOT moving, as its soaks up the Sun's rays in Greenwich yard in Philadelphia, PA. 9/8/1985.

CR 2180 on a westbound high & wide at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. June 11, 1985

Conrail GP30 2180 (an ex Reading unit) leads a westbound high & wide move at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. June 11, 1985

CR 2391 leads a train out of the Port Richmond yard at "A St." in Philadelphia, Pa. May 10, 1979

Conrail GP-35 #2391 (EX Penn Central, Exx New York Central, note the "NEW" bleeding through and lack of dynamic brakes) leads a train out of the Port Ricmhond yard at "A St. in Philadelphia, Pa. May 10, 1979

CR 3 in Amtrak's Penn Coach Yards, 30th Street Station, Philadelphia PA, Late 1970s

Conrail business car #3 rests in Amtrak's Penn Coach Yard at 30th St. station in Philadelphia, Pa. Late 1970's.

CR 3181 on the ground near "A" St. & Lehigh Ave in Philadelphia, PA. 1978

"Port Richmond, We Have A Problem"

GP40 3181 split a switch and its front truck is on the ground. Near "A" St. & Lehigh Ave. in Philadelphia, PA. 1978.

CR 3354 is about to cross the Canal and head into the yard with this eastbound in Allentown, PA. May, 1984

Conrail GP-40-2 #3354 has just crossed the Lehigh River and is about to cross the Canal and head into the yard with this eastbound in Allentown, PA. May 20, 1984.

CR 3368 leads an eastbound trailer train through Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, August 19, 1979

Conrail GP-40-2 3368 leads a seemingly endless eastbound trailer train through the station at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. August 19, 1979.

CR 4414 Lite at Frankford Jct, Philadelphia, August 1978

Conrail E-44 #4414 running lite at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, Pa. 1978 (scanned from print).

CR 4602 and 4608 E33s Lead at Frankford Jct, Philadelphia, 1978

Conrail E-33s 4602 &4608 lead a westbound freight past the station at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, Pa. 1978

CR 4800, Dead in Tow at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, 7/78

"Old Rivets", the only Conrail GG-1 to wear blue paint is dead in tow, heading west at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, Pa.

CR 4886 at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, 8/78

Conrail GG-1 #4886 leads a westbound through the station at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, Pa.

CR 6046 (ex CNJ) is ready to leave Port Richmond yard and head west. May 19, 1979.

Conrail SD35 6046 (ex CNJ) and GP9 7048 (which now sits on Horseshoe Curve) are ready to leave Port Richmond yard and head west, taken near "B" St. & Tusculum Sts. in Philadelphia, PA. May 19, 1979.

CR 6210 leads a train at Belmont in Philadelphia, PA. May 14, 1980

Conrail SD-45 #6210 leads a train at Belmont in Philadelphia, PA. May 14, 1980.

Based on the time, this train was likely ALPG or ALCA heading from Allentown to Philadelphia (Greenwich) or Camden.

CR 6514 leads PYOI north next to the Delaware River in Wilmington, DE. February 6, 1983

Conrail SD-40-2 #6514 leads a PYOI north on the Northeast Corridor, next to the Delaware River in Wilmington, DE. February 6, 1983

CR 6591 in the yard at Port Richmond, Phila., PA. 6/5/1978

Before the can opener logo, there was the equal sign logo, but nobody quite got that one. Here's 1/2 a logo CR U36-C #6591, in the yard at Port Richmond, Phila., PA. 6/5/1978.

CR 6769 At Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, 5/30/79

Big Alcos were rare in Philly, and even rarer on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. Conrail C-630 #6769 is the second unit on a westbound passing the station at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, Pa. 5/30/1979.

CR 6783 At Port Richmond Philadelphia, PA, 5/20/1979

Big Blue Alco C-636 #6783 is ready to roll at Port Richmond. 5/20/1979.

CR 6836 getting ready for a crew change at Belmont in Philadelphia, PA. May 7, 1980

Conrail U30C 6836's crew is getting ready for a crew change at Belmont in Philadelphia, PA. May 7, 1980. Crew changes sometimes took place here, but more often occurred at Arsenal tower (on the other end of the "High Line") as many crews were not qualified all the way to Belmont.

CR 8409 on an "Engine Changer" at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. July 22, 1979.

Conrail SW-1 #8409 is the rear unit in an "Engine Changer" waiting to head west at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. July 22, 1979.

If the Blue Room liked the crews, these could be real good paying 12 hour jobs shuttling engines around the system.

CR 8539 is bringing some trailers through the station at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia. April 29, 1979

Conrail SW-1 #8539 is bringing some trailers east (bound for the Aramingo Ave.TrailVan Terminal) through the station at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. April 29, 1979.

CR 8721 At Manyunk, Philadelphia, PA, 2/85

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

CR 8800 on Tioga St in Phildelphia, 5/78

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.

CR 886174 lays on its end, spilling grain all over the place at the Port Richmond Graino, Late 70s early 80s

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.

CR 9015 at Marion Junction, N.J. October 14, 1980

Conrail (ex EL) SW-9 #9015 at Marion Junction, N.J. October 14, 1980.

CR 9310, a VO-10E, in Philly 5-15-1979

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

CR 9408 at the Tacony SEPTA station in Philadelphia 4/85

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

CR 9412 SW1001 still in Reading Green at Port Richmond, Philadelphia, PA, 2/11/84

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

CR 9421 on the Delair bridge approach in Philadelphia, PA. 3/87

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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