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.

86' Stock Cars heading to Cross Brothers at Frankford Jct

A pair of Cross Brothers stock cars heads west (to the slaughterhouse) through the station at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA.

Conrail SD-60 #6853 leads a train at Bridgeport, PA. August 11, 1991

Conrail SD-60 #6853 leads a train at Bridgeport, PA. August 11, 1991

Conrail snowplow, Reading, PA. 8/8/1978

The business end of a Conrail snowplow, Reading, PA. 8/8/1978.

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 18571 on an eastbound on the "0" track at Water St & The NEC in Philadelphia, PA. March 9, 1980.

18571 on an eastbound on the "0" track at Water St & The NEC in Philadelphia, PA. March 9, 1980.

CR 1887 brings up the rear of XM-6 eastbound into the yard at Port Reading, N.J. June 1978

Conrail 1887 (ex CNJ 81510) brings up the rear of XM-6 (Abrams- Manville) eastbound into the yard at Port Reading, N.J. June 1978.

CR 18874 brings up the rear of an eastbound through Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. 5/79

18874 (ex CNJ) brings up the rear of an eastbound going through the station at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. May 15, 1979

CR 1957 pulls an eastbound local long hood forward through the passenger station at Frankford Junction, 5/79

Conrail B23-7 #1957 pulls an eastbound local long hood forward through the passenger station at Frankford Junction

CR 1966 leads an eastbound train on the Delair Bridge approach at Lewis St.

1966 leads an eastbound train on the Delair Bridge approach at Lewis St.

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 1997 leads a westbound freight through the Campbell Hall, NY passenger station. 4/85

Conrail B23-7 #1997 leads a westbound freight through the passenger station
Date: 4/28/1985 Location: Campbell Hall, NY

CR 2178 leads a northbound through Olney station in Philadelphia, PA. May 15, 1980

Conrail GP-30 #2178 (ex Reading) leads a northbound through Olney station on the Trenton Line in Philadelphia, PA. May 15, 1980

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 2198 at Frankford Jct Phildelphia, 4/84

Conrail GP30 2198 is looking rather shabby at Frankford Junction in 1984. She'll go on to wear a much nicer paint scheme in her later life on the New Hope & Ivyland.

CR 2227 leads three sisters east through Frankford Junction, 8/78

As my friend Joe looks on, a quartet of Conrail GP-30's , led by the 2227, power an eastbound freight through the passenger station at Frankford Junction.

CR 2235 & 2195 on CARU at Frankford Jct, Philadelphia. 9/79

"Appearances Can Be Deceiving, Even On A Class 1"

Although Conrail GP-30's #2235 & 2195 appear to be pushers, they will actually be the head end power on this CARU {CAmden - RUtherford}. The train will enter the ex PRR high line where the units that are on the actual rear of the train will cut off, the train will then proceed down the Belmont connector to the Ex Reading line through, West Falls, Norristown, Abrams and Reading the head to Rutherford. pictured westbound at Frankford junction in Philadelphia, PA. September 13, 1979

CR 2251 leads a southbound at Cheltenham Jct. in Philadelphia, PA. 3/13/1982

Conrail GP-35 #2251 leads a southbound at Cheltenham Jct. in Philadelphia, PA. 3/13/1982

CR 2251 leads a southbound freight at Cheltenham Junction in Philadelphia. 3/1982

Conrail GP-35 2251 leads a southbound freight at Cheltenham Junction.

CR 23166, 18807 and 23238 on the High Line next to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, PA. Sometime in 1977

"Somebody Call A Cab?"

Conrail N5C (Ex PC, PRR ) #23166, N4A (Ex Reading) #18807, and Penn Central N8 #23238 are in the middle of a freight train on the High Line next to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, PA. Sometime in 1977

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 2800 (with a GP-9B) leads an eastbound about to cross Wood Lane in Gladwyne, PA. March 25, 1979

Conrail B23-7 2800 (with a GP-9B) leads an eastbound about to cross Wood Lane in Gladwyne, PA. March 25, 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 3361 leads a westbound at Temple, PA. July 18, 1987

Conrail GP-40-2 #3361 leads a westbound at Temple, PA. July 18, 1987.

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 3644 leads an eastbound through the station at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. 1978

Conrail GP-35 #3644 (ex Reading) leads an eastbound through the station at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. 1978

CR 4022 shares the Race St. engine facility a couple of Amtrak locomotives. 11/1979

Conrail E8 #4022 shares the Race St. engine facility a couple of Amtrak locomotives.
Date: 11/18/1979

CR 4407 & 4433 are on the "High Line" in front of the now gone powerhouse at 30th St. in Philadelphia, PA. April 4, 1977

They've been owned by Conrail for a little over a year, I guess they havent seen the shop in a while. Still lettered for Penn Central, E-44's #'s 4407 & 4433 are on the "High Line" in front of the now gone powerhouse at 30th St. in Philadelphia, PA. April 4, 1977

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 5462 Bethlehem, PA. February 24, 1985

Conrail GP-8 #5462 Bethlehem, PA. February 24, 1985

CR 6041 (ex CNJ) heads east 'round the curve at Horseshoe Curve in Altoona, PA. July 10, 1983

Conrail SD-35 #6041 (ex CNJ) heads east 'round the curve at Horseshoe Curve in Altoona, PA. July 10, 1983.

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 6240 pulls some cars out of the yard in Allentown, PA. May 4, 1985

Conrail SD-40 #6240 pulls some cars out of the yard in Allentown, PA. May 4, 1985

CR 6244 leads a westbound, passing the steam excursion at CP Burn in Allentown, PA. October 1987

Conrail SD-40 #6244 leads a westbound, passing the steam excursion at CP Burn in Allentown, PA. October 1987.

CR 6327 leads a westbound over the Lehigh Canal on a dreary March day in Allentown, PA. March 31, 1985

Conrail SD-40 #6327 leads a westbound over the Lehigh Canal on a dreary March day in Allentown, PA. March 31, 1985.

CR 6393 shoving an eastbound trailer train at the Front Street OHB in Philadelphia, PA. Winter 1978

Conrail SD-40 #6393 shoving an eastbound trailer train (IIRC) at the Front Street OHB in Philadelphia, PA. Winter 1978

CR 6459 leads a westbound on the Delair bridge approach, next to Lewis St. in Philadelphia, PA. February 15, 1986.

Conrail SD-40-2 #6459 leads a westbound on the Delair bridge approach, next to Lewis St. in Philadelphia, PA. February 15, 1986.

CR 6512 on the Belmont connector in Philadelphia, PA. April 6, 1985

Conrail SD-40-2 #6512, on the Belmont connector in Philadelphia, PA. April 6, 1985

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 6570 leads a westbound past the "high rise" Newark, NJ 3/10/1985

Conrail C-30-7A #6570 leads a westbound past the "high rise" Newark, NJ 3/10/1985

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 6601 leads a westbound CAAL at Frankford Junction Philadelphia, 2/86

Conrail C30-7 #6601 leads a westbound CAAL (Camden-Allentown) at Frankford Junction. The extra marker on the porch was for when use when the power had to run around trains on the High Line before the Park Connection was built.
Date: 2/27/1986 Location: Philadelphia, PA.

CR 6606 leads a Camden bound train at the Frankford Junction SEPTA Station in Philadelphia, 4/84

Conrail C30-7 #6606 leads an eastbound almost at the station at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia, PA. April 8, 1984

CR 6623 at Hayes Street in Bethlehem PA, March 1985

Conrail C36-7 #6623 leads a train from Saucon yard toward Bethlehem, PA. Taken at the Hayes St. crossing. This shot is no longer possible as the track has been long abandoned, and most of the steel mill is now a casino parking lot. Bethlehem, PA. March 10, 1985

CR 6626 At CP BURN in Allentown, 12/88

Conrail C36-7 #6626 leads a westbound at CP Burn, Allentown, PA. 12/12/1988

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