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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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