Michael DeSoi's Primarily Philadelphia Area Conrail Photos - Page 2

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 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 7185 Leads a westbound freight at River Road in Gladwyne PA. 3/79

Showing all of its heritages, Conrail GP-9 #7185 Leads a westbound freight at River Road The early Conrail days were interesting...you never knew what you'd see.

CR 7570 leads a train around the curve at Belmont in Philadelphia, PA. April 19, 1980.

Conrail GP-10 #7570 and an un-rebuilt former PC GP9 lead a train around the curve at Belmont in Philadelphia, PA. April 19, 1980.

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 9381 at Frankford Jct, Philadelphia. 3/86

A few things give this away as being an ex New Haven locomotive, the flexi-coil trucks and the old Hancock air whistle mount next to the cab door. Conrail SW-1200 #9381 is at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, PA. March 10, 1986.

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.

CR 9424 with a more standard "CONRAIL" paint job at Frankford Junction 9/20/1985

This unit was repainted into the more standard small "Conrail" scheme between January and September of 1985.

EL 69280, Conrail Class BE55E, 8/78

EL Blue boxcar #69280, class BE55E, in an eastbound Conrail freight train at Frankford Junction Philadelphia, PA. August 1978

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

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