GE U34CH

Once established in 1966, NJDOT became responsible for maintaining NJ rail passenger service.  NJDOT contracted Conrail to operate NJ commuter lines from Conrail’s formation in April 1976 until 1979, when the Public Transportation Act created NJ Transit.  Passenger service continued under contract by NJ Transit with Conrail from 1979 until the end of 1982.  On January 1, 1983 NJ Transit assumed passenger operations from Conrail.

NJDOTs pre-Conrail rail purchases included 13 EMD-GP-40Ps for CNJ in 1968, and 32 GE U34CHs for EL, and push-pull suitable Comet I Class coaches for their Hoboken lines in 1970. 

 

 

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Conrail 1776, ex-EL 3351, waits to depart from Hoboken in August, 1977.

Following the 1983 transition of Conrail passenger operations from contract by NJDOT to operation by NJ Transit, the unit was renumbered to NJ Transit 4151.

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Conrail 1776 (ex-EL 3351), rests along with NJDOT 3358 at Hoboken in August, 1977.
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With Comet I cars behind, Conrail 1776 (ex-EL 3351) waits for assignment at Hoboken in August, 1977.
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The coach yard tracks are overgrown as Conrail 1776, ex-EL 3351, waits to depart from Hoboken in August, 1977.
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CR 3351 is seen at Port Jervis NY in 1977.
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A gathering of future Conrail units at Scranton, Pa. in early 1976, and strange as it may seem the newest unit seen in this photo would spend the least amount of time as Conrail property. EL 3354, a GE U34CH built to haul passengers in NY and NJ, was commandeered for freight service over the weekend and is seen mu'd to an EL SD45. Off to the right are 7091 and 7121, F7A's that were being used on the Bloom, but now stored as the EL has a surplus of power. The big GE was assigned CR number 4154, but never carried any Conrail markings as it was sold to NJDOT on Dec 2nd, 1976 making it a "Conrail" unit for only 8 months. The two F's had used up 8 of their 9 lives already, but a power short Conrail would pull them out of Scranton and send them west to Collinwood to join up with the ex PC F unit fleet. The 7121 would actually be renumbered 1891 and get the "CR" treatment and run with the pack for a while. The 7091, actually an "F5A", from what I can gather didn't fair as well and never got renumbered- it would have been CR 1885- and probably went to Chicago as trade in bait and scrapped in 1978....but corrections are welcome if anyone has other info on this unit.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3353 (CR roster 4153) ready to depart Hoboken terminal in August, 1977.

Following the 1983 transition of Conrail passenger operations from contract by NJDOT to operation by NJ Transit, the unit was renumbered to NJ Transit 4153. 

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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3353 (CR roster 4153) readies to depart Hoboken Terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3353 (CR roster 4153) ready to depart Hoboken Terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH's 3353 (CR 4153) and 3354 (CR 4154) prepare to depart Hoboken Terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated NJDOT U34CH 4153 (ex-EL 3353) pulls coaches through Maplewood, NJ in August, 1979.
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A trio of CR-operated former EL U34CH's and their Comet I cars lined up awaiting departure at Hoboken in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3354 (CR roster 4154) ready to depart Hoboken Terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3354 (CR roster 4154) waits to depart Hoboken in August, 1977.

Following the 1983 transition of Conrail passenger operations from contract by NJDOT to operation by NJ Transit, the unit was renumbered to NJ Transit 4154.

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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3354 (CR roster 4154) waits to depart Hoboken in August, 1977.

Following the 1983 transition of Conrail passenger operations from contract by NJDOT to operation by NJ Transit, the unit was renumbered to NJ Transit 4154.

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CR-operated former EL U34CH's 3354 (CR 4154) and 3361 (CR 4161) are part of a trio preparing to depart Hoboken in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3354 (CR roster 4154) at Hoboken terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3354 (CR roster 4154) at Hoboken terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH's 3372 (CR 4172) and 3354 (CR 4154) prepare to depart Hoboken Terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH's 3353 (CR 4153) and 3354 (CR 4154) prepare to depart Hoboken Terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3355 (CR roster 4155) ready to depart Hoboken Terminal in August, 1977.

Following the 1983 transition of Conrail passenger operations from contract by NJDOT to operation by NJ Transit, the unit was renumbered to NJ Transit 4155.

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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3355 (CR roster 4155) at Hoboken Terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3355 and 3369 (CR roster 4155 and 4169, respectively) wait with their Comet I cars to pull out of Hoboken Terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3355 and 3369 (CR roster 4155 and 4169, respectively) wait with their Comet I cars to pull out of Hoboken Terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3357 (CR roster 4157) ready to depart Hoboken terminal in August, 1977.  On the track behind, an ancient former EL MU coach also readies for departure.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3357 (CR roster 4157) ready to pull out of Hoboken in August, 1977.

Following the 1983 transition of Conrail passenger operations from contract by NJDOT to operation by NJ Transit, the unit was renumbered to NJ Transit 4157.

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Conrail U34CH 1776 (ex-EL 3351), rests along with CR-operated former EL U34CH 3358 (CR 4158) at Hoboken in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3358 (CR 4158) receives service by the turntable at Hoboken in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH's 3376, 3359, and 3375 (CR roster 4176, 4159, and 4175, respectively) await assignment at the Hoboken engine terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH's 3354 (CR 4154) and 3361 (CR 4161) are part of a trio preparing to depart Hoboken in August, 1977.
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Former EL U34CH 3362 (CR 4162) is in the middle of a trio of CR-operated U34 CH's at Hoboken terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3363 (CR roster 4163) and a CR blue Alco RS receive service at the Elizabethport, NJ shops in June, 1977.

Following the 1983 transition of Conrail passenger operations from contract by NJDOT to operation by NJ Transit, the unit was renumbered to NJ Transit 4163.

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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3363 (CR 4163) receives service at the Elizabethport, NJ shops in June, 1977.
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The scene at Hoboken in August, 1977 is still all EL with an ancient EL MU on the near track, and U34CH 3365 (CR 4165) and NW-2 418 (CR 9225) behind.
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The scene at Hoboken in August, 1977 is still all EL with an ancient EL MU on the near track, and NW-2 418 (CR 9225) shuffling U34CH 3365 (CR 4165) and Comet I cars at the busy terminal.

EL MU's were also arriving at Hoboken in the distance.

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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3366 (CR roster 4166) waits with Comet I cars for assignment at Hoboken in August, 1977.

Following the 1983 transition of Conrail passenger operations from contract by NJDOT to operation by NJ Transit, the unit was renumbered to NJ Transit 4166.

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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3366 (CR roster 4166) readies to depart Hoboken Terminal in August, 1977.

Following the 1983 transition of Conrail passenger operations from contract by NJDOT to operation by NJ Transit, the unit was renumbered to NJ Transit 4166. 

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CR-operated NJDOT U34CH 4167 (ex-EL 3367, refurbished by Conrail) rests outside the Elizabethport shops in July, 1981.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH's 3367 (CR 4167) and 3354 (CR 4154) ready for departure from Hoboken terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3368 (CR roster 4168) waits with Comet I cars for assignment at Hoboken in August, 1977.

Following the 1983 transition of Conrail passenger operations from contract by NJDOT to operation by NJ Transit, the unit was renumbered to NJ Transit 4168.

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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3355 and 3369 (CR roster 4155 and 4169, respectively) wait with their Comet I cars to pull out of Hoboken Terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3355 and 3369 (CR roster 4155 and 4169, respectively) wait with their Comet I cars to pull out of Hoboken Terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH's 3370 (CR 4170) and 3354 (CR 4154) prepare to depart Hoboken Terminal in August, 1977.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3371 (CR roster 4171) under the Hoboken Terminal shed ready to pull out in August, 1977.

Following the 1983 transition of Conrail passenger operations from contract by NJDOT to operation by NJ Transit, the unit was renumbered to NJ Transit 4171. 

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CR-opeartions at Hoboken were very busy on August 5, 1977.  Beside the tower at Hoboken Terminal, ancient EL MU's are coming in and former EL U34CH 3371 (CR roster 4171) readies for departure.
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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3372 (CR roster 4172) ready to pull out of Hoboken in August, 1977.

Following the 1983 transition of Conrail passenger operations from contract by NJDOT to operation by NJ Transit, the unit was renumbered to NJ Transit 4172.

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CR-operated former EL U34CH's 3372 (CR 4172) and 3354 (CR 4154) prepare to depart Hoboken Terminal in August, 1977.
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A duo of CR-operated former EL U34CHs (CR roster 4174 is 2nd) ready to depart Hoboken terminal in August, 1977.

Following the 1983 transition of Conrail passenger operations from contract by NJDOT to operation by NJ Transit, the unit was renumbered to NJ Transit 4174.

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CR-operated former EL U34CH 3374 (CR roster 4174) and a sister unit rest at the engine terminal at Hoboken in August, 1977.
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A pair of CR-operated former EL U34CH's, with 3374 (CR 4174) second, prepare for their train out of Hoboken terminal on August 5, 1977.

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