Alan Page's CR: 11-1976 to 4-1977

This album features year one of Conrail’s operations. 

Areas covered include the electrified former PRR Trenton Cutoff, Morrisville yard, and Northeast Corridor, the small ex-RDG Abrams yard and Philadelphia RDG Division commuter line, the ex-LV Allentown yard and Bethlehem engine terminal, and the former EL Scranton and Binghamton operations.   

Also included at the end of year one was Conrail’s unique handling of Philadelphia commuter operations during the 44-day Septa Transit Workers strike from March 25 to May 8, 1977.

Allentown Yard Allentown, PA 4-16-1977

A typical scene a year into operations, Conrail's Allentown yard is nearly full.

Amtrak 4939 Philadelphia, PA 3-25-1977

On the first day of the 44-day Septa TWU strike in 1977, numerous CR equipment was mixed in with Amtrak units at 30th Street Station.

OCS 3 rested on the tracks behind Amtrak GG-1 4939 (ex-PC 4939, nee-PRR 4927).

The former PRR GG-1 4927 was not scrapped after retirement by Amtrak in 1980. The unit was repainted in 1999 and preserved at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, IL.

Amtrak 814 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977

With CR switchers and GG-1's mixed with Amtrak power at the engine terminal, Amtrak Metroliner 814 pulls into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station in April, 1977 during the 44-day Septa TWU strike.

Amtrak 921 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (1)

With a mixed freight pulled by boxcab electrics on the highline, a pair of Amtrak GG-1's led by the Savings Bond 921 pull commuters into Philadelphia's 30th Streeet Station.

Though unpleasant for commuters, the 44-day Septa TWU strike from March 25 to May 8, 1977 brought an interesting mix of CR and Amtrak power to 30th Street station.

Amtrak 921 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (2)

With a mixed freight pulled by boxcab electrics on the highline, and ex-PC SW9 9140 on the engine service tracks, a pair of Amtrak GG-1's led by the Savings Bond 921 pull commuters into Philadelphia's 30th Streeet Station.

Though unpleasant for commuters, the 44-day Septa TWU strike from March 25 to May 8, 1977 brought an interesting mix of CR and Amtrak power to 30th Street station.

The crews' AMC Javelin and Oldsmobile Ninety-eight add a nice touch to the first year of Conrail's operations.

Amtrak 921 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (3)

With a mixed freight pulled by boxcab electrics on the highline, and ex-PC SW9 9140 on the engine service tracks, a pair of Amtrak GG-1's led by the Savings Bond 921 pull commuters into Philadelphia's 30th Streeet Station.

Though unpleasant for commuters, the 44-day Septa TWU strike from March 25 to May 8, 1977 brought an interesting mix of CR and Amtrak power to 30th Street station.

 

Amtrak 929 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (1)

With a CR mixed freight on the highline, Amtrak GG-1 929 pulls commuters into Philadelphia's 30th Streeet Station in April, 1977.

Though unpleasant for commuters, the Septa TWU strike from March 25 to May 8, 1977 brought an interesting mix of CR and Amtrak power at the 30th Street engine terminal.

Amtrak 929 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (2)

With a CR mixed freight on the highline, Amtrak GG-1 929 pulls commuters into Philadelphia's 30th Streeet Station in April, 1977.

Though unpleasant for commuters, the 44-day Septa TWU strike from March 25 to May 8, 1977 brought an interesting mix of CR and Amtrak power to the 30th Street engine terminal.

Amtrak 963 Morrisville, PA 3-26-1977

With a CR freight on track 2, Amtrak E-60 963 roars by Morris Tower in Morrisville on a bright March day in 1977.

Amtrak 964 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977

Amtrak E-60 964 roars northbound on track 1 through Morrisville as an E-44-led freight approaches.

Amtrak 965 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

With Canadian Pacific and Canadian National boxcars above, Amtrak E60 965 roars by at Morrisville in March, 1977.

Amtrak GG1 910 Philadelphia, PA 4-8-1977

While a CR freight rolls through on the high line in the background, Amtrak GG1 910 enters 30th Street Station in April, 1977 during the Septa strike.

Bethlehem engine terminal Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

One year into Conrail operations, the Bethlehem engine terminal was alive with a majority of former LV power, and a single PC SD9. 

Alco RS-11's, SW8's, and a lone RS-3 were still mostly in LV colors as they worked Allentown yard in April, 1977.

Bethlehem engine terminal Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

An overview of the Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977 shows former Lehigh Valley offices, cranes, boxcars, trucks, and Alco RS11 7640.

CR 1832 Binghamton, NY 4-21-1977

CR 1832 F-7A, coupled between a GP-38-2 and a sister unit, waits for action under the highway overpass in Binghamton, NY. CR GP-40 3127 waits alongside.

CR 18387 - Class N9E

N9E class cabin CR 18387 takes up the rear of a fast moving freight at Morrisville in April, 1977.

CR 2073 Bethlehem, PA 4-16-1977

Alcos all over at the Bethlehem roundhouse in April, 1977! A bonus was LV RS-3 211 and RS-11 7641 smoking it up.

CR 2211 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

PC and RDG lettered units follow CR GP-30 2211 as they pull freight through Abrams yard.

CR 2213 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

Still in PC paint, GP-30 2213 couples up with an ex-RDG SW-1500 to work Abrams yard.

CR 2227 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

PC GP-30 2227 and SD45 6070 (ex-EL 3605) smoke it up as they lead PC GP 2210 and PRSL GP38 2003 (CR 7663) with mixed freight through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2227 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

PC GP-30 2227 smokes it up leading SD45 6070 (ex-EL 3605), PC GP30 2210, and PRSL GP38 2003 (CR 7663) with mixed freight through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2229 Morrisville, PA 3-26-1977

Late in the day at Morrisville, CR blue GP-30 2229 waits for assignment in March, 1977.

CR 2237 King of Prussia, PA 3-26-1977

PC 2237 GP-30 and CR 9591 SW1500 (ex-RDG 2752) work Abrams yard in March, 1977.

The paint crews had some fun with CR 9591 by repainting the trucks silver.  The trucks were black on February 19, 1977.

CR 2237 King of Prussia, PA 3-26-1977

The crew makes some adjustments before PC GP-30 2237 moves some PRR hoppers at Abrams in March, 1977.

CR 2239 Willow Grove, PA 4-19-1977

PC 2239 GP-30 follows 2 CR GG-1s (4889 in front) on the Trenton cutoff, heading to Morrisville, PA in April, 1977. With permission.

CR 2241 Willow Grove, PA 3-19-1977

PC GP-30 2241 leads CR GP-7 5814 (ex-RDG 624) on the Trenton cutoff at Willow Grove, PA in March, 1977.

CR 2241 Willow Grove, PA 3-19-1977

PC GP-30 2241 pauses with CR GP7 5814 (ex-RDG 624) and a string of hoppers on the Trenton Cutoff at Willow Grove, PA in March, 1977.

CR 2241 Willow Grove, PA 3-19-1977

PC GP30 2241 and CR-stenciled GP7 5814 (ex-RDG 624) pause with a load of hoppers on the Trenton cutoff at Willow Grove, PA in March, 1977.

CR 2242 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

A trio of former PC units led by GP-30 2242 blasts through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2243 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

CR GP-30 2243 and U33B 2929 storm past RDG MOW gondola 96331 at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2247 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

At the Abrams engine terminal in January, 1977, the yard crews for PC GP30 2247 and GP-7's 626 and 635 are gathered by unit 626.

RDG 626 would be stenciled CR 5828 by February 19th, while 635 held out the winter in pure RDG colors.

Kodak Instamatic photo.

CR 2286 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977

PC GP-35 2286 leads a quartet of power pounding through Morrisville in April, 1977.

CR 23091 Morrisville, PA 3-26-1977

N5C class cabin CR 23091 is not adorned in standard Conrail blue, but a PRR-like tuscan, as it takes up the rear of a fast moving freight on the Northeast Corridor in March, 1977.

CR 2380 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

ex-PC GP35 2380 and C636 6791 paired at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 2423 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

CR C425 2423 is at the tail end of a quartet of mixed CR power rumbling through Abrams yard in early February 1977.

CR 2508 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

PC U25B 2508 works with sister-unit 2615 at Morrisville yard in April, 1977.

CR 2508 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

PC U25B 2508 works with sister-unit 2615 at Morrisville yard in April, 1977.

CR 2543 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

Former PC U25B 2543 rolls through Morrisville yard in an all PC black consist in March, 1977.

CR 2559 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

CR U25B 2559 and ex-RDG GP-35 3638 pull through Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 2559 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

CR U25B 2559 and ex-RDG GP-35 3638 pull through Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 2756 Allentown, PA 4-16-1977

A trio of CR units, with PC U23B 2756 in the middle, pull through Allentown yard in April, 1977.

CR 2785 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

Two smoking PC U-boats, along with CR U23B 2785 (ex-LV 509), pull hard on the Northeast corridor at Morrisville in April, 1977.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

Not typical yard workers, LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) leads PC GP-30 2238 as they shuffle gondolas and boxcars at Abrams.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) smokes up Abrams yard, during switching duties with PC GP-30 2238.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

After switching duties, LV U23B 512 and PC GP-30 2238 are ready to pull out of Abrams with their mixed freight on a dark day in February, 1977.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (LV's last of 12 U23B's inherited to Conrail) and PC GP-30 2238 worked Abrams yard and now prepare to depart with a mixed freight on a dark day in February, 1977

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 team up at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 team up at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 teamed up and worked Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 team up at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

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