Alan Page's CR: 11-1976 to 4-1977 - Page 3

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.

CR 5817 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

Freshly stenciled CR GP-7 5817 (ex-RDG 625) works Abrams yard with SW1500 9591 in February, 1977. One week before, the old GP-7 showed full Reading colors.

CR 5828 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

RDG GP-7 626 works the yard in January, 1977.  The GP-7 would be renumbered CR 5828 by February 19, 1977.

Kodak Instamatic photo.

CR 5834 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

RDG GP-7 632 (CR 5834) waits for service outside the Morrisville shops in March, 1977.

CR 5835 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

CR GP30 2219 leads a mixed freight past RDG GP7 633 (CR 5835) at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 5835 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

In RDG 633 paint one week earlier, CR GP7 5835 is sandwiched between sister GP7 5828 (ex-RDG 626) and SW1500 2762 as they work Abrams yard.

SW1500 2762 is due for renumbering to 9612 very soon.

CR 5837 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

RDG GP7 635 (CR 5837) and 626 (CR 5828) team up with PC GP30 2247 to work Abrams yard in January, 1977.

Kodak Instamatic photo.

CR 5837 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

On a cold February, 1977 day, the engine terminal at Abrams yard is full of green and yellow RDG GP-7's and SW-1500's.

CR 5837 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

Late in the afternoon, RDG GP-7 635 (CR 5837) works Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 5837 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

Former RDG GP7 635, soon to be stenciled 5837, rests with an SW1500 at the Abrams engine terminal in February, 1977.

CR 5837 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

Former RDG GP7 635, soon to be stenciled 5837, rests with an SW1500 at the Abrams engine terminal in February, 1977.

CR 5838 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG GP7 636 (CR 5838) works Abrams with fellow RDG yard mates SW1500 2766 and GP7 625, as well as CR GP10 7567. 

Watching the yard work at trackside and parking near the Abrams signal bridge were safe and typical happenings in the early days of Conrail. 

The sights, sounds and smells of typical RDG yard work may have stirred the heart of the smallest railfan at Abrams that day to someday become a railroader or even a member of CRHS!

CR 5838 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

GP7 636 (CR 5838) and SW1500 2766, in their last days of Reading paint, are part of a 4-unit switching crew working Abrams yard.

CR 5838 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

Many railfans were on hand at Abrams while RDG GP7 625, GP10 7567, RDG SW1500 2766, and RDG GP7 636 worked the yard on February 12, 1977.

CR 6124 Willow Grove, PA 3-19-1977

Late in the day on March 19, 1977, PC-lettered SD45 6124 roars by the cab of GP30 2241 on the Trenton cutoff at Willow Grove, PA.  

Still in PC colors, GP30 2241 was waiting for westbound clearance with GP7 5814 and a line of hoppers.  The friendly crew of 2241 gave me permission to climb aboard for this great view.

CR 6251 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

CR SD40 6251 coupled with an SD45 roar through Morrisville on track 1 with piggybacks in April, 1977.

CR 6321 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

A pair of SD-40s roar through Morrisville with piggybacks on the Northeast corridor in April, 1977

CR 6791 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

Trailing typical Alco smoke, massive CR 6791 C-636 drags a mixed freight out of Abrams along with PC GP-35 2380.

CR 6791 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

A lot of CR traffic, interesting consists, and easy access attracted railfans to Abrams yard in February, 1977.

Here, Alco's massive C636 6791 (ex-PC 6341) attracted a few of those railfans.

CR 6866 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

One of PC's old Morrisville workhorses, RSD-12 6866 works the yard just weeks before retirement in March, 1977.

CR 6866 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

Late in the day, and late in their lives, sister RSD-12's 6866 and 6869 work the yard at Morrisville in March, 1977.

The Alco RSD-12's at Morrisville will last for only a few more weeks.  RS11's were working the yard the end of April.  The classic sound of Alco 251B prime movers would be gone by the end of 1977, when GP30's took over the yard work. 

CR 6866 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

Near sunset, PC RSD-12 6866 works Morrisville yard in March, 1977.

This workhorse may not receive a CR stencil as all the Morrisville RSD12's would be retired or stored within weeks.

CR 6867 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

The sun has truly set on the old Alco RSD-12's that worked Morrisville yard in early 1977.

CR RSD-12 6867 received her Conrail lettering only a few months before retirement.

CR 6867 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

Late in the day, ex-PC RSD12 6867 works the Morrisville yard in March, 1977.

The RSD12's were workhorses at Morrisville, but wouldn't last long. A month later, only the RS-11's were working the yard. By March, 1978, the RS-11's were gone or on storage tracks covered in snow, with their place taken by GP30's.

CR 6869 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

Near their last days, sister RSD-12's 6869 and 6866 work Morrisville yard in March, 1977.

CR 6869 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

CR RSD-12 6869 works with sister unit 6866 in Morrisville yard. The old Alcos were worn out in March, 1977, but the turbocharged 251B prime movers sounded great.

CR 6870 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

The worn Alco 251B prime movers still sounded great and smoked when pushed, but as evening closes in at Morrisville in March, 1977, these sister RSD-12's were in the twilight of their operating days.

CR 6870 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

CR RSD-12's 6870 and 6863 work Morrisville yard in March, 1977.

CR 6876 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

PC RSD-12 6876 moves a trio of cabooses including PC 21669 (N7 class), CR 21138 (N7D class, ex-EL C338), and a third CR caboose at Morrisville yard in March, 1977.

CR 21138 was preserved by West Shore Rail Excursions, Delta Place Station, Rt 15, 2 miles north in Lewisburg, PA.

CR 6876 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

PC RSD-12 6876 moves a trio of cabooses including PC 21669 (N7 class), and CR 21138 (N7D class, ex-EL C338) at Morrisville yard in March, 1977.

CR 21138 was preserved by West Shore Rail Excursions, Delta Place Station, Rt 15, 2 miles north in Lewisburg, PA.

CR 6876 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

CR RSD-12 6876 at the Morrisville yard tower in March, 1977. The tired, workhorse RSD12's had but a few weeks left before retirement.

CR 6879 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

The worn Alco 251B prime movers still sounded great and smoked when pushed, but as evening closes in at Morrisville in March, 1977, these sister RSD-12's were in the twilight of their operating days.

CR 7157 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

Former PC GP7 7157 and C424 2423 fill out a quartet of units pulling through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 7185 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

CR GP-9 7185 waits for work at Morrisville in March, 1977.

CR 7567 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

CR GP-10 7567 works Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 7567 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

CR GP-10 7567 works Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 7570 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

Late in the day, CR GP-10 7570 and GP-38 7756 rest at Morrisville in April, 1977.

CR 7570 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977

Mixed freight rolling through Morrisville on the Northeast Corridor led by CR GP-10 7570 and GP-9B 3839.

CR 7571 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

CR GP10 7571(ex-PC GP9 7512) and GP9B 3839 by the service racks outside the Morrisville shops in April, 1977.

CR 7572 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

Late in the day at Morrisville yard in April, 1977, CR GP10's 7572 and 7574 pass by a line of stored, or retired, units including PC RS1 9902.

CR 7623 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

In April, 1977, PC-lettered RS11's 7623 and 7618 were working Morrisville yard.

The RS11's may have been pretty worn following 8 years of PC-deferred maintenance, and Conrail may have written them off in the last year, but the 251B's V12 engine was well liked by engineers for their acceleration and pulling power, and their unique sound was unmatched by EMD prime movers.

Sadly, freight cars like the white PRR 40' boxcar on the adjacent track were not quite so rare in Conrail's first year, and many railfans skipped the opportunity to spend our limited supply of film on them.

CR 7623 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

Former RDG SW900 1508 (CR 8708) lines up with PC RS11's 7623 and 7618 at Morrisville in April, 1977, while a white PRR 40' boxcar rests on a foreground track.

CR 7640 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

Lehigh Valley is still visible on the flanks of CR RS-11 7640 as the crew maneuvers through the Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.

CR 7640 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

One year into Conrail and the Lehigh Valley lettering is showing through on the flanks of RS-11 7640 as the Alco waits for assignment outside the Bethlehem roundhouse.

CR 7642 Bethlehem, PA 4-16-1977

Alcos were common at Bethlehem in the spring of 1977. This day in April has CR Alco RS-11s 7642, 7641 and C420 2073, along with 2 SW-8Ms, at the roundhouse.

CR 7660 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

Former PRSL GP38 2000, soon to be CR 7660, pauses at Abrams yard on a cool day in February, 1977.

CR 7660 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

Former PRSL GP-38 2000 (CR 7660) pauses at Abrams yard on a cool February day in 1977.

CR 7661 Abrams, PA 2-12-1977

Former PRSL GP-38 2001 leads a quartet of mixed CR power through Abrams yard in early February, 1977.

CR 7661 Abrams, PA 2-12-1977

Former PRSL GP-38 2001 (CR 7661) leads sister-unit 2007 (CR 7668), GP9 7157 and C425 2423 through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 7661 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

PRSL GP-38 2001 (soon to be CR 7661) leads a quartet of mixed CR power at Abrams in early February, 1977.

CR 7661 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

PRSL GP38 2001 (CR 7661) leads sister-unit 2007 (CR 7668), GP9 7157 and C425 2423 into Abrams yard in February, 1977.

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