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

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 7661 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

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

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

A four axle foursome takes a breather at Abrams yard on February 12, 1977. Former PRSL GP-38 2001 (CR 7661) rests in the lead, while sister-unit 2007 (CR 7667), GP9 7157, and C425 2423 follow with a line of mixed freight.

CR 7667 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

Former PRSL GP-38 2007 (CR 7667) in a quartet of mixed power at Abrams on a cool February day.

CR 7864 Allentown, PA 4-16-1977

A trio of CR units, PC GP-38 7864, PC U23B 2756, and CR GP-35 2311, pull through Allentown yard in April, 1977.

CR 8094 Binghamton, NY 4-21-1977 (1)

An all PC lineup a year after Conrail's startup was becoming very rare.  In April, 1977, PC GP38-2 8094 leads former NYC F-units 1832 and 1779 through Binghamton, NY.

CR 8094 Binghamton, NY 4-21-1977 (2)

PC GP38-2 8094 leads former NYC F-units 1832 and 1779 as they rush autoracks through Binghamton, NY in April, 1977.

CR 8094 Binghamton, NY 4-21-1977 (3)

PC GP38-2 8094 leads former NYC F-units 1832 and 1779 as they rush autoracks through Binghamton, NY in April, 1977.

CR 8094 Binghamton, NY 4-21-1977 (4)

PC GP38-2 8094 leads former NYC F-units 1832 and 1779 as they rush autoracks through Binghamton, NY in April, 1977.

CR 8105 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

Former PC GP38-2 8105 works with an ex-RDG GP7 and a GP10 at Abrams in February, 1977. My railfan mates calmly watched the action standing next to the Explosives container by the signal bridge.

CR 8105 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

CR GP38-2 8105 teamed up with GP10 7567 and GP7 5828 (ex-RDG 626) at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 8105 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

Ex-PC GP-38-2 pauses entering Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 8708 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

Former RDG SW900 1508, and soon to be CR 8708, hooks up with ex-PC RS11 7623 at Morrisville yard in April, 1977. 

Although "Reading" was stenciled out, the SW900 still retained it's former owner's number.

CR 8715 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

Former RDG SW900 1515 (CR 8715) is sandwiched between CR blue N4A class cabins 18811 (ex-RDG 94016) and 18810 (ex-RDG 94015) at Abrams in January, 1977.

CR 9067 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

PC SW-7 9067 works alongside one of only six Alco T-6's, 9847, at Morrisville yard in March, 1977.

CR 9067 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

Ex-PC SW7 9067 smokes up Morrisville yard in April, 1977.

CR 9400 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

Still in RDG colors, SW-1001 2625 (CR 9400) works Morrisville yard in April, 1977.

CR 9591 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

All three ex-RDG paint scheme stages of the 10 month old Conrail are present at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

Blue CR SW1500 9591(ex-RDG 2752) works between sister-unit 2762 (CR 9612) in RDG livery, and newly stenciled GP-7 5817 (ex-RDG 625) still in RDG olive drab.

The paint crews would have some fun with CR 9591 in March, 1977 by painting the trucks silver.

CR 9598 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

Former RDG SW1500 2759, soon to be CR 9598, works with N4-class cabin 92887(CR 18752) at Abrams in February, 1977.

This caboose would later be preserved by the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ, and stored at Ridgefield Park.

CR 9598 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG SW-1500 2759 (CR 9598) works Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 9598 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG SW1500 2759, soon to be CR 9598, idles between yard assignments at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 9612 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

A friendly ex-RDG crew working Abrams yard in January, 1977 gave my buddy and I an early January ride in SW1500 2762 coupled up to N4A 94013.

The stenciling of Conrail number series to both SW1500's and GP7's had not yet begun in January, 1977.

CR 9612 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

Former RDG SW1500 2762 (CR 9612) takes a break between switching assignments with N4A class cabin 94013 (CR 18830) by the Abrams yard office on January 3, 1977.

CR 9612 King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

RDG SW1500 2762 (CR 9612) and N4A class cabin 94013 (CR 18830) take a break from Abrams yardwork in January, 1977.

CR 9616 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 9740 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

E-44's 4446 and 4401 have Alco S-2 9740 tagging along as they pause with their mixed freight at Morrisville in April, 1977.

CR 9847 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

Alco T-6 CR 9847, one of six ex-PRR units, works Morrisville yard with PC SW-7 9067 in March, 1977. 

The CR paint crews barely covered "Penn Central" on the side of the T-6, and left the PC herald on the SW-7.

CR E44's Morrisville, PA 3-26-1977

A pair of E-44's rolls through Morrisville on the NEC in March, 1977.

CR Septa 204 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

Led by CR-operated Septa 204, a quintet of ex-PRR Budd Silverliner II’s blasts through Morrisville during the Septa TWU 44-day strike.

CR Septa 219 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

Former PRR MP85B 219 trails a quintet of Silverliners through Morrisville in April, 1977 during the 44-day March 25 to May 8 Septa City Division transit strike.

The trailing unit was the last in the first series 201-219 delivered to the PRR by the Budd company in 1963.

CR Septa 219 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977 (2)

Former PRR MP85B 219 leads a quintet of Silverliners through Morrisville in April, 1977 during the 44-day March 25 to May 8 Septa City Division transit strike.

The lead unit was the last in the first series 201-219 delivered to the PRR by the Budd company in 1963.

A year after the Conrail startup, lead MU 219 remains lettered Pennsylvania and the second MU shows off her PRR keystone.

CR Septa 257 Morrisville, PA 3-26-1977

Former PRR MP85C 257 leads a trio of Silverliner II's through Morrisville in March,1977 on day 2 of the 44-day March 25 to May 8 Septa City Division transit strike.

The lead unit was in the second series 250-269 delivered to the PRR by the Budd company in 1963.

CR Septa 263 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977

CR-operated MU 263 trails a quintet of ex-PRR MP85B (series 201-219) and MP85C (series 250-269) Silverliner II’s as they roar through Morrisville on the Northeast Corridor.

Lead unit 219 and the fourth unit were still lettered Pennsylvania, while the second unit showed intact PRR keystones.  The third unit and trailing unit 263 were relettered with the wheels on rails Conrail logo.

CR Septa 281 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

Showing her PC herald, CR-operated Silverliner IV 281 roars by at Morrisville in March, 1977.

CR Septa 371 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

Showing her PC herald, Silverliner IV 371 roars by at Morrisville in March, 1977.

CR Septa 800 series Wayne Junction, PA 3-26-1977

Vintage Reading Company MU's were lined up at the Wayne Junction coach yard on day 2 of the Septa Transit Worker's Union (TWU) 44-day strike on March 26, 1977.

While not always the case on the old MU's, the windows were somewhat clean on the Philadelphia to Warminster local this day!

CR Septa 801 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (1)

While a CR mixed freight rolls through on the high line, a CR GG-1 backs a string of vintage RDG MU cars, led by 801, into 30th Street Station during the 44-day Septa Transit Worker's Union strike in April, 1977.

CR Septa 801 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (2)

While a CR mixed freight rolls through on the high line, a CR GG-1 backs a string of vintage RDG MU cars, led by 801, into 30th Street Station during the 44-day Septa Transit Worker's Union strike in April, 1977.

CR Septa 801 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (3)

While a CR mixed freight rolls through on the high line, a CR GG-1 backs a string of vintage RDG MU cars, led by 801, into 30th Street Station during the 44-day Septa Transit Worker's Union strike in April, 1977.

Other CR units are mixed in with Amtrak GG-1's and E-60's at the engine terminal.

CR Septa 857 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (1)

Former RDG 857 heads a string of 1929-1930 vintage MU's being backed by CR GG-1 4937 into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station during the Septa strike in April 1977.

CR Septa 857 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (2)

Former RDG 857 heads a string of 1929-1930 vintage MU's being backed by CR GG-1 4937 into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station during the 44-day Septa Transit Worker's Union (TWU) strike in April 1977.

CR Septa 857, 895 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (3)

RDG MU 895 follows lead unit 857 as CR GG-1 4937 backs a long string of 1929-1930 vintage MU's into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station during the 44-day Septa TWU strike in April 1977.

CR Septa 857, 895, 855 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (4)

RDG MU 855 is third behind lead unit 857 and 895 as CR GG-1 4937 backs the 1929-1930 vintage MU's into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station during the 1977 Septa TWU strike.

CR Septa 857, 895, 855, 891, 845 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (5)

RDG MU 845 is fifth behind lead unit 857, 895, 855, and 891 as CR GG-1 4937 backs the 1929-1930 vintage MU's into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station during the 1977 Septa TWU strike.

CR Septa 857, 895, 855, 891, 845, 850, 877 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (6)

RDG MU 877 lies seventh behind 857, 895, 855, 891, 845, and 850 as CR GG-1 4937 backs the 1929-1930 vintage MU's into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station during the 1977 Septa TWU strike.

CR Septa 857, 895, 855, 891, 845, 850, 877, 896 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (7)

CR GG-1 4937 backs 1929-1930 vintage MU's 896, 877, 850, 845, 891, 855, 895, and 857  into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station during the 1977 Septa TWU strike.

CR Septa 857, 895, 855, 891, 845, 850, 877, 896, 4937 Philadelphia, PA 4-7-1977 (8)

CR GG-1 4937 backs 1929-1930 vintage RDG MU's 896, 877, 850, 845, 891, 855, 895, and 857 into Philadelphia's 30th Street Station during the 1977 Septa TWU strike.

CR Septa RDC King of Prussia , PA 2-21-1977

The sun is going down over Abrams yard as a pair of former RDG RDC's races through on a weekday commuter run in February, 1977.

CR Septa RDC King of Prussia, PA 1-3-1977

A trio of RDG RDC's race through Abrams yard on track 2 in January, 1977. Kodak Instamatic photo.

CR Septa RDC King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

A trio of former Reading Lines RDC's race through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR Septa RDC King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

Still lettered Reading Company, a trio of CR-operated RDC's race through Abrams yard in February, 1977.

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