Alan Page's CR: 5-1977 to 4-1978 - Page 3

This album features year two of Conrail operations.

Expanding west from Morrisville and Abrams, areas covered include Enola, Altoona, Conway, Mingo Junction, and Weirton, WV, and east to South Amboy and Elizabethport, NJ.  

Following massive retirements of Alco’s, Baldwin’s, and EMD cab units, Conrail leased units from BAR, CNW, SP, and CN to make up for the power shortages.

CR 3812 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

CR GP30 2211, GP-9B 3812, and N9E class caboose 18365  work Morrisville yard in March, 1978. 

GP30's replaced the Alco RSD12's and RS-11's that worked the Morrisville yard into the summer of 1977.

CR 3812 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

CR GP-9B 3812 works with GP30 2211 and N9E class cabin 18365 as they roll through the snow at Morrisville in March, 1978.

CR 4003 Altoona, PA 8/7/1977

EL E-8A 813 shows damage as the ex-Lackawanna E-unit rests retired a few rows in at the Juniata shops deadline in August, 1977.

CR 4008 Altoona 8/7/1977

The unusual screening on the car body identifies this former Lackawanna E-8A as 818. The worn EL unit would not receive a CR 4008 stencil as the E-8A rested retired in the Juniata Shop’s deadline on August 7, 1977.

CR 4014 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR E-8A 4014 (ex-EL 825) rests with a GP38-2 and a former PC E-8A behind the South Amboy engine house in March, 1978.

CR 4100 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GP-40P 4100 (CR roster 4100, ex-CNJ 3671) pulls a string of ex-Great Northern coaches through South Amboy, NJ in March, 1978.

CR 4102 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4102 (ex-CNJ 3673) pulls ex-Great Northern coaches through South Amboy, NJ in March, 1978.

CR 4102 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

CR-operated NJDOT GP40P 4102 (ex-CNJ 3673) pulls ex-Great Northern coaches through South Amboy, NJ in March, 1978.  GG-1 4872 is in the background, uncoupled after pulling a string of PRR coaches into the station.

CR 4103 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

CR-operated NJDOT GP40P's 3674 (ex-CNJ CR roster 4103) and 3682 (ex-CNJ CR roster 4111) at South Amboy in July, 1977.

CR 4107 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

CR passenger operations out of South Amboy station in July, 1977 included former CNJ GP40P 3678 (CR 4107) pulling an ex-Great Northern coach now labeled for NJDOT.

CR 4111 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978 (1)

Replacing GG-1 4872, CNJ GP40P 3682 (CR roster 4111) and PC E-7A 4244 are ready to pull a string of Keystone-laden coaches past the electrified lines outside of South Amboy station in March, 1978.

CR 4111 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978 (2)

GG-1 4872 has uncoupled, and PC E-7A 4244 and ex-CNJ GP-40P 3682 (CR 4111) have coupled on, ready to pull Keystone-laden coaches out of South Amboy station in March, 1978.

CR 4111 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978 (3)

NJDOT GP40P 3682(ex-CNJ, CR roster 4111) and PC E-7A 4244 pull a string of PRR coaches out of South Amboy station, after replacing GG-1 4872.

CR 4111 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978 (4)

NJDOT GP40P 3682 (ex-CNJ, CR roster 4111) and PC E-7A 4244 pull a string of PRR coaches out of South Amboy station, after replacing GG-1 4872.

CR 4161 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

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.

CR 4165 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

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.

CR 4169 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

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.

CR 4177 Hoboken, NJ 8-5-1977

CR-operated former EL U34CH 3377 (CR roster 4177) departing Hoboken terminal in August, 1977.

CR 4256 South Amboy, NJ 3-11-1978

In fresh CR blue, E-8A 4256 leads former PC E-8A's 4326 and 4267 into the South Amboy engine terminal in March, 1978.

CR 4601 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

With SD45 6135 behind, former PC  E-33's 4601 and 4605 wait for assignment outside the Morrisville shops on a snowy March, 1978.

CR 4800 Harrisburg, PA 5-22-1977

Returning from our first trip to Altoona where hundreds of railfans gathered to see Reading 4-8-4 #2101 round Horseshoe Curve, my friend and I came across a gem resting at the Harrisburg engine terminal.

CR GG-1 4800 was resting with sister GG-1's and other former PC electrics in her wild Bicentennial paint scheme! 

Kodachrome 64 film, a guess at exposure time, and station lights for lighting made for an interesting image of "Old Rivets."

Just over a month before, on April 12, 1976, the Harrisburg paint shop had added the colorful scheme.  Sadly, 4800 was the only GG-1 Conrail deemed worthwhile to repaint into full Conrail colors.  All of the other almost ageless CR GG-1's remained in grimy black until their retirement in 1979.

 

CR 4809 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

CR GG-1 4809 leads 4854 as they blast through Morrisville on a snow-covered day in March, 1978.

CR 4809 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

CR GG1 4809 leads 4854 as they speed through Morrisville on the Northeast corridor in March 1978.

CR 4809 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

CR GG-1 4809 leads 4854 as they blast through Morrisville on a snow-covered day in March, 1978.

CR 4854 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

CR GG-1 4854 trails 4809 as they pull a fast freight through Morrisville, PA on a snowy day in March, 1978.

CR 4854 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

On a snow-covered March day, CR GG-1's 4809 and 4854 roll freight through Morrisville on the Northeast corridor.

CR 5229-5554 Altoona, PA 8/7/1977

Unidentified former EL RS-3 (CR series 5229-5554) sits retired in the Juniata Shop's deadline in August, 1977.

CR 5263 Altoona, PA 8/7/1977

The fullness of the Juniata Shop's deadline clearly showed the reason for Conrail's motive power shortages in August, 1977. Mostly Alco's, like former EL RS-3 1047 (CR 5263), and F-7A's dominated the first row of inactive power.

CR 5373 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

A hot day in July, 1977 has the crew of former CNJ RS-3 1543 (CR 5373) hard at work at Elizabethport, NJ.

CR 5373 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

Former CNJ RS-3 1543 (CR 5373) works the yard at Elizabethport in July, 1977.

CR 5381 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

Doing what Alco's did best, CR RS-3 5381 (ex-CNJ 1552) smokes it up whie working the yard at Elizabethport, NJ in July, 1977.

CR 5381 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

CR RS-3 5381 (ex-CNJ 1552) works the yard at Elizabethport, NJ in July, 1977.

CR 5381 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

On a hot day in July, 1977, former CNJ RS-3 1552 (CR 5381), works the busy yard at Elizabethport, NJ.

CR 5381 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

Former CNJ RS-3's 1552 (CR 5381) and 1543 (CR 5373) work the yard at Elizabethport, NJ in July, 1977.

CR 5828 King of Prussia, PA 1-1978

CR GP-7 5828 (ex-RDG 626) works Abrams yard on a cold January day in 1978.

CR 5835 King of Prussia, PA 3-4-1978

With CR GP-7 5838 (ex-RDG 636) in the background, CR GP-7 5835 (ex-RDG 633) works Abrams yard in March, 1978.

CR 5835 King of Prussia, PA 3-4-1978

CR GP-7 5835 (ex-RDG 633) works Abrams yard in March, 1978.

CR 6016 Marysville, PA 5-7-1977 (1)

CR SD-35 6016, BAR GP-38 87, GP-35 3633 (ex-RDG), and an SD-45 cross Rockville Bridge with a load of hoppers in May, 1977.

CR 6016 Marysville, PA 5-7-1977 (2)

CR SD-35 6016, BAR GP-38 87, GP-35 3633 (ex-RDG), and an SD-45 cross Rockville Bridge with a load of hoppers in May, 1977.

CR 6016 Marysville, PA 5-7-1977 (3)

CR SD-35 6016, BAR GP-38 87, GP-35 3633 (ex-RDG), and an SD-45 cross Rockville Bridge with a load of hoppers in May, 1977.

CR 6016 Marysville, PA 5-7-1977 (4)

CR SD35 6016 leads leased BAR GP-38 87, GP-35 3633, and an SD-45 across Rockville Bridge in May, 1977.

CR 6023 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

CR SD35 6023 and SD40 6341 push hard on N-8 class cabin 23339 (ex-PRR 478055) as they head up Horseshoe in March, 1978.

CR 6032 Altoona, PA 3-27-1978

CR SD35 6032 and SD45-2 6654 (ex-EL 3669) push a TV train up Horseshoe in March, 1978.

CR 6092 Harrisburg, PA 6-18-1977

CR SD40 6307(ex-PC 6054) leads SD45 6092 (ex-EL 3627) with a load of hoppers through Harrisburg in June, 1977.

CR 6099 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

CR SD-35 6001 leads SD-45 6099 (ex-EL 3634, the last SD-45 of EL's 3601-3634 series) as they roll piggybacks down Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6135 Morrisville, PA 3-4-1978

The crews Ford Maverick and Olds station wagon date the scene as SD45 6135 and  E-33's 4601 and 4605 wait for assignment outside the Morrisville shops on a snowy March, 1978.

CR 6140 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

CR SD45 pushers 6198 and 6140 run light down track 1 at the Curve on May 22, 1977.

CR 6155 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (1)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.

Steam railfans were everywhere at the Curve waiting for the scheduled run through of RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyohoga Valley Lines 2-8-2 #4070.

CR 6155 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977 (2)

CR SD45 6155 leads SD40 6335, ex-EL GP35 2556 (CR 3662), U25B 2620, and GP38 7661 (ex-PRSL 2001) as they pull hard up Horseshoe Curve on May 22, 1977.  

Steam railfans were everywhere at the Curve waiting for the scheduled run through of RDG 4-8-4 #2102 and Cuyohoga Valley Lines 2-8-2 #4070.

CR 6157 Altoona, PA 5-22-1977

CR SD45 6157, SDP45 6689 (ex-EL 3658), and SD40 6277 hard at work dragging containers up Horseshoe on May 22, 1977.

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