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Conrail The Big Blue Railroad
Conrail At a Glance as it looked in 1977
Conrail Trailvan Service
Carload Freight Operations
General Operations
Passenger Operations
Some Key Connections
Meet the Bankrupt Railroads
1977 Profile of Conrail

1977 marked Conrail's first full year of operation as a merged railroad, though the commuter operations inherited from the bankrupt railroads continued to operate as though they were still six railroads in operation. As shown in the following profile, the Penn Central's operating Region structure was adopted to organize the new railroad's operating department.

1977 Conrail Profile:

Headquarters: 6 Penn Center Plaza,Philadelphia, PA

Chief Executive Officer: Edward G. Jordan

President and Chief Operating Officer: Richard D. Spense

Operations: 17,000 route miles (34,000 track miles) serving

16 northeastern states and 2 Canadian provinces; Pennsylvania,New York,New Jersey, Connecticut,Rhode Island,

Massachusetts, Maryland,Delaware,West Virginia,Ohio,Indiana,Michigan,Missouri,Illinois,,District of Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec,Canada.

Regions and their HQs

Atlantic Region, Newark,NJ

Eastern Region,Philadelphia,PA

Northeastern Region, New Haven,CT

Central Region, Pittsburgh,PA

Northern Region,Detroit,MI

Southern Region,Indianapolis,IN

Western Region, Chicago,IL

Metropolitan Region, New York City,NY



Diesel 4502

Electric: 148

Total 4550

Freight Cars:146,495


Freight Ton Miles: 62.7 billion

Through Freight Trains (daily average):891

Local freight trains(daily average):447

Commuter Passenger trains(daily average):1862

Commuters carried: (WD average):360,000

Piggyback (TrailVan) Trains (daily average):32

Piggyback Terminals:

Physical: 41

Satellite: 18

Total: 59

Flexiflo Terminals: 14

Automotive Loading/Unloading Terminals:35

Major Classification Yards: 15; Conway(Pittsburgh),Selkirk(Albany),Buckeye(Columbus),

RR Young (Elkhart),Frontier (Buffalo), DeWitt (Syracuse)

Allentown,PA, Stanley(Toledo),Meadville,PA, Livernois(Detroit),Sharonville(Cincinnati),Rutherford(Harrisburg)

and Cedar Hill (New Haven).

Major Locomotive Repair Shops: Juniata (Altoona,PA),and

Collinwood (Cleveland,OH).

Major Freight Car Repair Shops: Samuel Rea (Hollidaysburg,PA),Meadville and Reading,PA.

Coal,coke, and Iron Ore handled:

Coal: 39.8 million tons

Coke: 1.7 million tons

Iron Ore: 8.4 million tons

Outside of the track rehabilitation, this was how Conrail

looked at the end of 1977. Ah, those were the days. As a

line haul carrier, Conrail later pruned its system to

11,000 route miles and pulled out of Connecticut and

Rhode Island as well as the Province of Ontario in Canada,

in a downsizing that reduced the railroad to roughly one-

half the size of what Penn Central alone had been.
1.New York-Albany-Buffalo-Cleveland-Chicago
3.Buffalo-Niagara Falls
A.Erie Lackawanna Railway
1.Main Line/Bergen County Line,Hoboken,NJ to Port Jervis,NY
2.Pascack Valley Line, Hoboken,NJ to Spring Valley,NY
3.Boonton Line,Hoboken-Boonton-Denville-Netcong
4.Morristown Line, Hoboken to Dover,NJ
5.Gladstone Branch, Summit to Gladstone,NJ
6;Montclair Branch, Newark to Montclair,NJ
B.Central Railroad of New Jersey
1.Newark to Raritan and Phillipsburg
2.Newark to Bayhead Junction (NY&LB RR)
3.Cranford to Bayonne,NJ
1,New York-New Brunswick-Trenton
2.Princeton Junction-Princeton
4.Philadelphia-Chestnut Hill
6.Philadelphia-West Chester
9.Baltimore-Washington local
11.New York-Poughkeepsie- Hudson Line
12.New York-Brewster-Dover Plains, Harlem Line
13.New York-New Haven-New Haven Line
a.Danbury Branch, Norwalk to Danbury
b.Waterbury Branch, Bridgeport to Waterbury
c.New Canaan Branch, Stamford to New Canaan
14.Boston-Providence local
1.Reading Terminal to Bethlehem
2.Reading Terminal to Newtown via Fox Chase
3.Reading Terminal to Reading and Pottsville
4.Reading Terminal  to West Trenton
5.Reading Terminal to Warminster-Hatboro
6.Reading Terminal toNorristown
7.Reading Terminal to Newark,NJ
8.Reading Terminal toChestnut Hill
9.Reading Terminal  to Doyestown
10.Reading Terminal to Lansdale
11.Reading Terminal to Wayne Junction
E. Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines
1.Lindenwold to Atlantic City
2.Lindenwold to Cape May
3.Lindenwold to Wildwood via bus connection.
All these commuter operations resulted in an interesting and colorful set of timetables produced for public use showing these commuter train operations. Between 1976 and 1978, Conrail issued over 256 different timetables of all forms to cover these services, operated under contract to local authorities. The orphan operation of Cleveland-Youngstown trains 28 and 29 made their final runs on January 14,1977, thus relieving Conrail of one orphan operation. Some of the equipment used on some trains gave a very good imitation of an intercity train service.This was the case on certain Reading trains and some NJDOT runs.

Links to Related Sites:
Official Conrail website:
Site covering predecessor railroads; The Erie Lackawanna Limited:
Official Norfolk Southern website:

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