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Conrail The Big Blue Railroad
Commuter and Amtrak Passenger Operations
Conrail Trailvan Service
Carload Freight Operations
General Operations
Passenger Operations
Some Key Connections
Meet the Bankrupt Railroads
1977 Profile of Conrail

Here, the Amtrak operations hosted by Conrail, and the commuter operations the railroad assumed responsibility for on behalf of the transit authorities from 1976 to the end of 1982 will be discussed as will the timetable forms covering the commuter services.

AMTRAK OPERATIONS on Conrail consisted of the following trains/routes: Nos.48 and 49 The Lakeshore Limited  Poughkeepsie to Chicago (Poughkeepsie to New York Penn was on Metro North and Amtrak's own trackage), Nos.448 and 449, Boston-Albany section of the Lakeshore Limited. Trains 40 and 41, The Broadway Limited operated between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh on Conrail, thence B&O from Pittsburgh to Chicago in its final years. The Capitol Limited operated over Conrail from Pittsburgh to Chicago via Cleveland,Toledo, Elkhart, its present route. Trains 43 and 44 The Pennsylvanian, operated over Conrail between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. Other Amtrak service on Conrail included the Michigan service trains, except the Pere Marquette which was and is over ex C&O trackage. These trains included The Wolverine, The Twilight, The Lake Cities, and the International between Chicago and Battle Creek, at which the train entered and left Grand Trunk Western trackage. Prior to 1983, the commuter operations operated by Conrail for local authorities consisted of the following services:
A. Erie Lackawanna
1.Main Line/Bergen County Line
2.Pascack Valley Line
3.Boonton Line
4.Morris and Essex Lines
B.Central Railroad of New Jersey
1.Newark to Raritan and Phillipsburg
2.Bayonne to Cranford
3.Half the service on the New York and Long Branch RR.
C.Penn Central Transportation Company
1.New York to Poughkeepsie
2.New York to Brewster and Dover Plains
3.New York to New Haven,Danbury,Waterbury, and Canaan
4.Boston to Providence
5.Boston to Readville
6.Boston to Stoughton
7.Boston toFramingham
8.Boston to Franklin
9.Boston to Needham
Penn Central Lines out of 30th Street Station
1.West Chester
5.Chestnut Hill (west)
Reading Lines out of Reading Terminal
3.West Trenton
5.Reading and Pottsville
6.Chestnut Hill
8.Newtown/Fox Chase
Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines out of Lindenwold
1.Lindenwold-Atlantic City
2.Lindenwold- Cape May.
Chicago-Gary Valparaiso
These services were covered by approximately 3 dozen timetables, a few of which may have brought the number of issues of each form to some 250 timetables a crack.This variety of color and  timetable forms made for an attractive and inexpensive way to start a collection

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