Category: Philadelphia

Inside a Pennsylvania Railroad observation c…

Inside a Pennsylvania Railroad observation car

A Pennsylvania Railroad photo shows passengers in observation car 1121, one of two rebuilt from heavyweight coaches for the all-coach, New York–Chicago Trail Blazer, launched on July 28, 1939. Publicity photos of car interiors were often made while the car was parked in a yard, but the setting for this one is Pennsy’s big Schuylkill River bridge in Philadelphia. PRR photo

Pennsylvania Special

Pennsylvania Special

4-4-2 with Chicago–New York Pennsylvania Special at North Philadelphia, 1908.

1981 CrusaderNewark to PhiladelphiaSEPTAThe co…

1981 Crusader
Newark to Philadelphia
SEPTA

The consist includes two RDC1s.

The gifs used were made by Ken. They can be found at the link below.
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1953 CrusaderJersey City to PhiladelphiaRDGThe…

1953 Crusader
Jersey City to Philadelphia
RDG

The consist includes two F7As, a coach observation, a coach, a diner, a coach, and a coach observation.

The gifs used were made by Ken. They can be found at the link below.
http://kenstransitgifs.com/gifindex.html

The Reading Crusader passes XC Tower on the …

The Reading Crusader passes XC Tower on the CNJ Mainline in Cranford NJ for the final time on her way home from Newark NJ.

7/30/1981

The Reading’s Crusader crosses the Rar…

The Reading’s Crusader crosses the Raritan River from Manville at the Water Works in the brilliant sunshine on the final morning of operation.

Manville, NJ

7/30/1981

Crusader by Bill Wilcox Via Flickr: Southe…

Crusader

Crusader by Bill Wilcox

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Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority RDC3 9166 and RDC1 9154 operating as Conrail Trenton Line train 5619, the westbound Crusader, cross the massive Dock bridge and enter Pennsylvania Station at Newark, New Jersey, USA, 16 June 1981.

Newark Penn Station in June 1981. Roger Puta…

Newark Penn Station in June 1981.  Roger Puta took these 6 from the southwest end of the platforms.

Newark Penn Station in June 1981. Roger Puta took these 6 from the southwest end of the platforms. by Marty Bernard

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SEPTA RDCs

Reading then SEPTA had been running to Newark since the 1967 and the RDC’s were the remnant of the “Wall Street”. One of the Budd RDCs on this train had a lunch counter with 4 or 6 tables and served coffee and snacks in the morning coming north from Philadelphia to Newark and drinks and snacks in the evening going south.

Remants of the Crusader heading to Newark B…

Remants of the Crusader heading to Newark

Bound Brook, NJ

5/18/1981

One of the more obscure parts of NJ Transits…

One of the more obscure parts of NJ Transits operations was a pair of Newark-Philadelphia trains to Reading Terminal. There were two pairs, the Crusader and the Wall Street, which ran Philly-Newark in the morning, and returned to Philly in the afternoon. These were vestiges of once hourly service behind streamlined Pacifics that ran to and from Jersey City via CNJ and Reading. By 1981 this service was running with RDCs from Newark as part of the Aldene Plan, which got all CNJ trains out of their Jersey City terminal and consolidated passenger runs out of Newark on the PRR. This was the Crusader boarding at Newark.

4/21/1981