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CONRAIL'S NORTH JERSEY COAST LINE

    On April 1, 1976, the Central Railroad of New Jersey and Penn Central, co-owners and operators of the NY&LB, were absorbed along with other bankrupt northeastern roads into the Consolidated Rail Corporation. Conrail then began operating passenger service along its North Jersey Coast Line under contract for the New Jersey Department of Transportation. NJDOT had been funding replacement equipment for the state’s commuter operations since the late 1960s. CNJ’s shore trains had been re-equipped with new GP40Ps and coaches purchased from a variety of roads, some of which were Burlington Northern, Kansas City Southern and Rock island; however, by 1976, much of the former PC motive power and rolling stock covering the New York runs was suffering from years of deferred maintenance and required rebuilding or replacement.
    The pressing need for service improvement served as the catalyst for the equipment variety seen on the following pages. E8s were rebuilt by Illinois Central Gulf at Paducah, KY, Conrail at Elizabethport and General Electric at North Bergen. In an effort to present a new image for the benefit of passengers, NJDOT’s blue, silver and red scheme, which had debuted on the U34CH fleet operating on former Erie Lackawanna lines out of Hoboken Terminal, began appearing on North Jersey Coast Line power. Conrail provided its own E units and locomotives from its freight pool as required. Several E8s acquired from the Southern Railway added a splash of Southern green. Created in 1979, the colors of NJ Transit began appearing on locomotives in 1980. Further enhancing the equipment mix were Amtrak GG1s and E60CHs, which supplemented NJDOT’s own GG1 fleet as needed. In addition to passenger train operations, Conrail had its core business of freight trains to run and several views of freight action are included.
    
Major improvements to the railroad’s infrastructure took place as well during this period. Examples of such projects which appear in this book were the rehabilitation of the Navesink River bridge and the extension of electrification from South Amboy to Matawan. Although the book is intended to serve as a photographic remembrance of North Jersey Coast Line operations under Conrail and NJ Transit assumed operation of the railroad from Conrail effective January 1, 1983, several images taken after this date have been included as they portray trains whose consists remain relatively unchanged from the Conrail period. All in all, it was a fascinating period and provided the foundation for further enhancements resulting in the North Jersey Coast Line of today. Enjoy your ride through these pages.

Printed Hard Cover.
Suggested Retail $34.95

 

NORFOLK SOUTHERN in ACTION
This publication features the outstanding photography of Brandon Townley.  This 80 page book contains 100 hundred modern images of NS trains in action.  There is a great mixture of Heritage Units, NS B&W units, and Business Train Specials.
Printed Hard Cover.
Suggested Retail $29.95

CSX in ACTION
This publication features the outstanding photography of Brandon Townley.  This 80 page book contains 100 hundred modern images of CSX freight trains in action.
Printed Hard Cover.
Suggested Retail $34.95

Making Connections
HISTORY OF THE IRONTON RAILROAD

Within 264 pages are nearly 400 images (100 in full color) of one of the little shortline that once served the iron and cement region of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. The outstanding text details the history of the railroad from its conception to its abandonment and scrapping of the line.
Printed Hard Cover.
Suggested Retail $64.95

NORFOLK & WESTERN RAILWAY STEAM PICTORIAL
Photography by Benjamin T. Young
Text by Benjamin L. Bernhart
Printed Hard Cover.
Suggested Retail $29.95

LEHIGH VALLEY RAILROAD ~
A SELECT LOOK AT STATIONS, FACILITIES & LOCATIONS VOLUME 1: New York Harbor Region

by Benjamin L. Bernhart
Printed Hard Cover.
Suggested Retail $29.95

LEHIGH VALLEY RAILROAD ~
A SELECT LOOK AT STATIONS, FACILITIES & LOCATIONS VOLUME 2: Westward to Packerton
by Christopher Kozub & Benjamin L. Bernhart
Printed Hard Cover.
Suggested Retail $29.95

Pittsburgh Trolleys In Color Vol 2
    The West End and the South Side

$59.95
$48.00

Edward A. Ridolph

Pittsburgh’s South Hills and West End districts, as well as Washington, Pa., are featured in this look at the once extensive Pittsburgh Railways and Port Authority Transit trolley lines that served these areas. Standard cars, PCCs, and LRVs are all highlighted in this decades long coverage of Pittsburgh’s rail transit.

X Car Color Guide Volume 1: AACX-CRYX
$59.95 $48.00

James Kinkaid

More than 300 color photographs of privately-owned freight cars (“X-cars”) are examined in this first of a series. Reporting marks AACX to CRYX make up this volume.

Burlington Northern Power In Color Volume 3: Locomotives #6260-9977
$59.95  $48.00

Stephen M. Timko

Burlington Northern Power in Color, Volume 3 wraps up the coverage of this colorful, multi-road merged company. We’ll visit the shops, yards, and right-of-way to view the second-generation models such as SD38-2, SD45, F45, B39-8E, SD60 and SD70Mac’s, and the E’s and SDP’s as well as the F-units assigned to passenger duties.

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