D&HRailnut wrote:ConRail Corp was made up of these roads:
All these railroads and properties of such were conveyed to ConRail Corp on April 1, 1976.
Ann Arbor Railroad Company
The Central Railroad Company of New Jersey
Chicago River and Indiana Railroad Company
Dayton Union Railway Company
Erie Lackawanna Railway Company
Indianapolis Union Railway Company
Ironton Railroad Company
Lehigh and Hudson River Railway Company
Lehigh and New England Railway Company
Lehigh Valley Railroad Company
The New York and Long Branch Railroad Company
Penn Central Transportation Company (except employees of Canada Southern)
Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines
Peoria and Eastern Railway Company
Raritan River Railroad Company
Union Depot Company
This comes from an official memo.
Not ALL of the above railroads were conveyed to Conrail. Only the
portions of the properties that it was intended for Conrail to operate were
conveyed. Ownership of properties, facilities and lines which Conrail was
not to operate remained with the estate of the pre-existing railroad such
as Lehigh Valley, Erie Lackawanna etc. There were a few examples where
the states bought various properties or lines to keep them in service or at
least intact and not torn up. The lines that were not turned over to
Conrail or sold to the states or others were abandoned and torn up by the
estate of the railroad that owned them at the time of conveyance.
This was incorporated in the "Final System Plan" of the USRA and this was
also listed in bulletin orders and general orders that were issued on day
one of Conrail.
There were a few examples where Conrail agreed to run local freight service over lines that were not conveyed to Conrail on day one but ended up being sold to various states. Lines in this catagory include Mt. Kisco - Brewster (Harlem Line) and Bradley Beach - Bay Head (North Jersey Coast Line). In addition, some LDL (light density lines) that were not sold to Conrail were operated by Conrail for a limited period with the operation supported by funds from the state involved, lines in this
catagory would include the Catskill Mountain Branch between Kingston and
Bloomville, NY but this line was abandoned the same year of the Conrail
takeover but after the takeover date, ownership of this line remained with
the estate of Penn Central and it was eventually sold by that estate.
Another example of this would be the Cape Cod Line to Hyannis as the
portion between Sandwich and Hyannis which was not included in the lines
to be conveyed to Conrail but was operated by Conrail until all of the
Cape Lines that had been owned by Penn Central/Conrail were sold to the
state of Massachusetts and eventually the Bay Colony became the freight
operator. (The portion between Sandwich and Hyannis although operated
by Conrail for a period was never sold to Conrail.
There were a number of other lines that were never owned by Conrail but
were operated by Conrail for a period until they were eventaully sold to
another railroad or more likely a state for either operation or for rail bank.