List of companies transferred to Conrail

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The Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) was formed on April 1, 1976 not by a standard merger, but as a new government corporation that took over only designated lines and other rail-related assets from the existing bankrupt companies. Seven major companies were included:

So were most railroads that had been leased or controlled by them, sometimes jointly.

Conrail maintained existing leases of the small Amsterdam, Chuctanunda and Northern Railroad (PC-NYC) and Central Railroad of Indianapolis (PC-NYC), as well as the Lehigh and Susquehanna Railroad (LV), owned by the non-railroad Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company.[2] In addition, Conrail acquired long-term leases on several Canadian properties (all PC-NYC): the St. Lawrence and Adirondack Railway, the Canada Southern Railway, and its subsidiaries Detroit River Tunnel Company and Niagara River Bridge Company. All of these Canadian companies but the St. Lawrence and Adirondack were given up in 1985.[3] None of the property of the New York and Harlem Railroad was transferred to Conrail, but a portion was operated under contract as a light-density line.

Name Control Notes
Allentown Terminal Railroad CNJ
Ann Arbor Railroad AA
Baltimore and Eastern Railroad PC (PRR)
Bay Shore Connecting Railroad CNJ/LV
Beech Creek Railroad PC (NYC)
Buffalo Creek Railroad EL (Erie)/LV Merged on December 31, 1983[4]
Central Indiana Railway PC (NYC/PRR)
Central Railroad of New Jersey CNJ
Central Railroad of Pennsylvania CNJ No real property conveyed
Chicago, Kalamazoo and Saginaw Railway PC (NYC)
Chicago River and Indiana Railroad PC (NYC)
Cleveland and Pittsburgh Railroad PC (PRR)
Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway PC (NYC)
Connecting Railway PC (PRR)
Dayton Union Railway PC (NYC/PRR)
Delaware Railroad PC (PRR)
Delaware and Bound Brook Railroad RDG
Detroit Manufacturers Railroad PC (NYC)
Dover and Rockaway Railroad CNJ
East Pennsylvania Railroad RDG
Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad PC (NYC)
Erie Lackawanna Railway EL (Erie/DL&W)
Erie and Pittsburgh Railroad PC (PRR)
Fort Wayne and Jackson Railroad PC (NYC)
Holyoke and Westfield Railroad PC (NH)
Hudson River Bridge Company at Albany PC (NYC)
Indianapolis Union Railway PC (NYC/PRR)
Ironton Railroad LV
Joliet and Northern Indiana Railroad PC (NYC)
Kalamazoo, Allegan and Grand Rapids Railroad PC (NYC)
Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railway EL (DL&W)
Lehigh and Hudson River Railway L&HR
Lehigh and New England Railway CNJ
Lehigh Valley Railroad LV
Little Miami Railroad PC (PRR)
Mahoning Coal Railroad PC (NYC)
Mahoning and Shenango Valley Company PC (NYC)
Michigan Central Railroad PC (NYC)
Monongahela Railway MGA Merged on May 1, 1993
Mount Hope Mineral Railroad CNJ
New York Connecting Railroad PC (NH/PRR)
New York and Long Branch Railroad PC (PRR)/CNJ
Niagara Junction Railway EL (Erie)/LV/PC (NYC)
North Brookfield Railroad PC (NH)
North Pennsylvania Railroad RDG
Northern Central Railway PC (PRR)
Norwich and Worcester Railroad PC (NH)
Penn Central Transportation Company PC (NYC/PRR/NH)
Penndel Company PC (NYC/PRR) Successor to a number of non-operating subsidiaries
Pennsylvania and Atlantic Railroad PC (PRR)
Pennsylvania–Reading Seashore Lines PC (PRR)/RDG
Pennsylvania Tunnel and Terminal Railroad PC (PRR)
Peoria and Eastern Railway PC (NYC)
Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad PC (PRR)
Philadelphia, Germantown and Norristown Railroad RDG
Philadelphia and Trenton Railroad PC (PRR)
Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railway PC (PRR)
Pittsburgh, Youngstown and Ashtabula Railway PC (PRR)
Plymouth Railroad RDG
Port Reading Railroad RDG
Raritan River Railroad PC (PRR)/CNJ Merged in April 1980[3]
Reading Company RDG
Rochester and Genesee Valley Railroad EL (Erie)
Shamokin Valley and Pottsville Railroad PC (PRR)
South Manchester Railroad PC (NH)
Trenton–Princeton Traction Company RDG
Troy and Greenbush Railroad PC (NYC)
Union Depot Company (Columbus, Ohio) PC (NYC/PRR)
Union Railroad of Baltimore PC (PRR)
United New Jersey Railroad and Canal Company PC (PRR)
Waynesburg Southern Railroad PC (PRR)
Waynesburg and Washington Railroad PC (PRR)
West Jersey and Seashore Railroad PC (PRR)/RDG
Wharton and Northern Railroad CNJ
Wilmington and Northern Railroad RDG
American Contract Company PC No real property conveyed
Communipaw Central Land Company CNJ
Consolidated Real Estate Company LV
Despatch Shops, Inc. PC
Eastern Real Estate Company RDG
Erie Land and Improvement Company EL (Erie)
Erie Land and Improvement Company of Pennsylvania EL (Erie)
Hoboken Ferry Company EL (DL&W)
Hudson Realty Company EL
Lawroy Land Company EL
Manor Real Estate Company PC
New York Central Development Corporation PC
Penndiana Improvement Corporation PC
Providence Produce Warehouse Company PC
United Real Estate Company LV
CSX Transportation Conrail Shared Assets Operations Norfolk Southern Railway Southern Railway Conrail Lehigh Valley Railroad Erie Lackawanna Railway Seaboard Coast Line Erie Railroad Central Railroad of New Jersey Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Norfolk & Western Railway Reading Railroad Seaboard Airline Railroad Chessie System Penn Central Transportation Company Wabash Railroad Louisville & Nashville Railroad Western Maryland Railway New York Central Pennsylvania Railroad Nickle Plate Railroad Virginian Railway New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
A family tree, so to speak, of Conrail, CSX Transportation, and Norfolk Southern Railway. Only major railroads are shown. Links are clickable.


  1. ^ a b Moody's Transportation Manual, 1975, p. 189
  2. ^ USRA (1975). "Final System Plan for Restructuring Railroads in the Northeast and Midwest Region Pursuant to the Regional Rail Reorganization Act of 1973." p. 230.
  3. ^ a b Moody's Transportation Manual, 1992, pp. 418, 446
  4. ^ Moody's Transportation Manual, 1984, p. xxi