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Conrail Mercury: Photos
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48' Strick trailers were the primary Conrail Mercury trailer, with some second-hand 45' Monon units being added in the mid-1990s. Unless noted differently, trailers on this page are Stricks. This trailer is interesting since it lacks the usual USPS Contractor sticker.
Location: Camp Hill, PA   1992
Photo Online: May 22, 1998
CRMZ 239001
CRMZ 229001
John Becker (84K)

The white Strick trailers seemed to easily succomb to weather as you can see from the rust and grime washing down the sides.
Location: Wyomissing, PA   2-7-97
Photo Online: June 19, 2000
crmz229033
CRMZ 229033
Bob Waller (101K)

Conrail trailers could be seen on flatcars from any railroad. This trailer just happens to be ridding on a Norfolk Southern flat car built from the frame of an old boxcar.
Location: Wyomissing, PA   1996
Photo Online: June 19, 2000
crmz229045
CRMZ 229045
Bob Waller (100K)

A number of Mercury trailers were assigned to dedicated corridor service, as on this one assigned to New Jersey-Dallas service. However, this dedicated service didn't seem to last long. The US Mail is painted red on the end of this unit instead of the usual blue. 229084 is ridding atop a 4-Runner flat on CSX intermodal Q14413 prior to the take-over.
Location: Flomaton, AL   2-14-98
Photo Online: June 19, 2000
CRMZ 229084
CRMZ 229084
Rob Russell (97K)

Another shot of the same trailer above heading away from us.
Location: Flomaton, AL   2-14-98
Photo Online: June 19, 2000
CRMZ 229084
CRMZ 229084
Rob Russell (97K)

Another dedicated Mercury trailer actually on a train from New Jersey that will pass through Ohio--MAIL-3.
Location: Wyomissing, PA   6-96
Photo Online: June 19, 2000
crmz229114
CRMZ 229114
Bob Waller (95K)

Well, this is another dedicated service trailer but it's not exactly in its service lane in eastern Pennsylvania on MAIL-3, is it? It would be great if Microscale did a proper Mercury set in the future and inculded a good selection of such destinations.
Location: CP Belt (Reading, PA)   1-4-97
Photo Online: June 19, 2000
CRMZ 229119
CRMZ 229119
Bob Waller (111K)

48' Strick trailer. Painted for Pittsburgh to Chicago service.
Location: Union Furnace, PA   1994
Photo Online: May 22, 1998
CRMZ 229191
CRMZ 229191
John Becker (71K)

Trailers and containers often experienced damage while in service. Sometimes the entire trailer would be repainted, but often the shops repaired the damaged section, leaving the patched look you see on this trailer riding on an FEC flat.
Location: Berea, OH   10-9-97
Photo Online: June 19, 2000
CRMZ 229200
CRMZ 229200
Rob Russell (70K)

45' Monon trailer. Former Xtra trailer with CRMZ markings.
Location: Allentown, PA   1995
Photo Online: May 22, 1998
CRMZ 239228
CRMZ 239228
John Becker (52K)

45' Monon trailer. Former Xtra trailer without logo.
Location: Harrisburg, PA   1995
Photo Online: May 22, 1998
CRMZ 239317
CRMZ 239317
John Becker (48K)


Containers:

53' Monon container. This is a good shot of the front end of a container. Shot on mail train MAIL-3.
Location: Bound Brook, NJ   8-92
Photo Online: June 19, 2000
CRMU 231043
CRMU 231043
Rob Russell (149K)

53' Monon container. Side view. Note the repaired and repainted section.
Location: Lewistown, PA   10-2-97
Photo Online: June 19, 2000
CRMU 231056
CRMU 231056
Rob Russell (94K)

53' Monon container. Good shot of rear of a container.
Location: Bound Brook, NJ   8-92
Photo Online: June 19, 2000
CRMU 231063
CRMU 231063
Rob Russell (136K)

Technically an NACS container, this was painted to commemorate the anniversary of the joint venture between the railroads pictured on the side.
Location: Pennsecola, FL   1-24-99
Photo Online: June 19, 2000
NCRU 489120
NCRU 489120
Rob Russell (93K)


Chassis:

John Becker informed me that when the Mercury containers were purchased, a like number of chassis were ordered. Blue CRMZ chassis were for 48' containers, while the gray CRMZ chassis were for the 53' containers.
Location:   1998
Photo Online: August 8, 1998
CRMZ 131047 Chassis
CRMZ 131047
Wes Reminder (51K)

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