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Todd and Tim's Railfan Guide to
LANGHORNE, WOODBOURNE,
 MORRISVILLE, and YARDLEY PA

 

In General
Getting Here
Map
Station by Station
Sights
Pictures
Signals
Fire & Police
Floobydust
USGS Maps

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In General

Location / Name:
Langhorne PA
Morrisville PA
Woodbourne PA
Yardley PA
All in Bucks County

What's Here:
SEPTA Commuter Rail
NJT Yard, Morrisville
Morris Tower on the NEC
Former Philadelphia & Reading Bridge over the Delaware River at Yardley
CSX 5 Track Yard, Woodbourne
Interchange, Woodbourne

Data:
GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 215 and 267
ZIP: Langhorne 19047
        Morrisville 19067
        Woodbourne 19047
        Yardley 19067

Access by train/transit:
SEPTA West Trenton Line:
     Langhorne Station
     Woodbourne Station
     Langley Station
SEPTA Trenton Line: No stops in PA

The Scoop:

There are three SEPTA stations are on the West Trenton line, which ends 1.2 miles over the border into New Jersey, at West Trenton.  This line used to be the Philadelphia and Reading RR, back in the early part of the 1900's.

The SEPTA Trenton line passes thru the area in Morrisville, but does not stop until it gets into Trenton NJ.

There are two yards in the area: CSX has one on the old P&Rrr in Woodbourne, and NJT has a yard on the west side of Morrisville.  Between 2013 and 2015, both CSX and SEPTA added a 3rd track between the yard and the bridge across the Delaware River to accommodate the additional traffic.

In 2016 & 2017 Lower Makefield created “Quiet Zones” for all the Septa \ CSX track that runs through the township.  See below for links to stories about the quiet zones.

Acknowledgements:
Tim Glen
Jersey Mike
Dan Davis
Bob Vogel
Denver Todd

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morrisville_Yard
http://www.buckslocalnews.com/yardley_news/lower-makefield-awards-bid-for-railroad-quiet-zone-project-three/article_067a2c9b-1922-5fe0-93e2-f7b41fdb2471.html
http://www.buckslocalnews.com/news/quiet-zones-blanket-lower-makefield-s-three-railroad-crossings-in/article_dfc3fa2b-3823-510d-b54d-3c825bfb5981.html


Getting Here

Getting to G



Map





Station by Station


Yardley

GPS Coordinates: 40.235095, -74.830944





Woodbourne

GPS Coordinates:  40.190869, -74.890861





  Photo courtesy Jersey Mike



Langhorne

GPS Coordinates: 40.160824, -74.912504







Sights


  P&Rrr Bridge

This two track concrete viaduct crosses the Delaware River, and handles SEPTA Commuter and CSX trains.  Good pictures can be had from the PA side off River Road in the morning, but the trains are up high if you're shooting close to the bridge.




  CSX Yard

GPS Coordinates:  40.179563,-74.8960985









  RBB&B Circus Train, 2011





  NJT Morrisville Yard

GPS Coordinates:  40.194953, -74.791143









  Morris Tower on the NEC

GPS Coordinates:  40.202966, -74.773793

Access is very easy, as it is right off of the S Pennsylvania Ave exit off of US 1.









Signals


  NB/SB Trilight Signals

These signals, tri-light style colorlights, are adjacent to the Langhorne station on the West Trenton line and have easy to access for photography.





  NB PCL Signals

Here at Morris Interlocking, there are two sets of signal bridges for NB traffic.  The set of three signals is for commuter trains coming out of the Morristown NJT yard, and the larger northern bridge is for northbound trains on both side of the NEC.











Pictures

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Fire and Police


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Floobydust


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Historical USGS Maps


Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.




Disclaimers:

I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, myindexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in :-)

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

Aerial shots were taken from either Google Maps or www.bing.com/maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given!  Please be NICE!!!  Contact info is here


Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.

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