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Regional Rail Service (Commuter Rail)

Note: the route numbers are provided for "historical" reference only, as SEPTA discontinued their use as of November 2010.  They have also changed the destinations slightly, as (for instance), the R2 line which used to run from Warminster on the northside, to Wilmington and Newark DE on the southside, and has split it up into two slightly overlapping routes.  Some of the routes now end at 30th Street Station, others will end at either Suburban Station or Temple University depending on their direction coming into 30th St.  Thanks to the guys on Yahoo's Philly Traction group for the info.

 Airport Line - PHL Airport - Center City/30th St - Temple University

 Warminster Line - Warminster PA - Center City/30th St - University City

 Wilmington / Newark Line - Newark/Wilmington DE - Center City/30th St - Temple University

 W Trenton Line - W Trenton NJ - Center City/30th St - University City

 Media / Elwyn Line - Elwyn PA - Center City/30th St - Temple University

 Lansdale / Doylestown Line - Doylestown PA - Center City/30th St

 Paoli / Thorndale Line - Thorndale PA - Center City/30th St - Temple University

 Cynwyd Line - Cynwyd PA - Center City/30th St - Suburban Station

 Manayunk / Norristown Line - Norristown PA - Center City/30th St

 Trenton Line - Trenton NJ - Center City/30th St - Temple University

 Chestnut Hill East Line - Chestnut Hill PA - Center City/30th St

 Chestnut Hill West Line - Chestnut Hill PA - Center City/30th St - Temple University

 Fox Chase Line - Fox Chase PA - Center City/30th St


Streetcar / Light Rail Lines

Philadelphia, as of today, only has one legitimate light rail line, the Norristown High Speed line.  It differs in a couple of respects however:  The line uses third rail for its power as opposed to a traditional overhead catenary system, and it operates most of the time with only single car sets.

The remainder of SEPTA's system still uses streetcars, and the Kawasaki's used are basically updated PCC cars (yes, I know that is redundant).  Interestingly, the streetcar fleet is made up of two power collection methods.  The Route 101 and 102 lines use pantographs, and the subway surface lines use trolley poles.  Additionally, the 101 and 102 cars are double ended because there are no loops on the end of either line.

FYI, back in the early 80's when Boston, San Francisco, and Philadelphia were looking at replacing their aging fleets, Philadelphia decided not to go along with Boston and San Francisco in their decision to buy the Boeing/Vertol cars.  The Boeing cars had to be taken out of service after 3 or 4 years, while 30+ years later, the Kawasaki's are still going strong!  It turned out to be one of the biggest blunders in transit history.

The Surface Subway lines run underground from the 13th St/Juniper station to the 40th Street Portal, except for the #10 Line, which comes above ground at 36th and Ludlow Streets, 5 or 6 blocks from the 30th Street Station.  The underground portion parallels the Market-Frankford Subway line from 33rd St east.

 Surface Subway - Overbrook to Center City - ends at 63rd St and Malvern Ave

 Surface Subway - DTC to Center City - ends at the Darby Transportation Center

 Surface Subway - Yeadon / DTC to Center City - Norristown

 the Girard Ave Streetcar Line - Haddington to Port Richmond - 63rd St and Girard to Richmond and Westmoreland Streets, uses the rebuilt PCC cars

 Surface Subway - Angora to Center City - ends at 61st St and Baltimore Ave

 Surface Subway - Eastwick to Center City - ends at the Eastwick Loop on Island Ave

 Norristown Light Rail Line - Norristown Transportation Center - 69th St Transportation Center

 Media Streetcar Line - Media - 69th St Transportation Center

 Sharon Hill Streetcar Line - Sharon Hill - 69th St Transportation Center

NOTES:

Yards and service facilities for the 100, 101, and 102 lines are adjacent to the 69th St Transportation Center, see my map for 69th St.

The #10 and #15  lines are serviced at the Callowhill facility, located at Callowhill and 59th Streets. 

The other lines are serviced from the Elmwood shops at Elmwood and Island Avenues. 

The #11 line crosses the CSX at Main and 6th Streets in Darby, something only seen in one or two other places in the U.S.

Photo ops for streetcars are too numerous for this page, I will try to point out some of the better ones on the pages for each section.

 




SEPTA's PDF map, shows all the stations and destinations, but no longer the old R2, R5, etc type designations (a sad loss).


Other SEPTA maps and info found......















 


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