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SEPTA's
ROUTE 101 and 102 TROLLEY LINES
69th St Transportation Center to Media & Sharon Hill
Philadelphia PA

 

 

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The 101 and 102 routes are collectively known as the Media and Sharon Hill Lines because of their destinations.  The 101 and 102 lines have been known by these destinations forever.

The Kawasaki K-cars used on these lines were delivered in the 1980-1982 timeframe, and there are around 29 of them in use on these two lines.  They are considered LRV's, but remind you more of an updated streetcar or PCC car when you ride them.  The shops for the cars are adjacent to the 69th St Transportation center, co-located with the Market-Frankford subway cars.

A couple of other interesting notes:
     These two lines use pantographs on the cars instead of the more traditional trolley poles used on the Surface Subway lines!
     The cars are double ended because there are no loops on either lines except for 69th Street.

Since the cars are 30+ years old, there is always talk about replacing them, but one of the things that has kept SEPTA so far from doing so, is that they have been able SO FAR to circumvent the ADA requirement for handicapped access.  If they get new cars, both lines will need to be upgraded, a very expensive proposition.  Also, keep in mind that when the cars get into Media, they run up the middle of the street with no real station per se, further complicating the problem.  One thought is to stop service short of the downtown Media area.  This is all scuttlebutt right now, stuff you read in the paper, but something that will have to be dealt with eventually as SEPTA brings the lines into the modern era........

All pictures by Todd Sestero unless noted.

More info can be found at:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SEPTA_Routes_101_and_102
    http://www.septa.org/maps/trolley/city.html
    http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/streetcars/
    https://ceramembersblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/septa-red-car-media-trolley-fantrip/ (PS - as of 1/1/2016, this website is in danger of losing it's host due to non-payment)
    http://www.phillytrolley.org/redarrow.html
    http://www.phillytrolley.org/1980Kcars/1980Kcars.html







The Red Arrow lines 103 and 104 were discontinued in the 1980's.  Routes 101 and 102 are the Red Arrow survivors!  PDF here


At the 69th St Terminal (Transportation Center)

        Inside, of course

    Two cars "headin into the barn".

  Car #120 waiting to be dispatched.

  Car #128 coming into the terminal.

      Cars waiting to go into active service, coming from the yard area.

    Car #112 waiting to head out.

      Car #112 finally gets the go-ahead.

      A couple of cars coming into 69th St.




At Drexel Hill Junction

  After the split headed to Media.

  An inbound and outbound car at Drexel Hill.

  Car #101 approaching the split, coming in from Sharon Hill.

  Outbound car approaching the split.

  Looking towards 69th St from the Media branch.

 

In Media

    At the end of the line in Media, don't you love the way the rails just STOP?!  A rarity in today's over regulated environment.

  Car #111 inbound to 69th St.

  Car #120 coming into Media.



Around the system


Picture by John Engleman, 31DEC2015, around 00:30... OK, so it's technically 1/1/2016 :-)  Even tho the car says it's a 34 line car, it's at the end of the 102 line at Chester Pike.  The car is "wrapped" in the former Red Arrow paint scheme, and also bears the number 38 on the car, (on this side - to the left of the "front" doors, under the sill between the first two windows), in honor of the first car to reach Media back in the very early 1900's.  The wrap is supposed to be removed within the next three months or so (as of 1/1/16).  From the CERA website: To help celebrate 100 years of trolley service to Media, Pennsylvania, the Friends of Philadelphia Trolleys sponsored a fantrip on May 5, 2013 using a pair of Kawasaki LRVs. (Once the “new kids on the block,” these are basically updated PCC-type cars, and have 33 years of service with no end in sight.) SEPTA helped give the fantrip a boost by putting a retro overwrap on car 101, in Philadelphia and West Chester red.

 
Both photos by David Sadowski from the CERA website and the 2013 fantrip.

   Around Hilltop Road.

  Courtesy Tim Vermande!

  Also courtesy Tim Vermande!

  Another one by Tim Vermande!
Known as an "80" car, these cars were built in 1932 by Brill, and have the same electrical system as 6119 at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum.  About half of these cars were saved.



Signals

The 101 and 102 lines employ a mixture of signals.  Most of them are colorlight signals.  Around the 69th St Transportation Center, they are all over the place because of the interlocking and crossovers.  Once the trolleys get out on the main line, they use bar signals to avoid confusion with regular street signals for vehicular traffic (this is for the sake of car drivers and not the operators).  Both high and dwarf signals are used when appropriate.  Some of the colorlight signals are 3 aspect, and others are 2 aspect.

    Vehicular warning lights at Drexel Hill Junction.

  Looking towards 69th St at Drexel Hill Junction.

  Looking towards the 69th St Transportation Center from the other side of Market St.

  Bar and colorlight signals near 69th St.

  Bar and colorlight signals on the mainline.

      Signal S90 at the end of a passing siding.

      Bar signals displaying clear, adjacent to a grade crossing where the signals could be seen by vehicular traffic.

  Bar signal and an inbound train around Hilltop Road.

  A typical two color intermediate signal on the mainline.

          Signals seen from the starting position at 69th St.





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