COMMUTER TRAINS

PHILADELPHIA

Southeastern Pennsylania Transportation Authority

Present operator of commuter rail service.


Pennsylvania Railroad

Former railroad operated all service from Broad Street Station, after 1952 the Suburban Station, over 3 main routes and various branches.

Also served the two level 30th Street Station, which opened in 1933 as primary intercity station for Pennsylvania Railroad, now Amtrak.

The Airport Line opened in 1985.

PENNSYLVANIA LINES
New York Division, Philadelphia-Trenton, now the Trenton Line
Maryland Division, Philadelphia-Wilmington, now the Wilmington Line
Philadelphia Division, Philadelphia-Paoli-Thorndale, now the Paoli-Thorndale Line
Chestnut Hill Branch, Philadelphia-Chestnut Hill, now the Chestnut Hill West Line
Schuylkill Branch, Philadelphia-Reading
cut back to Norristown 1953, cut back to Manayunk 1960, cut back to Cynwyd 1986
remainder now the Cynwyd Line
West Chester Branch, Philadelphia-West Chester
cut back to Elwyn 1986, remainder now the Media-Elwyn Line
Airport Line, Philadelphia-Airport, opened in 1985
Fort Washington Branch, Allen Lane-White Marsh, discontinued 1952
Octoraro Branch, Wawa-Oxford, discontinued 1948
Frazer Branch, Frazer-West Chester, replaced with bus 1932, discontinued early 1940's


Reading Railroad

Former railroad operated all service from Reading Terminal, over 3 main routes and various branches.

In 1984 the Reading Terminal was replaced by the underground Market East station, as part of the Center City Tunnel connecting with the former Pennsylvania Railroad lines at the Suburban Station.

In 1983, all remaining diesel service to Newtown, Bethlehem and Pottsville was discontinued.

Until 1958, Baltimore & Ohio intercity passenger trains used Reading trackage from Philadelphia east to Bound Brook NJ, where a connection was made with the Central Railroad of New Jersey to Jersey City. The Baltimore & Ohio station in Philadelphia was located at 24th St. and Chestnut St., requiring a different routing than the trains serving the Reading Terminal. Service continued between Philadelphia Reading Terminal and Jersey City until 1982.

READING LINES
Bethlehem Branch, Philadelphia-Bethlehem
cut back to Lansdale 1983, remainder now the Lansdale Line
Chestnut Hill Branch, Wayne Jct.-Chestnut Hill, now the Chestnut Hill East Line
Doylestown Branch, Lansdale-Doylestown, now the Doylestown Line
New Hope Branch, Glenside-New Hope
cut back to Hatboro/replaced with bus 1954, bus discontinued early 1960's
extended to Warminster 1974,
remainder now the Warminster Line
Newtown Branch, Cheltenham Jct.-Newtown
cut back to Fox Chase 1983, remainder now the Fox Chase Line
New York Branch, Jenkintown-Bound Brook Jct.
cut back to West Trenton 1982, remainder now the West Trenton Line
New York Short Line, Newtown Jct.-Neshaminy Falls, discontinued early 1930's
Norristown Branch, 16th St. Jct.-Norristown, now the Norristown Line
Plymouth Branch, Oreland-Conshohocken, discontinued 1935
Perkiomen Branch, Perkiomen Jct.-Allentown, discontinued 1955
Pickering Valley Branch, Phoenixville-Byers, discontinued 1934
Stony Creek Branch, Norristown-Lansdale, discontinued 1936
Reading Division, Norristown-Reading-Pottsville, discontinued 1983


Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Lines

Former railroad operated trains mostly terminating in Camden NJ, with ferry connections to and from Philadelphia. While certain trains used the Pennsylvania Railroad line in and out of Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Lines was formed in 1933 as a joint subsidiary of Pennsylvania Railroad and Reading Railroad, which previously had operated separate lines in southern New Jersey. In 1969, Lindenwold was established as the terminal in the Philadelphia area, with trains connecting with the newly opened PATCO rapid transit line, crossing the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to and from Philadelphia. Trains to and from Millville continued to terminate at Camden, until they were discontinued in 1971. All remaining service discontinued in 1982, but restored in 1989 between Philadelphia and Atlantic City. In 2004, New Jersey Transit began operating its River Line service over the old Bordentown Branch, using diesel rail buses.

PENNSYLVANIA READING SEASHORE LINES
Atlantic City Line, Philadelphia-Atlantic City, discontinued 1982, restored 1989
Atlantic City Railroad, Camden-Clementon-Winslow Jct.
cut back to Clementon 1961, discontinued 1965
Cape May Line, Winslow Jct.-Cape May, discontinued 1981
Ocean City Branch, Tuckahoe-Ocean City, discontinued 1981
Wildwood Branch, Wildwood Jct.-Wildwood, discontinued 1972
Millville Line, Camden-Millville, discontinued 1971
Bridgeton Branch, Glassboro-Bridgeton, discontinued 1952
Salem Branch, Redoak-Salem, discontinued 1950
Penns Grove Branch, Redoak-Penns Grove, discontinued 1950
Newfield Branch, Newfield-Atlantic City, discontinued 1950
Birmingham Branch, Camden-Pemberton, discontinued 1969
Bordentown Branch, Camden-Trenton, discontinued 1963, now NJ Transit River Line


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