North Broad (SEPTA station)
SEPTA regional rail
Signal bridge at Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue at the end of the platforms of North Broad station.
|Address||2601 North Broad Street near Lehigh Avenue
Broad Street Line LocalSEPTA City Bus: 4, 16, 54
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Fare zone||C (Central Philadelphia)|
North Broad Street Station, Reading Company
|Location:||2601 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
|Architect:||Horace Trumbauer; Irwin & Leighton|
|Architectural style:||Classical Revival|
|Added to NRHP:||March 28, 1996|
North Broad (known as North Broad Street until 1992) is a SEPTA Regional Rail station at 2601 North Broad Street (PA 611) south of Lehigh Avenue along the SEPTA Main Line. Unlike most stations, such as Wayne Junction, only the Lansdale/Doylestown Line and Manayunk/Norristown Line serve this station, while most trains pass by the station. The station has low-level platforms on the outside tracks, with "mini-high" platforms for wheelchair and ADA accessibility.
The historic 1929 station building on Broad Street, closed and sold by the Reading Railroad in the early 1960s, is now in use by a different occupant and is sealed off from the platforms, although the name engraved on the building ("North Broad Street Station") remains. Just across Broad Street to the west is the site of Baker Bowl, which was the home of the Philadelphia Phillies from 1887 through June 1938. The triangular building visible in the station photo here was originally a Ford Motor Company building, and appears in the background of many photos of Baker Bowl. North Broad Street Station replaced an earlier station, named Huntingdon Avenue, on the same site.
The 1929 station featured two island platforms which served all four tracks, connected by an underground walkway to the station, street, and the Broad Street Subway's North Philadelphia Station. All of these platforms and passages were removed or backfilled in 1992 as part of SEPTA's RailWorks bridge replacement project, in order to increase train speeds and to rationalize the platform area needed down to current boarding levels. The minimalist modular platforms are made of treated wood, allowing for ease of maintenance and replacement.
North Broad Station is within a few blocks of the North Philadelphia SEPTA-Amtrak station (formerly belonging to the Pennsylvania Railroad), which serves Amtrak's Keystone Service, Northeast Regional and SEPTA's Trenton and Chestnut Hill West Lines, and the North Philadelphia subway station on SEPTA's Broad Street Line.
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