Reading Depot

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Reading Depot,[3][4][5] commonly referred to as Reading outer station, was a train station in Reading, Pennsylvania, that served as a major hub between Philadelphia and Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Built in 1874, the station closed on March 16, 1969;[1] this was following the discontinuance of the last medium distance route to pass through the city, the Reading Railway's Queen of the Valley (HarrisburgJersey City). It was destroyed by fire on February 20, 1978.[2]

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The abandoned station in 1975
General information
LocationWoodward Street and 6th Street
Reading, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°20′34″N 75°55′33″W / 40.3427134°N 75.9257000°W / 40.3427134; -75.9257000
Platformstriangle platform
Structure typestation platform
ClosedMarch 16, 1969[1]
Former services
Preceding station Reading Railroad Following station
toward Pottsville
Main Line Franklin Street
Terminus Wilmington and Northern Branch Franklin Street
toward Wilmington
through to Harrisburg East Pennsylvania Railroad Temple
toward Allentown
toward Harrisburg
Lebanon Valley Branch through to Allentown
Sinking Spring Reading and Columbia Railroad Terminus
Terminus Schyulkill and Lehigh Railroad Muhlenberg
toward Slatington

The station was one of two in Reading, the other being Franklin Street station.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Reading's Outer Station to Close Sunday Night". The Lebanon Daily News. March 13, 1969. p. 4. Retrieved February 5, 2020 – via  
  2. ^ a b "State Briefs". The Republican and Herald. Pottsville, Pennsylvania. February 21, 1978. p. 11. Retrieved February 5, 2020 – via  
  3. ^ Barrett, William E. "Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, Reading Depot, North Sixth Street at Woodward Street, Reading, Berks County, PA". Library of Congress. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Reading Co. - Passenger Schedules". Reading Company Technical & Historical Society. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  5. ^ Reading Railway System (timetable) (PDF). May 29, 1943. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  6. ^ "The Reading Company Technical & Historical Society - A Brief History".

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