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The Wilmington/Newark Line is a route of the SEPTA Regional Rail commuter rail system in the Philadelphia area. The line serves southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware, with stations in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, Wilmington, Delaware, and Newark, Delaware. It is the longest of the 13 SEPTA Regional Rail lines.

Wilmington/Newark Line
Wilmington Newark Line 2015.png
Map of Wilmington/Newark Line with current stops
Overview
TypeCommuter rail
SystemSEPTA Regional Rail
StatusOperating
TerminiNewark
Temple University
Stations22
Daily ridership9,727 (Spring 2018) [1]
Websitesepta.org
Operation
Operator(s)SEPTA Regional Rail
Rolling stockElectric Multiple Units, push-pull trains
Technical
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
ElectrificationOverhead Catenary 12.5 kV 25 Hz AC
Route map

Northeast Corridor
to Washington
38.7 mi
62.3 km
Newark Amtrak
32.5 mi
52.3 km
Churchmans Crossing
26.8 mi
43.1 km
Wilmington Amtrak
19.6 mi
31.5 km
Claymont
Delaware
Pennsylvania
Zone
 4 
3
17.1 mi
27.5 km
Marcus Hook
Trainer
closed
Thurlow
closed
15.5 mi
24.9 km
Highland Avenue
13.4 mi
21.6 km
Chester
12.3 mi
19.8 km
Eddystone
Baldwin
closed
11.2 mi
18 km
Crum Lynne
10.4 mi
16.7 km
Ridley Park
Zone
 3 
2
9.5 mi
15.3 km
Prospect Park
9.0 mi
14.5 km
Norwood
8.3 mi
13.4 km
Glenolden
7.7 mi
12.4 km
Folcroft
7.2 mi
11.6 km
Sharon Hill
Academy
closed
6.8 mi
10.9 km
Curtis Park
6.1 mi
9.8 km
Darby
Zone
 2 
C
Paschall
closed
Bonaffon
closed
Mount Moriah
closed
58th Street
closed
Grays Ferry
closed
42nd Street
closed
Airport Line
to Philadelphia Airport
West Chester Line
to West Chester
1.8 mi
2.9 km
University City
South Street
closed
0.9 mi
1.4 km
30th Street StationAmtrak NJ Transit
0 mi
0 km
Suburban Station
0.5 mi
0.8 km
Jefferson Station
2.1 mi
3.4 km
Temple University

Contents

RouteEdit

The Wilmington/Newark Line runs on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, making local stops along the way.

Only weekday peak trains run to Newark. One morning train to Newark runs as an express service from University City to Chester before turning into a local serving Marcus Hook and the Delaware stations. About half the trains on weekends terminate at Marcus Hook. Service in Delaware is funded in part by the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).

Most weekday Marcus Hook/Wilmington/Newark trains operate through the Center City tunnel to and from the Temple University station (a few continue to/from Elm Street in Norristown on the Manayunk/Norristown Line. On weekends most Marcus Hook/Wilmington trains run through to and from Lansdale/Doylestown Line points.[2]

HistoryEdit

The line north of Wilmington was originally built by the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad. The original alignment was opened January 17, 1838, and on November 18, 1872 a realignment opened north of Chester (part of the old route is now used for the Airport Line). South of Wilmington the line was built by the Wilmington and Susquehanna Railroad and opened July 31, 1837. The Pennsylvania Railroad obtained control in the early 1880s. Electrified service was opened between Philadelphia and Wilmington on September 30, 1928. Electrified operation was extended to Newark and beyond to Washington, D.C. on February 10, 1935. In 1968, the Pennsylvania Railroad merged into Penn Central. In 1976 Conrail took over, and SEPTA took over on January 1, 1983. When SEPTA took over service, commuter rail service in Delaware was eliminated, with the Claymont and Edgemoor stations closed.[3]

Under SEPTA, commuter service from Philadelphia originally terminated in Marcus Hook. In 1989, service was extended south into Delaware to end at Wilmington. A stop was added in Claymont in 1991.[4] In the mid-1990s, a transportation study took place for extending SEPTA service from Wilmington to Newark. The proposal called for stations at Newport (near the former Newport Railroad Station), Metroform (now Churchmans Crossing), Newark, and West Newark (at Otts Chapel Road). A review by DelDOT challenged the locations of the stations in Newport, Newark, and West Newark.[5] SEPTA service was extended south from Wilmington to Newark in 1997. The Churchmans Crossing station between Wilmington and Newark opened in 2000.[4]

SEPTA activated positive train control on the Wilmington/Newark Line on May 1, 2017.[6]

Name changeEdit

On July 25, 2010 SEPTA renamed the service from the R2 Newark to the Wilmington/Newark Line as part of system-wide service change that drops the R-number naming and makes the Center City stations the terminus for all lines. This also ended the combined R2 Newark/R2 Warminster service.

Station listEdit

 
A train seen at Prospect Park Station
 
SEPTA Regional Rail train at Wilmington station
 
Map showing also former stops of the line in light red.

The Wilmington/Newark Line trains make the following station stops, after leaving the Center City Commuter Connection:

Zone
[2]
Station Miles (km)
from Center City
Date
opened
Date
closed
Connections / notes
C University City   1.8 miles (2.9 km)     SEPTA: Airport Line, Manayunk/Norristown Line, Media/Elwyn Line, Warminster Line, West Trenton Line;   40, LUCY
Philadelphia city line
2 Darby 6.1 miles (9.8 km)    
Curtis Park 6.8 miles (10.9 km) March 7, 1949[7]   SEPTA:   115
Academy   March 7, 1949[7]
Sharon Hill 7.2 miles (11.6 km)     SEPTA: 102 (Sharon Hill);   115
Folcroft 7.7 miles (12.4 km)     SEPTA:   115
Glenolden 8.3 miles (13.4 km)    
Norwood 9.0 miles (14.5 km)    
Prospect Park 9.5 miles (15.3 km)     The station was named Moore until April 1, 1932[8]
3 Ridley Park 10.4 miles (16.7 km) 1871[9]  
Crum Lynne 11.2 miles (18.0 km)     SEPTA:   114
Baldwin   October 4, 1981[10]
Eddystone 12.3 miles (19.8 km)     SEPTA:   37
Chester Transportation Center   13.4 miles (21.6 km)     SEPTA:   37, 109, 113, 114, 117, 118, 119
Lamokin Street   July 1, 2003[11]
Highland Avenue 15.5 miles (24.9 km)     SEPTA:   113
Trainer   1979
Marcus Hook 17.1 miles (27.5 km)   SEPTA:   119
PennsylvaniaDelaware state line
4 Naaman   March 26, 1978[12]
Claymont   19.6 miles (31.5 km) 1983 DART First State:   31, 61
Claymont station was closed from January 1, 1983[3]–1990; reopened 1991.[13]
Edge Moor   January 1, 1983[3]
Wilmington   26.8 miles (43.1 km) 1989   Amtrak: Acela Express, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Northeast Regional, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter

DART First State:   2, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 28, 31, 33, 35, 40, 45, 48, 52, 54, 55, 301, 305 (seasonal)

Churchmans Crossing   32.5 miles (52.3 km) 2000   DART First State:   33, 54, 62
Newark   38.7 miles (62.3 km) 1997   Amtrak: Northeast Regional
DART First State:   16, 33, 46, 302
Cecil Transit:   4, 5
UNICITY:   N1, N2

RidershipEdit

Fiscal year Average weekday Annual passengers
FY 2016 9,689 2,709,934[14]
FY 2013 9,654 2,700,254[15]
FY 2012 9,636 2,695,065[16]
FY 2011 9,322 2,607,330[17]
FY 2010 9,274 2,541,095[18]
FY 2009 9,230 2,529,112[19]
FY 2008 9,856 2,700,500[20]
FY 2005 6,681 1,842,696
FY 2004 7,146 2,005,818
FY 2003 7,519 1,767,700
FY 2001 n/a 1,843,000
FY 2000 n/a 1,872,000
FY 1999 n/a 1,674,000
FY 1997 n/a 1,736,322
FY 1996 n/a 1,781,775
FY 1995 6,878 1,848,873
FY 1994 6,435 1,694,315
FY 1993 6,261 1,701,754
Note: n/a = not available

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Septa Route Statistics 2018." (PDF). p. 350.
  2. ^ a b "Wilmington/Newark Line Timetable" (PDF). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. December 16, 2018. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Rail Unions Set Strike Deadline". The Morning News. Wilmington, Delaware. February 10, 1983. p. 23. Retrieved October 30, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  
  4. ^ a b "Delaware State Rail Plan" (PDF). Delaware Department of Transportation. 2011. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "DelDOT Questions Planned Rail Stops". The News Journal. Wilimington, Delaware. November 26, 1994. p. 3. Retrieved April 17, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.  
  6. ^ "Positive Train Control Update". SEPTA. May 1, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "New Curtis Park Station". Delaware County Daily Times. March 5, 1949. p. 2. Retrieved April 1, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  8. ^ Baer, Christopher T. "A General Chronology of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company Its Predecessors and Successors and Its Historical Context: 1932" (PDF). Pennsylvania Railroad Technical Historical Society. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "Latest News By Mail". Lancaster Daily Intelligencer. November 23, 1880. p. 2. Retrieved April 1, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  10. ^ Tulsky, Fredric N. (September 24, 1981). "Rail Cuts Approved by SEPTA". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. 23. Retrieved October 30, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  
  11. ^ "On the Railroad Lines" (PDF). The Delaware Valley Rail Passenger. Vol. 21 no. 6–7. Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers. July 2003. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  12. ^ "Public Notice: Station Abandonment". The Philadelphia Inquirer. January 6, 1978. p. 17. Retrieved October 30, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  
  13. ^ "Delaware State Rail Plan" (PDF). Delaware Department of Transportation. 2011. p. 4-6, 4-8. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  14. ^ "SEPTA (June 2015). Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Service Plan. p. 98" (PDF).
  15. ^ "SEPTA (May 2014). Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Service Plan. p. 60" (PDF).
  16. ^ "SEPTA (May 2013). Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Service Plan. p. 44" (PDF).
  17. ^ "SEPTA (May 2012). Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Service Plan. p. 55" (PDF).
  18. ^ http://www.septa.org/reports/pdf/asp12.pdf
  19. ^ http://www.septa.org/reports/pdf/asp11.pdf
  20. ^ http://www.septa.org/reports/pdf/asp10.pdf

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