Chelten Avenue (SEPTA station)

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Chelten Avenue
SEPTA regional rail
Chelten Avenue Station.jpg
The station at Chelten Avenue, facing the Chelten Avenue bridge in October 2012.
Station statistics
Address 399 Chelten Avenue
(Chelten Avenue & Pulaski Street)
Philadelphia, PA, 19144
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking 27 spaces
Other information
Opened 1915
Electrified 1918
Owned by SEPTA
Fare zone 2
Preceding station   SEPTA.svg SEPTA   Following station
Chestnut Hill West Line
  Former services  
Pennsylvania Railroad
Chestnut Hill Line

Chelten Avenue Station is a SEPTA Regional Rail station at 315 and 318-20 West Chelten Avenue in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The concrete station structure, part of a Pennsylvania Railroad grade-separation project completed in 1918 in conjunction with electrification of the line, was designed by William Holmes Cookman.[1]

A station has been at this location since 1885. Known initially as Germantown, the 1918 station was named Chelten Avenue to avoid confusion with the Philadelphia & Reading's Germantown station. The original station building was a two-story stone structure at street level on the outbound side. Retained in that general location after the 1918 grade separation, it was demolished circa 1958, replaced by a small brick ticket office on the inbound side which remains in use today.[2]

The station is in zone 1 on the Chestnut Hill West Line, on former PRR tracks, and is 8.1 track miles from Suburban Station. It contains concrete-arch covered staircases on all four corners of the Chelten Avenue Bridge over the tracks leading to the station platforms. In 2004, this station saw 441 boardings on an average weekday. Despite having high-level platforms, the station is not ADA accessible, as it lacks ramps or elevators from the street down to platform level.


  1. ^ "Chelten Avenue Station". Philadelphia Archiects and Buildings. The Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Lynch, James J. D. Jr. (1982). The Chestnut Hill and Fort Washington Branches. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA: Philadelphia Chapter, Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society. pp. 10–11, 22. 

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Coordinates: 40°01′48″N 75°10′52″W / 40.0300°N 75.1812°W / 40.0300; -75.1812