County Line (SEPTA station)

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This article is about the former station on an abandoned segment of the SEPTA Fox Chase line. For the existing station on the SEPTA Norristown High Speed Line, see County Line (SEPTA NHSL station).
County Line
SEPTA regional rail
AEF County Line Station, 1985 restored.jpg
The former County Line station viewed circa 1985.
Station statistics
Address 511 County Line Road
Upper Southampton, PA
Coordinates 40°09′53″N 75°03′36″W / 40.1648°N 75.0600°W / 40.1648; -75.0600Coordinates: 40°09′53″N 75°03′36″W / 40.1648°N 75.0600°W / 40.1648; -75.0600
Line(s)
Structure type station shed (demolished)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Other information
Closed January 14, 1983
Electrified no
Owned by SEPTA
Formerly Reading Railroad
Services
Preceding station   SEPTA.svg SEPTA   Following station
(closed 1966)
Fox Chase Line
(closed 1983)
toward Newtown

County Line is a derelict station located along SEPTA's Fox Chase/Newtown Line located on County Line Road near New Road in Upper Southampton, Pennsylvania near the County Line Industrial Park.

History[edit]

County Line Station, and all of those north of Fox Chase, was closed on January 14, 1983,[1] due to failing diesel train equipment.

In addition, a labor dispute began within the SEPTA organization when the transit operator inherited 1,700 displaced employees from Conrail. SEPTA insisted on utilizing transit operators from the Broad Street Subway to operate Fox Chase-Newtown diesel trains, while Conrail requested that railroad motormen run the service. When a federal court ruled that SEPTA had to use Conrail employees in order to offer job assurance, SEPTA cancelled Fox Chase-Newtown trains.[2] Service in the diesel-only territory north of Fox Chase was cancelled at that time, and County Line station still appears in publicly posted tariffs.[3]

Although rail service was initially replaced with a Fox Chase-Newtown shuttle bus, patronage remained light, and the Fox Chase-Newtown shuttle bus service ended in 1999.

The station shed was demolished in the 1990s.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ newtownline.pa-tec.org/history
  2. ^ Tulsky, Fredric N. (January 29, 1982). "Conrail Staff Must Run Trains: court ruling bars SEPTA takeover". Philadelphia Inquirer. SEPTA must use Conrail workers rather than its own personnel to run trains over the region's 13 commuter lines, a special federal court has ruled in a decision that offers some job assurance for 1,700 Conrail employees next year. The special court, in an opinion issued Wednesday, ruled that SEPTA had acted legally in October when it replaced Conrail workers with its former subway operators on the line.
  3. ^ SEPTA Tariff No. 154; effective July 1, 2009

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