North Philadelphia (SEPTA Regional Rail station)

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North Philadelphia
Amtrak station
SEPTA Regional Rail commuter rail station
WTP2 Mike Reali 05b.jpg
North Philadelphia station looking northeast
Location 2900 North Broad Street PA-611.svg
Philadelphia, PA
Owned by Amtrak
Line(s) Amtrak: SEPTA:
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform (Amtrak and Trenton Line)
2 side platforms (Chestnut Hill West Line)
Tracks 4 (Amtrak and Trenton Line)
2 (Chestnut Hill West Line)
City Bus SEPTA City Bus: 4, 16, 54
Parking 333 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code PHN
Fare zone C (SEPTA)
Opened 1896[1]
Rebuilt 1999
Passengers (2009) 164 (daily) Increase 11% (SEPTA)
Passengers (2014) 644 annually[2]Increase 9.15% (Amtrak)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Harrisburg
Keystone Service
Northeast Regional
Chestnut Hill West Line
toward Trenton
Trenton Line
  Former services  
Pennsylvania Railroad
toward Chicago
Main Line
Trenton Line
toward Trenton
Chestnut Hill Line
Germantown Junction Station
North Philadelphia (SEPTA Regional Rail station) is located in Pennsylvania
North Philadelphia (SEPTA Regional Rail station)
Location 2900 North Broad Street
North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°59′51″N 75°9′16″W / 39.99750°N 75.15444°W / 39.99750; -75.15444Coordinates: 39°59′51″N 75°9′16″W / 39.99750°N 75.15444°W / 39.99750; -75.15444
Built 1896
Architect Theophilus Parsons Chandler, Jr.; Roydhouse Arey & Co.
Architectural style Renaissance, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 92000940[3]
Added to NRHP July 8, 1999

North Philadelphia, formerly Germantown Junction Station,[3] is a railroad station on the Northeast Corridor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It is an above-ground station at 2900 North Broad Street in the city's North Philadelphia section. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's (SEPTA) Regional Rail accounts for most of the station's service, and five Amtrak trains stop each weekday.

Layout and service[edit]

Amtrak southbound Northeast Regional #161 with high horsepower HHP-8 locomotives #662 and #654 pictured in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 3, 2011 en-route to Washington D.C.

The station is 4.4 miles from upper level 30th St Station via the outbound track, or 4.5 miles via the inbound. It is immediately northeast of where SEPTA's Chestnut Hill West Line diverges from the Northeast Corridor, which carries SEPTA's Trenton Line. Platforms for the two lines are a short distance apart.

Two high-level island platforms serve three of the four Northeast Corridor tracks. The Trenton Line trains make regular stops at these platforms. The station and tracks are owned by Amtrak, and five of their trains stop at this station each weekday.[4][5] On the SEPTA-owned Chestnut Hill West line, two low-level platforms serve Chestnut Hill West trains, which normally treat North Philadelphia as a flag stop.[6]

The station is within a few blocks of the North Broad station on SEPTA's Main Line (formerly belonging to the Reading Company), and the North Philadelphia subway station on SEPTA's Broad Street Line. The station has SEPTA ticket offices, retail shops, restaurants, and access to Broad Street businesses. As of 2006, the SEPTA Trenton and Chestnut Hill West had an average of 219 weekday boardings and 245 weekday disembarks.[7] These numbers are a key reason why North Philadelphia is among Amtrak's least busy stations.[8]

History and architecture[edit]

According to the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings project, the main structure of the station was built from 1896 to 1901 for the Pennsylvania Railroad, and was designed by Theophilus Parsons Chandler, Jr. After construction, it served as Philadelphia's sole stop for virtually the entire PRR east/west main line traffic, including such crack runs as the General. the Spirit of St. Louis and the legendary Broadway Limited train,[9] as well as the General Motors Aerotrain. In 1977, Amtrak undertook a major rehabilitation of the station that cost approximately $300,000. Work included improvements to the waiting room, roof and portico; painting; and repairs to the restrooms. [10] The station includes a 333-space parking lot, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been documented by the Historic American Buildings Survey.


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