Philadelphia to Harrisburg Main Line
The Philadelphia to Harrisburg Main Line is an electrified rail line owned and operated by Amtrak in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The line runs from Zoo interlocking (MP 1.9) in Philadelphia, where it meets the Northeast Corridor, west to Harrisburg (MP 104.6), where electrification ends. It is part of the longer Keystone Corridor, which continues west to Pittsburgh along the Norfolk Southern Railway's Pittsburgh Line.
Amtrak's Keystone Service and Pennsylvanian operate over the entire line. SEPTA Regional Rail Paoli/Thorndale Line trains operate east of Thorndale, with the rights to continue revenue service west to Parkesburg and to run west to Cork Interlocking (just east of Amtrak's Lancaster station) to reverse direction.
Freight trackage rights over the whole line are assigned to the Norfolk Southern Railway. The Canadian Pacific Railway also has rights over a small piece near Harrisburg, from the west end to Roy Interlocking in Royalton, to allow CP trains to get from the end of their Sunbury Line or Allentown to Perryville, Maryland.
|This section requires expansion. (May 2008)|
Of more than $26 million allocated to Pennsylvania rail projects by the 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, $25.6 million will be used to eliminate three grade crossings on the Philadelphia to Harrisburg Line. The elimination of the last grade crossings will allow for trains to travel at speeds up to 125 mph, instead of only 110 mph.
Stations and interlockings
See Keystone Service for more information Key
- (M) – Block and Interlocking Station (Manned)
- (T) – Temporary Block Station
- (X) – Interlocking
- (D) – DCS Block Limit
- R- – Remote Control From
- (Line Name) – Interchange with
|1.0||30th Street Station||AE CD CL CS KS NR PA PL SM SS VT||All||New Jersey Transit Atlantic City Line, all SEPTA commuter rail lines|
|1.9||ZOO||(M)(X)(D) (SEPTA Main Line, Amtrak NEC)|
|3.5||STILES||(X)(D) R-ZOO Tracks 2 and 4 only|
|4.0||VALLEY||(X)(D) R-OVERBROOK (SEPTA Cynwyd line) Tracks 1 and 2 only|
|4.1||PAXON||(X)(D) R-ZOO Track 4 only|
|5.1||WOODBINE||(X)(D) R-ZOO Track 4 only|
|10.1||Bryn Mawr||Bryn Mawr||Paoli/Thorndale||(X)(D) R-PAOLI|
|25.5||GLEN||(X)(D) R-THORN (NS Dale Secondary) Tracks 1 and 2 only|
|27.5||Exton||Exton||Keystone, Pennsylvanian (trains 42 eastbound only)||Paoli/Thorndale|
|36.6||CALN||(X)(D) R-THORN Track 1 and 2 only.|
|Paradise||planned future station which will connect with the historic Strasburg Rail Road|
|67.0||HOLLAND||(X)(D) R-CORK Track 4 only (NS New Holland Industrial)|
|68.1||CORK||(M)(X)(D) (NS Columbia Secondary)|
|70.0||LITITZ||(X)(D) R-CORK Track 2 only (NS Lititz Secondary)|
|80.1||Mount Joy||Mount Joy||Keystone|
|94.5||ROY||Middletown||(X)(D) R-STATE (NS Royalton Branch)|
|Harrisburg International Airport||A station to serve the airport is to be located west of the existing Middletown station|
|104.6||Harrisburg||Keystone, Pennsylvanian||End of electrification.|
- "The Electrification of the Pennsylvania Railroad from Broad Street Terminal Philadelphia to Paoli." The Electric Journal. Vol. 12, No. 12 (December 1915). (Pittsburgh, PA: The Electric Journal.) pp. 536-541.