Whitford (SEPTA station)
SEPTA Regional Rail commuter rail station
|Address||1597 South Whitford Road and Spackmans Lane, Exton, PA 19341 USA|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Parking||229 spaces (daily)|
|Bicycle facilities||2 racks (4 spaces)|
|Passengers (2011)||323 (weekday boardings)|
Whitford Railroad Station
|Location||405 South Whitford Road
|NRHP Reference #||84003324|
|Added to NRHP||1984|
Whitford Station is a commuter rail station located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia at South Whitford Road and Spackman Lane, Exton, Pennsylvania. It is served by most Paoli/Thorndale Line trains.
The Whitford Flyover
Whitford Station is best known for the abandoned railway trestle that sits directly above the station site. The current station sits along the once-busy former Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) four-track Main Line, which, in its prime, hosted a constant flow of commuter and long distance trains. To circumvent constant bottlenecks near Philadelphia, the PRR constructed a low-grade double-track electrified line in 1906 to host its freight traffic. This was done to bypass the steep grades and busy Philadelphia suburbs. Known as the Philadelphia and Thorndale Branch (or the "High Line"), the line ran alongside the current Paoli/Thorndale Line, crossing (or "flying") over it via a massive trestle directly above the Whitford Station. After the sharp decline in rail traffic in the 1970s, the freight line was abandoned outright by Conrail in 1989. In addition, the current passenger line was reduced from four tracks to three in the 1960s.
In its heyday, the PRR produced a series of calendars that included paintings of scenes throughout the extensive rail system. Artist Grif Teller captured a busy moment at Whitford in his "Main Lines—Freight and Passenger" painting from 1949, when the overhead trestle was still in use.
On August 2, 1984, the station house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is no ticket office at the station. There are 229 parking spaces at the station for daily parking, some of which sit on the abandoned freight line that crosses over the station site.
- "Transportation Planning for the Philadelphia–Harrisburg "Keystone" Railroad Corridor" (PDF). Federal Railroad Administration. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
- "Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. pp. 71–72. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- Chester County Listings at the National Register of Historic Places
- Pennsylvania Railroad Stations Past and Present
- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. PA-522, "Pennsylvania Railroad, Whitford Bridge"
- SEPTA - Whitford Station