Wilmington/Newark Line

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     Wilmington/Newark Line
SEPTA R2 Gliding Along.jpg
A train seen at Prospect Park Station.
Overview
Type Commuter rail line
System SEPTA
Status Operating
Termini Newark
Temple University
Stations 22
Daily ridership 9,274
Website septa.org
Operation
Operator(s) SEPTA Regional Rail
Rolling stock Electric Multiple Units
Technical
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification Overhead Catenary 12.5kV 25 Hz AC
Route map
Amtrak to Washington, D.C. and points south
Newark
Churchmans Crossing
Wilmington
Claymont
Fare Zone 4
Delaware/Pennsylvania border
Marcus Hook formerly Linwood
Trainer closed
Thurlow replaced by Highland Avenue
Highland Avenue
Lamokin Street closed July 1, 2003
Chester Transportation Center
Baldwin closed July 29, 1981
Eddystone
Crum Lynne
Ridley Park
Fare Zone 3
Prospect Park name changed from Moore April 1, 1932
Norwood
Glenolden
Folcroft
Sharon Hill
Academy closed April 1949 and replaced by Curtis Park, 550 feet to the north
Curtis Park opened April 1949, replacing Academy, 550 feet to the south
Darby
Paschall closed April 5,1903
Bonaffon closed
Mount Moriah closed
58th Street closed
Grays Ferry closed
42nd Street closed
Fare Zone 2
Airport Line, Media/Elwyn Line
University City
South Street closed April 5, 1903 (was on opposite side of South Street from University City)
30th Street Station
Suburban Station
Market East
Temple University

The Wilmington/Newark is a route of the SEPTA Regional Rail commuter rail system in the Philadelphia area. The line serves southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware, with stations in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, Wilmington, Delaware, and Newark, Delaware.

Route[edit]

The Wilmington/Newark Line runs on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, making local stops along the way.

The line north of Wilmington was originally built by the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad. The original alignment was opened January 17, 1838, and on November 18, 1872 a realignment opened north of Chester (part of the old route is now used for the Airport Line). South of Wilmington the line was built by the Wilmington and Susquehanna Railroad and opened July 31, 1837. The Pennsylvania Railroad obtained control in the early 1880s, and kept it until 1968, when it merged into Penn Central. In 1976 Conrail took over, and SEPTA took over in 1983.

Electrified service was opened between Philadelphia and Wilmington on September 30, 1928. Electrified operation was extended to Newark and beyond to Washington, D.C. on February 10, 1935.

Only weekday peak trains run to Newark. One morning train to Newark runs as an express service from University City to Chester before turning into a local serving Marcus Hook and the Delaware stations. About half the trains on weekends terminate at Marcus Hook. Service in Delaware is funded in part by the Delaware Department of Transportation.

Most weekday Marcus Hook/Wilmington/Newark trains operate through the Center City tunnel to and from the Temple University (a few continue to/from Norristown). On weekends Marcus Hook/Wilmington trains run through to and from Norristown line points.

Name change[edit]

R2 Newark.gif

On July 25, 2010 SEPTA renamed the service from the R2 Newark to the Wilmington/Newark Line as part of system-wide service change that drops the R-number naming and makes the Center City stations the terminus for all lines. This also ended the combined R2 Newark/R2 Warminster service.

Station list[edit]

The Wilmington/Newark Line trains make the following station stops, after leaving 30th Street Station:

Train approaching Claymont.
Fare zone Milepost Station name Boardings County City Notes
C 0.9 University City 2365 Philadelphia Splits from Airport Line and Media/Elwyn Line
2 6.1 Darby 93 Delaware Darby
2 6.8 Curtis Park 100 Sharon Hill
2 7.2 Sharon Hill 119 Near Sharon Hill (SEPTA Route 102 station)
2 7.7 Folcroft 174 Folcroft
2 8.3 Glenolden 223 Glenolden
2 9.0 Norwood 220 Norwood
2 9.5 Prospect Park 221 Prospect Park named Moore Station until April 1, 1932
3 10.4 Ridley Park 248 Ridley Park
3 11.2 Crum Lynne 92
3 12.3 Eddystone 58 Eddystone Included site of former Baldwin Locomotive Works factory
3 13.4 Chester 303 Chester
4 15.5 Highland Avenue 84
4 17.1 Marcus Hook 464 Marcus Hook
4 19.6 Claymont 555 New Castle Claymont, DE
4 26.8 Wilmington 848 Wilmington, DE Amtrak station
5 32.5 Churchmans Crossing 295 Newark, DE Also known as Fairplay, rush hour service only
5 38.7 Newark 332 Limited Northeast Regional service, rush hour service only

A midday weekday shuttle bus is run by DART First State between Wilmington and Newark, charging train fares.

Fiscal year Average weekday Annual passengers
FY 2010 9,274 2,541,095[1]
FY 2009 9,230 2,529,112[2]
FY 2008 9,856 2,700,500[3]
FY 2005 6,681 1,842,696
FY 2004 7,146 2,005,818
FY 2003 7,519 1,767,700
FY 2001 n/a 1,843,000
FY 2000 n/a 1,872,000
FY 1999 n/a 1,674,000
FY 1997 n/a 1,736,322
FY 1996 n/a 1,781,775
FY 1995 6,878 1,848,873
FY 1994 6,435 1,694,315
FY 1993 6,261 1,701,754
Note: n/a = not available

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