County Line station (SEPTA Regional Rail)

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County Line
Former SEPTA regional rail station
County Line SEPTA station site September 2016.jpg
County Line station site in September 2016
Location511 County Line Road
Upper Southampton, PA
Coordinates40°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
Owned bySEPTA
Line(s)
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks1
Construction
Structure typestation shed (demolished)
History
ClosedJanuary 14, 1983
Electrifiedno
Former services
Preceding station SEPTA.svg SEPTA Following station
Bryn Athyn Newtown Line Southampton
toward Newtown
Preceding station Reading Railroad Following station
Woodmont
toward Cheltenham
Newtown Branch Southampton
toward Newtown

County Line station is a derelict SEPTA Regional Rail station in Upper Southampton Township, Pennsylvania. It served a now-abandoned segment of the Fox Chase Line, and was located on County Line Road 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 using 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 Archived 2011-05-11 at the Wayback Machine
  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 Archived May 31, 2012, at the Wayback Machine

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