Darlington station (SEPTA)

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Former SEPTA Regional Rail station
Looking down former Darlington station towards West Chester in 2017.jpg
Former Darlington station site in March 2017.
Location612 Darlington Road (approximately)
Chester Heights, Pennsylvania.
Coordinates39°54′14″N 75°28′09″W / 39.9039°N 75.4692°W / 39.9039; -75.4692Coordinates: 39°54′14″N 75°28′09″W / 39.9039°N 75.4692°W / 39.9039; -75.4692
Owned bySEPTA
Line(s)West Chester Line
Platforms1 side platform
Structure typedemolished
ClosedOctober 4, 1981[1]
Former services
Preceding station   SEPTA.svg SEPTA   Following station
(closed 1986)
toward West Chester
West Chester Line
(closed 1986)
Pennsylvania Railroad
toward West Chester
West Chester Branch

Darlington station is a defunct commuter rail station on the SEPTA Regional Rail R3 West Chester Line, located at 612 Darlington Road in Chester Heights, Pennsylvania. Originally built by the West Chester and Philadelphia Railroad, it later served the Pennsylvania Railroad's West Chester Branch, which finally became SEPTA's R3 line.

Looking up the access road to the former Darlington station in 2017

The station, and all of those west of Elwyn station, was closed in September 1986, due to deteriorating track conditions and Chester County's desire to expand facilities at Exton station on SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Line. Service was "temporarily suspended" at that time, with substitute bus service provided. Darlington station still appears in publicly posted tariffs. Darlington Station was named after the dairy located at that place. For years it was a flag stop, but was abandoned and then re-established. However, Darlington Station was demolished shortly after service ended. The concrete curb for the platform edge and the access road are all that remain.

Darling, Pennsylvania[edit]

A post office was established at the station in 1879, which led to the place name Darling being officially recognized.[2] The GNIS classifies it as a populated place with "Darlington" recognized as a variant.[3] The post office remained in operation until 1964.[4] "Darling" was used to prevent confusion with the town of Darlington located in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.


  1. ^ Tulsky, Fredric N. (September 24, 1981). "Rail Cuts Approved by SEPTA". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. 23. Retrieved October 30, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 31.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Darling
  4. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 5 January 2017.

External links[edit]

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