Downingtown station

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SEPTA.svg Downingtown
Amtrak station
SEPTA Regional Rail commuter rail station
Downingtown Station Pennsylvania 2018a.jpg
Station with downtown Downingtown in the background
Location198 West Lancaster Avenue
and Stuart Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335
Coordinates40°00′09″N 75°42′37″W / 40.002545°N 75.710363°W / 40.002545; -75.710363
Owned byAmtrak[1]
Operated byAmtrak & SEPTA
Line(s)Keystone Corridor (Main Line)
Platforms2 side platforms
Connectionslocal transit Krapf's Transit Route A
local transit TMACC Evening Link
Structure typeEnclosed plexiglas shelters
Parking360 spaces (226 daily, 134 municipal)
Bicycle facilities2 racks (4 spaces)
Other information
Station codeDOW (Amtrak)
Fare zone4 (SEPTA)
Opened19th century
Passengers (FY 2017)87,443[2]Increase 12.7% (Amtrak)
Passengers (2012)359 (weekday boardings)[3] (SEPTA)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Harrisburg
Keystone Service
toward New York
Paoli/​Thorndale Line
Former services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Pittsburgh
former limited service
toward New York
Closed 1996
toward Parkesburg
Parkesburg Line
Discontinued 1996
Pennsylvania Railroad
toward Chicago
Main Line

Downingtown station is a commuter and intercity passenger rail station located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia at West Lancaster Avenue & Stuart Avenue in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. It is served by most Amtrak Keystone Service and SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale Line trains, and until November 7, 2011, the eastbound Amtrak Pennsylvanian on Sundays only.

The original Downingtown station was built in the 19th century by the Pennsylvania Railroad, and was destroyed by fire in the early morning of February 24, 1992.[4] The foundation from the old station can still be seen today.[5]

There is no ticket office at this station. There are 360 parking spaces for daily parking at the station–223 spaces are owned by SEPTA, and the remaining are part of an adjacent municipal lot. This is 32.8 track miles from Philadelphia's Suburban Station. Downingtown is the western-most Amtrak station on the Keystone Corridor that is also served by SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale service. Additionally, the Krapf's Transit Route A and TMACC Evening Link buses serve the station. In 2011, the average total weekday boardings at this station was 359, and the average total weekday alightings was 315.[3]

Station layout[edit]

Downingtown has two low-level side platforms. A center track is not used for passenger service.

Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Track 2 Paoli/Thorndale Line toward Thorndale (Terminus)
Keystone Service toward Harrisburg (Coatesville)
Pennsylvanian does not stop here
No service ← No regular service →
Track 1 Pennsylvanian does not stop here →
Keystone Service toward Philadelphia or New York (Exton)
Paoli/Thorndale Line toward Suburban Station or Temple University (Whitford)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
B Underpass Crossunder between platforms



  1. ^ "Transportation Planning for the Philadelphia–Harrisburg "Keystone" Railroad Corridor" (PDF). Federal Railroad Administration. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 21, 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Amtrak State Fact Sheet, FY2017, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. pp. 71–72. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 February 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  4. ^ McKinney, Kevin (February 25, 1992). "Blaze Destroys Historic Train Station in Downingtown". The Philadelphia Inquirera. p. B1, B7. Retrieved March 30, 2018 – via open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Railroad Stations Past and Present

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Coordinates: 40°00′09″N 75°42′37″W / 40.002545°N 75.710363°W / 40.002545; -75.710363