Parkesburg Amtrak station on the eastbound track 1.
|Location||West First Avenue and
South Culvert Street
Parkesburg, PA 19365
|Line(s)||Keystone Corridor (Main Line)|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Passengers (2016)||46,950 3.3%|
Parkesburg is an Amtrak train station located between Lancaster and Philadelphia at West First Avenue and South Culvert Street in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania. It is served by most Amtrak Keystone Service trains. A station building exists at the stop, but is not currently used as a ticket office. The distance between Parkesburg and the next westbound station (Lancaster) is the longest distance between stations (23 miles) anywhere within the Pennsylvania section of the Keystone Service.
From circa 1914 through 1972, Parkesburg Tower was located near the Atlantic Avenue bridge. The tower served as a communication/signalling point for westbound (to Lancaster and beyond) trains, and a routing location for eastbound trains entering the Main Line of the Pennsylvania Rail Road. A small service yard was also located nearby for both track service and to assist with sideling switching. Parkesburg Station once was the western-most stop for the SEPTA R5 commuter line (now the Paoli/Thorndale Line). It was truncated to Downingtown in November 1996 because of the need for trains to deadhead to Lancaster to turn around. It has since been re-extended to Thorndale, a few miles west of Downingtown.
- "Amtrak State Fact Sheet, FY2016, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
- "SEPTA Board Cuts Service; But Opposition is Spirited". The Philadelphia Daily News. October 25, 1996. p. 12. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
- "Parkesburg Yesterday". Parkesburg Today. 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
- Amtrak – Stations – Parkesburg, PA
- Parkesburg Amtrak Station (USA RailGuide -- TrainWeb)
- Parkesburg, PA (PAR) (Amtrak's Great American Stations)
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