Wilmington/Newark Line

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Wilmington/Newark Line
Wilmington Newark Line 2015.png
Map of Wilmington/Newark Line with current stops
Overview
Type Commuter rail
System SEPTA Regional Rail
Status Operating
Termini Newark
Temple University
Stations 22
Daily ridership 9,689[1]
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

Northeast Corridor
Newark Amtrak
Churchmans Crossing
Wilmington Amtrak
Claymont
Delaware
Pennsylvania
Marcus Hook
Trainer
Closed
Thurlow
Closed
Highland Avenue
Lamokin Street
Closed 2003
Chester Transportation Center
Eddystone
Baldwin
Closed 1981
Crum Lynne
Ridley Park
Prospect Park
Norwood
Glenolden
Folcroft
Sharon Hill
Academy
Closed 1949
Curtis Park
Darby
Paschall
Closed 1903
Bonaffon
Closed
Mount Moriah
Closed
58th Street
Closed
Grays Ferry
Closed
42nd Street
Closed
Airport Line, Media/Elwyn Line
University City
South Street
Closed 1903
30th Street StationAmtrak NJ Transit
Suburban Station
Jefferson Station
Temple University

The Wilmington/Newark Line 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. It is the longest of the 13 SEPTA Regional Rail lines.

Route[edit]

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

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 station (a few continue to/from Norristown). On weekends Marcus Hook/Wilmington trains run through to and from Manayunk/Norristown Line points.

History[edit]

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. 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. In 1968, the Pennsylvania Railroad merged into Penn Central. In 1976 Conrail took over, and SEPTA took over on January 1, 1983. When SEPTA took over service, commuter rail service in Delaware was eliminated, with the Claymont and Edgemoor stations closed.[2]

Under SEPTA, commuter service from Philadelphia originally terminated in Marcus Hook. In 1989, service was extended south into Delaware to end at Wilmington. A stop was added in Claymont in 1991. SEPTA service was extended south from Wilmington to Newark in 1997. The Churchmans Crossing station between Wilmington and Newark opened in 2000.[3]

SEPTA activated positive train control on the Wilmington/Newark Line on May 1, 2017.[4]

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]

A train seen at Prospect Park Station
SEPTA Regional Rail train at Wilmington station
Map showing also former stops of the line in light red.

The Wilmington/Newark Line trains make the following station stops, after leaving the Center City Commuter Connection:

Zone
[5]
Station Miles (km)
from Center City
Date
opened
Date
closed
Connections / notes
C University City Handicapped/disabled access 0.9 miles (1.4 km)     SEPTA: Airport Line, Media/Elwyn Line, Warminster Line, West Trenton Line; Bus transport 40, LUCY
Philadelphia city line
2 Darby 6.1 miles (9.8 km)    
Curtis Park 6.8 miles (10.9 km) March 7, 1949[6]   SEPTA: Bus transport 115
Academy   March 7, 1949[6]
Sharon Hill 7.2 miles (11.6 km)     SEPTA: 102 (Sharon Hill); Bus transport 115
Folcroft 7.7 miles (12.4 km)     SEPTA: Bus transport 115
Glenolden 8.3 miles (13.4 km)    
Norwood 9.0 miles (14.5 km)    
Prospect Park 9.5 miles (15.3 km)     The station was named Moore until April 1, 1932[7]
3 Ridley Park 10.4 miles (16.7 km) 1871[8]  
Crum Lynne 11.2 miles (18.0 km)     SEPTA: Bus transport 114
Baldwin   October 4, 1981[9]
Eddystone 12.3 miles (19.8 km)     SEPTA: Bus transport 37
Chester Transportation Center Handicapped/disabled access 13.4 miles (21.6 km)     SEPTA: Bus transport 37, 109, 113, 114, 117, 118, 119
Lamokin Street   July 1, 2003[10]
Highland Avenue 15.5 miles (24.9 km)     SEPTA: Bus transport 113
Trainer   1979
Marcus Hook 17.1 miles (27.5 km)   SEPTA: Bus transport 119
PennsylvaniaDelaware state line
4 Naaman   March 26, 1978[11]
Claymont Handicapped/disabled access 19.6 miles (31.5 km) 1983 DART First State: Bus transport 31, 61
Claymont station was closed from January 1, 1983[2]–1990; reopened 1991.[12]
Edge Moor   January 1, 1983[2]
Wilmington Handicapped/disabled access 26.8 miles (43.1 km) 1989   Amtrak: Acela Express, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Northeast Regional, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter

DART First State: Bus transport 2, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 28, 31, 33, 35, 38, 40, 45, 48, 52, 54, 55, 59, 301, 305 (seasonal)

Churchmans Crossing Handicapped/disabled access 32.5 miles (52.3 km) 2000   DART First State: Bus transport 33, 54, 59, 62
Newark Handicapped/disabled access 38.7 miles (62.3 km) 1997   Amtrak: Northeast Regional
DART First State: Bus transport 16, 33, 46, 59, 302
Cecil Transit: Bus transport 4, 5
UNICITY: Bus transport N1, N2

Ridership[edit]

Fiscal year Average weekday Annual passengers
FY 2013 9,689 2,709,934[13]
FY 2013 9,654 2,700,254[14]
FY 2012 9,636 2,695,065[15]
FY 2011 9,322 2,607,330[16]
FY 2010 9,274 2,541,095[17]
FY 2009 9,230 2,529,112[18]
FY 2008 9,856 2,700,500[19]
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SEPTA (June 2015). Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Service Plan. p. 98" (PDF). 
  2. ^ a b c "Rail Unions Set Strike Deadline". The Morning News. Wilmington, Delaware. February 10, 1983. p. 23. Retrieved October 30, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Delaware State Rail Plan" (PDF). Delaware Department of Transportation. 2011. Retrieved March 24, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Positive Train Control Update". SEPTA. May 1, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Wilmington/Newark Line Timetable" (PDF). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. September 10, 2017. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "New Curtis Park Station". Delaware County Daily Times. March 5, 1949. p. 2. Retrieved April 1, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ Baer, Christopher T. "A General Chronology of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company Its Predecessors and Successors and Its Historical Context: 1932" (PDF). Pennsylvania Railroad Technical Historical Society. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Latest News By Mail". Lancaster Daily Intelligencer. November 23, 1880. p. 2. Retrieved April 1, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ "On the Railroad Lines" (PDF). The Delaware Valley Rail Passenger. Vol. 21 no. 6-7. Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers. July 2003. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Public Notice: Station Abandonment". The Philadelphia Inquirer. January 6, 1978. p. 17. Retrieved October 30, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ "Delaware State Rail Plan" (PDF). Delaware Department of Transportation. 2011. p. 4-6, 4-8. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  13. ^ "SEPTA (June 2015). Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Service Plan. p. 98" (PDF). 
  14. ^ "SEPTA (May 2014). Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Service Plan. p. 60" (PDF). 
  15. ^ "SEPTA (May 2013). Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Service Plan. p. 44" (PDF). 
  16. ^ "SEPTA (May 2012). Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Service Plan. p. 55" (PDF). 
  17. ^ http://www.septa.org/reports/pdf/asp12.pdf
  18. ^ http://www.septa.org/reports/pdf/asp11.pdf
  19. ^ http://www.septa.org/reports/pdf/asp10.pdf

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