Wilmington/Newark Line

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Wilmington/Newark Line
Wilmington Newark Line 2015.png
Map of Wilmington/Newark Line with current stops
Type Commuter rail line
System SEPTA
Status Operating
Termini Newark
Temple University
Stations 22
Daily ridership 9,689[1]
Website septa.org
Operator(s) SEPTA Regional Rail
Rolling stock Electric Multiple Units
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
Marcus Hook
Trainer Closed
Thurlow Closed
Highland Avenue
Lamokin Street Closed 2003
Chester Transportation Center
Baldwin Closed 1981
Crum Lynne
Ridley Park
Prospect Park
Sharon Hill
Academy Closed 1949
Curtis Park
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 New Jersey Transit
Suburban Station
Jefferson Station
Temple University

The Wilmington/Newark 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.


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

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, and kept it until 1968, when it merged into Penn Central. In 1976 Conrail took over, and SEPTA took over in 1983.

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.

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

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
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:

Fare zone Milepost Station name Boardings County City Notes
C 0.9 University City 3,091 Philadelphia Splits from Airport Line and Media/Elwyn Line
2 6.1 Darby 102 Delaware Darby
2 6.8 Curtis Park 118 Sharon Hill
2 7.2 Sharon Hill 127 Near Sharon Hill Route 102 station
2 7.7 Folcroft 193 Folcroft
2 8.3 Glenolden 210 Glenolden
2 9.0 Norwood 308 Norwood
2 9.5 Prospect Park 196 Prospect Park The station was named Moore until April 1, 1932[2]
3 10.4 Ridley Park 291 Ridley Park
3 11.2 Crum Lynne 80
3 12.3 Eddystone 63 Eddystone Included site of former Baldwin Locomotive Works factory
3 13.4 Chester 314 Chester
3 15.5 Highland Avenue 83
3 17.1 Marcus Hook 605 Marcus Hook
4 19.6 Claymont 572 New Castle Claymont, DE Station closed from 1982–1990; reopened 1991.[3]
4 26.8 Wilmington 790 Wilmington, DE Amtrak station
4 32.5 Churchmans Crossing 467 Newark, DE Also known as Fairplay, rush hour service only; station opened in 2000.[3]
4 38.7 Newark 358 Limited Northeast Regional service, rush hour service only

A midday weekday shuttle bus is run by DART First State between Wilmington and Newark, charging train fares.


Fiscal year Average weekday Annual passengers
FY 2013 9,689 2,709,934[4]
FY 2013 9,654 2,700,254[5]
FY 2012 9,636 2,695,065[6]
FY 2011 9,322 2,607,330[7]
FY 2010 9,274 2,541,095[8]
FY 2009 9,230 2,529,112[9]
FY 2008 9,856 2,700,500[10]
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

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