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 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.
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.
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||6.8||Curtis Park||118||Sharon Hill|
|2||7.2||Sharon Hill||127||Near Sharon Hill Route 102 station|
|2||9.5||Prospect Park||196||Prospect Park||The station was named Moore until April 1, 1932|
|3||10.4||Ridley Park||291||Ridley Park|
|3||12.3||Eddystone||63||Eddystone||Included site of former Baldwin Locomotive Works factory|
|3||17.1||Marcus Hook||605||Marcus Hook|
|4||19.6||Claymont||572||New Castle||Claymont, DE||Station closed from 1982–1990; reopened 1991.|
|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.|
|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|
|Note: n/a = not available|
- 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.
- "Delaware State Rail Plan" (PDF). Delaware Department of Transportation. 2011. p. 4-6, 4-8. Retrieved December 7, 2015.