Take a Ride on the Reading

 

SEPTA Trip to Doylestown, July 2, 2013

On Tuesday, July 2nd, my brother Sean and I rode SEPTA from 30th Street Station to Market East where we changed trains, then via the old Reading Company to Doylestown via Lansdale.

Reading Terminal.
Lumix LX3 view of the cast iron sign on Market Street in front of Reading Terminal.
SEPTA Silverliner Vs at Market East station
SEPTA Silverliner Vs at Market East station, Philadelphia. Exposed with a Lumix LX3.

There’s lots of history along the way. SEPTA’s facilities at Wayne Junction reminded me of a railway museum. Perhaps they should give tours! Also, it has been 37 years since the Reading ran its own trains.

On April 1, 1976, Reading was among the lines blended into Conrail. While, 30 years ago, SEPTA was among the public organizations that assumed operations of commuter routes from Conrail.

The route from Wayne Junction to Lansdale is populated with a variety of vintage railway stations, some of them nicely restored.

The line is single track from Lansdale to Doylestown and has the feeling of an early 20th century interurban line; we passed fields of corn and forests, rural grade crossings and pastoral scenes.

Doylestown itself is the end of the line. The town is quaint and filled with numerous establishments where one can spend money. Among the attractions is the Mercer Museum.

Sean Solomon riding on a Silverliner IV, July 2, 2013. Lumix LX3 photo.
Sean Solomon riding on a Silverliner IV, July 2, 2013.
Lumix LX3 photo.
SEPTA at Doylestown
SEPTA at Doylestown. Lumix LX3 photo, contrast adjusted in post processing.

 

Mercer Museum
Doylestown’s Mercer Museum is just a short walk from the SEPTA station. Lumix LX3 photo from grass level.

 

SEPTA at Doylestown
SEPTA at Doylestown. Platform level view with a Lumix LX3.
SEPTA ticket for my trip back to Philadelphia. Macro view with Lumix LX3.
SEPTA ticket for my trip back to Philadelphia. Macro view with Lumix LX3.
A outbound Silverliner IV passes our train on single track. Lumix LX3 photo.
A outbound Silverliner IV passes our train on single track. Lumix LX3 photo.

The ride back toward Philadelphia is a long one. Perhaps SEPTA’s longest as measured in time?

 

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