Exploring Philadelphia on SEPTA.

Friday December 5, 2014.

SEPTA’s Independence Pass offers great value for the $12 price and more importantly gives you the freedom to jump from train to train and one mode to another without worrying about buying individual tickets.

We started at Overbrook, where the agent in the station sold us our Independance Passes. Of the tens of thousands of railway stations that once dotted the North American network, how many still have open ticket windows and waiting rooms for passengers? Lumix LX7 photo.
We started at Overbrook, where the agent in the station sold us our Independance Passes. Of the tens of thousands of railway stations that once dotted the North American network, how many still have open ticket windows and waiting rooms for passengers? Lumix LX7 photo.
Outbound SEPTA multiple unit at Overbrook, Pennsylvania. Lumix LX7 photo.
Outbound SEPTA multiple unit at Overbrook, Pennsylvania. Lumix LX7 photo.
SEPTA logo. Lumix LX7 photo.
SEPTA logo. Lumix LX7 photo.

My brother Sean set out on a wandering tour that included SEPTA’s commuter rail, Broad Street Subway and Market-Frankford rapid transit, and light rail lines.

Part of our quest was to find the elusive Oak Lane station on the former Reading Company lines.

Modern maps won’t show this station, and I had a special interest in finding it, which I’ll explain in tomorrow’s post! Stay tuned!

Inbound SEPTA train at Jenkintown on the former Reading. Lumix LX7 photo.
Inbound SEPTA train at Jenkintown on the former Reading. Lumix LX7 photo.
This sign was at the old Oak Lane Station. Mystery revealed tomorrow!
This sign was at the old Oak Lane Station. Mystery revealed tomorrow!
SEPTA trains at Fern Rock. Lumix LX7 photo.
SEPTA trains at Fern Rock. Lumix LX7 photo.
SEPTA 2304 was built in Graz, Austria. Lumix LX7 photo.
SEPTA 2304 was built in Graz, Austria. Lumix LX7 photo.
SEPTA's Broad Street Subway must be the region's least photographed railway line. Why, I don't know. Lumix LX7 photo.
SEPTA’s Broad Street Subway must be the region’s least photographed railway line. Why, I don’t know? Lumix LX7 photo.
Indeed!
Indeed!
Kowasaki cars on the Broad Street line.
Kowasaki cars on the Broad Street line.
Just so you know!
Just so you know!
Girard and Broad Street. Lumix LX7 photo.
Girard and Broad Street. Lumix LX7 photo.
Route 15 PCC's at the new Northern Liberties loop near the new Casino. Lumix LX7 photo.
Route 15 PCC’s at the new Northern Liberties loop near the new Casino. Lumix LX7 photo.
SEPTA PCC 2328 up close. Exposed using a Canon EOS 7D with 40mm Pancake lens.
SEPTA PCC 2328 up close. Exposed using a Canon EOS 7D with 40mm Pancake lens.
PCC 2324 at the Northern Liberties loop. Lumix LX7 photo.
PCC 2324 at the Northern Liberties loop. Lumix LX7 photo.
PCC at dusk on Frankford Street near The Handle Bar. LX7 Photo.
PCC at dusk on Frankford Street near The Handle Bar. LX7 Photo.
SEPTA's Market-Frankford El at dusk. Lumix LX7 photo.
SEPTA’s Market-Frankford El at dusk. Lumix LX7 photo.
Market-Frankford El at Girard Ave. Lumix LX7 photo.
Market-Frankford El at Girard Ave. Lumix LX7 photo.
SEPTA's celebrathing 50 years. Our passes were valid on the buses, but we opted for an all-rail journey. Lumix LX7 photo.
SEPTA’s celebrathing 50 years. Our passes were valid on the buses, but we opted for an all-rail journey. Lumix LX7 photo.
Philadelphia City Hall at night. Lumix LX7 photo.
Philadelphia City Hall at night. Lumix LX7 photo.
A Silverliner V dressed for the Philadelphia Eagles at Suburban Station.
A Silverliner V dressed for the Philadelphia Eagles at Suburban Station.
And, finally, back to Overbrook. LX7 photo.
And, finally, back to Overbrook. LX7 photo.

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Tomorrow; Oak Lane, revisited.