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SEPTA Silverliner V near Wynnewood

A warm July Sunday along the Main Line found us near SEPTA’s Wynnewood Station, PA.

I made this coming and going sequence of an inbound SEPTA Silverliner V using my Z6 with 24-70mm Nikkor Z-series zoom.

The trees along the former Pennsylvania Railroad made for nice framing elements in the trailing view.

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SEPTA at Bryn Mawr

Last month, Kris and I paused at Bryn Mawr, that iconic place on the former Pennsy Main Line.

Here vestiges of the old order survive. The railroad is still comprised of directional four track. The old PRR catenary and support infrastructure is still being used as intended. Classic canopies cover the platforms. And the old PRR tower survives like a citadel from the days of yore.

An automated announcement advised passengers of late running trains.

Bad for them, but good for me. If SEPTA’s outbound train to Thorndale had been on time, I’d have missed my photograph!

I had just a few minutes before we had to leave to meet family in Ardmore for a dinner.

Photos exposed with my Nikon Z6 and processed digitally in Lightroom.

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Tracking the Night: SEPTA Paoli Station

Several nights ago, Kris and I delivered my brother Sean and his partner Isabelle to SEPTA’s Paoli, Pennsylvania station on the old Pennsylvania Railroad Main Line.

It had been quite a few years since my last visit and in the interval, the station had been modernized.

It now has high-level platforms and bright daylight balanced LED lighting.

As Sean & Isabelle waited for an eastward Amtrak Keystone to bring them to Philadelphia, I exposed a series of photos of passing trains.

Nikon Z7-II with 24-70mm lens set at 70mm; f4 at 1/30 ISO 400. Focus mode: AF-S.
Nikon Z7-II with 24-70mm lens set at 44mm; f4 at 1/125 ISO 400. Focus mode: AF-S.
Nikon Z7-II with 24-70mm lens set at 30mm; f4 at 1/50 ISO 2000. Focus mode: AF-S.
Nikon Z7-II with 24-70mm lens set at 24mm; f4 at 1/200 ISO 2000. Focus mode: AF-S.

Details of the exposures are in the captions. All files adjusted using Adobe Lightroom.

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SEPTA’s Broad Street Subway

In December 2014 on a blitz of SEPTA’s rail transit in Philadelphia with my brother Sean, I made this view of the Broad Street Subway at the Girard Avenue stop.

My feeling is that SEPTA’s Broad Street Subway is among the least photographed rail transit lines in the Northeastern United States.

Exposed using my First Lumix LX7.

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Brian Solomon is traveling ‘off the grid’ and this post was prepared several days ago.


In August 1980, on the return from Los Angeles, my family and I visited Philadelphia for a few days.

This was the view from our hotel room.

Working with my vintage Leica 3A rangefinder, I exposed this photo of an inbound SEPTA PCC car working the No. 10 route as it approached the Trolley subway portal off 36th street.

I was working with Kodachrome 64 slide film. The window glass and summer haze contributed to a cyan tint.

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In October 2001, my brother Sean and I visited Norristown, Pennsylvania to photograph SEPTA’s Route 100, known as the Norristown High Speed Line. Here it crossed the Schuylkill Valley on a long steel viaduct.

It was a bright clear day, and I made these views on Fujichrome using my Contax G2 rangefinder from a vantage point the north bank of the river. On the walk back from the river, I stepped squarely in some deep mud.

Until the early 1990s, SEPTA operated distinctive Brill ‘Bullet Cars’ on this route. My dad still calls SEPTA’s current fleet as ‘the new cars’, even though at this point most are now the better part of 30 years old!

Norristown, Oct 28, 2001.
Norristown, Oct 28, 2001.

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