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The Manayunk/Norristown Line is a commuter rail line in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and one of the 13 lines in SEPTA's Regional Rail network.

Contents

1 Route 2 History 3 Stations

3.1 Former diesel service

4 Ridership 5 Notes 6 References 7 External links

Route[edit] "Norristown Line" redirects here. For other uses, see Norristown Line (other). The route originates from the Center City Rail tunnel, and the two-track line splits off from the "SEPTA Main Line" north of North Broad Station. It then goes through Philadelphia's East Falls and Manayunk neighborhoods and Conshohocken, Pennsylvania before reaching Norristown. At Norristown Transportation Center, commuters can transfer to regular SEPTA surface buses or the SEPTA Norristown High Speed Line to 69th Street Terminal. From Norristown Transportation Center, the electrified line follows the single track Stony Creek branch to terminate at Elm Street, while the double tracked main line continues to Reading. The Reading main west of Norristown currently carries no passenger service, and is owned and operated by the Norfolk Southern Railway as its Harrisburg Line. History[edit]

The Manayunk/Norristown Line was the Reading Company's Norristown Branch from Philadelphia to Reading, Pennsylvania. Electrified service to Norristown and Chestnut Hill East began on February 5, 1933.[2] Steam (and later diesel)-operated intercity services continued to operate beyond Norristown. By the 1960s Budd Rail Diesel Cars handled most of the Reading's diesel services, although the Reading's EMD FP7 locomotives, displaced from the Crusader, saw regular use on the Philadelphia–Reading run.[3] SEPTA discontinued services beyond Norristown on July 26, 1981.[4] Between 1984–2010 the route was designated R6 Norristown as part of SEPTA's diametrical reorganization of its lines. Manayunk/Norristown Line trains operated through the city center to the Ivy Ridge Line (later Cynwyd) on the ex-Pennsylvania side of the system.[5] The R-number naming system was dropped on July 25, 2010.[6] Like the Cynwyd Line, the Manayunk/Norristown Line was slated to become part of the planned new Schuylkill Valley Metro, but was to serve the King of Prussia Mall complex and the former Pennsylvania Railroad's Trenton Cut-Off line to Frazer, Pennsylvania. This was referred to by planners as the "Cross-County Segment." An extension of the Manayunk/Norristown Line, called the Norristown Extension, to Wyomissing is currently proposed, with funding to come through new tolls on U.S. Route 422.[7][8] Early in 2013, SEPTA began to undertake major operational improvements and physical rehabilitation on the Manayunk/Norristown Line. Central to this project is the replacement of the 80-year-old wayside automatic block signal system with one that displays only in the operating cab, and operates in both directions on both tracks, thereby allowing greater operational flexibility. Two new remotely controlled interlockings are being constructed to facilitate bidirectional operation, one at Miquon, the other in Norristown between the main station and the Ford Street crossing. An electrified storage track is also being constructed at Miquon to allow for temporary turnback of trains at that station, as the line is periodically subjected to flooding from the Schuylkill River around Spring Mill and Conshohocken. Ongoing replacement of the line's overhead catenary, most of which is 80 years old, will continue along with the signal replacement. Also occurring in conjunction with these projects are the replacement of crossties, renewal of grade crossing surfaces, and trimming of brush and trees alongside the right-of-way.[9] The entire program is scheduled for completion in fall 2015, tying in with the FRA-mandated nationwide implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) on American railroads by the end of 2015.[10] SEPTA activated PTC on the Manayunk/Norristown Line on August 15, 2016.[11] Stations[edit]

The Norristown Transportation Center is a major hub

Miquon station

The Manayunk/Norristown Line makes the following station stops after leaving the Center City Commuter Connection; stations indicated with a gray background are closed.

Zone [12] Station Miles (km) from Center City Date opened Date closed Connections / notes

C Spring Garden Street

   1984 Spring Garden Street station was on the former line to Reading Terminal.

Temple University 2.1 miles (3.4 km)     SEPTA: All Regional Rail lines

1 North Broad 2.9 miles (4.7 km)     SEPTA: Lansdale/Doylestown Line, Broad Street Line, 4, 16, 54

Allegheny 4.0 miles (6.4 km)     SEPTA: 33, 60

East Falls 5.5 miles (8.9 km)     SEPTA: K

2 Wissahickon Transportation Center 6.4 miles (10.3 km)     SEPTA: 9, 27, 61, 62, 65

Manayunk 7.6 miles (12.2 km)     SEPTA: 35, 61, 62

Ivy Ridge 8.4 miles (13.5 km)     SEPTA: 61, 62

Shawmont 9.4 miles (15.1 km)   November 10, 1996[13]

Philadelphia city line

Miquon 10.7 miles (17.2 km)    

3 Spring Mill 12.3 miles (19.8 km)    

Conshohocken 13.5 miles (21.7 km)     SEPTA: 95, 97

Ivy Rock 15.3 miles (24.6 km)    1983

Mogees 15.9 miles (25.6 km)   October 4, 1992[14] Mogees was one of four stations discontinued by SEPTA on October 4, 1992.[14]

Norristown Transportation Center 17.2 miles (27.7 km)     SEPTA: Norristown High Speed Line; 90, 91, 93, 96, 97, 98, 99, 131

Main Street 17.7 miles (28.5 km)     SEPTA: 90, 91, 93, 131

Marshall Street 17.9 miles (28.8 km)    

Elm Street 18.1 miles (29.1 km)    

Former diesel service[edit] Prior to July 26, 1981, RDC diesel trains operated north of Norristown to Reading and Pottsville. Until 2011, SEPTA had considering restoring service as far as Reading as part of the Schuylkill Valley Metro project. These plans are currently on hold. The following is a list of stations formerly served by SEPTA.

Zone Station Miles (km) from Reading Terminal Date opened Date closed Connections / notes

4 Port Kennedy      

Valley Forge 21.5 miles (34.6 km)    

5 Phoenixville 27.7 miles (44.6 km)    

Royersford 32.0 miles (51.5 km)    

Linfield 34.7 miles (55.8 km)   March 26, 1978[15]

6 Pottstown 39.1 miles (62.9 km)    

7 Birdsboro 49.5 miles (79.7 km)    

8 Reading (Franklin Street) 58.1 miles (93.5 km)    

Leesport 66.3 miles (106.7 km)    

Mohrsville 68.6 miles (110.4 km)    

Shoemakersville 70.0 miles (112.7 km)    

Hamburg 75.3 miles (121.2 km)    

9 Auburn 83.5 miles (134.4 km)    

10 Schuylkill Haven 89.1 miles (143.4 km)    

Pottsville 93.6 miles (150.6 km)    

Ridership[edit] Between FY 2008–FY 2014 yearly ridership on the Manayunk/Norristown Line has ranged between 2.9 million–3.1 million.[1]:94[16][17][18][19][20][21]

1,000,000

2,000,000

3,000,000

4,000,000

FY 2008

FY 2009

FY 2010

FY 2011

FY 2012

FY 2013

FY 2014

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

^ a b "Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. June 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2016.  ^ Baer, Christopher T. (April 2015). "A GENERAL CHRONOLOGY OF THE SUCCESSORS OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD COMPANY AND THEIR HISTORICAL CONTEXT: 1933" (PDF). Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society.  ^ Woodland, Dale W. (December 2003). "SEPTA's Diesels". Railpace Newsmagazine. pp. 21–22.  ^ Williams, Gerry (1998). Trains, Trolleys & Transit: A Guide to Philadelphia Area Rail Transit. Piscataway, NJ: Railpace Company. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-9621541-7-1. OCLC 43543368.  ^ Vuchic, Vukan; Kikuchi, Shinya (1984). General Operations Plan for the SEPTA Regional High Speed System. Philadelphia: SEPTA. pp. 2–8.  ^ Lustig, David (November 2010). "SEPTA makeover". Trains Magazine. Kalmbach Publishing: 26.  ^ Hambright, Brett (December 12, 2010). "Decision near on Route 422 tolls". Reading Eagle. Retrieved December 12, 2010.  ^ Hambright, Brett (August 10, 2010). "Technology is making tolls (almost) painless". Reading Eagle. Retrieved December 12, 2010.  ^ "Manayunk/Norristown Line Shuttle Busing: An Explanation". SEPTA. Retrieved 18 March 2013.  ^ "SEPTA's Capital Program:Regional Rail Signal System Modernization Program" (PDF). Fiscal Year 2014 Capital Budget Proposal. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013.  ^ "Positive Train Control Update". SEPTA. May 1, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017.  ^ "Manayunk/Norristown Line Timetable" (PDF). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. September 10, 2017. Retrieved October 19, 2017.  ^ Dougherty, Frank (October 25, 1996). "Septa Board Cuts Service But Oppostion Is Spirited". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved October 25, 2017.  ^ a b "New Rail Schedules Set". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. October 2, 1992. p. 36. Retrieved October 19, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ "Rail Hikes Stalled". The Philadelphia Daily News. March 23, 1978. p. 62. Retrieved October 26, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ "Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. May 2014. p. 60. Retrieved August 13, 2016.  ^ "Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. May 2013. p. 44. Retrieved August 13, 2016.  ^ "Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. May 2012. p. 55. Retrieved August 13, 2016.  ^ "Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. July 2011. p. 94. Retrieved August 13, 2016.  ^ "Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. June 2010. p. 70. Retrieved August 13, 2016.  ^ "FY 2010 Annual Service Plan" (PDF). SEPTA. June 2009. p. 63. Retrieved August 13, 2016. 

External links[edit]

"SEPTA – Manayunk/Norristown line schedule" (PDF). 

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Major stations

30th Street Station 69th Street Transportation Center Darby Transportation Center Fern Rock Transportation Center Frankford Transportation Center Jefferson Station Norristown Transportation Center Olney Transportation Center Suburban Station

Former services

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