The MANAYUNK/NORRISTOWN LINE is a commuter rail line in Southeastern
Pennsylvania , and one of the 13 lines in SEPTA\'s Regional Rai l
* 1 Route
* 2 History
* 3 Stations
* 3.1 Former diesel service
* 4 Ridership
* 5 Notes
* 6 References
* 7 External links
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 Transportation Center , commuters can
transfer to regular
SEPTA surface buses or the
SEPTA Norristown High
Speed Line to
69th Street Terminal
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 .
Manayunk/Norristown Line was the
Reading Company 's NORRISTOWN
Reading, Pennsylvania . Electrified
service to Norristown and Chestnut Hill East began on February 5,
1933. 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.
SEPTA discontinued services beyond
Norristown on July 26, 1981.
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. The R-number
naming system was dropped on July 25, 2010.
Like the Cynwyd Line, the
Manayunk/Norristown Line was slated to
become part of the planned new Schuylkill Valley Metro, but was to
King of Prussia Mall
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
U.S. Route 422 .
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.
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.
SEPTA activated PTC on the
Manayunk/Norristown Line on August 15,
Norristown Transportation Center is a major hub
Manayunk/Norristown Line makes the following station stops after
Center City Commuter Connection ; stations indicated with
a gray background are closed.
from Center City Date
closed CONNECTIONS / NOTES
Spring Garden Street
Spring Garden Street station
Spring Garden Street station was on the former line to Reading
2.1 miles (3.4 km)
SEPTA : All Regional Rail lines
2.9 miles (4.7 km)
Lansdale/Doylestown Line ,
Broad Street Line
Broad Street Line , 4, 16, 54
4.0 miles (6.4 km)
SEPTA : 33, 60
5.5 miles (8.9 km)
SEPTA : K
Wissahickon Transportation Center
6.4 miles (10.3 km)
SEPTA : 9, 27, 61, 62, 65
7.6 miles (12.2 km)
SEPTA : 35, 61, 62
8.4 miles (13.5 km)
SEPTA : 61, 62
9.4 miles (15.1 km)
November 10, 1996
PHILADELPHIA CITY LINE
10.7 miles (17.2 km)
12.3 miles (19.8 km)
13.5 miles (21.7 km)
SEPTA : 95, 97
15.3 miles (24.6 km)
15.9 miles (25.6 km)
October 4, 1992
Mogees was one of four stations discontinued by
SEPTA on October 4,
Norristown Transportation Center
17.2 miles (27.7 km)
Norristown High Speed Line
Norristown High Speed Line ; 90, 91, 93, 96, 97, 98, 99,
17.7 miles (28.5 km)
SEPTA : 90, 91, 93, 131
17.9 miles (28.8 km)
18.1 miles (29.1 km)
FORMER DIESEL SERVICE
Prior to July 26, 1981, RDC diesel trains operated north of
Norristown to Reading and Pottsville. Until 2011,
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.
Reading Terminal Date
closed CONNECTIONS / NOTES
21.5 miles (34.6 km)
27.7 miles (44.6 km)
32.0 miles (51.5 km)
34.7 miles (55.8 km)
March 26, 1978
39.1 miles (62.9 km)
49.5 miles (79.7 km)
Reading (Franklin Street)
58.1 miles (93.5 km)
66.3 miles (106.7 km)
68.6 miles (110.4 km)
70.0 miles (112.7 km)
75.3 miles (121.2 km)
83.5 miles (134.4 km)
89.1 miles (143.4 km)
93.6 miles (150.6 km)
Between FY 2008–FY 2014 yearly ridership on the Manayunk/Norristown
Line has ranged between 2.9 million–3.1 million. :94
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
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Manayunk/Norristown Line Shuttle Busing: An Explanation".
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p. 44. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
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SEPTA . May 2012.
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