In General
Supplemental Maps
Station Locations


In General

Location / Name:
Philadelphia PA: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties

What's Here:
Norfolk Southern
Northeast Corridor

Access by train/transit:
oodles of places in and around Philadelphia

The Scoop:

These page is an outgrowth of the three pages I did for the stations of 1934.  It got too big for those pages, so I gave the railroad history of Philadelphia it's own page.

If you are interested in the stations of Philadelphia from the past, please visit the following pages or you can peruse the station list below:
Northeast of the current 30th Street Station:
Northwest of the current 30th Street station:
South of the current 30th Street Station:

Hidden City, various pages
Greater Philadelphia Geo History

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:,_Wilmington_and_Baltimore_Railroad

Philadelphia Railroad Timeline

Some dates of historical importance for the area railroads:

1831 - Philadelphia and Trenton Railroad (P&T) charter issued by the Pennsylvania General Assembly
1831 - The Philadelphia & Delaware County Rail-Road Company founded
4/4/1833 - The P&R/Philadelphia and Reading Railway Company founded
3/14/1836 - The P&DC became The Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad (PW&B) with the merger of three other small railroads
7/4/1836 - The PW&B started building the Gray's Ferry bridge
1836 - The Lebanon Valley Railroad (LVR) was chartered to build from Reading west to Harrisburg, see 1854
12/1838 -  The PW&B opened the first permanent bridge at Gray’s Ferry, named the Newkirk Viaduct
1/15/1838 - The PW&B started service to Wilmington DE from Gray's Ferry
2/12/1838 - The PW&B changed its name to the the PW&B, without the THE at the beginning as part of the official name
7/16/1838 - The P&R opens the line from Reading to Norristown
12/9/1839 - The P&R opens the rest of the line into Philadelphia
1/1/1851 - the Belmont Plane on the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad abandoned in favor of a new bypass
1854 - The P&R takes over the LVR and begins construction of the line
1856 - The P&R line to Harrisburg and Rutherford Yard opens
1857 - The Reading and Columbia Railroad was chartered
12/24/1859 - The P&R opens a new Philadelphia terminal, at Broad and Callowhill Streets, north of the old one at Cherry Street
5/3/1860 - The Junction Railroad was created, to connect the P&R, PRR, and PW&B lines through West Philadelphia
1864 - The R&C line completed, Reading southwest to Columbia on the Susquehanna River, using the LVR from Sinking Spring east to Reading
1864/65 - The PW&B started building the bridge over the Susquehanna River
1866 - The PW&B built the Port Deposit branch, up the Susquehanna River from Perryville to the river town of Port Deposit
11/1866 - The Susquehanna River bridge opened, eliminating the ferry boat connection that trains had to take
1866 - The B&O started using the PW&B tracks to go from Baltimore to Philadelphia (after the Susquehanna River bridge was completed)
1867 - Connecting Railway north of the Schuylkill completed
1870 - The P&R leases the R&C
1870 - The P&R leases the Port Kennedy Railroad (PKR), a short branch to quarries at Port Kennedy
1870 - The P&R leases the Pickering Valley Railroad (PVR), a branch running west from Phoenixville to Byers (doesn't open till 1871)
1871 - The P&R was the largest company in the world, with $170,000,000 in market capitalization
12/1871 - The P&R replaced all the names on their engines with numbers
1872 - The PW&B built Grays Ferry station, for the new Chester route
11/18/1872 - The PW&B opened the Darby Improvement, south from Grays Ferry Bridge, passing through Darby, and rejoined at Eddystone
7/1/1873 - The PW&B leased the old alignment to the Philadelphia and Reading Railway
1873 - The PRR opened the Baltimore and Potomac Rail Road, from Washington to Baltimore
1873? - The PW&B agreed to allow the PRR to use its track between Philadelphia and Baltimore
1873 - The P&R extended its reach southward by leasing 10.2 miles of track from the PW&B, dubbed the Philadelphia & Chester Branch
5/15/1877 - The PW&B absorbed the New Castle & Frenchtown and New Castle & Wilmington railroads, forming a branch line from Wilmington to Rodney
5/21/1877 - The PW&B absorbed the Southwark railroad, extending its main line to the Delaware River waterfront
1879 - The P&R gains control of the North Pennsylvania Railroad
1879 - The P&R reaches New York City by gaining control of the Delaware and Bound Brook Railroad
1880 - A conflict began between the PRR and the B&O, both of which operated over the PW&B
1881 - The PRR bought the majority of PW&B stock, beating out the B&O, after getting wind of the B&O wanting to purchase the PW&B
1881 - The Newark and Delaware City RR's Delaware City branch sold to the PW&B
1881 - P&R's Broad Street station opened
1886 - The B&O opened the Baltimore and Philadelphia Railroad, to get around the PRR buying out the PW&B
1888 - PWB's New Castle Cut-off built
11/1/1891 - The PRR's Baltimore & Potomac Rail Road was formally leased to the PW&B
1891 - The PWB's Delaware Branch and New Castle Cut-off sold to the Delaware Railroad
1892 - The P&R builds the Port Reading Railroad, allowing the delivery of coal to northern NJ and NY
1901 - Philly opened the Gray’s Ferry Bridge, which had a four-lane roadway and streetcar tracks
1902 - The PW&B built the single-track Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad Bridge No. 1 and tore down the Newkirk Viaduct
11/1/1902 - The PW&B merged with the Baltimore & Potomac and formed the PRR's Philadelphia, Baltimore & Washington Railroad
1906 - The PB&W acquires the South Chester Railroad
1913 - The PB&W acquires the Baltimore and Sparrow's Point Railroad (serves Beth Steel in Sparrows Point/Baltimore)
1916 - The PW&B acquires the Philadelphia and Baltimore Central Railroad
1916 - The PW&B acquires the Columbia and Port Deposit Railway
9/15/1916 - The PW&B acquires the Elkton and Middletown Railroad
1928 - PRR starts electrifying the line between New York City and Washington DC
1930-33 - Current 30th Street station built
1935 - Pennsy's electrification of the PB&W section completed
1968 - The PRR and the NYC merge to form the Penn Central
1971 - Amtrak formed, taking over most intestate passenger service
1976 - Penn Central merges with the RDG, LV, CNJ to become Conrail
1976 - The PB&W part of the Northeast Corridor (Philly to DC) is sold to Amtrak
1976 - Current Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge built
1999 - Conrail splits, 42% to CSX, 58% to NS, except for three shared asset areas of Philadelphia, Detroit and northern NJ
Note: Dates my not be accurate or exact, because most of them came from Wikipedia

Railroad Abbreviations:
B&O -- Baltimore & Ohio RR
CNJ -- Central RR of New Jersey
H&B -- Holmesburg & Bustleton RR (later became part of the PRR)
LV -- Lehigh Valley RR
LVR -- Lebanon Valley Railroad
NYC -- New York Central RR
NYSL -- New York Short Line RR
PB&W -- Philadelphia, Baltimore & Washington RR (became the PRR)
PG&N -- Philadelphia, Germantown & Norristown RR
PKR -- Port Kennedy Railroad
PN&NY -- Philadelphia, Newtown & New York RR
P&R -- Philadelphia & Reading Rwy, which later became the Reading
P&T -- Philadelphia & Trenton RR
PW&B -- Philadelphia, Washington & Baltimore RR
PRR -- Pennsylvania RR
PVR -- Pickering Valley Railroad
R&C -- The Reading and Columbia Railroad
RDG -- Reading RR


Supplemental Maps

Station Locations

22nd St  NW05
40th St  NW26
49th St  S01
52nd St  NW24
60th St  S03
84th St  S06
Allens Lane  NW18
Arrott  NE14
Asbestos  NW16
Ashton  NE20
Bala  NW22
Belmont  NW25
Bell Road  S05
Berks St  NE04
Blue Grass NE24
B&O Station (downtown)  NW27
Bridesburg  NE17
Broad Street  NE01
Bustleton Stations NE23
Carpenter  NW18
Cedar Grove  NE13
Cheltenham  NE21
Chestnut Hill Stations  NW14
Cinnaminson  NW01
Columbia Ave  NE03
Crescentville  NE13
Cynwyd  NW22
(Darby) B&O  S04
E. Falls  NW04
East Lane  NW16
Elkins Park  NE12
Elmwood  S07
Erie Ave  NE06
Fairhill  NE05
Fern Rock  NE10
Fernwood  S02
Fisher  NW08
Fox Chase  NE22
Frankford Stations  NE15
Frankford Junction  NE16
Girard Ave  NE03
Germantown (P&R)  NW09
Germantown (PRR)  NW20
Germantown Road  NW12
Girard Ave (P&R) NE03
Girard Ave (PRR)  NW26
Gravers  NW14
Highland  NW15
Hillcrest  NW17
Holmesburg  NE19
Holmesburg Junction  NE19
Kensington  NE04
Lawndale  NE21
Lehigh Ave  NE05
Lindley  NE07
Logan  NE08
Manayunk  NW02
Merion  NW23
Mermaid  NW13
Mt Airy  NW12
N. Broad Street  NW21
N. Manayunk  NW01
Nicetown  NW06
North Penn Jc  NE06
N. Philadelphia  NW21
Oak Lane  NE11
Olney  NE07
Overbrook  NW23
Paschall  S04
Pencoyd  NW03
Reading Terminal  NE01
Rowlands  NE20
Ryers  NE22
Queen Lane  NW20
Sedgwick  NW11
Spring Garden  NE02
Stenton  NW11
St Martins  NW15
Summerdale  NE14
Tabor Stations  NE09
Tacony  NE18
Tioga NW06
Tulpehocken  NW19
Unruh  NE18
Upsal  NW19
W. Falls  NW04
W. Manayunk  NW02
Washington Lane  NW10
Wayne Junction  NW07
Westmoreland  NW05
West Phila  NW27
Wingohocking  NW09
Wissahickon  NW03
Wissinoming  NE17
Wister  NW09
Wyndmoor  NW13
Wynnefield  NW24


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Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in :-)

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

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