In General
Getting Here


In General

Location / Name:
Woodbourne PA, Bucks County

What's Here:
SEPTA Woodbourne Station on the West Trenton line
Interchange between the West Trenton line and the Morrisville freight line
Woodbourne Yard

GPS Coordinates: 40.190877, -74.890947 (at the station)
Phone A/C: 215
ZIP: 19047

Access by train/transit:
Woodbourne station, SEPTA's West Trenton line

The Scoop:

The Woodbourne station and yard are part of what remains of the former Reading Railroad operations.

North of the station, the former Pennsy Morrisville Line passes over the West Trenton Line, and on the north side of that, is an interchange track between the two lines.  CP Wood is the interlocking at this interchange.

With SEPTA, the CSX action on the West Trenton line, and the NS action crossing over on the Morrisville line, you should have a fairly active railfan spot.  You can get here by car or train, and with a short walk, you can get closer to the NS action.  Some of the CSX traffic goes into the yard, but the majority of stuff does not.  There are plenty of videos on Youtube shot here is you do a search.

The two following recommendations are 12 years old, but still pertinent.

For eats and other stuff, you have your choice of the Oxford Valley Mall, and the Court at Oxford Valley, among other choices.  Many hotels are also located in the area.

Dan A. Davis
Jersey Mike
Chris Urban
Denver Todd

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area: A southbound CSX freight passing by the Woodbourne station

Getting Here

Coming here via I-295 or US-1 is your quickest way to get here if you're coming from Center City Philly, or from New Jersey.

If you're using I-295, take the US-1 exit (exit 5) going east to the Oxford Valley Road exit.

If you want to go to the north end of the CP Wood interlocking, go north on Oxford Valley road to Big Oak Road, and take a left.  Big Oak road goes to the left after it crosses the railroad tracks, it's about 4/5 of a mile from Oxford Valley Road.  You can also use this as a way to get to the Woodbourne station, takingBig Oak Road to it's end, and taking a left onto Woodbourne Road, and following it to the station.

As an alternative, you can go south on Oxford Valley Road and take a right at Lincoln Highway/Business 1 (at the car parts store).  Go past the mall and take a right onto Woodbourne Road, which will take you up to the station.  Going this route, you also pass quite a few national chain restaurants.



  SEPTA's Woodbourne Station

  photo by Rvenne01 via Wikipedia

  photo by Jersey Mike

  photo by Chris Urban

  Woodbourne Yard

Woodbourne Yard is a 6 track yard that stretches ~3600 feet from US 1 on the north end to PA 213 on the south end.  There is a northern entrance to the yard off the Trenton Line adjacent to the Woodbourne station.  Also at the north end is an interchange track to the EB Morrisville Line.

The freight line heading south out of the yard runs on a third track paralleling the two commuter tracks - it was formerly electrified.  It veers off from the West Trenton line at the Neshaminy Falls station, and in a short while, joins up with the Fox Chase line at the Cheltenham station, then winds up going by Wayne Junction on a lower track (a lower track than the commuter trains).

  photo by Dan A. Davis


  SB Colorlight

  NB Colorlight

  SB Tri-lights

  NB Dwarf Unilens

  NB Signal on the right

  SB Dwarf Unilens

  SB Signal on the right

  SB Dwarf Unilens

This signal is for the yard lead going into the north end of Woodbourne Yard.

  NB Colorlight

For trains coming out of Woodbourne yard and going north on the Trenton Line.

The following picture of the yard from 2013 shows us that there used to be a Reading "trilight" signal here.

  photo by Dan A. Davis


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NEW OCT27/2019
Last Modified 30-Oct-2019