Access by train/transit:
Woodbourne station, SEPTA's West Trenton line
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
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
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
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).
This signal is for the yard lead going into the north end of Woodbourne Yard.
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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