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In General
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In General

Location / Name:
Darby PA, a suburb of Philadelphia

What's Here:
#11 Trolley Line Loop
#13 Trolley Line connector
Bus Depot

GPS Coordinates: 39.919129, -75.262376
County: Delaware
ZIP: 19023
Phone AC: 610
About 5 miles SW of Philadelphia
Settled about 1654, and inhabited by the Quakers early on

Access by train/transit:
SEPTA #11 Subway Surface Trolley Line
Bus lines: 113, 114, 115

The Scoop:

The Darby Transportation Center isn't quite on the scale of 69th Street or the Frankford Transportation Center, but it nevertheless, is an interchange point between the #11 trolley line and a few of the local busses.  It provides a nice relief from the hustle and bustle of its bigger brothers.  Transportation Center, BTW, is a SEPTA term.

The trolley's are on one side of Main Street, and the busses are on the opposite side.  The trolley loop is for the #11 trolleys.

The #13 line ended at the Yeadon Loop.  From there, the #62 shuttle used to travel back and forth.  The loop for the shuttle has been "removed", part of the switches going in off of Main St and 9th St are still in place.  The track is supposed to still be in place too, altho covered up with asphalt and dirt.

There is a nice mural of an early horse drawn streetcar which adorns the adjacent building while you're waiting to catch a trolley.

Not too far away on Main Street is a grade crossing between the trolley tracks and the main CSX freight line between Baltimore and Philadelphia.  Fairly unique.

Thanks to John Engleman, John Buxton, Jersey Mike, Bob Vogel, and Google for their help, pictures, and maps.

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

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

Getting Here

Exit 13 from northbound I-95 will dump you off on northbound Island Ave.  Island Ave will get you "in the mood" for taking pictures, as the #36 line subway surface trolley comes down the middle of the street, with a loop near I-95.  Continue up Island Ave, about 1.8 miles from the interstate, till you pass the Elmwood Shops on your right, and go under the SEPTA commuter line, and then prepare yourself to take a left turn onto Main St.  The Transportation Center is about 3/4 of a mile "up the road" from there.

If you're SB on I-95, you would take exit 14, which will dump you off onto Bartram Blvd, which you take over to Island Ave and then take a right.

If yer coming in from downtown, Woodland Ave would probably be the best, and it also gives you the opportunity to take additional trolley pictures.

From additional areas west of Darby: Landsdowne Ave, Springfield Rd, and McDade Blvd all converge in Darby at pretty much near the same point near the TC.  Landsdowne Ave actually turns into Main St.



The #62 shuttle switch on Main Street.

The #62 shuttle switch on 9th Street:

Over on the bus side.

The picture below is a little further down Main Street, where it crosses CSX, picture by Jersey Mike, 2016.

A couple of pictures of the grade crossing tracks, where the streetcar tracks are raised slightly above the railroad tracks, and the streetcar flanges ride over the CSX rails.

  Jersey Mike
Pictures of the pedestrian crossing gates are here, along with others.

A couple of oldies.....



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