PRSL Philly Terminal in Final Years

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PRSL Philly Terminal in Final Years

Post by peconicstation » Fri May 13, 2005 8:03 am

Prior to PRSL shore services running to and from Lindenwold, what was the last terminal in Philly that hosted PRSL trains?

I ask this as the book "Commuter Railroads" by Patrick Doran, 1969, discussed PRSL operations of that time running to/fr Reading Terminal.
This book was written just PRIOR to PATCO starting up, but after changes were made to accomodate PATCO construction.

At that time the book stated there were 4 weekday RT Philly-AC runs (3 rush hour and 1 "reverse" rush hour run to/fr AC), the single rush hour trip to/fr Ocean City/Wildwood/Cape May, and 2 rush hour RT between Millville and Camden.

The book also stated that at that time weekend service was limited to 2 Philly-AC RTs. The book did not list the extra weekday RT between Philly and the Cape May branches that ran in the summer, nor the single weekend RT that also ran in the summer on the Cape May branches.

If the PRSL trains at that time ran to/fr Reading terminal how did they reach the terminal after crossing the Delair Bridge??

Ken

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Post by Steam man » Fri May 13, 2005 10:21 pm

Seashore Lines bridge trains route to Philadelphia went as follows(northbound):
After leaving Haddonfield Station,they went through vernon Interlocking,
At Vernon the trains went to the right and down the hole onto the PRR,this line was officially called the Delaware River Railroad and Bridge Co. and was part of the Atlantic Div. of the PRR.
Then through Jersey Interlocking,over the Delair Bridge,past Shore Tower
and onto the NY main and south thru Zoo Interlocking and into 30th Street Station. The Seashore Lines trains did not go to Reading Terminal at 12th and Market. Before 1952 when it was closed, PRSL shore trains might have ran into Broad Street Station at 18th and market, but I'd have to dig out some timetables to see what's what . Hope this helps you some.
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Post by JimBoylan » Sun Jul 10, 2005 10:49 pm

Steam man wrote:The Seashore Lines trains did not go to Reading Terminal at 12th and Market. Before 1952 when it was closed, PRSL shore trains might have ran into Broad Street Station at 18th and market.
Employee's Timetable No. 10 of 4/28/46 shows Broad St. Station service. (Platforms were 3 blocks long, 18th to 15th Sts.) The ferry terminal on Delaware Ave. at Chestnut St. wharf was probably used as the Reading's Atlantic City RR "station" in Phila., with a footnote that the PRT elevated trains (at an extra fare) could be used to get to Reading Terminal if you were traveling on a through ticket between Reading Company points and South Jersey. Connecting service to Atlantic City was also available from Reading Terminal via Elizabethport., N.J. and the "Blue Comet" until 1941. Did any of you actually do that?

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