R36 Combine Coach wrote:
PHL 30 Street lower level (which is underground) has and does allow diesels. The other underground station I can think of with diesels in regular service is Back Bay.
R36 and Everyone:
Philadelphia 30th Street Station's lower level was designed for the use of electric traction.
Diesel trains arriving or terminating at 30th Street are usually kept away from the staircase areas especially
when they are operating in full HEP mode. NJT ACL trains - which typically operate off of tracks 1-2 (and at
times 9-10) only use full HEP while boarding before departure - on arrival they turn down HEP as soon as possible
and move away from staircase proximity. In some cases - especially when F40PH locomotives were used before
they were retired - trains would board from the north ends of platforms to allow locomotives to idle outside of
the closed-in canopy area meaning that there would be a substantial walk up to board trains - especially the short
Harrisburg trains averaging three cars when they used non push pull Diesel hauled trains on this route.
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS