The SEPTA Regional Rail is Philly’s commuter rail network, with 13 branches stopping along more than 100 stations all around the Philadelphia metro region. About 132,000 people ride the Regional Rail every day.
“Regional Rail is my favorite mode,” says Ayanna Matlock, SEPTA’s corporate initiatives manager. “It’s quick, convenient, and so comfortable.”
And at times, quite charming. Many of the SEPTA Regional Rail lines are dotted with quaint, sometimes one-room train stations that are either architecturally or historically significant. That’s because many of them pre-date the 1900s, built as part of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The PRR was headquartered in Philly and was one of the largest railroad systems in the country during the first half of the 20th century.
As the Pennsylvania Railroad continued its expansion, the company commissioned big-name architects like Frank Furness and the Wilson Brothers to design stations up and down its rail lines. Here are some of the train stations that have withstood the test of time, despite the PRR’s demise. Nearly all of them continue to serve their original functions as stops along the SEPTA Regional Rail.Read More