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Philly Railfan Pictures of the Week
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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 12/05/2021

The 1992-1993 Railworks Project was the largest undertaking by SEPTA in its history. The SEPTA Main Line from Wayne Junction to Market East Station was shut down for the spring and summer months for a complete overhaul and reconfiguration of the railroad. During this period, the former Reading Lines R6 Norristown, R7 Chestnut Hill East and R8 Fox Chase had service suspended while R2 Warminster, R3 West Trenton and R5 Lansdale Doylestown trains terminated at Fern Rock and all passengers transferred at the newly rebuilt station there to the Broad Street Line for access to center city Philadelphia. Toward the end of the 1992 shutdown, service to and from Fox Chase was restored using SEPTA diesels and Bombardier cars. During the 1993 shutdown, in addition to the Fern Rock service, one Lansdale/Doylestown and one West Trenton passenger train powered by NJT and SEPTA diesels ran direct to (in the morning) and from (in the evening) 30th Street Station via SEPTA and Conrail trackage.

Here are some pictures before the work. These are the low level platforms of Temple University Station with an R5 Express to Downingtown with AEM-7 SPAX 2305 and a Bomber set and an R8 Fox Chase Silverliner IV married pair SPAX 111-112.

An R5 Paoli Local with Silverliner III-II combo led by SPAX 226 and an R5 Lansdale Local with Silverliner IV 173-174-295.
An R7 Chestnul Hill East train with a Silverliner IV married pair SPAX 395-96.
Part of the reconfiguration would alter North Broad Station. Disappearing would be the long platforms ...
along with most of the track side structures. The station of course remains.
Another victim would be the closed Logan Station just north of Wayne Junction. The track on the left is the Conrail Trenton Low Grade Line between CP Nice and CP Newtown Junction.
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