All Aboard! Philly's Trains and Trolleys

  • October 12, 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • 30th St Station, inside on east end near the statue
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Are you ready for a three hour odyssey through Philly (and NJ’s) transit systems? 

We’ll begin at 30th Street Station, hop on  a trolley to City Hall, then transfer to the Broad Street Line subway and head north to Fern Rock, stopping at Fairmount Station along the way. From there we’ll take the Broad-Ridge Spur line south to 8th and Market, then board PATCO to Camden. After stopping there it’s back to Philly, off at 12th and Locust, then walk the concourse to 13th and Market, our final destination.

Along the way, we’ll check out the eagles salvaged from Penn Station’s demolition, the old subway cars rusting away at Fern Rock Station, an abandoned revenue train platform, old department store signs and more. Plus, Jerry will give you the scoop on the closed Wallace Street exit of Fairmount Station, the terracotta mosaics hidden inside the Ben Franklin Bridg, the trolley terminal under Bridge Plaza and the train lines to Germantown and Northeast Philly that were started but never finished. Whew! 

Guide Jerry Silverman was born to give this tour. He was the very first rider ever on PATCO as a teenager and later the chair of the SEPTA Citizen’s Advisory Committee. 

Don’t miss this chance to explore Philly’s underground transit--you’ll never look at Philly’s trolleys and trains the same way again!

Starting point: 30th St Station (meet inside on the east end near the statue of the angel holding a dead soldier)

Ending Point: 13th and Market

Questions, concerns, conundrums? Contact Hidden City project director Pete Woodall at 267-259-7112.


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