Warminster Line

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Warminster Line
SEPTA Silverliner IV 450 inbound between Hatboro and Willow Grove.jpeg
Southbound Warminster Line train between Hatboro and Willow Grove stations
Overview
Type Commuter rail
System SEPTA Regional Rail
StatusOperating
Termini Penn Medicine
Warminster
Stations17
Daily ridership9,426 [1]
Website septa.org
Operation
Operator(s) SEPTA Regional Rail
Rolling stock Electric Multiple Units
Technical
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification Catenary
Route map

Contents

NWK
to Newark
ELW
to Elwyn
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AIR
to PHL
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1.8 mi
2.9 km
Penn Medicine
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0.9 mi
1.4 km
30th Street
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0 mi
0 km
Suburban
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0.5 mi
0.8 km
Jefferson
MFL
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Temple University
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Zone
 C 
 1 
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NOR
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5.1 mi
8.2 km
Wayne Junction
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CHE
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FOX
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7.3 mi
11.7 km
Fern Rock T.C.
BSL
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Zone
 1 
 2 
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8.4 mi
13.5 km
Melrose Park
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9.2 mi
14.8 km
Elkins Park
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Zone
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 3 
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10.8 mi
17.4 km
Jenkintown–Wyncote
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WTR
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11.9 mi
19.2 km
Glenside
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DOY
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13.0 mi
20.9 km
Ardsley
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14.2 mi
22.9 km
Roslyn
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15.4 mi
24.8 km
Crestmont
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16.2 mi
26.1 km
Willow Grove
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Fulmor
closed
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18.6 mi
29.9 km
Hatboro
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20.1 mi
32.3 km
Warminster
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The Warminster Line is a route of the SEPTA Regional Rail commuter rail system. It serves stations between its namesake town, Warminster, and Center City, Philadelphia. Half of the route is shared by other lines, including the Lansdale/Doylestown Line, West Trenton Line, Fox Chase Line, Chestnut Hill East Line, and Manayunk/Norristown Line. The great majority of trains continue as part of the Airport Line.

Route

The Warminster Line uses the SEPTA Main Line between Center City and Glenside, where it branches off onto its own line to Hatboro and Warminster. The tracks continue past Warminster to Ivyland and eventually to New Hope, where the New Hope Railroad runs heritage excursion trains.

The Warminster Line becomes a single-track line just north of Ardsley, but was once double-tracked as far north as Roslyn, the original northbound track being removed in 2010. A passing siding exists north of Willow Grove. There is also a second storage track at the Hatboro station and the line becomes double-tracked again as it approaches the terminus at Warminster station.

History

Hatboro was the extent of electrified service until 1974 Hatboro PA SEPTA station from parking lot December 2015.jpg
Hatboro was the extent of electrified service until 1974

The North Pennsylvania Railroad formed the North East Pennsylvania Railroad in 1870 to construct a branch from its line at Abington (as Glenside was then known) to Hatboro. The line opened on December 18, 1872. [2] The line was further extended to Hartsville on November 9, 1874. [3] The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, forerunner of the Reading Company (RDG), leased the parent North Pennsylvania Railroad in 1879, gaining control of the line. It extended the line to its final terminus at New Hope on April 29, 1891. [4] The Reading electrified the line, which it called the New Hope Branch, as far as Hatboro on July 26, 1931. [5]

In 1952, all passenger service ceased north of Hatboro to New Hope, with every station except Rushland, Wycombe, Lahaska and New Hope being demolished in 1954. Between 1952 and 1966, only freight trains traveled north of Hatboro to serve customers in Warminster, Ivyland, Rushland, Buckingham and New Hope. In 1966, the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad (NHIR) was launched and purchased 16 miles of track from Ivyland to New Hope. After 1966, Ivyland served as a freight interchange between RDG and NHIR and the RDG relabeled their remaining ownership of the line as the Warminster Branch. Not only did they transport freight, but also run scenic heritage excursions, originally from New Hope to Buckingham, but has been cutback to Lahaska in the 1980s. However, passenger service between Warminster and Hatboro was still inactive.

In 1971, RDG filed for bankruptcy after a variety of misfortunes; among them are increased use of trucks and a dwindling economy. The court issued a bankruptcy protection so RDG can still operate. On July 29, 1974, passenger service was reinstated after RDG completed an extension of the electrification from Hatboro (the original electrified terminus) to Warminster. Willow Grove and Warminster stations were also rebuilt in the same year. By that time, executives of RDG didn't see their debt becoming any better. Less than two years later, RDG's rolling stock, right-of-ways, interests and stock were in the hands of Conrail, also known as the Consolidated Rail Corporation, which launched operations on April 1, 1976. In 1983, SEPTA took control of the Warminster Branch.

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Beginning in 1984 the route was designated R2 Warminster as part of SEPTA's diametrical reorganization of its lines. Warminster Line trains operated through the city center to the Wilmington/Newark Line (then Marcus Hook) on the ex-Pennsylvania side of the system. [6] The R-number naming system was dropped on July 25, 2010. [7] As of 2018 the majority of Warminster trains continue on to the Airport Line, though some peak hour weekday trains terminate at 30th Street Station. [8]

On April 18, 2016, SEPTA launched positive train control on the Warminster Line, the first Regional Rail line to use the signal system which will enhance safety. [9] [10]

Stations

Warminster station, which serves as the terminus of the Warminster Line Warminster PA SEPTA station February 2018.jpg
Warminster station, which serves as the terminus of the Warminster Line

The Warminster Line includes the following stations north of the Center City Commuter Connection; stations indicated with gray background area closed.

Zone [11] LocationStation Miles (km)
from Center City
Date openedConnections / notes
C Temple University Temple University Wheelchair symbol.svg 2.1 (3.4) SEPTA Regional Rail: All lines
1 Nicetown–Tioga, Philadelphia Wayne Junction Wheelchair symbol.svg 5.1 (8.2) SEPTA Regional Rail: Chestnut Hill East, Fox Chase, Lansdale/Doylestown, West Trenton lines
SEPTA City Bus: 2 , 23 , 53 , 75
Olney-Oak Lane, Philadelphia
LoganOne of four stations discontinued on October 4, 1992 [12]
TaborClosed 1992
Fern Rock Transportation Center Wheelchair symbol.svg 7.3 (11.7)SEPTA Regional Rail: Lansdale/Doylestown, West Trenton lines
SEPTA City Transit: Broad Street Line
SEPTA City Bus: 4 , 28 , 57 , 70
2 Melrose Park Melrose Park Wheelchair symbol.svg 8.4 (13.5)SEPTA Regional Rail: Lansdale/Doylestown, West Trenton lines
Elkins Park Elkins Park 9.2 (14.8)May 14, 1899 [13] SEPTA Regional Rail: Lansdale/Doylestown, West Trenton lines
SEPTA City Bus: 28
3 Jenkintown Jenkintown–Wyncote 10.8 (17.4)SEPTA Regional Rail: Lansdale/Doylestown, West Trenton lines
SEPTA City Bus: 77
Glenside Glenside 11.9 (19.2)SEPTA Regional Rail: Lansdale/Doylestown Line
SEPTA City Bus: 22 , 77
Ardsley Wheelchair symbol.svg 13.0 (20.9)
Roslyn Roslyn Wheelchair symbol.svg 14.2 (22.9)SEPTA City Bus: 22
Abington Crestmont Wheelchair symbol.svg 15.4 (24.8)
Willow Grove Willow Grove 16.2 (26.1)SEPTA City Bus: 22 , 55 , 310 , 311
Upper Moreland Township Fulmor 18.1 (29.1)Closed November 10, 1996 [14]
Hatboro Hatboro 18.6 (29.9)
Warminster Warminster Wheelchair symbol.svg 20.1 (32.3)July 29, 1974 [15] SEPTA City Bus: 22
TMA Bucks: Richboro-Warminster Rushbus [16]

Ridership

Between FY 2008–FY 2018 yearly ridership on the Warminster Line has ranged between 2.4–2.7 million. [note 1]

500,000
1,000,000
1,500,000
2,000,000
2,500,000
3,000,000
FY 2008
FY 2009
FY 2010
FY 2011
FY 2012
FY 2013
FY 2014
FY 2015
FY 2016
FY 2017
FY 2018

Notes

  1. Annual ridership statistics compiled from SEPTA's Annual Service Plans. [1] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [25] [26]

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