My post earlier this week about the abandoned trolley terminals in the anchorages of the Ben Franklin Bridge got me to thinking how much I’d love to check them out. And that, of course, got me to thinking about two SEPTA things that are closed that I’d like to see open.
First, the tunnel from the El station into 30th Street Station. I sure would be great to be able to scoot through the tunnel and into 30th Street Station again without going above ground.
Second, the abandoned newsstand at City Hall Station. I know the big redevelopment of City Hall Station is on ice until Capitol improvement money can be found. But it would be great to pick up a Daily News or a snack from this old newsstand while I’m waiting for the El. As I recall, this newsstand is only being used for storage now.
Someone recently told me about the Facebook group called “Old Images of Philadelphia.” Every day, the author posts several beautiful photos of historic Philadelphia for the group’s 11,000 fans. Many of them, such as the two above, are public transit oriented.
When the Frankford Elevated Line was being built over Kensington & Lehigh Avenues. The red arrow shows two brave workers who posed for the camera balancing themselves on a steel beam between the newly constructed track beds and if you notice they are not wearing any type of safety equipment and there’s no safety net down below on Kensington Avenue to catch them if they fell, workers back in these days were either brave or crazy but they got the job done – June 10th 1919
West Philadelphia – Vehicles wait for the traffic light to change under the Market-Frankford Elevated Structure at 46th & Market Streets heading West on December 16th 1954 ( The gated area with Tree’s is now a parking lot for ALDI’s Supermarket and the West Park Public High Rise Housing Projects are not visible because they were not built until 8 years after this picture was taken )
Commuters were surely frustrated this morning due to all sorts of unexpected delays on various Regional Rail lines. And the Market Frankford Line was tied up for 15 – 20 minutes due to a medical emergency around 8:30 am.