All Aboard! Philly’s Trains & Trolleys

Saturday, January 14, 2023 - 11:37am
Academy of Music at Broad and Locust
United States

Jerry Silverman will lead us on a tour of the Broad Street Line, Ridge Avenue Spur, and the PATCO line, to learn about the Philly subways.

We'll travel the subway south to the stadiums, and north to Fern Rock where the subway actually exits the tunnel. From there we’ll take the Broad-Ridge Express Spur to 8th and Market, then board PATCO to Camden and back.

Along the way, we’ll check out the eagles salvaged from the demolished NYC Penn Station, old subway cars rusting away at Fern Rock Station, an abandoned revenue train platform, ghost stations, 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 Bridge, the never-finished trolley terminal under the Ben Franklin Bridge Plaza, and the train lines to Germantown and Northeast Philly that were never finished. Whew! 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!

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.

***PLEASE NOTE*** You will need to purchase one SEPTA and one PATCO fare. If you haven't used SEPTA before, arrive a little early and we'll help get you set up. For PATCO, be prepared to spend an extra $1.40. Jerry will have change.  


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