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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 08/03/2003 Part Four

The Frankford Swing is complete.

Balloons and bunting await the arrival of the first train. The very first train was intended to be a deadhead move to 15th Street, but people were waiting so at about 4:39 it departed with passengers. The first official revenue move rolled out 10 minutes later, the first arrival about 25 minutes after that.

Now, at a more respectable hour, the new building awaits an eager public. On this opening day, a miserably hot and humid morning, the most welcome improvement over the old station was AIR CONDITIONING! SEPTA also handed out bottled water and brochures to the public.
Soon it was business as usual. The Pratt Street exit to the left is still under construction, and the street sweeper in the center was still making the rounds in a futile attempt to clean up the area.
Looking south at the new FTC from beneath the last remnants of the old station. Soon the debris will removed and the fence will come down, making for a more inviting visage.
Compare this picture taken August 4 with the same intersection in the second picture here and the fifth picture here . The detours signs have been removed and traffic once again flows. It was also big news, as all four local morning shows had live remotes from the site. Construction is still ongoing, as shown by the pavers on the flatbed on the right, waiting for a more opportune time to be installed.
The ironwork of the old station will be history in a short time, and the old Bridge Street Station will be the entry way from a proposed 1,000 car parking garage to be built to the north. With all the construction, what the area needs is a good cleansing rain to get rid of the dust, especially on Frankford Avenue. All in all, a very impressive facility. SEPTA seems to have gotten this one right.



All pictures August 4 2003 c. 2003 John P Almeida
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