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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 08/06/2006
|Former Reading and SEPTA Newtown Branch Bucks and Montgomery County PA August 4 2006|
The non-electrified portion of the Reading Company Newtown Branch, dormant since SEPTA discontinued RDC service north of Fox Chase in 1983, has been the subject of attention in recent years. In the last decade, various proposals (return of diesel service, extension of electrification, light rail) have been floated and sank without a trace. Now the Montgomery County Planning Commission and the Bucks County Planning Commission have jointly initiated a study to look into the feasibility of creating a busway and pedestrian trail along the right of way. Discussions about the current proposals and historical events surrounding the line can be found on the SEPTA forum at Railroad.NET.
Southampton Station at Second Street Pike in Southampton Bucks County.
|Looking south from the station where the rails vanish into the woods. This grade crossing is the site of the deadly RDC-truck tanker crash in 1981.|
|Heading toward the city, a view looking north at County Line Road, where it is hard to imagine a railroad once ran here.|
|Looking south at County Line Road, from Bucks County into Montgomery County.|
All pictures August 4 2006 Copyright © 2006 John P. Almeida
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