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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 12/19/2010

SEPTA Route 15 Sugarhouse Loop Frankford Avenue Philadelphia PA December 15 2010
It's hard to believe that nine years after 9/11, ill-informed transit employees are still telling people that, due to security reasons, taking pictures of mass transit from public property requires permission. While walking along the open sidewalks of Frankford Avenue last Wednesday, a SEPTA employee approached me and asked what I was doing. When I told him I was just taking pictures, he said I needed permission from SEPTA to do that. I told him that I was not in any restricted areas, just walking along the sidewalk and was not in their way or on their property, and he said that a directive from management was that anyone taking pictures of SEPTA property needs permission from SEPTA. When I said that was not true, he then upped the anty and said that if I persisted in taking pictures, he could have me removed if he wanted. I told him I was going to take my pictures regardless and went about my business. I had parked my car in the parking lot of a closed gas station at Frankford and Delaware Avenues and was walking down Frankford when he started yelling at me from behind. When I turned to hear what else he had to say, he said I would have to move my car because it was blocking their work. My car was in fact nowhere near where they were working and 15 feet from SEPTA truck also parked there, and my wife was sitting in the front seat. When I told him my wife was quite capable of moving the car if necessary, he said she looked busy. I returned to my car to find that my wife had already moved it about 10 feet and out of their way. I went back to taking photos and after about 10 minutes, I left without any further incident.
Looking south from Girard Avenue, you can see the progress from just a month ago.
The track work is complete at Frankford and Girard, next will be the wire work.
At the Delaware Avenue end, the loop will not actually cross over to Sugarhouse.
With the southbound track and the passing siding already in concrete, they work on the return leg along Frankford Avenue.

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