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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 06/16/2013

SEPTA Norristown High Speed Line bridge over Schuylkill River June 11 2013

The 2013 U.S. Open was held at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore PA and it just so happens that SEPTA's Norristown High Speed Line (originally built as the Philadelphia and Western Railroad) runs right along side it. Due to the "intimate confines" of the area around the course and lack of parking (attendees were parking at PPL Park in Chester and being bussed the 16 miles to the club), the line became a preferred transportation option for many fans. If you were wondering which came first, it was the railroad (1907 versus 1912), the Merion being the last freight customer on the line with service ending in 1970. Now it is strictly passenger service held down by a fleet of N-5 cars. For the crush of people, SEPTA ran two cars trains almost exclusively all week at 10 minute intervals from dawn to dusk. Here a pair, car 143 and 144, cross the bridge over the Schuylkill River between Norristown and Bridgeport, a bridge that will be "temporarily" shut down in less than a month for some much needed repairs to the track which are also temporary. The entire viaduct is in need of a complete rebuild, and if that does not happen relatively soon, temporary could become permanent (yes, we are talking about you, Route 23 trolley!)

In anticipation of the exposure the line would receive, SEPTA sold advertising on the cars. Rather than the full wraps usually seen on the Silverliner V's and busses, the ads were small rectangles running along the center third of the cars just below the window line. Advertisers were Aria Health (right above), Comcast (left above) and Valley Forge Casino (below).
A few of the cars like 133 were berift of ads, but most had them like 146 with an ad for Aria Health System.
Car 142 and 133 carried the Comcast ads. Thanks to a recent deluge, the river was quite high this week with a number of uprooted trees making their way down to the falls.

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