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In a "Philly" State of Mind


Nabinut

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This past weekend I went to Philadelphia for my 30th Birthday. Of course I couldn't help but to fan my second favorite system. Here are photos from this event:

 

Buses:

The newest buses in service for SEPTA is the (8340-8459) batch of New Flyer DE40LFRs. First up is (At the time) the newest buses in service 8428 on Oregon Avenue:

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The previous batch of SEPTA Hybrids featured the old style front cap. Here is 8258 at Broad & Washington on a Route 23 detour due to a block party:

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Until 9/5, the Route 10 Trolley line is using buses. Among those used are 1996 NABIs that are probably months from being retired. Here is NABI 5319 at 48th & Lancaster heading inward to 33rd & Market:

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New Flyer E40LFR #815 on Frankford Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia on Route 66, one of three existing Trackless Trolley lines:

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Taken in the early evening at Penns Landing is New Flyer DE40LF #8135 with a 3/4 moon lighting the scene:

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Taken early Sunday morning on 60th Street in West Philadelphia is 2001 New Flyer D40LF #5412, way before most of these business would open for the day:

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This photo, taken in the village of Collingdale in the Philadelphia Suburb of Darby shows even the most quiet of urbs have deep pockets of sprawl:

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After having a fleet made up of mostly Neoplans, SEPTA now rosters only 155 Neoplan 60 foot artics. Here is #7138 at 15th & Market in Center City:

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New Flyer DE40LFR #8409, still devoid of ads awaits a green light to depart from Frankford Terminal:

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Proving that NABIs aren't quiet done, here is #5132 operating on a Sunday at Olney Terminal on Route 18:

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In 2004, SEPTA purchased 20 Hybrids inbetween a order of 218 buses. All of the first two sets of Hybrid operate from one district. Here is 5844H on Route 57:

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A year later, another 120 buses were ordered. All numbered in the 8000 series and also assigned to one district. These buses were the first diesels to be equipped with a Cummins ISL engine, which makes them insanely loud. Here is #8023 on the 47M Limited, a short offshoot of Route 47:

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Taken at the intersection of Broad & Erie in North Philadelphia is 8237 working the always busy C line:

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Norristown Transportation Center houses Buses, Regional Rail, and the Norristown High Speed Line. Here is 8398 in perfect light on layover at the T.C:

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Lastly for the bus side is New Flyer D40LF #5807 at 69th Street Terminal, freshly overhaul, complete with a new Cummins ISL engine & paint job:

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Part II of my post highlights heavy rail (Market-Frankford, Broad Street Subway & Regional Rail)

 

Market-Frankford Car 1017 and rear units approach Girard Station:

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A look at the Fern Rock yard of the Broad Street Subway:

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Broad Ridge Spur at Track 1 awaiting departure:

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A Two car set of Sliverliner trains at Market East Station:

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At Wayne Junction, a three car train passes by on the former R8, now known as the Fox Chase line:

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A Six car train running the B only route of the rush hour Market-Frankford Line enters York-Dauphin Station:

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Meeting of the minds...I mean trains as two A trains pass each other near Tioga Station:

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Car 1010 and sisters enter the Westbound tressle beyond Huntingdon Station:

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A few minutes later, a A & B train at the outskirts of the same station:

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Seen from the Westbound track is a Eastbound M/F train entering Spring Garden Station:

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Sliverliner Car 447 leads a three car set on the Norristown Line, seen at Wissahickon Station:

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Lastly, I covered three of the four active Subway-Surface lines and the always funs Route 15:

 

PCC #2336 crossing the bridge passing Belmont & Girard Avenue:

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Kawasaki Car #9046 at 53rd & Baltimore at Twilight:

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9034 seen at the 61st & Baltimore Avenue layover of Route 34:

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At 54th & Baltimore, Car 9008 captures the morning glow with a set of rowhomes left in its path:

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PCC #2329 has just passed the Regional Rail bridge at 9th & Girard when photographed. Sadly a RR set passed by a few seconds later:

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9063 lets off passengers on Elmwood & 64th heading towards the Eastwick section of the city:

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Capturing the essence of the Center City Skyline is car 9103 at 57th & Elmwood:

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Car 9059 has just passed sister unit 9102 at 57th & Lindbergh at the beginning of 5 minute rush hour service:

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Still focusing on Route 36 is 9074 at 47th & Woodland, a mere two blocks from Woodland Car Shops:

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Car 9073, thankfully still with its classic roll sign displays Not In Service as it heads back to Elmwood District:

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9102 with a faded roll sign picks up a comely college student at 45th & Woodland in the University District:

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Car 9075 is seen just past the 40th Street Portal on Route 34:

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Last, but not least is Car 9080 at 19th Street Station showing off the "brightness" of its new destination sign:

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I finally got around to it but here are some videos I made to go along with the photos:

 

NABI 5249 (DD50/Allison)

 

 

New Flyer 5565 (DD50/Allison)

 

 

New Flyer 5652 (Cummins ISL/Allison)

 

 

New Flyer 5763 (Cummins/ZF)

 

 

New Flyer 8308 (Cummins ISL/EP40)

 

 

New Flyer 800 (Trackless Trolley)

 

 

Norristown High Speed Line N-5 #150

 

 

Market-Frankford Blue Line Elevated:

 

 

Broad Street Subway (Broad-Ridge Spur)

 

 

Regional Rail Sliverliner IV:

 

 

Market Frankford Blue Line

 

Subway Surface

 

Bus & Trolley System:

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