SEPTA 69th Street Shop Tour

Saturday, October 1, 2011

On Saturday, October 1, almost 40 participants (including a few from the Philadelphia area) were treated to an excellent tour of SEPTA’S 69th Street Shop in West Philadelphia. This shop services the vehicles on the Market-Frankford Subway as well as former Red Arrow trolley routes 101 and 102. There were many excellent photo opportunities and our host was extremely informative. After a lunch stop near the SEPTA gift shop (where a 10% discount was available to our entire group), attendees either rail-fanned on their own in the afternoon or joined the tour leader for rides on the Market-Frankford subway, the #15 Girard trolley line, the Broad Street Subway and the #59 trolley bus. A sumptuous dinner at a Hometown Buffet was a fitting end to a very nice trip.

The NY Division of the ERA is pleased to announce a Fall Saturday excursion to several SEPTA subway facilities in the Philadelphia area on Saturday, October 1, 2011. We are planning a stop in the morning at the Fern Rock Shops at the north end of the Broad Street line, after which we will make a lunch stop in downtown Philadelphia near the SEPTA Transit Store at 1234 Market Street. After lunch, we will visit the 69th Street Shop at the west end of the Market-Frankford line.

A chartered Coach Tours bus will take us to and from New York. Although there will be not be sufficient time to explore transit sites and lines on your own in Philadelphia, we are planning to ride the two subway lines to and from lunch. A dinner stop at Hometown Buffet in Edison, N.J., is included in your ticket price (including gratuity). Lunch will be on your own at your own cost and expense, as will be your rides on the SEPTA subway lines.

Our chartered bus will leave promptly at 8:00 am from the public city bus stop for the M16 on 8th Avenue, just north of West 40th Street, across the street from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (Stop #1). There will be an additional pickup point in Metropark at the bus stop area in front of the New Jersey Transit/Amtrak Metropark Station (Stop #2). The pickup ats Stop #2 will be at 8:40 AM (Parking is available at $5.00 per day in the garage at the station). Please indicate below at which stop you will be boarding the bus. It is expected that the bus will return home to Manhattan on Saturday at approximately 9:00 pm.

Ticket Price: $65 Per Person

Please join us for a special trip to the SEPTA subway facilities in the Philadelphia area. The $65 ticket price includes charter bus transportation (including driver gratuity) and dinner. For further updates and information, please email Sid Keyles at sidkeyles@optonline.net or call him at 201-684-9408. This trip operates rain or shine and is co-sponsored with our friends at the NY Railroad Enthusiasts.

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