Amtrak accident in Chester, PA

On Sunday April 3rd, at approximately 7:53 AM local time, southbound Amtrak Palmetto #89 enroute to Savannah, GA derailed after striking a backhoe, resulting in the death of 2 and injuring approximately 30 according to news outlets.  The two fatalities were identified as Amtrak employees, presumably engaged in track maintenance activity.  The Amtrak locomotive derailed and sustained moderate damage.

Due to NTSB investigation activity and the damage resulting from the derailment, rail service through the affected area was suspended for the day.  Amtrak and SEPTA service has resumed this morning, but is limited to 2 tracks through the area.  Passengers are advised to expect delays.

Public forums to be held for Roosevelt Boulevard project

The City of Philadelphia, in partnership with SEPTA and PennDOT, is conducting public forums for the purpose of soliciting comments regarding potential transportation improvements in the Roosevelt Boulevard corridor.  One possible outcome is the operation of limited stop bus service in the corridor between Frankford Transportation Center and Bucks County destinations.

The forums are scheduled during mid-April at locations in Philadelphia and Bucks County.  Detailed forum schedules and descriptions can be found at the link:
Roosevelt Boulevard “Route For Change” Public Forums

Interested individuals can go to to sing-up for project notifications and additional information.

SEPTA Annual Service Plan meetings

SEPTA will conduct the Annual Service Plan Open House meetings on Monday, March 28, 2016 at the following times and location:

12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

SEPTA Board Room
Mezzanine, 1234 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Follow the link below for information —

Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Service Plan Public Open House Meetings

Philadelphia Transit rated 9th

Smart Asset, a financial service company, has created a report entitled “The Best Cities for Public Transportation” .  The report ranks the top ten U.S. cities in by evaluating the attractiveness of the public transportation system.  Philadelphia was listed at #9, behind Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Jersey City.  Oakland, CA finalized the list at #10.


Support Norristown High Speed Line expansion

Christopher Sawyer, a former candidate for Philadelphia Sheriff and author of the Philadelinquency blog, has created a petition in support of expanding SEPTA’s Norristown High Speed Line to King of Prussia. Activists opposing rail expansion to King of Prussia had previously created their own petition.

The Link to the petition can be found here: Stop The Racists From Blocking the NHSL From Being Built

On March 12, 2015, NJ State Senators Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) and Nicholas Sacco (D-Bergen/Hudson) introduced legislation to modify the existing structure of the NJ Transit Board of Directors. Currently, there are seven voting members and a single non-voting member that was added to the NJ Transit Board several years ago with the intent of providing representation for the public.

Legislative Bill S-2804 includes language that would expand the NJ Transit Board to ten members, nine of which will have voting authority. News reports online indicate that the bill may be amended to also provide voting authority for the existing non-voting member. Another provision of the Bill includes the requirement that members selected to represent the public must be NJ Transit commuters. The related NJ State Assembly Bill, A-4303, was introduced by Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) and Assemblywoman Elizabeth Maher Muoio (D-Hunterdon/Mercer)

More recently, Senator Lesniak has created an online petition asking residents to support Bill S-2804 via the website Give Commuters a Voice. All New Jersey residents are encouraged to sign the petition as a way to demonstate support for greater transparency and accountability from the NJ Transit Board of Directors.

Volunteers Wanted

If you are a member of the National Railway Historical Society or any of its local chapters, and have time during the middle of the week, the WEDNESDAY REGULARS are looking for you.

if you want to do computerized research about railway history, contact Les Dean at

To access chapter information as well as over 20 railroad publications, call Burt Eisenberg at 267-312-4702.  Call Monday or Tuesday to set up an appointment at the DVARP/NRHS office at 1601 Walnut Street, Suite 1129 in Center City Philadelphia.

Northeast Corridor service to be restored Monday morning

At 5:30 p.m. this afternoon, Amtrak announced the restoration of service between Philadelphia and New York. As stated on the Amtrak website, “Effective with departures from Philadelphia at 5:53 a.m. (Train 110) and New York at 5:30 a.m. (Train 111), all Amtrak Acela, Northeast Regional and other services resume.”

SEPTA has also announced the resumption of service with some modifications. As stated on the SEPTA website, “Trenton service will resume tomorrow AM (5/18) with no service to North Philadelphia, Bridesburg and Tacony stations. Delays are expected.”

The restoration comes following an announcement late last week that service would not resume until Tuesday. Amtrak and contractor personnel have been working around the clock to repair the damage sustained during the derailment. NJ Transit restored service to 30th Street Station on Friday, May 15th.