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Route of the Week - Paoli/Thorndale Line


This week we'll be exploring SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Line. The Paoli/Thorndale Line is a Regional Rail Line that runs between Temple University to Thorndale. Until July 25, 2010, this line was known as the "R5." You won't see R5 on our trains anymore, but if you're feeling nostalgic, you can buy these vintage signs at the SEPTA Transit Store!


Electrified service began on the Paoli/Thorndale Line on September 11, 1915. This made it the first local commuter and long-distance lines to be electrified using overhead catenary wires. The only other commuter line to be electrified at this time was the Long Island Rail Road in New York, but this used a third rail as opposed to overhead wires.

The Paoli/Thorndale Line is the busiest of SEPTA's 14 Regional Rail Lines. On a typical weekday, it carries 19,604 passengers and makes 88 trips between Temple University and Thorndale. This line is 37.9 miles long with 26 stations along the way, including Narberth (below), Exton, and Downingtown

On Thursday, 6/20, the traveling Night Market heads to the Overbrook section of West Philadelphia. Visitors can expect around 50 vendors offering all types of food and drinks, live entertainment and more along Lancaster Avenue between 61st and 63rd streets. Food and drink vendors on the list for this market include Local Harvest Pizza, Puyero, Cherry's Baking Company, Victory Brewing Company and more. Best part? No need to drive - take the Paoli/Thorndale Line! Just get off at Overbrook Station and you're there!

Whether you're headed out to the Main Line,Center City, or anywhere in between hop the Paoli/Thorndale Line and let SEPTA get you where you need to be!

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