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Churchville
Churchville Station.JPG
Churchville station site in 2006
Location Knowles Avenue and Bustleton Pike
Churchville, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°11′06″N 75°00′49″W / 40.1849°N 75.0137°W / 40.1849; -75.0137Coordinates: 40°11′06″N 75°00′49″W / 40.1849°N 75.0137°W / 40.1849; -75.0137
Owned by SEPTA
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Construction
Platform levels 1
Parking 25 spaces
History
Opened 1878 (RDG), 1892
Closed January 18, 1983
Electrified no
Former services
Preceding station SEPTA.svg SEPTA Following station
Southampton Newtown Line Holland
toward Newtown
Preceding station Reading Railroad Following station
Southampton
toward Cheltenham
Newtown Branch Holland
toward Newtown
Churchville Train Station, Philadelphia and Reading Railroad
U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
Churchville Station.jpg
Churchville station in July 2012.
Area 185 acres (74.9 ha)
Part of Churchville Historic District (ID95000887)
Added to NRHP July 21, 1995

Churchville station is a former train station in Churchville, Pennsylvania. Located on Knowles Avenue and Bustleton Pike, it is now a private residence.

The station was built in 1892, and served as a stop on the Reading Railroad's Newtown Line. It replaced another structure built in 1878. It was later taken over by SEPTA and served as a stop on the Fox Chase/Newtown Line.

History

The station, built in 1892, was a stop on the Reading Railroad's Newtown Line, and a replacement for another structure built in 1878. It was later taken over by SEPTA and served as a stop on the Fox Chase/Newtown Line.

Churchville station, and all of those north of Fox Chase station, was closed on January 18, 1983 due to failing diesel train equipment resulting in low ridership.

In addition, a labor dispute began within the SEPTA organization when the transit operator inherited 1,700 displaced employees from Conrail. SEPTA insisted on utilizing transit operators from the Broad Street Subway to operate Fox Chase-Newtown diesel trains, while Conrail requested that railroad motormen run the service. When a federal court ruled that SEPTA had to use Conrail employees in order to offer job assurance, SEPTA cancelled Fox Chase-Newtown trains. Service in the diesel-only territory north of Fox Chase was cancelled at that time, and Churchville station still appears in publicly posted tariffs.

Although rail service was initially replaced with a Fox Chase-Newtown shuttle bus, patronage remained light, and the Fox Chase-Newtown shuttle bus service ended in 1999.

Station building

Churchville station has been restored and is now used as a private residence. SEPTA signage—installed in 1984, one year after train service had ended—remains in place at the station parking lot. The station is a contributing property of the Churchville Historic District, which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since July 21, 1995.

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