If a cause was right
I'd leave to find the answer on the road
I used to be a heart beating for someone
- "Philadelphia Freedom", Elton John / Bernie Taupin
While looking through my Lightroom catalog for Amtrak images, I stumbled across some photos I took when I was in Philadelphia, PA back in April 2005.
I've never blogged about this trip before, because this was a few months before I started blogging!
This was the only time I've been in Philadelphia (to date) although I have been in Pittsburgh a few times.
I arrived at PHL and took this train. It was a pretty short trip on the Airport Regional Line to Jefferson Station downtown, maybe 30 minutes.
I'm pretty sure I was staying at the Marriott where the conference was, and it was a short walk from Jefferson station to the hotel. I stowed my bags and took a short walk to the 30th Street Amtrak station.
|Amtrak's 30th Street train station in Philadelphia|
|Columns at Amtrak station|
Amtrak trains like the Acela Express, Vermonter, Cardinal and Keystone Service stop here. It also sees many SEPTA trains and NJ Transit's Atlantic City Line starts here.
I walked through the large Art Deco waiting room and looked around for a bit. I was a lot more self-conscious about my railfanning in 2005 than I am now, so I didn't do much exploring and I definitely didn't try to go on the platforms. I did notice that there were some great views available from the parking garage...
|The cavernous interior of the Amtrak 30th Street station|
Return to AmtrakI went back to the Amtrak station on the 5th after the day's activities ended. I went straight to the parking garage to take some photos of the engine servicing area.
|Amtrak yard, Philadelphia|
|Amtrak 200 and ballast hoppers|
|AMTK 723 in Philadelphia|
Sister AMTK 724 was nearby with an electric locomotive on the next track.
|AMTK 724 in Philadelphia|
Later that night, I had to have a Philadelphia standard... a hoagie. It's the "official sandwich of Philadelphia", after all!
SEPTA Transit MuseumOn the 6th I visited the SEPTA Transit Museum briefly. I didn't have a lot of time but it's a small museum, just up the street, so it was all good.
They have a restored PCC trolley car there, #2733. She's a beauty!
|PCC car 2733 in Philadelphia|
|Streetcar interior, Philadelphia|
|Part of car 1312|
|Mmmm, three rail|
MiscellaneousTo wrap up, here are a few miscellaneous photos I took while I was there. My apologies for the poor photo quality of some of the photos. These were taken with a 1 megapixel digital camera...
|Part of the Philly skyline|
|Mural below the Jefferson station|
|The Liberty Bell and I|