Newtown Junction


Newtown Junction

Newtown Junction is the rail junction point where the Newtown Branch joins the SEPTA Main Line. The Warminster Line, West Trenton Line, and Lansdale/Doylestown Line all continue north toward Fern Rock along the old Reading trunk while the Fox Chase heads east toward Olney. North of Fox Chase, the line crossed over the West Trenton Line between the Meadowbrook and Bethayres stations and had its terminus in Newtown, hence the name Newtown Junction.

Until 1983, SEPTA ran diesel train service past Fox Chase to Newtown after taking over line operations from Conrail. However, the branch, single-tracked north of Fox Chase, was never electrified, and service was "temporarily" suspended in January 1983 due to what SEPTA cited as a lack of ridership, in addition to the company's desire to terminate all diesel in favor of electric rail service. Today, Bucks County and some Montgomery County officials are pushing for restoration of service to Newtown.


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