CHESTER  COUNTY

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EXISTING STATIONS
Station
Name
Original
Railroad
Current
Location
Type Current
Use
Date
Built
Track
Status
Building
Material
More
Info
Avondale State St. and Pomeroy Ave. P Railroad ???? In Use Stucco  
Avondale State St. and Pomeroy Ave. F Railroad ???? In Use Wood  
Berwyn 643 Lancaster Ave. P Business/
Railroad
1900 In Use Brick
Chatham Next to PA41 southbound lanes, approximately 1000 feet NW of town center (PA841 & PA41). C Storage ???? Gone Wood  
Coatesville SW corner of 3rd Avenue underpass and PRR main line between Phila. and Harrisburg on eastbound side. P Vacant 1869 In Use Brick
Cossart Chadds Ford Road P Residence ???? ???? Stone
Devon US 30 P Railroad 1890 In Use Stucco
Elverson U.S. 23 P Office 1921 Gone Brick
Elverson U.S. 23 F Vacant ???? Gone Wood  
Glenloch (Frazier) Off PA202 P Vacant ???? In Use ????
Honey Brook 71 Pequea Ave ( Rt. 10 ) P Municipal ???? Gone Wood  
Kennett Square South Broad Street C Museum ???? In Use Brick
Kimberton Kimberton Road P Office ???? Gone Brick
Kirkland Station 1370 Kirkland Avenue (just off Boot Road) in West Whiteland Township. C Residence ???? None Brick
Lincoln University Lower Oxford Township P Vacant 1867 In Use Brick
Morstein
(Exton Station)
King Road & Weston Way, 1/4 mile east of Phoenixville Pike P Business 1840 Gone Brick
Malvern Warren Avenue & King Street P Railroad/
Business
1900 In Use Brick
Mill Lane 7 Mill Lane P Private 1836 Gone Stucco
Modena West side of Union Street on the south side of the tracks. P ???? ???? In Use Wood
Northbrook
(Newlin Twp.)
Northbrook Rd. 1/2 mile north of PA842 C Residence 1860 In Use Wood
Oxford Market St. & Railroad Ave. P Police Station ???? In Use Brick  
Paoli US 30 & North Valley Road P Railroad 1953 In Use Brick  
Parkesburg Station Ave., 1/2 mi. of PA10 P Vacant 1906 In Use Brick
Perkiomen Junction Off of Pawlings Rd.  P Business 1934 In Use Brick
Phoenixville Route 29 and
Schuylkill River
C Business 1900 In Use Stone
Phoenixville 425 Bridge Street F Business ???? Aband. Brick
Phoenixville 427 Bridge Street F Business ???? Gone  Wood
Pocopson PA926 and Pocopson Road west of Brandywine Creek
(GPS: 39.9002, -75.6252)
P Business 1890 In Use Stone
Strafford Old Eagle School & Crestline Rds. P Railroad 1876 In Use Wood
Valley Forge Rtes. 252 and 23, at
Washington's Headquarters,
Valley Forge NHP
P Museum 1912 In Use Stone
West Chester Kirkland Ave P Residence 1870 In Use Brick  
Whitford Whitford Rd., 1 mi. S. of US 30 C Vacant 1880 In Use Wood
Whitford Whitford Rd., 1 mi. S. of US 30 F Business ???? In Use Stone
STATIONS OF THE PAST
Station
Name
Original
Railroad
Notes
Anselma Town was also referred to as "Cambria."
Atglen  
Brookfield  
Byers  
Cedar Hollow Sat on the east side of Cedar Hollow Rd. one-half mile south of Swedesford Road. (Tredyffrin Twp.). Station was built in 1872. Platform view.
Chadds Ford Junction
AND
This station was just a few hundered yards west from the Chadds Ford PRR (P&B Central) station that was just across the creek in Delaware County.
Chester Springs On the Pickering Valley branch that ran out of Phoenixville.
Coatesville The passenger station was on the NW corner of North 1st Avenue (PA 82) and East Lincoln Highway (Business US 30). The station was on the east side of Wilmington & Northern tracks located on the east side of the west branch of the Brandywine Creek. There was a freight station south of Lincoln Highway. North 1st Avenue has since been realigned. The passenger station was built around 1867 and torn down in the 1960s.
Daylesford Was at US 30 and Conestoga Lane. Station was razed in early 2000s.
Downington Built in 1928, the station was torn down in the early 1990s after being gutted by fire. Until then it was an active Amtrak and SEPTA agency station. In the late 1980s it was even the origin/terminus of an Amtrak Metroliner train to/from Washington DC. There are currently two Amtrak shelters there, but the old foundation is still visible. 
Downington  
Elkview  
Frazer  
Frick's Lock  
Kelton  
Landenberg
AND
 
Lenape  
PAOLI Freight station.
Parkerford Built 1884, demolished 1968.
Perkiomen Junction Is this the same building that is still standing? It looks like it could be, but it would have had to have its top modified.
Pomeroy  
Sagerville  
Spring City  
St. Peters  
Toughkenamon  
Valley Forge Freight station.
West Chester Sat on the south side of Market between Matlack and Franklin Streets.
Here is a 1962 photo. Torn down in 1968.
West Chester This freight station sat on East Gay Street. It was built in 1836 and was demolished in 1904. See this page for more details.
West Chester This concrete station was built in the late 60s/early 70s to replace the old brick station that burned.
West Grove  
Wyebrook  
1895 CHESTER COUNTY RAILROAD MAP
Notes About Existing Stations...

Berwyn (PRR) - This station is completely different than the other old stations along the "Main Line" between Paoli and Philadelphia in that it is built entirely of red brick, with yellow window and door arches. It is very well maintained and is two stories high. Now a picture frame shop.

Coatesville (PRR) - First story is at street level (below track level), 2nd story on track level, former 3rd story gable in center of building now gown. When built, the station was set back from tracks to allow for track expansion from 2 to 4 and for track realignments. Eastbound and westbound platform shelters were added in 1909. Level of tracks, platforms and shelters were raised in relationship to the station in the early 1940s during track grade reduction program.

Cossart (RDG) - This was the de facto "summit" between Coatesville and Wilmington.  In the W&N days it had a small yard and turntable.  Trains would be helped from Wilmington to Cossart, then run down grade to Coatesville.  The turntable was retired sometime after the W&N was acquired by the P&R.  By the diesel era all there was the stone depot on the South/west side of the tracks, a siding and a spur to a coal trestle just north/west of the depot. The coal trestle was about 6 ft high and about 1 or 2 cars long.  The depot was a unique design for the Reading. -- Dave Husman

Devon (PRR) - This station is built in English Tudor style of wood, stucco, brick, stone and terra cotta.

Glenloch (PRR) - For more info see Tom Young's page about this station.

Kennett Square (PRR) - This station has been purchased by East Penn Railways. Grants are in process to revamp the building for continued use as a local museum of railroad and other history.

Kirkland Sstation (WC&F) - This station, built between 1860-1879 was moved to its present location in 1880, when the PRR straightened the track at Kirkland. Converted to a residence from a ticket/waiting room and station master's home with a small two-story stucco addition (2 rooms). Placed on the National Historical Register in 1983 by West Whiteland Township. 

Lincoln University (PB&C) - The railroad was the Philadelphia & Baltimore Central. Burgess and Kennedy's "Centennial History of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company" states that "...the road (P&BC) was completed from Wawa to the Susquehanna River....in 1867..." It is my guess that the railroad was being built past what was to become the village of Lincoln University in 1866, the same year that the school was renamed. The ramshackle remains have been bought by a couple that have the hobby of restoring older structures. --Ed Thornton

Mill Lane (PG&N) - Greek-Revival Architecture with roof, center hall and stairway classic of that era (pre-1840), made of stone and stucco, typical of "country house" stations built by the owner; Philadelphia Germantown & Norristown Railroad (but named Norristown Valley Railroad and later changed to Chester Valley Railroad). Windows upgraded later by Philadelphia & Reading RR. The only station left, similar to Shawmont, also built by the PG&N.

Modena (R&N) - This station is pictured on page 85-86 of Reading RR Station Pictorial, Vol. 4 by Benjamin Bernhart.

Morstein (West Chester & Frazer) - Station is located in Exton Station (W. Whiteland Twp.). There is no town called Morstein currently, but the station was given this name, possibly because of a farm nearby. This is one of the earliest surviving railroad stations. It is built of brick and wood and has been renovated in the past few years. The West Chester and Frazer RR opened in the 1840s and was in use until the 1950s or '60s.

Northbrook (W&N) - This station is built like a clapboard farmhouse, complete with a front porch. At first glance it does not look like a train station, but has served well over 100 years. It currently serves as a house and is located by the Northbrook Canoe Company on the Western Branch of Brandywine Creek. The Brandywine Valley Scenic RR uses the tracks. This location was also known as Marshall's Station in the early years of the railroad (see 1873 county map).

Parkesburg (PRR) - This was the furthest westward reach of the SEPTA commuter rail line until 1995 (R5 Paoli/Parkesburg). The town was founded around a repair shop for the Philadelphia and Columbia RR in the 1830's and 40's, and there is a brick railroad structure on the north side about 200 yards east of the station. The station was abandoned for some time but is under renovation.

Phoenixville (RDG) - This is a beautiful and substantial red stone station which has high hopes as Phoenixville renews itself. Passenger traffic ceased about 1980 on this formerly four-track Reading line; now there are only two tracks.

Pocopson (W&N) - This station is built of local green serpentine fieldstone and wood shingle. It is superbly maintained as "Pocopson Veterinary Station" and the Brandywine Scenic Railway runs past it. The interior woodwork is preserved and the ticket office is now the examining room.

Strafford (PRR) - Station was built as the Catalogue Building for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. After the exposition the station was bought at auction by the PRR and  moved to Wayne in 1885 and then moved to Strafford in 1887. When the station was moved to Strafford in 1887 some of the ornamentation was removed due to placing the station on a sloping piece of land.

Valley Forge (RDG) - This station was built in 1912 to allow visitors to stop at Washington's Headquarters. It is built of fieldstone in colonial revival style, with a gorgeous waiting room, complete with fireplace. The platform roof was held up by doric columns and originally the stairways were ornamented with pyramids of cannonballs! The station has been out of use since the 1970s, and the platform concrete is is poor condition. The two outer tracks have been removed, and the two inner tracks are used for freight. Now owned by the National Park Service and serves as George Washington-centric museum.

Whitford (PRR) - The station building is plain clapboard and is presently boarded up but in fair condition. The freight shed is cut gray "rubble" stone and is probably older than the station; it is now part of a business. Most remarkable is that the station is located under a huge "flyover" girder bridge built in 1902, part of the old "Trenton Cutoff" system. The "high line" is now abandoned, but the main line tracks are still in heavy use.