Chelten Avenue station

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Chelten Avenue
Chelten Avenue Station.jpg
The station at Chelten Avenue, facing the Chelten Avenue bridge in October 2012.
Location399 Chelten Avenue
(Chelten Avenue & Pulaski Street)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19144
Owned bySEPTA
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsCity Bus SEPTA City Bus: 26, J
Platform levels1
Parking27 spaces
Disabled accessNo
Other information
Fare zone2
OpenedJune 11, 1884[1]
Preceding station SEPTA.svg SEPTA Following station
Tulpehocken Chestnut Hill West Line Queen Lane
Former services
Preceding station Pennsylvania Railroad Following station
Tulpehocken Chestnut Hill Line Queen Lane

Chelten Avenue station is a SEPTA Regional Rail station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Located on West Chelten Avenue in the Germantown neighborhood, it serves the Chestnut Hill West Line. The concrete station structure, part of a Pennsylvania Railroad grade-separation project completed in 1918 in conjunction with electrification of the line, was designed by William Holmes Cookman.[2]

A station has been at this location since June 11, 1884. Known initially as Germantown, the 1918 station was named Chelten Avenue to avoid confusion with the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad's Germantown. The original station building was a two-story stone structure at street level on the outbound side. Retained in that general location after the 1918 grade separation, it was demolished circa 1958, replaced by a small brick ticket office on the inbound side which remains in use today.[3]

The station is in zone 1 on the Chestnut Hill West Line, on former PRR tracks, and is 8.1 track miles from Suburban Station. It contains concrete-arch covered staircases on all four corners of the Chelten Avenue Bridge over the tracks leading to the station platforms. In 2004, this station saw 441 boardings on an average weekday. Despite having high-level platforms, the station is not ADA accessible, as it lacks ramps or elevators from the street down to platform level.

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exit/entrance and parking
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound      Chestnut Hill West Line toward Chestnut Hill West (Tulpehocken)
Inbound      Chestnut Hill West Line toward Temple University (Queen Lane)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


  1. ^ "Steam Roads: Opening of Pennsylvania's New Branch Line". The Philadelphia Inquirer. June 11, 1884. p. 2. Retrieved November 10, 2017 – via open access
  2. ^ "Chelten Avenue Station". Philadelphia Architects and Buildings. The Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  3. ^ Lynch, James J. D. Jr. (1982). The Chestnut Hill and Fort Washington Branches. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA: Philadelphia Chapter, Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society. pp. 10–11, 22.

External links[edit]

Media related to Chelton Avenue station at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 40°01′48″N 75°10′52″W / 40.0300°N 75.1812°W / 40.0300; -75.1812

An older version of the former Chelten Avenue PRR station (erroneously spelled "Chelton Avenue" station).