May 4, 2003 |
With Laura Munich's strong sultry voice, the accompaniment of a talented keyboardist, and Fred Weiss' red-hot improvising on the bass, the jazz flowing through the candlelit room was anything but standard. From a medley by Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim to the bluesy "Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You," this trio of musicians dug deep to please an appreciative audience. The musicians' energy and verve could have packed a New York jazz club, but their Friday night gig is at the historic Wayne train station, where locals wind down their week at the Station Cafe with a sip of cappuccino and the latest arrangement by keyboardist Bill Munich, Laura's father, who she says is the best accompanist she has ever had. "It's just very relaxing," said John Dwyer, a writer who lives nearby and got hooked on the Laura Munich Trio over the winter.
May 7, 1992 |
Commuters who use the Downingtown train station are still waiting for protection from spring showers, but by the end of June, their shelter should be in place. SEPTA workers are busy laying the groundwork for a 28-foot plexiglass, bubble shelter, much like those built for bus stops. Downingtown train passengers have been without shelter since Feb. 24, when the historic train station burned to the ground. SEPTA police are still investigating the cause of the fire. Amtrak police, heading a separate investigation with local authorities, have not issued any results either.
October 5, 1994 |
The Cassatt Avenue bridge, which has been closed to motor vehicles since the early 1980s, is due to see some action. Or maybe demolition is a better word. The bridge, on the Easttown-Tredyffrin border next to the Berwyn train station, will be removed within the next two years and replaced by SEPTA with a new pedestrian bridge. The 36-foot-long bridge, built in 1898, was declared unsafe and ordered closed to vehicles by the state Public Utility Commission in 1981.
July 14, 1997 |
The brewery didn't work out in 1994. Last year, an office building was swiftly rejected. But town leaders hope the latest plan for Doylestown's crumbling train station - a theme restaurant-cum-transportation crossroads - will at last further the vision described in the borough's long-term revitalization plan. Nearly 70 residents crowded a borough meeting hall Thursday for an early look at the plan. For years, while the tiny train station remained underresourced and rarely staffed, and while the Victorian-era freight building fell into poor repair, residents wondered what, if anything, would ever be built there.
October 27, 2003 |
Richard Mindler stood inside the gutted 1902 railroad station here last week and talked about dreams from his childhood. On Nov. 3, an $800,000 restoration project will begin to put nails and timber and paint to those dreams. "I like old, historic buildings," he said. "Since this was right in the center of town, it seemed a natural. " Mindler is president of the private, nonprofit Quakertown Train Station Historical Society. In 1996, the society obtained a 25-year-lease of the train station, a nearby freight station and their grounds from SEPTA.
October 6, 1994 |
The Coatesville Train Station may never see the traffic it did during its prime - when dozens of trains passed through each day, some of them a hundred cars long. But at least it soon will look as if it is in its prime. Thanks to a combination of federal, state, county and private funding totaling $540,000, the station's decaying platform and stairways will be repaired and canopies will be added to protect passengers from the weather. The Chester County commissioners were expected to approve the final $15,000 for the project yesterday.
December 14, 1993 |
SEPTA will launch a $350,000 renovation in March of the burned-out train station here, transit agency officials announced yesterday. The 92-year-old station, designed by Victorian-era architect Frank Furness, was partially destroyed by arson on April 20, 1992. The fire, which started in the basement and spread upward into the roof, resulted in charges against eight juveniles. SEPTA closed the building and installed a trailer on the grounds to serve as a temporary waiting area for passengers.
March 31, 1998 |
With its grand columns and soaring windows, its marble statues and ornate clocks, the old Pennsylvania Railroad Station on Manhattan's West Side for half a century served as a majestic gateway to Gotham. Then, in 1963, it was all reduced to rubble. Over the protests of powerless preservationists, a real estate consortium replaced the beaux arts gem with a new Madison Square Garden and an unremarkable office building. The millions who once hurried to their trains across an awe-inspiring, light-splashed concourse now trudged through a dim, underground labyrinth.
August 21, 1995 |
The blue sheets of paper that an audience of about 60 people was asked to fill out at Widener University last Thursday looked something like a menu from a Chinese restaurant. You know the type: Choose one from column A and one from Column B. But in this case, the sheet's heading was "Chester Transportation Center Study," and the participants were being polled to find out what mix of businesses and community services to include in the $7.5 million renovation of the Chester train station.
November 28, 1993 |
The century-old building in the center of town, a sprawling structure of rough-hewn gray stone, is a landmark - the borough's gateway for thousands. But the gem has lost its luster. Nearly a decade of neglect has taken its toll on the Lansdale train station. Its facade shows peeling paint and broken and boarded windows. There are holes in the roof. In the view of State Sen. Edwin G. Holl (R., Montgomery), the place has become a millstone around Lansdale's neck. He wants SEPTA to fix the station, and recently he sent a letter to the transit authority urging it to clean up conditions there.