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NEWS
May 7, 1992 | By Cindy Anders, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2012 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
Coal trains stopped trundling over Darby Creek into Exelon Corp.'s Eddystone generating station some time ago, after the utility announced plans to retire its coal-fired power generation units. By this time next year, a train could begin rolling in daily to Eddystone carrying Bakken crude oil from North Dakota for use at Philadelphia-area refineries. On Monday, Enbridge Inc. , of Calgary, Alberta, said it has agreed with a Philadelphia-area partner to form the Eddystone Rail Co. and convert the train facility at the generating station from one capable of handling coal hoppers to tank cars.
NEWS
October 5, 1994 | By Kristi Nelson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
July 14, 1997 | By Erin Einhorn, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
October 27, 2003 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
October 6, 1994 | By Wes Conard, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
December 14, 1993 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
March 31, 1998 | By Henry Goldman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
July 26, 1992 | By Claire Furia, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Strafford resident Alice Doering has wanted to plant trees near the embankment of the railroad tracks at Strafford train station for many years. But because SEPTA said the trees would interfere with its own plans to renovate the railroad platform, she and other members of the Weeders Garden Club kept delaying the plan, finding other ways to beautify the station. Finally last month, with renovations still undone, the club gave up waiting. Doering went ahead and put in three cornus kousa trees by the embankment and plans to plant more in the near future.
NEWS
August 21, 1995 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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