• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Renovation progress at Wayne Junction Station

At one time Wayne Junction Station, built in 1881, was a stop for trains headed as far West as Chicago, St. Louis and Los Angeles. More recently, though, years of wear had taken a heavy toll on the station's stately presence. Now, thanks to ongoing renovations, the historic station is regaining back some of its character. 

SEPTA began renovations in late 2012, and in December, they opened the overhauled Germantown Head House. 

The head house, which stands on the inbound platform at the Germantown Avenue entrance, had its roof tiles replaced with new terra cotta tiles, in keeping with the original design. Its east wall was removed and rebuilt, and its west wall was repaired. The contractor was able to reuse most of the original decorative elements in the upper portion of the exterior head house walls after each piece was cleaned and restored.

    • The contractor was able to reuse much of the original decorative elements on the exterior walls
      The contractor was able to reuse much of the original decorative elements on the exterior walls
    • The contractor was able to reuse much of the original decorative elements on the exterior walls
      The contractor was able to reuse much of the original decorative elements on the exterior walls
    • Renovated Historic Germantown Head House
      Renovated Historic Germantown Head House
    • The interior of the newly renovated Germantown Head House
      The interior of the newly renovated Germantown Head House
    • Renovations were careful to maintain the historic character of the Germantown Head House
      Renovations were careful to maintain the historic character of the Germantown Head House
    • Germantown Head House interior ceiling detail
      Germantown Head House interior ceiling detail
    • Germantown Head House interior ceiling detail
      Germantown Head House interior ceiling detail
    • One view from the Germantown Head House
      One view from the Germantown Head House
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The majority of the new platforms on both the inbound and outbound sides of the station are also open. Stairs at the Germantown Ave entrances to both platforms have been renovated and are open as well. 

    • Roughly 200 feet of inbound and outbound high level platforms are now open to the public
      Roughly 200 feet of inbound and outbound high level platforms are now open to the public
    • Roughly 200 feet of new inbound and outbound high level platform is now open to the public
      Roughly 200 feet of new inbound and outbound high level platform is now open to the public
    • The stairs to the outbound platform have been revamped
      The stairs to the outbound platform have been revamped
    • The stairs to the outbound platform have been revamped
      The stairs to the outbound platform have been revamped
    • The Germantown Ave stairs to inbound and outbound platforms have been renovated and are now open
      The Germantown Ave stairs to inbound and outbound platforms have been renovated and are now open
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Work on the station building is underway, as is some remaining platform work. New elevators will be installed at the station building end of the platforms. Repairs are still outsanding on the baggage tunnel, passenger tunnel and Windrim Ave stairs. 

    • The station building is still under construction, but the roof work is complete
      The station building is still under construction, but the roof work is complete
    • Work is still being done on the station building
      Work is still being done on the station building
    • A temporary ticket booth was set up so crews can work on the station building
      A temporary ticket booth was set up so crews can work on the station building
    • A new passenger canopy was installed next to the station building
      A new passenger canopy was installed next to the station building
    • New lighting was installed as part of the platform renovations
      New lighting was installed as part of the platform renovations
    • Work on remaining portions of high level platforms remains
      Work on remaining portions of high level platforms remains
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About the author

Christine Fisher, Transportation reporter

From 2012-2014 Christine covered transportation, writing about everything from pedestrian concerns to bicycle infrastructure, bridges, trail networks, public transit and more. Her favorite assignments sent her bushwhacking through Philadelphia’s yet-to-be-cleared bike trails, catching a glimpse of SEPTA’s inner workings or pounding the pavement to find out what pedestrians really think. Christine also covered community news for Eyes on the Street, where her work ranged from food sovereignty to public art and urban greening. She first joined PlanPhilly in fall 2011 as an intern through a partnership with Temple University’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods website. 


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