Throwback Thursday: Jenkintown-Wyncote Station

Jenkintown station historic image

This image predates the electrification and the current station, which was designed by Horace Trumbauer. It likely dates from about the turn of the last century.

Back in those days, this station directly connected locals to Philadelphia, New York City and Bethlehem and points beyond. As the map shows, the Reading Railroad thoroughly covered Southeastern Pennsylvania. When highway historians tell you that people couldn’t get anywhere until the roads were built, think of this map.

The arrow points to Jenkintown station along a passenger rail network that stretched from Atlantic City to Harrisburg to New York to Scranton. Click the map for a closer look.

SEPTA continues to supply service to Philadelphia, of course, but service to New York and Bethlehem ended in 1981.

The photo below shows the station area as it looks today.