A Short History of A Short Stretch of Amtrak’s NEC

The tale of why the Newkirk Monument stands beside Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor in Philadelphia is tangled enough, but there’s a good story behind how the tracks themselves came to be.

Next time you ride Amtrak (or SEPTA’s Newark or Airport lines) through West Philadelphia, think on the century-plus history that made today’s right-of-way.

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