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Underground Philadelphia: Subways, Railways & Stations Architecture Walking Tour
October 22, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
ADDITIONAL DATES ADDED: SEP. 25 @ 2 PM & OCT. 22 @ 2 PM
Discover the Philadelphia Plan which gave us two Art Deco masterpieces, the monumental 30th Street Station and Suburban Station, the first all-underground rail terminal. The tour starts at 30th Street Station and proceeds via trolley (token provided) to 19th St. From the Comcast tower lobby descend into an underground concourse network to The Gallery, before ending at Reading Terminal and the Marriott Hotel. Along the way, lament the loss of Broad St. Station and learn about the 1905-mid-50s trolley and subway lines, the Broad Street subway (1928), the Commuter Rail Tunnel (1984), and the former Reading Terminal, now part of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. (This tour requires climbing some stairs, though escalators and elevators are available at most points.)
Meet at the Angel statue by the main concourse of the east entrance of 30th Street Station.
This tour, organized by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, is offered by a certified, local guide. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-546-1146 ex. 4 with any questions or concerns.
WHO? Tours are led by experienced, volunteer guides from a wide range of backgrounds.
WHAT? There are twenty tours available to the public, with dozens more available for private groups.
WHERE? Because our tours cover so many diverse areas of the city, each tour meets at a different location. Check the listing of tours for each meeting location.
WHEN? Tours are offered at 10:00 am on Saturdays and 2:00 pm on Sundays May through October. During July and August there is also an evening tour at 6:00 pm on Wednesdays.
WHY? These tours do not cater to your “typical” tourist market. Our tours are more specialized and more in-depth, making them a great option for adventurous tourists and inquisitive locals alike.
HOW? Purchase tickets online or go to the designated tour meeting place and pay your tour guide (cash or check payable to Preservation Alliance). The group size is limited to 25 people; people with tickets get priority. Please print tickets purchased online when possible. Tours run approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.