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Sunday Story – From NJ to Philly

Collingswood Train Station 1941

The Camden & Atlantic Railroad ran from Camden to Atlantic City. The Collingswood station was built in 1885 at Collings and Atlantic Avenues. The train would carry passengers to Camden where commuters would transfer to a ferry to cross the Delaware river.

This photo is from January 27, 1941. (Credit: ‘Images of America – Collingswood’ by Janet Spavlik)

Having Collingswood on the railroad map helped the growth of the communities as it offered easy transportation for commuters!

In 1931, the Delaware River Bridge (today the Ben Franklin Bridge) was given permission to construct a high speed transit line connecting Philadelphia to Camden.

After years of planning, engineering, and construction, the Patco Speedline began operation on February 15, 1969.

Today the station looks different, but the elevated tracks still run along Atlantic Avenue. New Jersey has nine stations that run from Lindenwold through Camden. The rail line transports 39,000 commuters a day.

We continue to see the same growth in the neighborhoods surrounding the Speedline from commuters who are attracted to the walkable, suburban communities that sit just outside the city lines.

From Collingswood to 8th and Market in Philadelphia is just a 14 minute ride!

Learn more about Patco’s stations and fares on their website: