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A Blast from the Past with a Nod to the Future

Passengers on SEPTA's Media/Elwyn line might think they have taken a trip back in time when they arrive at Morton Station, where a recently completed improvements project has restored the station to its 19th century glory.

Built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1880, the High Victorian Gothic-style facility, with its passenger and freight stations and outbound shelter, is the last completely intact station in Delaware County. It is also one of the last remaining 19th century suburban complexes in the Delaware Valley.

SEPTA General Manager - and Morton Station commuter - Joseph Casey was joined by elected officials and community members to celebrate the station at a ribbon cutting on June 9. Among those who spoke about the significant role the station has played in the borough's history and its continued importance to rail transit in Delaware County were Pennsylvania Representative William Adolph, Delaware County Council member Tom McGarrigle, Morton Borough Mayor Maureen Piselli, Morton Borough Council President Dolores Giardina and Morton Station Preservation Committee member Mario Cimino.

"Morton Station has been a landmark and hub of borough activity for more than 120 years," said Casey. "The renovations pay homage to the station's rich history."

The station has played a key role in the borough's development from farming community and vacation destination to commuter suburb. The borough has long been identified with Morton Station. The station's image is used on the borough's calendar cover and the insignia of the local police department.

The station is also revered by many residents. During the ribbon cutting ceremony, SEPTA officials and Mayor Piselli commended the Preservation Committee for their commitment to the project, which included helping to raise funds to restore the outbound passenger shelter.

In addition to landscaping, renovations outside of the station included replacing the track-side porch, stairs and ramp with a slip resistant concrete porch, stairs and ramp; removing the wood structure on the porch of the Yale Avenue side; and restoring the original masonry and millwork. Railings like the originals were also installed.

The year-long improvements project was part of a three-station capital construction contract funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and included improvements at Clifton/Aldan Station on SEPTA's Media/Elwyn Line and Folcroft Station on the Authority's Wilmington/Newark Line.

Morton Station, as seen from the tracks, prior to the improvements project...

and after, as seen from Yale Avenue.

Cutting the ribbon at Morton Station were (from left) Morton Council President Dolores Giardina, Delaware Council member Tom McGarrigle, SEPTA GM Joseph Casey, Morton Mayor Maureen Piselli, Pennsylvania Representative William Adolph and Morton Station Preservation Committee members Mario Cimino and Heidi Sentivan.

The Morton Station Preservation Committee helped raise funds to restore the station's outbound shelter.