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Celebrating the Past and the Future at Langhorne Station

Eighty-six-year-old Fred Ridge has fond memories of growing up near the Langhorne train station. As a child in Langhorne Manor, Ridge and his family lived about 200 yards from the station and he and his brothers enjoyed visiting the station master, Mr. Hopkins.

"In 1931, Mr. Hopkins gave my brothers, Chas and Bill, and me the job of turning on the lights for the trains at dusk," recalled Ridge. "We were 5, 6 and 7 years old and received a penny apiece every time we turned on the lights. It was during the Great Depression and in those days, getting a penny was like someone getting $10 today. We gave the money to our mother to help the family."

Ridge, a World War II U.S. Navy veteran who now resides in Penndel, still uses the Langhorne Station when he takes SEPTA's West Trenton Regional Rail line into Philadelphia. After an 18-month improvements project, Ridge and his Middletown Township, Bucks County, neighbors have a new station in which to comfortably wait for their trains. When SEPTA representatives cut the ribbon on the new station on June 28, Ridge was invited to participate in the ceremony.

"The railroad has held an important place in Langhorne since the 1870s and we were pleased to be able to include Mr. Ridge, who has wonderful childhood memories of the train station, in the celebration of our new facility," said SEPTA GM Joseph Casey.

Architecturally reminiscent of historic train station buildings, the bigger, new Langhorne Station features energy efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems; expanded indoor and outdoor passenger waiting areas; and a restroom. The station also features technological enhancements such as new electrical and communications systems and an audio visual public address system.

The $1.4 million project, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, was a cooperative effort among SEPTA, Middletown Township and Langhorne, Langhorne Manor and Penndel boroughs. "We thank our customers, Middletown Township and Langhorne, Langhorne Manor and Penndel boroughs for their patience and support throughout the construction period," Casey said. "The end result of this project is a beautiful station we will enjoy for many years to come."

Penndel resident Fred Ridge celebrated the new Langhorne Station.

SEPTA GM Casey and elected officials cut the ribbon on the new station.

U.S. Representative Mike Fitzpatrick spoke of the importance of the new station for Bucks County residents.

The new Langhorne Station has many passenger amenities, including a new waiting room with heating, air conditioning and a restroom.