Over the spring and early summer I went to Philadelphia for events – the Philadelphia flower show, a street fair, a dinner with women in technology. Now, when I lived in California, I drove to San Francisco many times. I’ve driven all over the California coast. I’ve driven to Seattle. I drove 3000 miles across the US. But, driving to Philadelphia does not appeal to me. I will drive in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, because I have to, but I don’t like it very much. In the US I like to drive in coastal California, the Pacific northwest, the southwest, Austin Texas, and parts of Hawaii. Maybe I’ll make an exception for coastal Maine and the highway to the Florida Keys – liked driving those roads.
That leaves train travel. Train travel in the US is painfully slow. Regional train travel is even slower. But taking the train is fun. It’s extra fun if you can start at one of the platonic ideals of train station cuteness, the Colmar station. Sadly, you cannot walk to this train station, unless you lived next door, perhaps, but there are still many benefits to traveling via this station.
Lots of parking and the parking lot doesn’t fill up. Getting there is easy for me, if a bit long, a straightforward route, no tricky intersections, fairly good traffic.
An adorable little train station.
Per Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colmar_(SEPTA_station)) the Colmar station was built in 1856. I do not know if this is the original building. Glass blocks such as these were originally developed in the 1900s. Perhaps this station dates from the early 1900s. It’s a tiny station and there is no restroom, but there is a restroom at the Wawa gas station across from the station, as well as food. The Wawa gas station is open all the time. There’s a heater in the tiny train station building, for the winter, though I don’t know how much heat it provides.
Waiting for the train.
I feel like I’m in a movie, setting off from the country to the big city. I look one way and the other, to see if a train is coming.
The train is not fancy, but it is comfortable. Cell phone service is good, so I can use my Android smartphone.
Looking out the window
I used to take the SEPTA Norristown line into Philadelphia, which gave me a lovely view of the Schuylkill River. There is no river on this route, but the landscape is pretty.
If I worked in downtown Philadelphia, Ambler would be a good place for me to live.
Farewell to the Colmar station.