Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront
Railroad Tracks in the Middle of Columbus Blvd
While you walk, take a look to your left. Can you see the remnants of railroad tracks in the middle of Columbus Blvd?
These ran on Delaware Avenue to meet the freight hauling needs of the docks along the river. The tracks ran about eighteen miles from Port Richmond to South Philadelphia.
Many Philadelphians remember how the Belt Line’s tracks and the street’s crumbling Belgian-block surface made automobile travel on Delaware Avenue perilous for years. Wagons and motor vehicles also had to share the bumpy road with steam locomotives pushing and pulling boxcars.
Keep going straight.