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Parking Lot Series: Chestnut Hill East Train Station, Philadelphia

The Chestnut Hill East Train Station is located in a neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA, that it is named after. The Commuter Station is situated about eight-miles northwest of the City Center at the intersection of 58 Newton Street and the Bethlehem Pike. The Chestnut Hill West Station services the other side of the wealthy and historic enclave. The Chestnut Hill East Station is still in service, and the facilities building was constructed in 1931.

Today’s lead image is only a half of the photo and the enlargeable sections of it below contain the entire parking lot and are dated to September of 1962. Tell us what you find of interest in the parked vehicles at the Station in this photograph courtesy of PhillyHistory.

17 responses to “Parking Lot Series: Chestnut Hill East Train Station, Philadelphia

  1. In the lead photograph, in the foreground left, is a two-door 1955 CLIPPER Super and to its right is a four-door 1960 CHEVROLET Impala Sedan [six]. Parked near the train station, facing the camera, is a light colored 1960 FORD.

    By the way nice clear photographs thanks,

      • Stu,

        Good catch !!

        Thanks for the information concerning the CLIPPER Super hardtop being a Panama. Enlarging the picture one can see the name on the trunk and side rear fender.


    • The Impala has a tag frame for George W. Scheetz, who owned a Chevrolet dealership that was located on Germantown Avenue, 5-6 blocks east of this station.

  2. In the 3rd photograph, parked toward the back left in the picture, is a two-tone 1956 or newer AMC Metropolitan hard-top.

  3. Not directly car-related, but the reason for the two stations is because Chestnut Hill East was a Reading Company station and Chestnut Hill West was a Pennsylvania Railroad station. Chestnut Hill is a neighborhood, not a suburb (it’s within city limits), and has been since 1854 when the City of Philadelphia was expanded from what’s now Center City to cover the entirety of Philadelphia County.

  4. I owned a 1955 chevy that was mildly customized. It had the Packard taillights shown in the first and second pictures. They extended slightly past the bumper. Batteries weren’t know for their dependability in the 60’s, and I had to get a ‘push’ occasionally, and it usually meant a trip to a wrecking yard for a new lense or two.

  5. In the third photo there is a nice 1959 Plymouth Suburban wagon behind a 1957 Ford Fairlane convertible. In the same photo is a clean 1961 Chevrolet Impala Bubbletop.

  6. I am curious about there very square looking vehicle parked under the “awning” of the station in about the middle of the first picture.
    Could it be some very old vehicle, by 1950’s standard, a Jeep, or some sort of truck. It almost looks “Jeep-ish” if you interpret the front grill through the windshield of the car in front of it.
    It is also near the railway carriage in the station.

    • I think you are right about looking Jeep-ish and it seems like too much glass for something very old. I would guess either a soft top or hardtop CJ.

  7. Hey, there is my dad’s 56 Chevy 4-door (probably same color) parked next to my 4-door ’59 Ford! How did you do that?

  8. By the number of older five-to-seven year old cars, these were now second cars relegated to daily commuter use. In this period of rising affluence, two car families now kept the newer one garaged at home for the wife to use during the day.

    There are a number of Ramblers which indicates how successful AMC was at the time. By contrast, no Larks appear, since the general public no longer considered Studebaker a viable automaker.

    The ’55 Packard Clipper Super Panama hardtop still looks decent, though could use a good wash job.

  9. I’m not saying you’re wrong, but from Google streetview this station looks a lot more like the Chestnut Hill West than East. The East station does not have the awning going around it, and the west one still has one identical to the picture. The first picture catches the edge of a building at the far left with a barred window. No such building exists at east, but at the west there’s a maintenance building that appears to be the right distance and angle – with an identical barred window with 3 horizontal iron straps.

  10. Lovely photos from all clearly talented photographers. Would anyone be able to take one of St Mary’s Drive the chestnut avenue, might make a great photo.

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