Sounds of the Rail Park

Three Mile Vision: The Tunnel

March 3, 2022

Sounds of the Rail Park presents The Three Mile Vision, a special three-episode series highlighting the communities around the rail line. 


In this series, local journalist Nichole Currie joins us as she travels the rail line and immerses herself in ten neighborhoods. You’ll hear what makes each community unique and how a three-mile park system fits into their environment.


In this episode, Nichole explores The Tunnel. The Tunnel is a wide, architecturally stunning space extending across 3,000 feet underneath Pennsylvania Ave between 22nd and 27th Streets, which was once an active part of the Reading Railroad’s City Branch. Open air shafts in the streetscape above illuminate the space with natural light, while the stone walls and vaulted brick ceilings reach 25 ft high. 


You’ll hear from Board President of Fairmount Community Development Corporation Heidi Siegel, local photographer JJ Tiziou, and Saint Francis Xavier School Principal Dolores Butler. 


The Sounds of the Rail Park: Three Mile Vision series was developed as a part of the Rail Park Time Capsule Initiative. The Rail Park Time Capsule Initiative is an ongoing digital community archiving project, which aims to preserve and highlight the stories, objects, spaces and places that sustain culture and hold historic value for the people that live, work, and play in the 10+ neighborhoods that the Rail Park traverses through. Submit your story to the Time Capsule!



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Special thanks to our partners:

Center City District Foundation, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, William Penn Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The 1830 Family Foundation, Wells Fargo Community Giving, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and the Board of Directors and many members of the Friends of the Rail Park.

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