Reading Viaduct Tunnel

 
 

Episode One of Uncover Philly

Hidden under the streets of Philadelphia is the Reading Viaduct Tunnel, a massive underground network once used for shipping freight out of the city.

The tunnel runs diagonally from 27th and Pennsylvania Avenue down to the corner of 21st and Hamilton, then on-and-off all the way to Broad Street where it eventually meets up with the elevated portion of the Reading Viaduct (future episode, hint hint).

Originally built in 1893 and last used in 1992, the tunnel is now completely empty. The tracks have been pulled up, walls are now lined with graffiti, but otherwise it looks very similar to when it was built.

The Reading Viaduct Tunnel is one of those places that most Philadelphian's know exist, but few have actually seen it themselves. My hope is that this story will reignite interest in seeing this space repurposed and encourage more people to discover parts of the city they don't often see.


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