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Philadelphia railroad ruins transformed into elevated park

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 9, 2018 10:11 AM
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Work continues at the Rail Park, Thursday June 7, 2018 in Philadelphia. The quarter-mile-long Rail Park is scheduled to open to visitors Thursday June 14, the first phase of a park that supporters hope will eventually span 3 miles through the center of Philadelphia via former Reading Railroad tunnels, rail cuts and elevated platforms. The end result would be about twice the length and width of New York's High Line.

(Philadelphia) -- A long-abandoned rail line is open for business again in Philadelphia, transformed into an elevated park and the city's answer to New York's High Line. 

The quarter-mile-long Rail Park opens to visitors on Thursday.

It's the first phase of a park that supporters hope will eventually span 3 miles through the center of Philadelphia via former Reading Railroad tunnels, rail cuts and elevated platforms.

The Rail Park is a walkable oasis that rises above the gritty, post-industrial neighborhood called Callowhill.

It features art installations, spaces for lounging, industrial-strength swings and amazing views of the city.

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