This location, a tired unexceptional building next to the Fox Chase commuter rail station, has stayed in my mind since I saw it a few weeks ago. I decided to revisit it and leave a sunshine there.
A bit of background – my husband, son, and I found this place by following our curiosity about a commuter rail line and the rail trail at Lorimer Park, where I run or walk quite often. The rail trail is a repurposed section of the Fox Chase line, which comes from Center City Philadelphia and ends here at Rhawn Street.
In the past this station marked the break between the electrified section (still in use) and the diesel section, which went on into Bucks County. Passengers had to change trains here. The diesel section was discontinued about 35 years ago or so, and the tracks were unused and overgrown until they were taken up to make way for the rail trail. There is about a half-mile section between the rail trail and the Fox Chase station still in a wild state and the Bucks County section is not planned for any use right now.
So we came around looking and happened upon this building right by the station. It’s the warehouse for a moving company. I love the sign on the roof. I’ve enjoyed coming up with all kinds of meanings, beyond the prosaic one of – the name of the moving company is Alert, as we learned from the sign at the office on the main road, a much smaller notice and quite unassertive.
Today, my husband and I left a sunshine at the right-hand door of the warehouse.
One thing I’ve noticed in doing these sunshine drop-offs is how each location has its own pattern, reason, or theme that ties the elements of the location together. It’s not a planned thing but something that just seems to grow out of the location and the relationships of buildings, people, and landscape. There is a coherence, if you look for it. This place, with the moving company and the train station, well, it is all about going somewhere new, changing locations, leaving here and trying things there.
So that’s what I went away with from today. Plus I really get a laugh out of this sign. Happy sunshine.
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