Downingtown, PA (DOW)
Located between Philadelphia and Lancaster, the village became known in the 18th century for its many mills; prosperity continued in the next century with the arrival of the railroads.
West Lancaster Avenue and Stuart Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 77,574
- Facility Ownership: Amtrak
- Parking Lot Ownership: Amtrak
- Platform Ownership: Amtrak
- Track Ownership: Amtrak
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
The stop in Downingtown is an enclosed shelter on a platform. This station serves Amtrak, SEPTA commuter rail and a local transit bus company.
Downingtown, “A Main Street Community,” is located in the Brandywine Valley. Thomas Moore erected a water corn mill in 1716, the first mill in the town and the founding of Downingtown dates from that time. The village was originally known as Milltown for its many mills. The name was later changed to Downing’s Town in honor of Thomas Downing who constructed and operated several mills during the time of the American Revolution. After the War of 1812, the town was officially named Downingtown.
The town began to prosper after the railroads were constructed in the 1800s. The Borough of Downingtown was incorporated on May 12, 1859. English Quakers, the original settlers, were soon joined by people of many other cultures who worked on the railroads and in the mills and building flourished. Manufacturing facilities and industry moved to Downingtown because of its accessibility to railroads and central location between Philadelphia and Lancaster. Fortunately, much of the Downingtown’s rich history is still very much in evidence.
Amtrak does not provide ticketing or baggage services at this station, which is served by an average of 22 daily trains.
Amtrak’s Keystone Service is financed in part through funds made available by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Platform with Shelter
- 125 Short Term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park for the day only, not overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Accessible Payphones
- Accessible Platform
Accessible platform is a barrier-free path from the drop-off area outside the station to the station platform.
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Ticket Office
- Accessible Waiting Room
- Accessible Water Fountain
- Baggage Storage
Baggage storage is an area where passengers may store their bags, equivalent to "left luggage" in Europe. A storage fee may apply.
- Bike Boxes
- Checked Baggage
- Dedicated Parking
- Enclosed Waiting Area
- Help With Luggage
- High Platform
A high platform is a platform at the level of the vestibule of the train, with the exception of Superliners.
Self-service lockers are available in select stations for passenger baggage storage.
- Long-term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Parking Attendant
- Pay Phones
- Shipping Boxes
- Ski Bags
- Wheelchair Lift
Wheelchair lift is a platform-mounted lift for loading passengers from low platforms onto trains that do not have onboard ramps.
For passengers who cannot walk far or at all, we offer a wheelchair to move the passengers around within the station. At some stations this may be a battery-powered people mover. The wheelchair or other types of movers must not leave the station or be moved onto the train.