Trains, Boats & Planes | 8 March 2016Railway Depots, Stations & Terminals Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Railroad stations and depots can be some of the most nostalgic and beautifully maintained pieces of architecture to regard throughout your travels. Check out just a few of these amazingly stunning and memorable stations excerpted from Brian Solomon’s Railway Depots, Stations & Terminals. A view of the old Missouri Pacific station in Little Rock, Arkansas, on October 13, 1993. Although it was planned as a Union Station, historically this composite Italianate structure only hosted Missouri Pacific passenger trains. Today the building is no longer railroadowned. Most of its facilities have been converted for public enjoyment as museums, restaurants, and shops, while it continues to serve Amtrak’s daily Texas Eagle on its run from Chicago to Antonio. Tom Kline Architect Frank P. Milburn designed this elegant Spanish Mission Revival–style station for Southern Railway at Salisbury, North Carolina. It was completed in 1908. Brian Solomon Atlantic Coast Line’s Orlando, Florida, station was designed by M. A. Griffith and built in 1927. It blends Spanish colonial architecture with Southwestern themes. Atlantic Coast Line merged with its rival Seaboard Air Line in 1967 to form Seaboard Coast Line (SCL). SCL conveyed its remaining passenger services to Amtrak in 1971. In its original configuration, it featured segregated waiting rooms, a characteristic common to many stations in the American South. Brian Solomon In 2014, after years of neglect, the classic former Pennsylvania Railroad station at North Broad Street in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, has been nicely restored. Pat Yough The interior of Amtrak’s station at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, displays a functional classical style typical of PRR’s Main Line stations. Railroad stations tended to be solid well-built structures designed for lots of foot traffic. Heating buildings with tall ceilings wasn’t a huge problem for PRR, which carried lots of coal on its lines. Pat Yough The former Pennsylvania Railroad station at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, continues to serve Amtrak’s daily Pennsylvanian (New York–Philadelphia Pittsburgh) and Keystone services (New York– Philadelphia–Harrisburg). Brian Solomon Above: The morning sun graces the former Baltimore & Ohio station at Washington, Pennsylvania. Railway stations typically use architectural styles that make them easily distinguished from other buildings; although no passenger train has called at Washington recently, there is no doubt that this stone-faced building (that dates from 1882) was once a gateway to the town. Brian Solomon In its heyday, White River Junction, Vermont, was a busy railroad town. The passenger station is relatively modern by New England standards. It was built in 1937 in red-brick colonial revival style and features an octagonal cupola atop the roof. Today it serves Amtrak passengers and seasonal Vermont Rail System excursions. Brian Solomon Above: Bellows Falls, Vermont, is located at a strategically important junction. Historically, the north-south Connecticut River mainline (jointly served by Boston & Maine and Central Vermont) crossed Rutland Railroad’s Bellows Falls to Rutland route and joined with B&M’s Ashuelot line, which ran diagonally southeast via Keene, New Hampshire, to South Ashburnham, Massachusetts (where trains then continued onward to Boston). Today the station serves Amtrak’s daily Vermonter (Washington, DC–St. Albans, Vermont) which uses the Connecticut River line as well as seasonal Green Mountain Railroad excursions operated by Vermont Rail System on its former Rutland trackage. Brian Solomon Above: The old Western Rail Road (of Massachusetts) depot at West Brookfield dates from the late 1830s and is believed to be one of the oldest surviving railroad stations in the United States. It is located roughly midway between Worcester and Springfield and was a larger-than normal station designed to serve as a railroad eatery. In its early days, it also served as a hub for stage lines to towns without railroad services. Western Rail Road merged with Boston & Worcester in 1867 to form the Boston & Albany. Brian Solomon Above: The century-old former Texas & Pacific (T&P) station at Marshall, Texas—known locally as the “Texas & Pacific Depot”—is in the local historic district and hosts a railroad museum as well as an Amtrak station. It is unusual because it sits in the middle of a wye, a triangular arrangement where mainline tracks from three directions connect with each other. T&P was part of the Missouri Pacific (MP) system in its later years. Amtrak’s Texas Eagle takes its name from MP’s family of famous streamlined trains, and this serves the station using tracks now owned and operated by Union Pacific, the freight railroad that merged with MP in the 1980s. Tom Kline Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: From the railway’s beginnings, the station building, itself, had civic importance greater than ordinary structures. Let historian Brian Solomon show you how beautifully it filled that role. The railway station has a special role in people’s lives. Stations have served as the gateway to the world’s great cities and the point of contact for remote towns. The inherent nature of the station is different from that of other buildings; it is an entrance, an exit, a place to rest, and a stop along the way. It can be the first thing a traveler sees and the last memory of a favorite city. Facing both the street and the tracks, the station is naturally a point of departure and a face of the city it serves. 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