Mystic (Amtrak station)
Front view of Mystic Depot
|Location||2 Roosevelt Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Passengers (2013)||23,490 9.6%|
Architecturally, the depot features Georgian Revival elements, such as Palladian windows on the east and west facades. The one-story building has a base of brown brick, above which rise wood-shingled walls which had come into vogue toward the end of the 19th century; they recalled early colonial structures at a time when interest in the nation’s origins was growing.
Trackside, a gabled canopy originally stretched out to shield passengers from rain and snow as they waited for the train. The two arms were destroyed by a hurricane in September 1938. The eastern end of the building was devoted to passengers, while the western side of the depot was used as a baggage room.
The station was in disrepair by the late 1960s, and was generally closed. A group of concerned citizens led by local merchant Dorothea Macbeth gathered in 1976 to discuss how to save the building. The following year, a committee was formed to plan for a renovation. Amtrak and the state of Connecticut committed funds, and volunteers started a campaign to raise the remaining money. The rehabilitated depot reopened to the public in April 1978.
The station only has low platforms unlike most Amtrak stations on the Northeast Corridor. In addition, it is the one of the few Amtrak stations on the main line of the Northeast Corridor that is not handicapped-accessible.
Bell of the USS Connecticut (BB-18) inside the station building
- Amtrak – Stations – Mystic, CT
- Mystic Amtrak Station (USA Rail Guide -- Train Web)
- Mystic Depot Welcome Center (Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce)
- Railroad History Archive (University of Connecticut)
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