Westerly (Amtrak station)
|Address||14 Railroad Avenue
Westerly, RI 02891
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Passengers (2013)||39,186 6.8%|
Westerly is one of a small number of Amtrak stations (along with Mystic and Aberdeen) on the Northeast Corridor that does not have high-level platforms for accessible boarding. However, Westerly is still handicapped accessible; passengers may use a portable lift to board trains, and the under-track passage includes a wheelchair lift on its staircases.
Westerly station opened along with the New York, Providence and Boston Railroad on November 17, 1837. The present station building, built by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, replaced an earlier station in 1912. The New Haven Railroad was at that time planning to expand the Northeast Corridor to four tracks along much of the route from New Haven to Boston, especially at busy stations. The bridge abutments to the west of the station over Canal Street and the Pawcatuck River were built for four tracks, although only two-track bridges were ever built.
The Spanish Revival style depot features a center block flanked by smaller wings; an arcade runs across the facade between the two wings. Although constructed of rich red, textured brick laid in Flemish bond, most of the building is covered in stucco. Spanish Revival design is especially noticeable in the choice of roofing material: curved red clay tiles. Peeking out from beneath the eaves of the roof are coved rafter tails that add another decorative element, and they are further complemented by paired, heavy brackets on the center block. Streetside, an arched parapet breaks the roofline and is crowned by a scrolled cartouche, or shield, featuring a “W” for the town. Pilasters with Corinthian capitals bear the arch and also support urns with flames of fire; underneath the cartouche is a decorative, circular, inset stone panel framed with a wreath of bay laurels. 
Original depot, taken between 1906 and 1912, with a Norwich and Westerly Railway trolley
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Rhode Island" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- The New Haven Railroad: Effective April 29, 1956 (Map), New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, 29 April 1956
- "Westerly, R.I. Station". Great American Stations. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
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- Amtrak – Stations – Westerly, RI
- Westerly Amtrak Station (USA Rail Guide -- Train Web)
- Historic American Engineering Record entry
- Westerly, R.I. (WLY) (Amtrak's Great American Stations)
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