Westerly (Amtrak station)

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Westerly
Westerly Train Station.JPG
Station statistics
Address 14 Railroad Avenue
Westerly, RI 02891
Coordinates 41°22′52″N 71°49′48″W / 41.3812°N 71.8299°W / 41.3812; -71.8299Coordinates: 41°22′52″N 71°49′48″W / 41.3812°N 71.8299°W / 41.3812; -71.8299
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened 1837
Rebuilt 1912
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code WLY
Owned by Amtrak
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 39,186[1] Decrease 6.8%
Services
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Northeast Regional

Westerly is a passenger rail station on the Northeast Corridor located just north of downtown Westerly, Rhode Island. It is served by Amtrak's Northeast Regional.

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.

History[edit]

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 line was rebuilt for three tracks from just east of the station to just west of Bradford, Rhode Island, with three-track bridges and cuts.[2] A maintenance road now occupies the third track slot.

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. [3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Rhode Island" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ The New Haven Railroad: Effective April 29, 1956 (Map), New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, 29 April 1956 
  3. ^ "Westerly, R.I. Station". Great American Stations. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 

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