Andover station (MBTA)

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Inbound train at Andover station, May 2017.JPG
An inbound train arrives at Andover station in 2017
Location17 Railroad Street
Andover, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°39′28″N 71°08′41″W / 42.6579°N 71.1446°W / 42.6579; -71.1446Coordinates: 42°39′28″N 71°08′41″W / 42.6579°N 71.1446°W / 42.6579; -71.1446
Owned byMBTA
Line(s)Western Route
Platforms1 side platform
ConnectionsBus transport MVRTA: 21, 32
Parking150 spaces ($4.00 daily)
4 accessible spaces
Bicycle facilities6 spaces
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone5
Passengers (2013)519 (weekday inbound average)[1]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Haverhill Line
toward Haverhill
Third Railroad Station
Third Railroad Station, Andover MA.jpg
Third Railroad Station
Andover station (MBTA) is located in Massachusetts
Andover station (MBTA)
Andover station (MBTA) is located in the United States
Andover station (MBTA)
Location100 School Street, Andover, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°39′23″N 71°8′43″W / 42.65639°N 71.14528°W / 42.65639; -71.14528
Area9 acres (3.6 ha)
Architectural styleShingle Style
MPSTown of Andover MRA
NRHP reference #82004809[2]
Added to NRHPJune 10, 1982

Andover station is an MBTA Commuter Rail station in Andover, Massachusetts. It serves the Haverhill Line. The station has one platform with a mini-high platform for handicapped accessibility serving one track, while the second track lacks a platform. The previous station building, used from 1907 to 1959, is still extant; it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 as Third Railroad Station.


The c.-1848 built station on a c. 1905 postcard

The Andover and Wilmington Railroad opened between its namesake cities in August 1836 as a branch line off the new Boston and Lowell Railroad (B&L).[3] A small wooden Greek revival station was built near the center of Andover.[4] The line was soon extended north, and in 1842 in merged into the Boston and Maine Railroad (B&M). After building its own route to Boston in 1845, the B&M looked to expand its passenger base to compete with the B&L. In 1848, the B&M relocated its main line from Ballardvale to North Andover to the west in order to serve the new mill town of Lawrence.[3]

The line was moved several blocks west in Andover, away from the busy intersections of the town square. A small house was converted into a temporary station, which was soon replaced by a larger L-shaped station with a large train shed. A brick freight house was built sometime between then and 1875.[4]

In 1906, the B&M began construction of a new station, as residents complained about the smoky conditions inside the train shed. The new station, a copy of Beverly Depot designed by Bradford Lee Gilbert a decade earlier, opened on September 1, 1907.[4] It was used as the station until 1959; in 1982, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Third Railroad Station.[5]

Today, MBTA passengers board from a single platform behind the former freight house. Both buildings have been repurposed for commercial use.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014.
  2. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. ^ a b Karr, Ronald Dale (1995). The Rail Lines of Southern New England. Branch Line Press. pp. 238–239. ISBN 0942147022.
  4. ^ a b c Roy, John H. Jr. (2007). A Field Guide to Southern New England Railroad Depots and Freight Houses. Branch Line Press. p. 124. ISBN 9780942147087.
  5. ^ "MACRIS inventory record for Third Railroad Station". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2013-12-25.

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