Norwood Central (MBTA station)

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Norwood Central MBTA station, Norwood MA.jpg
Norwood Central station in June 2010
Location 164 Broadway
Norwood, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°11′20″N 71°12′00″W / 42.18875°N 71.19990°W / 42.18875; -71.19990Coordinates: 42°11′20″N 71°12′00″W / 42.18875°N 71.19990°W / 42.18875; -71.19990
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport MBTA Bus: 34E
Parking 782 spaces ($4.00 fee)
16 accessible spaces
Bicycle facilities 27 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 3
Opened 1852
Rebuilt 1899
Passengers (2013) 1,185 (weekday inbound average)[1]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Franklin Line

Norwood Central is a commuter rail station on the MBTA Commuter Rail Franklin Line, located slightly south of downtown Norwood, Massachusetts. It is a major park-and-ride location for Boston's southwest suburbs; with 1,185 daily riders it is the busiest station on the line.[1] Norwood Central has two side platforms, each with a mini-high section making the station fully handicapped accessible.


Norwood Central station in 1906

The Norfolk County Railroad opened from Dedham to Walpole on April 23, 1849. South Dedham was originally the only station in what is now Norwood (then part of Dedham). Dedham Middle station, a small wooden building, opened around 1852.[2] It was renamed Norwood Central in 1872 when Norwood separated from Dedham.[3]

A new one-story brick station building was constructed by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad in 1899. It was similar to no-longer-extant stations built around the same time at Forest Hills, Atlantic, Quincy, and Warren.[3] Unusually, the downspouts are built into the brickwork rather than affixed internally.[3]

Norwood Central is still served by the MBTA Commuter Rail Franklin Line, but the station building is now occupied by businesses.[3]

Bus connections[edit]

The station is served by one MBTA Bus route:


  1. ^ a b "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14 ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Humphrey, Thomas J.; Clark, Norton D. (1985). Boston's Commuter Rail: The First 150 Years. Boston Street Railway Association. pp. 43–45. ISBN 9780685412947. 
  3. ^ a b c d Roy, John H. Jr. (2007). A Field Guide to Southern New England Railroad Depots and Freight Houses. Branch Line Press. pp. 210–211. ISBN 9780942147087. 

External links[edit]

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