Wakefield station (MBTA)

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WAKEFIELD
Upper Depot, Wakefield MA.jpg
Wakefield Upper Depot on Tuttle Street, as seen from the tracks along North Avenue
Location 225 North Avenue
Wakefield, Massachusetts 01880
Owned by Town of Wakefield
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections MBTA Bus
Construction
Parking 117 Spaces, $2.00 each
Bicycle facilities 6 Spaces
Other information
Fare zone 2
History
Opened 1889
Traffic
Passengers (2008) 795 weekday avg.[1]
Services
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Haverhill Line
toward Haverhill
Wakefield Upper Depot
Wakefield station (MBTA) is located in Massachusetts
Wakefield station (MBTA)
Wakefield station (MBTA) is located in the US
Wakefield station (MBTA)
Location 27-29 Tuttle Street,
Wakefield, Massachusetts, USA
Coordinates 42°30′8.0″N 71°4′32.3″W / 42.502222°N 71.075639°W / 42.502222; -71.075639Coordinates: 42°30′8.0″N 71°4′32.3″W / 42.502222°N 71.075639°W / 42.502222; -71.075639
Built 1889 (1889)
Architectural style Panel Brick
MPS Wakefield MRA
NRHP reference # 89000719[2]
Added to NRHP July 06, 1989

Wakefield station is an MBTA Commuter Rail station in Wakefield, Massachusetts. It serves the Haverhill Line. This station services nearby Wakefield Square.[3] The MBTA gives its street address as 225 North Avenue, though the station is actually across the tracks, which run parallel to North Avenue. The station is also described by some as being located at 27-29 Tuttle Street, which runs behind the station between Albion and Chestnut Streets. The station is not wheelchair accessible.

History[edit]

The current platform that serves MBTA Commuters in Wakefield, next to the historic depot.

Rail service was introduced to Wakefield in 1845, primarily through the efforts of Thomas Spaulding, a local businessman. The surviving 19th-century Wakefield Station was built in 1889 by the Boston and Maine Railroad, and served as Wakefield Upper Depot, a major stop in the town, which in 1893 had six stations with as many as 60 trains per day. The building is architecturally distinctive in the town as an example of Panel Brick architecture, and was originally augmented by a baggage depot which stood to its south. The building now houses commercial activity, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[2][4]

Another former B&M station built in the 1950s is located to the north on the corner of Tuttle and Chestnut Streets, and a former freight house built by B&M sometime around 1845 can be found south of Wakefield Square along North Avenue.[5] The 1950s station house is now a law office, and the modern station operates from sheltered platforms in front of the 1889 B&M depot.

Bus connections[edit]

  • 137 Reading Depot - Malden Center Station via North Ave, Wakefield, Melrose & Oak Grove

The following bus connection can be made by walking approximately ¼ mile east on West Water Street to Wakefield Square on the corner of Main Street and Water Street:

  • 136 Reading Depot - Malden Center Station via Wakefield, Melrose & Oak Grove

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