West Barnstable station
West Barnstable station in 2012
|Location||2469 Meetinghouse Way (Route 149)|
West Barnstable, Massachusetts
|Owned by||Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts|
|Line(s)||Cape Main Line|
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Rebuilt||1980s (Currently being restored)|
The station building, which is owned by the Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts, is the headquarters on the Cape Cod Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS). The Cape Cod Chapter of the NRHS signed a twenty-year lease on the building in 2012. They have been restoring it as a historical railway station and museum since 2001 when they became the custodian of the building.
The station building, which is open to the public on Saturdays between May and October, also hosts numerous special events, including National Train Day in May, the West Barnstable village festival in August and the Cranberry Express in October.
This station was torn down and a new station was built, at the same location, by the New Haven Railroad in 1911 at a cost of $18,000. The original architecture style of the station was identical to the stations that the New Haven Railroad built in Buzzards Bay and Sagamore around the same time.
The station remained in service until 1964 when the New Haven Railroad ran its last passenger train to Cape Cod. Between 1986 and 1996 it was an unmanned station stop for Amtrak's Cape Codder service. It is one station that has been eliminated from the schedule of the seasonal Cape Flyer train service between Boston and Hyannis. From the 19th Century, under the Old Colony Railroad and until 1964 under the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, passenger trains served Sandwich. Trains of the 1940s-1960s included the Day Cape Codder and the Neptune.
The property once included a detached freight house but it was torn down a few decades ago.
Links to other images of the station
- West Barnstable Railroad Station - before renovation work started
- West Barnstable Railroad Station and Freight House in 1968
- West Barnstable Railroad Freight House in 1968
- "Cape Cod Chapter NRHS". Retrieved July 16, 2013.
- Farson, Robert H. (1993). Cape Cod Railroads Including Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Joan Hollister Farson (First ed.). Yarmouthport, Massachusetts: Cape Cod Historical Publications. ISBN 0-9616740-1-6.
- "Cape Cod Chapter NRHS". Cape Cod Chapter NRHS. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
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- Cape Cod Chapter, National Railway Historical Society
- Google Maps Street View image of the station
- Cape Cod Model Railroad Club - located next to the West Barnstable station