Windsor Locks station

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Windsor Locks
Windsor Locks station from the south, January 2015.JPG
Windsor Locks station in January 2015
Location South Main Street at Stanton Road
Windsor Locks, Connecticut
United States
Coordinates 41°54′50″N 72°37′34″W / 41.91389°N 72.62611°W / 41.91389; -72.62611Coordinates: 41°54′50″N 72°37′34″W / 41.91389°N 72.62611°W / 41.91389; -72.62611
Line(s) New Haven–Springfield Line
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Construction
Parking Free
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code WNL
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 18,711[1]Increase 1.2%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Northeast Regional
Terminus
toward New Haven
New Haven – Springfield Shuttle
Vermonter
toward St. Albans
  Starting in early 2018  
ConnDOT
Hartford Line
toward Springfield
Windsor Locks Passenger Station
Coordinates 41°56′01″N 72°37′39″W / 41.933611°N 72.6275°W / 41.933611; -72.6275
NRHP Reference # 75001937

Windsor Locks is an Amtrak train station in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, on the New Haven-Springfield Line. It is the northernmost Amtrak station in the state of Connecticut. The station today consists of an open shelter on a raised concrete platform.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has proposed that the planned new commuter rail service called the Hartford Line stop at this station. The Hartford Line will operate between New Haven, Connecticut and Springfield, Massachusetts, with service scheduled to begin in early 2018.[2]

History[edit]

An Amtrak train at the 1875-built station in 1979
The derelict station in 2015

The former Windsor Locks station is located about a mile north of the current Amtrak station. Built in 1875, that station is a former New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad depot and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975.[3] Service moved from the derelict 1875-built station to a new park-and-ride location just south of Interstate 91 in 1981.[4][5]

There are continued efforts to move the current Amtrak stop closer to the historic station and downtown area.[3] The 2004 Recommended Action of the New Haven Hartford Springfield Commuter Rail Implementation Study included the construction of a new Windsor Locks station on the existing site. A single high-level platform was to be constructed, with a pedestrian bridge leading to an added parking area on the west side of South Main Street.[6] A second platform serving a restored second track would have been added later.[7]

Hartford Line plans from 2012 included two possible station sites - one at the existing station with an enlargement of the current parking lot, and one at the former location with a new parking lot. Either location would have 500 feet (150 m)-long high level platforms serving the current track plus a restored second track, with a pedestrian bridge connecting the two platforms.[8] Funding for the new station and second track were not included in initial Hartford Line funding; when the service starts in 2018 it will stop at the existing station.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Connecticut" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Stacom, Dan (4 December 2015). "Springfield-To-New Haven Commuter Rail Cost Increases, Service Begins In 2018". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WNL)". Great American Stations. Amtrak. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  4. ^ National Train Timetables Effective February 1, 1981 through April 25, 1981. National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). 1 February 1981. p. 57 – via Museum of Railway Timetables. 
  5. ^ National Train Timetables Effective April 26, 1981 through October 24, 1981. Includes Northeast Corridor Schedules Effective April 26, 1981 through August 1, 1981. National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). 26 April 1981. p. 57 – via Museum of Railway Timetables. 
  6. ^ URS. "Windsor Locks Start-up Conceptual Site Plan" (PDF). Connecticut Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 19, 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  7. ^ URS. "Windsor Locks Full-Build Conceptual Site Plan" (PDF). Connecticut Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 19, 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  8. ^ CDM Smith (24 February 2012). "Station and Layover Site Concept Plans" (PDF). New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Environmental Assessment. Connecticut Department of Transportation. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 

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