Woonsocket station

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Woonsocket
Woonsocket Depot from the southwest, February 2016.JPG
Woonsocket station in February 2016
Location1 Depot Square
Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Coordinates42°00′12″N 71°30′48″W / 42.003460°N 71.513301°W / 42.003460; -71.513301Coordinates: 42°00′12″N 71°30′48″W / 42.003460°N 71.513301°W / 42.003460; -71.513301
Line(s)Providence and Worcester Railroad
History
Opened1847
Closed1960
Rebuilt1882
Former services
Preceding station New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Following station
Blackstone
toward Worcester
Providence and Worcester Railroad Manville
toward Providence

Woonsocket station is a former railroad station located at Depot Square in downtown Woonsocket, Rhode Island. It was built by the Providence and Worcester Railroad in 1882 to replace a previous station built in 1847.

History[edit]

Woonsocket Depot on a 1923 postcard

Hachiko[edit]

Depot Square was the central filming location for Hachi: A Dog's Tale in 2009. A statue of the dog, Hachikō, was installed in front of the station in May 2012.[1]

Woonsocket Depot in 2014, showing the statue of Hachikō.

Renovation and proposed return of rail service[edit]

The building was renovated by William (Bill) Dogan and was the headquarters for Develco a (now defunct) real estate development company during the 1970s who was responsible for building Lincoln Mall and the Marquette building in Woonsocket, R.I.[citation needed]

The building served as the headquarters for the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council organizes a Polar Express excursion each year which operates from Woonsocket Depot.[2]

In February 2016, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation leased the depot to the Boston Surface Railroad (BSRC) to be used by the company for commuter service between Providence, Rhode Island and Worcester, Massachusetts.[3] Later, the depot was designated as the headquarters for the BSRC. The BSRC planned to build a high-level platform on the western side of the station for accessible level boarding.[4] The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor office was relocated from the depot to a mill in Whitinsville, Massachusetts.[4]

RIDOT filed for eviction of the BSRC in April 2019 over unpaid rent. After a legal battle and settlement, the company agreed in December 2020 to vacate the building in January 2021. The BSRC also planned to build a station in nearby Lincoln or Blackstone instead.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Woonsocket, Rhode Island: Statue of Hachiko, Faithful Dog". Roadside America. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  2. ^ "The Polar Express Train Ride". Blackstone Valley Tourism Council USA. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  3. ^ Olivo, Russ (2 February 2016). "State to lease Depot Square to company proposing commuter rail". The Call. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b Seoane, Sandy (April 20, 2016). "Woonsocket on track for new train service". The Valley Breeze.
  5. ^ Clem, Lauren (December 9, 2020). "Train company to leave Woonsocket Depot in January". Valley Breeze. Retrieved December 10, 2020.

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