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Pawtucket - Central Falls Station -
Rhode Island's very own Grand Central on a smaller scale!
Pawtucket Central Falls Station - Mile
Post 189, was at one time considered by many to be one of the most
beautiful stations on the New Haven Railroad.
Built by the New Haven Railroad in 1915.
A two-level, state-of-the-art facility
that saw by as many as 70,000 passengers per month through WW2.
station was closed by the cash short New Haven in 1959.
Used In the 1980s by the Depot Flea Market, a portion of it is now home to a
The architects who designed this station
chose Grand Central Terminal in New York City as a model for this once grand
Westbound Amtrak Acela roars beneath
old Pawtucket Station enroute to New York City, with Providence being the
next stop in just a few moments. Many a visitor to this once beautiful
station noted it's distinct similarities to Manhattan's Grand Central
Terminal, 189 miles west of Pawtucket.
C&S Foreman John I. makes a quick phone call to the M.O.W. Base from the
North Side Grand Staircase.
Pawtucket Station's "grand" interior - 1920
Approximate same view of Pawtucket Station interior - 2005
According to the latest owners, their intentions are to level this once
beautiful station to it's floor level and replace it with a strip mall or
CVS as well as a parking garage and possibly a hotel. There has been some
interest in restoring commuter rail service to this location, but the
current owners feel that incorporating the present structure into such a
scheme, without some sort of serious dollar commitment from the Feds and the
State of Rhode Island makes such a proposal a mere fantasy.
The building is in a state of total
disrepair. Bricks and concrete are falling off the exterior of the building.
All the beautiful interior fixtures were stripped from the station years
ago. The ceiling beams appear to be rotting away and a huge rubber tarp
prevents rain from entering the building.
What a sad site indeed!