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Old Saybrook (Amtrak station)

Old Saybrook
Old Saybrook Station in March of 2011
Station statistics
Address 455 Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Coordinates
Line(s)
Connections Local Transit Estuary Transit District
Platforms 1 side platform and 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened 1873
Rebuilt 2002
Electrified 25,000V (AC) overhead catenary
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code OSB
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 60,310[1] Decrease 7.7% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station   Amtrak   Following station
Northeast Regional
ConnDOT
toward Stamford
Shore Line East
Terminus

Old Saybrook is a regional rail station located in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. It is served by both Amtrak regional rail and the Connecticut Department of Transportation's Shore Line East commuter service.

Contents

  • Service 1
  • Parking 2
  • Transit connections 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • External links 6

Service

A view of the island platform for tracks 1 and 3 and one of the towers supporting the bridge.

Located on the Northeast Corridor, the busiest passenger railway in the United States, Old Saybrook station serves some of the rail services that pass through the station. Only a select few trains on Amtrak's Northeast Regional train line stop at Old Saybrook. No high-speed Acela Express trains serve the station but some stop at the following southbound and northbound stations, New Haven and New London, respectively. However, all Shore Line East commuter rail trains stop at Old Saybrook; it serves as the eastern terminus for some trains.[2] (New London is the eastern terminus of the line, with approximately half terminating there.)

Old Saybrook features a common track setup, with one island platform and one side platform. Unlike the two-track commuter-rail-only stations on the 81.6 km (50.7 mile)[3] stretch of the Northeast Corridor between New Haven and New London, there are three tracks at Old Saybrook, in order to handle terminal trains on Shore Line East.[3]

The "V" shaped wood frame station, constructed in 1873 by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad (known as the New Haven), originally served that company as well as the Connecticut Valley Railroad. Passengers of both lines used separate platforms but shared the waiting room.[4]

In the mid-1980s, the five acres that Amtrak owned around the station were redeveloped into the Saybrook Junction Marketplace. Built east of the station, the complex contains shops and offices in a setting meant to evoke the best qualities of a New England village. Saybrook Junction Marketplace was one of the first instances in which Amtrak allowed a private developer to take a long term lease on one of its properties in an effort to create a more attractive and active transportation hub.[5]

Parking

Ridership increases have rendered the station's parking lot insufficient, causing commuters to park along roads in town. The town of Old Saybrook is pressuring the Connecticut Department of Transportation to add parking space.[6]

Transit connections

See also

Notes

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Connecticut" (PDF).  
  2. ^ Shore Line East/Westbound timetable Shore Line East Retrieved 2007-07-22
  3. ^ a b Amtrak - Old Saybrook, CT TrainWeb Retrieved 2007-07-22
  4. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 6, 2013.
  5. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "New England Dispatch". Railpace Newsmagazine. August 2008. 

External links

  • Amtrak – Stations – Old Saybrook, CT
  • Shore Line East - Old Saybrook, CT
  • Old Saybrook Amtrak Station (USA Rail Guide -- Train Web)
  • Station from Google Maps Street View
  • Old Saybrook (OSB)--Great American Stations (Amtrak)
  • Historic American Engineering Record entry and images for Old Saybrook station
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