Union Station in Worcester Massachusetts is a beautiful building built in 1911. It was used until the early 1970s, at which point it was abandoned and trashed. It wasn’t until 2000 that it was re-opened, freshly repaired, painted, and cared for. A bus station was added alongside it.
Back in the late 1980s / early 1990s Union Station was used by local college students as an impromptu film set for apocalyptic / dystopian movies. It really was that awful looking. So it’s quite impressive how gorgeous it is nowadays.
Since the station is so old, it was set up for lower traffic service. Only one train at a time can be at the station. Also, the pickup area is fairly small. There’s just one short stretch in front of the main doors. When a train gets in, cars have to wait in a long line to get in to the pickup area.
Union Station is located on a rotary, and you can’t get directly to the train station from the rotary. Someone coming through the rotary has to go out of the rotary, loop around in the city streets, and come back to the train station.
Union Station has a small sitting area in front of it (across the pick-up/drop-off road) with a statue of Christopher Columbus and a few benches.
Beautiful architecture. Well worth a visit.
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