Sepia Saturday - Station Relocation

B&M passenger station, Salem, MA
Photo: New Youk Public Library Digital Gallery
Last week's Sepia Saturday post was of a train station where a President was speaking. This week's post is of a train station that same President passed through on his campaign trip.

This is the old Salem, Massachusetts train station which was on the southern side of the downtown area. It is on the B&M (Boston and Maine) line from Boston to Portland, Maine.

The trains here drove right inside this station to load and unload passengers then continued up Washington Street. Yes it continued right on the street grade through downtown Salem, north to Maine. This made for for major traffic tie ups even in the age of horse and buggy which can be seen in the above photo. There were 6 street crossings in the downtown area. Trains, automobiles, and pedestrians don't mix very well. The line was later submerged below ground in a tunnel.

Salem MBTA Station
Photo: CrazyasaCoolFox
(click to magnify)
The old station is gone now. After years of neglect it became an eyesore and beyond repair. It was demolished in the 1950's and replaced by a simple canopy at the other end of the tunnel, north of the downtown area.

A new station/parking garage is slated to be built. I believe it will feature an enclosed waiting area.

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