Question about the 1931 Lawrence MA station

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Question about the 1931 Lawrence MA station

Postby talltim » Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:00 am

The 1931 built station in Lawrence (the one used until about 5 years ago) had an island platform between the two running tracks. Access seems to have been via a subway/underpass (not sure what you call them in the US) at the west end of the platform. http://goo.gl/maps/4u6pq Where was the other end of this subway? Thanks
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Re: Question about the 1931 Laurence MA station

Postby Arborwayfan » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:10 am

It looks like there were stairs from the opening you see on the platform to the sidewalk under the bridge: https://maps.google.co.uk/?ll=42.700192,-71.159829&spn=0.000001,0.001032&t=h&z=21&layer=c&cbll=42.700192,-71.159829&panoid=d_sL969vRV-50IBehlRI7g&cbp=12,38.39,,0,3.98. That's a pretty typical setup. I guess there could also have been a tunnel to the station.
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Re: Question about the 1931 Laurence MA station

Postby talltim » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:24 am

Steps down to under the bridge was my first guess, but last time I looked at Streetview it had older imagery and under the bridge was all glared out. Your link shows there is clearly a boarded up entrance, so thanks.
Edit: This pic shows the entrance under the bridge when the station was being built http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6035/6261 ... 989e_o.jpg
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Re: Question about the 1931 Laurence MA station

Postby Arborwayfan » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:49 am

That's a great picture.
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Re: Question about the 1931 Laurence MA station

Postby talltim » Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:51 am

More here http://flickr.com/gp/41347876@N00/3HR3Y8 I got them from someone on this forum, I think.
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Re: Question about the 1931 Laurence MA station

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:03 pm

What is that pipe contraption over the platform that looks like a coaling tower without the tower?
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Re: Question about the 1931 Laurence MA station

Postby jaymac » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:15 pm

F-line to Dudley via Park-
If you're referencing LA-052b, a water spout for filling tender cisterns.
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Re: Question about the 1931 Laurence MA station

Postby Rockingham Racer » Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:05 pm

talltim wrote:The 1931 built station in Lawrence (the one used until about 5 years ago) had an island platform between the two running tracks. Access seems to have been via a subway/underpass (not sure what you call them in the US) at the west end of the platform. http://goo.gl/maps/4u6pq Where was the other end of this subway? Thanks


There was an underpass from the waiting room under the tracks and up to the platform between the two main lines. Used it a lot when I took the train as a kid "a while back." There was also a station track directly adjacent to the station to hold trains terminating and originating at Lawrence, again, a long
time ago.. :wink: To access that track, passengers used a beautiful set of stairs--marble, as I recall. The stairway at the west end of the platform went down to Parker St., thus giving arriving passengers two options to get to the street. I imagine that the water spout was used to service the steam engines on the trains originating / terminating at Lawrence, but am not sure on that.
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Re: Question about the 1931 Laurence MA station

Postby talltim » Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:31 pm

Thanks for those memories. It's always good to learn more
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Re: Question about the 1931 Laurence MA station

Postby sery2831 » Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:56 pm

Moving this to the Boston and Maine Forum as that is more fitting for this topic.
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