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Boston's Depots and Terminals

A History of Boston's Downtown and Back Bay Railroad Depots from 1834 to 1995

by Richard C. Barrett

FFROM 1834 TO 1995, Boston was home to over 30 railroad terminals (including major renovations). Thirteen chapters and six appendices tell the fascinating story of these depots in words, photos, artwork, and plans.

In the beginning, these depots were simple and small. However, they soon grew into landmark buildings in Boston’s skyline. At first scoffed at by skeptics as “follies,” these were the very depots which had long lives, serving their railroads for forty years or more. By the 1890s the public was demanding "union" depots to consolidate the traffic of many railroads under one roof. During this period North Union Station and South Union Station were built. Back Bay, Trinity Place and Huntington Avenue stations were erected to serve the Back Bay area. In 1928 North Station was built to replace North Union Station.

Originally published by Railroad Research Publications in 1996 for $54.95, Boston’s Depots and Terminals is now available through Marker Press for $39.95. Come aboard and explore the fascinating history of Boston's historic railroad stations.

Richard C. Barrett was born and raised in the Boston area. He is a graduate of Reading Memorial High School and holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. Upon graduation from college, Mr. Barrett took a position with the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York, where he held a variety of positions before retiring in 1991 to devote full time to writing books.

Boston's Depots & Terminals

Orignally published by Railroad Research Publications; now provided by  Marker Press.

8½" × 11" hardcover, 226 pages, loaded with llustrations & maps, track layouts, timetables, $39.95

ISBN 1-884650-03-1

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