Union Station (Burlington, Vermont)

at , Burlington, 05401

Union Station (Burlington, Vermont)

Burlington , VT 05401
United States
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The Union Station building is located at 1 Main Street in Burlington, Vermont. The building, which is not currently used as a railroad station, is owned by Main Street Landing Company, and houses offices and art studios.The Vermont Rail System operates scheduled excursion trains from the railroad platform behind the building.Railway historyFormer serviceThe former Burlington Union Depot opened in 1867 near what is now the northwest corner of the College Street and Lake streets. The depot served as the passenger station for the Vermont Central and Vermont and Canada railroads'.The structure was built of brick on a granite foundation. It was 204 feet long from south to north and 88 feet wide which allowed it to straddle three north-south tracks. The train shed was open at the north and south ends, with walls 27 feet high, an arched roof, and tall, narrow, arched windows. Each of the four corners featured a 2-story, 11-foot square tower, for storage and ornamentation.The former site of Union Depot is now taken up by part of the lawn at waterfront park, the Island Line Trail for biking and walking, the current train track, the red-roofed information building for tourists, and part of a parking lot for Main Street Landing.Burlington Union Station opened on January 23, 1916. The building was built by the Central Vermont Railway and the Rutland Railroad at the cost of between $150,000 – $200,000, including $15,000 from the City Of Burlington, and was designed by New York architect Alfred Fellheimer with Charles Schultz as supervising architect. The W. Shelton Swallow Company of New York was the general contractor.

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