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Buffalo Central Terminal, Buffalo

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Buffalo Central Terminal is a former railroad station in Buffalo, New York. An active station from 1929 to 1979, the 17-story Art Deco style station was designed by architects Fellheimer & Wagner for the New York Central Railroad. After years of abandonment, it is now owned by the non-profit preservation group Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, which is working to restore and re-purpose the complex. The Central Terminal is located in the city of Buffalo's Broadway/Fillmore district.LayoutThe terminal is located about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) from downtown Buffalo, and consists of several structures, some of which are connected, while others were formerly interconnected.ConcoursesThe main concourse is 225 feet long, 66 feet wide, and 58.5 feet tall . The concourse included various rental spaces; a restaurant with a dining room, lunch room, and coffee shop; a Western Union telegraph office; and a soda fountain, along with standard station necessities. Off the concourse there is a streetcar lobby and waiting room. Curtiss Street runs directly below the concourse, but has been closed since the late 1980s for safety reasons. The concourse is currently owned by the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation.The train concourse is 450ft long and includes 14 high-level platforms. Each platform is accessed by a staircase and a ramp. The train concourse is owned by Amtrak, with the land being owned by CSX. In 1982, the bridge which connected the train concourse and passenger platforms from the terminal and main concourse was demolished to allow passage of high freight cars on the Belt Line. The rest of the concourse remains.
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  • Come on Buffalo. Surely someone has the vision and wherewithal to bring this sleeping beauty back to life. This is a GORGEOUS building that if something is not done soon, I fear for it's longevity. Ta...  more »
  • This abandoned train station is in need of Demo, along with most of the surrounding neighborhood. It is obsolete, beyond salvation, and in the middle of one of Buffalo's most abandoned and declining a...  more »
  • Very informative tour for over 2 hours. Tour guide was very knowledgeable as well as interesting and humourous. Building is under continual restoration but you can still imagine and see the beauty. We...  more »
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  • Visiting old haunts from my childhood... ecstatic to see that I could go into the terminal today without being chased away by BPD... amazing what they have done!! I can't wait to see where this project will go in the future... amazing what this does for the city.
  • I was about 17 years old went at this place at Central Terminal Train station in 1970 rode old black train. I never forget that n the station is extremely huge n nice inside n walk all the way to gets tickets. And standing behind the station to waiting for the train arrives, went to Schenectady, N.Y. It a long ride, but I enjoyed n excited. I was with my Ex boyfriend going to his house for the weekends. I still lots of memories of those station. I may go back there to taken Amtrak train to going somewhere. What I heard at Central Terminal Train station have haunted. I'm afraid if the spirits around me. Gulp. Is the haunted still there????
  • Iconic railroad station, currently in limbo as far as development. If you're into history and in the area, you'll be pleasantly rewarded I'd you stop and explore the area.
  • This place is just so amazing. The history of the place alone is fascinating and the architecture is mind blowing...
  • This is an amazing part of our past and Art Deco era. I hope it gets renovated to preserve this beautiful part of our past

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