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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 currently 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. The complex was designed for 3200 passengers per hour.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. 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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  • Although the main building is not open to the public, the terminal offers many great views and photo ops. From car shows, train shows and tours, there are many events which do allow terminal entry. Ke...  more »
  • This building is thankfully still standing, waiting to be reused again. The inside is breathtaking. Hope it gets its day and we once again have our railway station alive and well. Fond memories come b...  more »
  • Don't let the appearance or location scare you off from visiting this. Walking around and being like wtf happened here will leave your mind wondering about everything that has happened here since it s...  more »