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Buffalo Central Terminal, Buffalo

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Historic Site
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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  • Buffalo was the place to be back in the early 1900's. This train station is like a mini Grand Central Station. The inside has been refurbished to it's original state. You can only visit during schedul...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • 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????
  • In the past 2 decades,many volunteers have done terrific work in restoring the historic art-deco BUFFALO CENTRAL TRAIN TERMINAL to its former beauty & importance. Here is book excerpt giving a hint, from the 1960s, of what it once was & what it had become: BIPOLAR BUFFALO–a Mosaic of Minds Journey, # 46 Buffalo Central Train Terminal. (Time: Mid 1960s): “ … This cavernous, once glorious art deco building is nearly deserted. In the 300-foot long passenger concourse with its large marble-encircled clock at the center, I count fewer than a dozen people. The train terminal, which opened in 1929, was built to accommodate 3,000 persons per day. In the daytime, windowed light should waltz into the waiting room from the four high vaulted arches. I look above: the flaked and peeling ceiling, painted like a blue sky to enhance the open feeling of our City of Light, no longer fulfills its promise. At night, internal light should bounce off the glass and chrome fixtures, giving it a soothing reflective glow. The aliveness of light that is shown in early station photographs has vanished. …I gaze at the marble, chrome, and glass-mirrored horseshoe shaped art deco restaurant with its swivel seats and terrazzo floor. Age has dulled its sheen, but it is still beautiful, still comforting…. I go there for a cup of coffee. I am the solitary customer. Planners had high expectations when the terminal project, located more than two miles from the heart of downtown Buffalo, began in 1925. An expanding metropolis of over one million people was expected to reach the train station. The terminal is situated in the southeastern Broadway-Fillmore part of Buffalo, originally a Polish section called “Polonia” with its own ethnic Broadway Market and a boulevard named Paderewski Drive, after the world-admired pianist. In its early days, Paderewski Drive was ornamented with lights, trees and flowers as it led up to the terminal entrance. The main station entrance featured a prominent fifteen-story clock tower that rose powerfully to the sky above.”
  • My girl told me back when she was in high school around 2009 she and four friends one who claimed to be able to see and talk to ghosts went to the terminal on Halloween night. She said her friend saw a little boy that the rest of them could not see, but my girl says when she looked up at the tower she pointed out a glowing green spirit that seemed to have a rope around its neck hanging from the tower, this was at abot one in the morning. Apparently they were all able to see this, she says she froze from fear and even cried as they stood there watching it float away piece by piece. Legs first, then thighs, torso, and lastly it's head. She's been known to see strange things before like grim reapers and shadows. Dark spirits of that sort.
  • Everynite I wstch the lighted clocks in the tower come on and off at dusk. It looks like angels moving. She looks at me thru my bedroom windiow. Tonite the moon is full and her lights tower over Buffalo.
  • This place is closed I think but the goast hunters do toars there