Access by train/transit:
Amtrak, station code: PVD
MBTA Commuter/Regional Rail (from Boston)
For now, I just put together something very quickly to show you where the station and yard is in Providence, and where a few of the signals are.
Electrification on the NEC from New Haven to Boston, which includes Providence, was started in 1996, and finished on January 31st, 2000. As such, if you
look at the support poles for the catenary, you will notice (especially on the south side of the station where two sidings come off the main), that the poles
are placed to accommodate the freight track.
Don't forget that back in the early 1900's until 1968, this was all New
Haven RR country! Then Penn Central, and then Amtrak and Conrail.
And don't forget, the Rhode Island State Capitol building is only a couple
of blocks away from the train station!
The pictures below are in order from north to south, and concentrate on the immediate station area.
The Amtrak 40th Birthday Train visited Providence on July 30th and 31st, 2011. My page for it is here and
Amtrak's page is here
From Wikipedia: Providence is a railroad station in Providence RI, served by Amtrak and MBTA Commuter Rail. The station has four tracks and two island platforms for
passenger service, with a fifth track passing through for Providence and Worcester Railroad freight trains. It is now the 11th busiest Amtrak station in the country,
and the busiest on the MBTA Commuter Rail system outside of the downtown Boston terminals.
Two of Amtrak's passenger rail routes serve the station: the Acela Express and the Northeast Regional. The Acela
Express is the United States' only high-speed rail service; the Regional is a slower local service. Both connect Providence with the Northeast Corridor from Boston
to Washington D.C.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) also serves Providence. The Providence/Stoughton commuter rail line's southern terminus is located at Wickford
Junction, two stops south of Providence. The Providence/Stoughton Line provides commuter service to towns between the airport, Providence and Boston, sharing track
with Amtrak trains.
Providence's first railroad station was built in 1835 by the Boston and Providence Rail Road at India Point. The Providence and Stonington built a depot at Crary
Street in South Providence in 1838, and the two were soon connected by a ferry service.
The first through service stopped at Union Station, a brick edifice built in 1847 by the Providence & Worcester, Providence & Stonington, and Boston & Providence
Railroads. It was designed by 21-year-old architect Thomas Alexander Tefft. This building was lost to fire in 1896 and was replaced by a larger Union Station,
completed in 1898 by the New Haven Railroad. It consisted of five large brick structures, which still form the northern side of Kennedy Plaza in the center of
In 1986, the Northeast Corridor through Providence was relocated north to free up land from a mass of train tracks that had hemmed in downtown Providence. The
new and smaller station was built across Gaspee Street from the Rhode Island State House. The five tracks and two platforms are located below ground level
underneath the station building.
The station was built in 1986 during a project to remove elevated tracks from downtown Providence. It is fully handicapped accessible for all trains.
The signals are for SB trains and control the interlocking before entering the station area. This is the second set of signals north of the station.
NB Colorlight/Tri-Light Signals
This signal bridge hosts three sets of signals, and another two are on masts
- these signals are for NB trains and control the interlocking after leaving the station area where we go from 5 tracks through the station to two tracks
for the Northeast Corridor, and one for freight. This is the first set of signals north of the station.
SB Colorlight/Tri-Light Signals
As SB trains exit the short underground section, the tracks have already been reduced from 5 to 4, and get
further reduced to three. The R-O-W is between Harris
Ave and the Huntington Expy, and this set of signals is just south of the Dean St overpass. It is the first set of signals for SB trains out in the open after
leaving the station.
SB Colorlight/Tri-Light Signal
These lone mast mounted signal is for the P&W freight track.
NB Colorlight/Tri-Light Signal
Another lone mast mounted signal for the P&W freight track.
Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.
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trying to help others.
Please Note: Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.
For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented
I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.
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railroads on them. If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job
of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads. Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.
Aerial shots were taken from either Google Maps or www.bing.com/maps as noted. Screen captures are made
with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it!
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and/or other stuff.
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