Portland Maine Passenger Stations

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Re: Portland Maine Passenger Stations

Post by shadyjay » Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:59 pm

gokeefe wrote:As we all know in 1961 Union Station was torn down. However passenger service on the B&M to Portland was apparently not discontinued until 1965. My question then is where was the B&M station between 1961 and 1965?

This seems to me like a possible additional station that we have never previously discussed here in this thread and I would like to know more, especially if the station was anything more than just a step stool on the former Union Station site.

Maine Central in color, Volume 2, MSB, states:
"After Union Station closed, the RDC runs terminated at the B&M freight station on Congress Street, across the mainlines from Union Station. This service ended in 1965."

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Re: Portland Maine Passenger Stations

Post by hh660 » Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:49 pm

The station, if you can call it that, was across the tracks from the old union Station, near the old boiler house and close to Congress Street. It was an existing metal building that I believed was also used for storage and maintenance. I don't believe it had much of a waiting room, if at all.

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Re: Portland Maine Passenger Stations

Post by gokeefe » Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:01 pm

Is it in this image? Click on it and you will be able to zoom in with controls in the top left corner (if your browser supports it ...).
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Re: Portland Maine Passenger Stations

Post by hh660 » Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:49 am

Not quite. If I remember correctly, it was just out of the frame on the upper left hand side. (my office is, though:-))
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Re: Portland Maine Passenger Stations

Post by gokeefe » Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:45 am

Here is an alternate angle. Take a look at the extreme top left corner ... small white building across the tracks?
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Re: Portland Maine Passenger Stations

Post by hh660 » Tue Sep 27, 2016 12:04 pm

I believe that is the building-the white structure with the gable roof.
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Re: Portland Maine Passenger Stations

Post by MEC407 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:29 pm

Loosely related to the subject of former and future Portland passenger stations:
Portland Press Herald wrote:Maine Medical Center officials say they want to build a large parking garage for employees off St. John Street after plans for a smaller garage at Congress and Gilman streets ran into neighborhood opposition.

The new garage, with 2,222 spaces, would be on land that the hospital already leases for surface parking for employees.
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The new location, behind 222 St. John St. . . .
Source: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/01/m ... t-john-st/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Translation: they want to build it behind the old MEC headquarters, next door to where Union Station once was.
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Re: Portland Maine Passenger Stations

Post by BandA » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:00 pm

Perhaps it was so depressing that people didn't want to take pictures.

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Re: Portland Maine Passenger Stations

Post by gokeefe » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:04 pm

BandA wrote:Perhaps it was so depressing that people didn't want to take pictures.
Apparently it was.
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Re: Portland Maine Passenger Stations

Post by gokeefe » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:35 pm

I think this is pretty close to a definitive view. White building across from the train shed. Looks like there may be a Railway Express sign on the end by Congress street.
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Re: Portland Maine Passenger Stations

Post by markhb » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:10 am

In the realm of potential future stations, the Thompsons Point folks have finally started work on a new home for Suburban Propane off Riverside Street in Portland. While that is far from any tracks, it's the first step towards their move off of the Point, which will free up their land for the long planned parking garage, which is intended to serve Downeaster traffic as well as the Point itself.
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