It was a ten minute walk to the Pawtucket-Central Falls station when I was growing up in the 1940's and 1950's and when my mother took us to Providence we would often use the frequent train service since the ride was only 8 minutes to the center of Providence, faster than the bus or car and you didn't need to park. Once I even rode in the front seat of the Mack railbus that for a short time ran up to Worcester. Although I was a railfan-steam fan at an early age, I can't say I really appreciated the Pawtucket-Central Falls station, partly because I took stations for granted (there were so many) and partly because the building already showed the signs of neglect and the New Haven's poor financial condition. Moreover, it was not a great place for watching trains -- the stair landing at the footbridge closer to Boston Switch was the place for watching. Nevertheless, I can still remember the ALCO DL-109's sitting at the station with a local -- the view from above the tracks, the odor of the engine, and the sound of the diesel idling were all good. But the view was cramped and not a good spot for photos which is why you seldom see them. On the other hand, the ticket window was open and timtables were available. The flyer that prompted my first fan trip - a steam trip over the Central Vermont - came from the station. I also bought coach and sleeper tickets there for trips to Canada to see plentiful steam including the three 4-4-0's in New Brunswick. The tickets were the long interline type with a coupon for every leg and railroad on the trip. I don't have much hope for a restoration. I actually haven't seen the station in many years since I moved from New England in 1961.
Please take a look at my website which documents the history of the place -- http://sites.google.com/site/pawtucketcentralfalls