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New York Central Railroad opened this historic landmark in 1914.
It is the third station to
By 1900, the second station had become
totally inadequate. Passengers had
to cross tracks at grade and wait in the open for trains. Spring floods often covered the tracks. Passengers transferring to or from trains of the Delaware,
Lackawanna & Western or New York,
the Mohawk River had to be moved. Between
1901 and 1907 a new channel was dug about one-half mile to the north.
Part of the old riverbed became the Barge Canal harbor, but the old channel behind the station was filled to make room for additional platforms and
tracks. Also, by 1912, the first
Genesee Street overpass was completed, eliminating the congested and dangerous
grade crossing at the
of the new station began in 1912. Train
service had to be maintained while it was being built, on the very site of the
old station. To do this, a
temporary wood - frame station was built on the north side of the main line,
together with the northernmost new platforms, umbrella sheds and portion of the
passenger subway beneath the tracks. The temporary station opened early in 1913. It served while the rest of
Utica’s new “New York Central Station” opened with great fanfare in May 1914. It became a “union” station in late 1915 after the DL&W and the NYO&W abandoned their old station. An additional platform and two stub tracks were built to serve as a terminal for these lines, they extended west from the northwest, rear corner of the station.
H. Stem and Alfred Fellheimer of New York City designed this architectural gem.
Separately or as partners, Stem and Fellheimer
Utica station has long been recognized for the beauty of its design, especially
Utica station deteriorated badly after World War II and was threatened with
demolition. Restoration began in 1978 and is
Union Station’s historical significance is enhanced by an archive of railroad
the 21st century, the Utica Station is the last of the big stations
& Mohawk Valley Chapter, National Railway Historical Society
page was created to help the Adirondack Scenic Railroad promote tourism along
its 141-mile operating corridor.
The railroad operates seasonal trains from several
locations including Utica,