This is the image they posted of the NHT station. I feel it does a bit of a disservice to have NHT on the list.
The disservice starts with the image itself. It’s of the modern platform built in about 2017 taken from the eastern side that is generally not available to the public as it looks like it was taken in a disused rail line with the down slope of the grade separation that divides Northampton. I believe that the photo was taken about here.
You can see a modern fence at the bottom and the two active tracks. A third was present though likely removed in the 1980s it’s presence is well know to anyone in the area as the bridge that eats trucks used to carry it over Bridge st and many unwary semi driver have become its meal due to a low hight and misleading GPS navigation system leading then into the 1890s era grade separation.
This is an image I have of a vintage postcard of the NHT Union station taken sometime likely in the very Early 20th century from the south western side.
The rails seen in the photo are old Boston and Main line that today is a rail trail. The street visible is strong ave and cropped out is a hotel.
Much of the old platform was removed what remained was enclosed into a sports bar and restaurant complex that operates the station as a banquet hall and martini bar. the visible rail line became the rail trail after the last run of the Montrealer in 1987. The modern Amtrak like runs on the then dilapidated today refurbished Connecticut river line on the eastern side.
Blocked from view is the old hotel by a mixed use two level residential commercial building.
This is the modern platform from the accessible western side.
The modern Platform is all of the modern NHT in regards to actual Amtrak service. This is just a platform for boarding Amtrak services. It looks like it was taken in the warmer months. The first third of the platform and handicapped ramp were built circa 2016 later once it was deemed suitable for more permanent service the remaining 2/3 were built. 3 south bound Springfield trains connecting to New Haven and NYC the Vermonter and two Valley Flyer as well as 3 North bound greenfield trains serve the platform again Valley Flyer and the Vermonter.
I feel it’s a bit of a shame the old girl isn’t used as she was intended… still at least she’s still standing.
The Roosevelt room main entrance the northern side of the building still reminds us of her true colors. Also visible is the cabana bar.