Buffalo Central Terminal, Buffalo

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Buffalo Central Terminal is a historic former railroad station in Buffalo, New York. An active station from 1929 to 1979, the 17-story Art Deco style station was designed by architects Fellheimer & Wagner for the New York Central Railroad. After years of abandonment, it is now owned by the non-profit preservation group Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, which is working to restore and re-purpose the complex. The Central Terminal is located in the city of Buffalo's Broadway/Fillmore district.
The terminal is located about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) from downtown Buffalo, and consists of several structures, some of which are connected, while others were formerly interconnected.
ConcoursesThe main concourse is 225 feet long, 66 feet wide, and 58.5 feet tall . The concourse included various rental spaces; a restaurant with a dining room, lunch room, and coffee shop; a Western Union telegraph office; and a soda fountain, along with standard station necessities. Off the concourse there is a streetcar lobby and waiting room. Curtiss Street runs directly below the concourse, but has been closed since the late 1980s for safety reasons. The concourse is currently owned by the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation.
The train concourse is 450ft long and includes 14 high-level platforms. Each platform is accessed by a staircase and a ramp. The train concourse is owned by Amtrak, with the land being owned by CSX. In 1982, the bridge which connected the train concourse and passenger platforms from the terminal and main concourse was demolished to allow passage of high freight cars on the Belt Line. The rest of the concourse remains.
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  • Part of the history of Buffalo. Building was closed in 1978 so could only view fro the outside. Beautiful architecture, Art Deco, Beaux-Art.. worth a visit if you’re interested in Buffalo history and ...  more »
  • I visited the Terminal twice this summer- the first time for a car show, with the interior open for free admission. There were notices saying that cameras were not permitted, phone cameras only. I cam...  more »
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  • I love Trains and the Central Terminal. Today I did the Historical Tour at the Central Terminal. It was absolutely enjoyable. The tour guide shares the many historical/era facts about this terminal and the surrounding area, plus there's a man that shares personal stories that were shared with him from previous tour groups. It's this and that is what makes this an interesting tour for sure. There's surprises like the speaker who's dressed like a gangster Boss from that era. He is the one that shares stories about the Mob connection and activities that were carried out in the first floor Taxi office's area. He tells it while the tour group is standing in the actual staging area of where the action took place. This tour is one of thirty events held here from May to October. Come out and see this iconic structure with family, friends and enjoy yourselves for one or more awesome events held here.
  • Went to the Buffalo Central Terminal Train Show. Gosh I haven't been to the Central Terminal in 50 years! The place looks good. Perfect place for a model train Show. We had a great time. Bought some stuff. It was great.
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