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“Marvelous Vandebilt dignity ina massive train staion”

Buffalo Central Terminal
Ranked #42 of 159 things to do in Buffalo
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Owner description: Buffalo Central Terminal hosts a series of events and tours throughout the summer months. Plan your trip to see us by visiting our website for a full list of upcoming events, tours, and other information.The Buffalo Central Terminal opened to the public on June 22, 1929. Built by the New York Central Railroad and designed by architects Alfred T. Fellheimer & Steward Wagner, the art deco style station was built to accommodate up to 3200 passengers per hour, or 200 trains per day. The complex consists of the main concourse, a 17 story office tower, a four story baggage building and two story mail building along Curtiss Street, and the now detached train concourse. The complex sits on a 17 acre site 2.5 miles east of downtown Buffalo.The Central Terminal Restoration Corporation (CTRC) was founded in 1997 to oversee the stabilization and restoration of the Central Terminal. Local preservationist Scott Field acquired the 18-acre site, including concourse, tower, and four story baggage building along Curtiss Street, from Samuel Tuchman and B.C.T Inc. for $1 plus the assumption of back taxes owed to the City of Buffalo.The CTRC is an entirely volunteer organization with no paid staff. We rely on grant money, government funds, and donations to continue work on the building and to hold public events. We are a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.
Reviewed 8 February 2012

This highly decorated station was a destination for 200 trains a day. When Amtrak abandoned it to a new"buyer" He stripped the dignity and beauty. The Not for pfofit has done a magnificent job of slowing the death by restoring many features. I would hope if HiSpeed rail returns this could present a refurbished gem for the RR systems

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Reviewed 13 December 2011

it is still in the process of being restored the grand lady she once was

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Reviewed 10 November 2011

No longer in use but being renovated by a motivated non-profit group this is a must see for all rail fans out there. Located in an urban section on the east side of Buffalo the history of this building is special. Do a little research on the building before you go. it isn't open to the public yet but just seeing the exterior and platforms is a trip down memory lane for any railfan.

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Reviewed 22 September 2011

I'd only heard of the terminal after watching Ghosthunters and thought it would be a fun sunday outing. What an awesome building! It was over labor day and alot of other people must have had the same idea as the tour was divided in two. The guide obviously has emotional ties and his tour showed it. He took his time, gave a great history of the terminal (some involving Al Capone) and allowed for as many questions as we could ask. Allow at least 2 hours and if you go in cooler weather, dress for it as there is no heat in the building.

Thank sunshine7163
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Reviewed 10 May 2010

Strictly for rail enthusiasts...Take 10 minutes & drive by this old building.
Today, there's nothing to actually see or experience but the outside of the building & imagine what it was like in its heyday...certainly a bustling place of activity.

Visit only during the day.
Surrounding neighborhood is unpleasant but navigable with a good GPS.
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Thank ECharlotte
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