Love trains and railroad stations? With old-school rail service a thing of the past in many communities, these terminals and station houses do occasionally find their way into the open market.
Research can help find one, or at least reach out to the network of like-minded aficionados. Sites such as the
Railroad Station Historical Society
can be a starting point.
Local real estate agents may be able to help. Because many stations have been out of service for years, they have already been repurposed by restaurants, coffee shops, galleries and hardware stores. Added expense may be needed to restore some of the historical flourishes, but the sites themselves are not all that rare, and many are listed through traditional brokers.
On a larger scale, sites including the shuttered Michigan Central Depot, designed by the same architects as New York City's Grand Central Terminal, are available for private development. The Detroit station, spared from a wrecking ball, may soon undergo renovations.
As for turning a railroad station into a living space, the cable channel GHTV recently featured a one-time
depot in Vermont
that has since been listed with an area broker for $199,000.
-- Written by Joe Mont in Boston.
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