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Westerly station

Westerly, RI
Westerly station from the southbound platform in 2017
General information
Location14 Railroad Avenue
Westerly, Rhode Island
United States
Coordinates41°22′52″N 71°49′48″W / 41.3812°N 71.8299°W / 41.3812; -71.8299
Owned byAmtrak
Line(s)Amtrak Northeast Corridor
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
Station codeAmtrak: WLY
FY 202241,293[2] (Amtrak)
Preceding station Amtrak Following station
Mystic Northeast Regional Kingston
     Acela does not stop here
Former services
Preceding station New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Following station
toward New Haven
Shore Line Shannock
toward Boston

Westerly station is a passenger rail station on the Northeast Corridor located just north of downtown Westerly, Rhode Island. It is served by Amtrak's Northeast Regional. Amtrak's Acela also passes by this station, but does not stop.

Westerly is one of a small number of Amtrak stations (along with Mystic and Aberdeen) on the Northeast Corridor that does not have high-level platforms for accessible boarding. However, Westerly is still handicapped accessible; passengers may use a portable lift to board trains, and the under-track passage includes a wheelchair lift on its staircases. Westerly is also one of three Northeast Corridor stations (along with adjacent Mystic to the south and Kingston to the north) that is served exclusively by Amtrak, with no commuter rail service, though there have been proposals to extend CTrail's Shore Line East into Westerly.


Original depot between 1906 and 1912, with a Norwich and Westerly Railway trolley
The southbound Senator at Westerly in 1974

The Westerly station opened along with the New York, Providence and Boston Railroad on November 17, 1837. The original depot was a small wooden structure, similar to those still extant at nearby Noank and West Mystic.[1] In 1872, a new station - similar to those still standing at Kingston and East Greenwich - was constructed. It had a pedestrian tunnel (passenger subway) for passengers to reach the westbound platform and shelter.[1]

In 1912–13, the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad constructed the present station as part of a curve straightening project. The station building was in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, as were several other New Haven Railroad stations (including Buzzards Bay) built around the same time.[3][1] The project included the station building, a new pedestrian tunnel, a westbound shelter that enclosed a tunnel entrance, and a shelter for the tunnel entrance on the eastbound side.[1] A two-story brick freight house, now occupied by Westerly Agway, was constructed the same year.[1]

The New Haven Railroad was at that time planning to expand the Northeast Corridor to four tracks along much of the route from New Haven to Boston, especially at busy stations. The bridge abutments to the west of the station over Canal Street and the Pawcatuck River were built for four tracks, although only two-track bridges were ever built. The line was rebuilt for three tracks from just east of the station to just west of Bradford, Rhode Island, with three-track bridges and cuts.[4] A maintenance road now occupies the third track slot.

The station received a $2 million renovation in 1998 that restored it to its original state. As part of the project, a lift system was installed in the passenger subway to make the station handicapped accessible.[3][1]

Amtrak closed the Westerly ticket office on October 1, 2016, ceasing all ticketing and passenger assistance services.[5][6] The building was reopened on August 17, 2018; the waiting area serves as an art gallery and is open Wednesdays through Sundays.[7]

Weekday stopping service was scheduled to increase from three northbound and four southbound trains to six northbound and five southbound trains on March 16, 2020.[8] However, on that date Amtrak temporarily reduced Northeast Corridor service due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[9]

Work began in early 2020 on accessibility improvements at Westerly, including two elevators to replace existing incline lifts in the stairways to the under-track passage.[10] The work was completed in July 2022.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Roy, John H. Jr. (2007). A Field Guide to Southern New England Railroad Depots and Freight Houses. Branch Line Press. pp. 296–297. ISBN 9780942147087.
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2022: State of Rhode Island" (PDF). Amtrak. June 2023. Retrieved August 30, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Westerly, RI (WLY)". Great American Stations. Amtrak. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  4. ^ The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad (Map). New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. 29 April 1956.
  5. ^ "Westerly, RI (WLY)". Amtrak. Archived from the original on September 22, 2016.
  6. ^ "Amtrak closes Westerly station building". The New London Day. October 1, 2016. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  7. ^ Montgomery, Miles (August 17, 2018). "Westerly train station reopens with art gallery". NBC 10.
  9. ^ "AMTRAK TAKES ACTIVE MEASURES TO MAINTAIN SAFE ENVIRONMENT" (Press release). Amtrak. March 16, 2020.
  10. ^ "PHOTOS: Elevator construction at Westerly Amtrak station". Westerly Sun. January 28, 2020.
  11. ^ "Amtrak and RIDOT Partner to Improve Accessibility at Westerly Station" (Press release). Amtrak. July 7, 2022.
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