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Route 128 Station

February 1st, 2000

Route 128 Station was established just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, on Route 128 during 1953 by president 'Buck' Dumaine. The Route 128 Station was unique in that it was the New Haven Railroad's first 'parking lot station', basically a station geared towards motorists who were expected to park their cars there and ride the train. To this end, Route 128 Station was designed as basically a giant parking lot located next to the tracks. In fact, in its early years, Route 128 Station did not even have a proper station building!

In late January, the New Haven's Route 128 Station was closed, replaced by a new two-level station and four-level parking garage as part of Amtrak's new Acela service on the Northeast Corridor. This month, we remember the New Haven's Route 128 Station. The following advertising material was packed in a 1962 Route 128 Station folder. Advertising materials are from the collection of Marc Frattasio. All images have been reproduced at approximately 10% actual size.

A detailed history of the Route 128 Station will appear in an upcoming issue of Shoreliner®.

Route 128Here is the outside of the 1962 Route 128 Station folder. The text on the cover indicates that you can 'park free and take the train'. You could not always park free at Route 128, originally the New Haven Railroad charged a parking fee. This parking fee was lifted during the early 1960s but was re-established in later years (and you have to pay to park there today).

The folder unfolded to reveal this map of the Route 128 Station area and pockets containing a small train schedule and some New Haven Railroad advertising flyers.Inside Map

Flyer 1This is one of the small advertising flyers that were packed with the Route 128 Station folder. This one advertised parlor car rates between Route 128 and New York City.

Here is another small flyer that was packed inside the Route 128 Station folder. This one advertised the New Haven Railroad's 'Rail Auto Travel Plan'. This popular promotion, which started in the late 1930s, combined a train ticket with a car rental at the passenger's destination. Flyer 2

Flyer 3This small flyer advertised the New Haven Railroad Rail Charge Card. Starting in 1955, the New Haven Railroad began to issue its own credit cards. These New Haven Railroad credit cards could be used to buy train tickets, to rent cars, etc. I'd love to get my hands on one for my collection!

This flyer advertised the New Haven Railroad's 'Group Travel Fares'. Groups of travelers could get a break on their tickets. This was designed for tour groups, business groups, school groups, etc.Flyer 4

ScheduleLast of all, we have the small 'condensed' passenger train timetable that was packed into the Route 128 Station folder. This is just a standard New Haven Railroad 'condensed' main line train timetable.


January 2000: New Haven Railroad Cigarette Lighters

December 1999: The Dan'l Webster

November 1999: Postwar Travel Posters

October 1999: Modern Dining Car China

September 1999: New Haven Railroad Dining Car Service Pins

August 1999: New Haven Railroad Lapel Pins

July 1999: The 1939 New York World's Fair -- 60th Anniversary

June 1999: On-Train Ashtrays

April 1999: Matchbooks

March 1999: Pilgrim Tours

February 1999: Special Trains of the 1950s and 1960s

January 1999: Ticket Envelopes

December 1998: Holiday Advertising Material

November 1998: New York City Travel Advertising Material

October 1998: Boston Travel Advertising Material

September 1998: The Hurricane of 1938 -- 60th Anniversary

July 1998: The New Haven Goes Back to Cape Cod

June 1998: The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair

May 1998: Official Gifts of the McGinnis Era

April 1998: System Timetables

March 1998: Pre-War Advertising Brochures

February 1998: New Haven Railroad Freight Service Advertising from the 1950s and 1960s

January 1998: The Snow Trains

December 1997: Hotel Montclair Advertisement ca. 1939

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