Friday, January 5, 2018

South Weymouth, Abington, Whitman, and Kingston

Look, it's four Old Colony stations. No one's gonna mind if I just bunch them all together in one review, right...?

Our first stop.
South Weymouth is as basic an Old Colony station as you can get. It's just one track with a long high-level platform stretching way out into the woods. There's a typical shelter that practically everyone waits at, and it has benches and wastebaskets underneath it. It has a good amount of bike parking, as well as a huge 700-space parking lot.

A Boston-bound train.
Station: South Weymouth
Ridership: The station gets 532 inbound riders per weekday.
Nearby and Noteworthy: It's a mostly industrial area around the station. Uhh...CVS?
Final Verdict: 7/10
It's the classic Old Colony Station. Not much else to say.

This looks familiar already.
Alright, Abington's way different. Wanna know why? Because the platform is above the parking lot! And passengers have to take stairs or a ramp to get up to it! Okay, yeah, it's the same thing. I will say that I like the path from the level crossing with Centre Ave to the station, but that level crossing also goes down when trains are stopped at the station, so...win-lose situation? As usual, plenty of bike parking and a big car lot with just over 400 spaces.

Not much growth happening in that green spot, huh?
Station: Abington
Ridership: This is the second-busiest stop on the Kingston/Plymouth Line, with 625 people per weekday.
Nearby and Noteworthy: While the old Abington Station is in a town center-like area (and was probably the cause of its growth), this new one the T built has...basically nothing around it aside from a convenience store.
Final Verdict: 7/10
It's another classic Old Colony. Sure, there's the level crossing issue and the fact that the station was purposely built away from a downtown for more parking, but it's not enough to take points away.

Okay, this is something different!
At first glance, Whitman seems like a normal station - it's single track with that classic high-level platform stretching way out into the hinterlands. The only thing that seems unique about it is the fact that its 208 parking spaces are split between two lots, one on each side of the station. However, Whitman has something special up its sleeve: an old roundhouse converted into a park! At least, I think it's a park...I couldn't tell if I was supposed to be in there or not, and it definitely didn't go out of its way to be safe, but hey, it was awesome!

The MassDOT train coming in.
Station: Whitman
Ridership: This one gets 563 inbound riders per weekday, making it the third-busiest stop on the line.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Heyyy, there are actually a few restaurants around here! And a convenience store! And a computer repair shop! We're getting somewhere!!
Final Verdict: 8/10
Sure, I'll throw in an extra point for the park. That's a nice unique touch that puts Whitman a step above other Old Colony stations.

Andddddd it's boring again.
Finally, we've got Kingston. It's really just another Old Colony station, except its single track high-level platform has two shelters! Fancy. It also has a gigantic parking lot with 1,039 spaces, and its proximity to Route 3 makes it a good park-and-ride for commuters from further down the South Shore. Other points of interest include a few wind turbines, a sign advertising a cafĂ© that doesn't seem to exist anymore, and a map that shows trains to Foxboro going the wrong way.

I think these old NABI buses are gone now, but they were cool when they were here!
Station: Kingston
Ridership: As the busiest station on the line, this stop gets 683 riders per weekday. The lot is clearly far bigger than it needs to be right now!
Nearby and Noteworthy: Absolutely nothing interesting, from what I can see. The Kingston Collection mall is a 20 minute walk away.
Final Verdict: 7/10
Yup, it's another classic Old Colony. Alright, glad I got these stations out of the way!

7 comments:

  1. can you review Beverly depot at some point?

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    1. Good timing! I have it all written up - there's going to be a flurry of Newburyport/Rockport Line reviews coming up.

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  2. Miles, It's great that you're doing commuter rail stations again! It's a shame that you have to do old colony. But Keep up the commuter rail reviews!

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    1. There are a bunch of Newburyport/Rockport ones coming up!

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  3. you have officially reviewed every station on the Kingston/Plymouth line!

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    1. That I have! Glad I could eradicate the rest of 'em in one fell swoop - this is not a very interesting line.

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    2. yeah if the is one word to describe ,old colony stations it is:boooring

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