The train station in Pawtucket, RI opened in 1916 and was closed in 1981. As it stands now, the train station shows it’s 38 years of neglect in way of spray paint and vandalism. The large waiting concourse has amassed its fair share of destruction at the hands of bored teenagers.
However, if you take a close enough look, you can still see where the wooden benches lined a walkway where hundreds of people made their way quickly from the ticket counter to their trains below. I imagine that in its heyday, the Pawtucket - Central Falls train station was quite the sight.
Were it still in use, I could almost see it having the same effect as the Grand Central Station in New York. Upon entering, you are left in awe of the grandeur of the building. The vast skylights letting in the bright sunlight of a warm spring day.
The thing that was amazing to me was that a building that had been standing for 103 years, not maintained for 38, was still structurally sound. I didn't have any fear of the floor falling out from beneath me, nor was I concerned about the roof suddenly coming crashing down.
To be honest, I think the thing I was worried about more than anything, was running into someone who had taken residence in the old abandoned station and not being all that happy to see me. Overall, despite its vandalized state, The Pawtucket - Central Falls Train Station is still a remarkable sight, indeed.