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Lockport  New York - The New York Central Railroad Lockport - Abandon

In the late 1880s Lockport was still a busy stop on the Erie Canal and a hub for train traffic. The New York Central Railroad, owned by the Vanderbilts, decided that Lockport’s train station should reflect its importance as a major city.

Incorrectly attributed to architect Stanford White, the Richardson Romanesque building was actually designed by John D. Fouquet. Construction began in 1888 and the station was opened to the public in late 1889. Immediately, it became a gathering place for Lockportians who commuted to Buffalo or Niagara Falls for work.

In its heyday, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, 10 passenger trains a day passed through the station. The station served both commuter and long-distance lines. Today, many older people still have fond memories of the old station. By the 1940s, however, train travel was declining in favor of the automobile and the New York Central closed the station.

The 1950s and 1960s saw the station abandoned and vandalized. Broken windows and falling brick and stone caused a hazard to those who ventured near the derelict building. Finally, in 1967, Union Station was purchased by John Saraf Jr. for $13,000. Saraf saw potential in the structure and decided to turn it into a restaurant. Despite his efforts at restoration, he could not get the project off the ground. This is when David H. Goldstein entered the picture.

Goldstein, who had restaurant experience, bought the property from Saraf in 1971. He completely remodeled the interior and decorated it with train memorabilia and antiques from the 1890s era. Union Station restaurant was a huge hit with the public. A menu from the restaurant features most dinners for under $5 with desserts for under $1. For over two years, Goldstein was able to keep the restaurant going. However, tragedy struck in 1974, when a fire of unknown origin destroyed the restaurant and heavily damaged the building. 187

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Photo taken @ Lockport on 30 January 2019 (© Onasill ~ Bill Badzo - - 64 Million Views - Thank / Flickr)

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