Rockport (MBTA station)
A train parked at the platform
|Address||17 Railroad Avenue
Rockport, MA 01966-1463
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Tracks||6 (1 station, 4 layups, 1 auxiliary)|
|Passengers (2009 daily)||390|
Rockport is a passenger rail station on MBTA's Newburyport/Rockport Line. It is the terminus of the Rockport branch of the line. The station complex consists of a single side platform with one revenue track plus 4 lay up tracks for parked trains and a short stretch of auxiliary track. This is the only station on the line to have a stretch of high platform in the middle, as opposed to at the end farthest from Boston as in all of the other stations built during the same time. This is due to the north end of the station being up against another property. The station is scheduled to be completely reconstructed with a full-length high-level platform which is standard on new stations, and a minimum of 185 paved parking spaces.
Rockport was opened as the terminus of the Rockport Railroad (an independent extension of the Eastern Railroad's Gloucester Branch) in November 1861. Rather than a turntable or wye, Rockport was built with an unusual loop track. The loop, around what is now called Loop Pond, was used until 1962, since which double-ended Budd RDC railcars and push-pull locomotive-hauled trains have been used on the line.
Except for January to June 1965 (due to the Gloucester Branch being cut past Manchester due to funding issues) and January to December 1985 (Beverly draw destroyed by fire), Rockport has seen continuous service since 1861 - over 150 years.
Rockport formerly had a second station, Bass Rocks, at Eastern Avenue (Route 127). However, the station primarily served the Bass Rocks area of Gloucester, as the Rockport station was closer to most inhabitants of Rockport.
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