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Andover
Inbound train at Andover station, May 2017.JPG
An inbound train arrives at Andover station in 2017
Location 17 Railroad Street, Andover, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°39′28″N 71°08′41″W / 42.6579°N 71.1446°W / 42.6579; -71.1446Coordinates: 42°39′28″N 71°08′41″W / 42.6579°N 71.1446°W / 42.6579; -71.1446
Owned by MBTA
Line(s) Western Route
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport MVRTA: 21, 32
Construction
Parking 150 spaces ($4.00 daily)
4 accessible spaces
Bicycle facilities 6 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 5
Traffic
Passengers (2018) 409 (weekday average boardings)
Services
Preceding station MBTA.svg MBTA Following station
Ballardvale
toward North Station
Haverhill Line Lawrence
toward Haverhill
Third Railroad Station
Third Railroad Station, Andover MA.jpg
The third railroad station in Andover
Location 100 School Street, Andover, Massachusetts
Area 9 acres (3.6 ha)
Built 1906-07
Architectural style Shingle Style
MPS Town of Andover MRA
NRHP reference No. 82004809
Added to NRHP June 10, 1982

Andover station is an MBTA Commuter Rail station in Andover, Massachusetts. It serves the Haverhill Line. The station has one platform with a mini-high platform for handicapped accessibility serving one track, while the second track lacks a platform. The previous station building, used from 1907 to 1959, is still extant; it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 as Third Railroad Station.

History

Andover station postcard (2)
The c.-1848 built station on a c. 1905 postcard

The Andover and Wilmington Railroad opened between its namesake cities in August 1836 as a branch line off the new Boston and Lowell Railroad (B&L). A small wooden Greek revival station was built near the center of Andover. The line was soon extended north, and in 1842 in merged into the Boston and Maine Railroad (B&M). After building its own route to Boston in 1845, the B&M looked to expand its passenger base to compete with the B&L. In 1848, the B&M relocated its main line from Ballardvale to North Andover to the west in order to serve the new mill town of Lawrence.

The line was moved several blocks west in Andover, away from the busy intersections of the town square. A small house was converted into a temporary station, which was soon replaced by a larger L-shaped station with a large train shed. A brick freight house was built sometime between then and 1875.

In 1906, the B&M began construction of a new station, as residents complained about the smoky conditions inside the train shed. The new station, a copy of Beverly Depot designed by Bradford Lee Gilbert a decade earlier, opened on September 1, 1907. It was used as the station until 1959; in 1982, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Third Railroad Station.

In November 1974, North Andover and Andover declined to renew their subsidies. Service to North Andover station ended on November 15. Days before, Andover commuters and businesses raised funds to continue service until April 1975. On April 7, 1975, town residents voted "overwhelmingly" to reimburse the commuters and subsidize service for an additional year. The town declined to subsidize further service, and the three Andover stops (Shawsheen, Andover, and [[{{{station}}} (MBTA station)|{{{station}}}]]) were dropped effective April 2, 1976. The round trip, by then stopping just at Lawrence, Bradford and Haverhill, was ended in June 1976. The MBTA bought all B&M commuter equipment and lines on December 27, 1976, including the Western Route from Wilmington Junction to the New Hampshire border.

Service to Haverhill, including the stop at Andover, resumed on December 17, 1979. A mini-high platform for accessibility was added around 1992. MBTA passengers board from a single platform behind the former freight house. Both the former station and former freight house have been repurposed for commercial use.

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