“Located in the only surviving Train Station”
The Waltham Highlands railroad station building was built in 1881. The clapboard structure was converted to office space during the mid-20th century. The building is on approximately .1 acre on tracks in a late 19th century residential neighborhood.
Massive bracketing and deeply overhanging eaves characterize the late 19th century railroad station. It is the only surviving original station, of the nine once serving Waltham’s three railroad lines.
Its location is unique; a residential area on the gentle eastern slope of Prospect Hill is known as the “Highlands.” This area was extensively developed until the 19th century. In the past 100 years, it has gradually been filled in with substantial Victorian homes and simpler one and two-family dwellings.
The Central Massachusetts Railroad was laid out through Waltham in late 19th century (completed in 1881). It followed roughly the same route which had originally been surveyed by the Fitchburg Railroad, before it shifted its route south to serve the Boston Manufacturing Co. This is the only surviving station of three original stations serving the Central Mass. On the 1886 map this is called “Hammond Street Station”.
The station was abondoned for 20 years before being purchased in 1968 by James Regan. “I remember people telling me why would you want a building that looks like it is going to fall down;” It was in horrible condition, needing desperately to be repaired. Since then, the station has been through several expansions while keeping the same characteristics of the original station.
Inside the depot is a photo gallery, showing the station as a busy and thriving place for people traveling for business and pleasure.
One of our clients used to come down and help out with the opening and closing of the gate.
We are proud to have preserved this piece of history and look forward for many years to come.
If you are interested in more Waltham History, check out James Regan’s collection of historic Waltham postcards at www.walthamhistory.com.