Description The abandoned O & W Railroad Station at Port Ben is located on Tow Path Road in the Town of Wawarsing, New York, United States.It is a Tudor Revival style building erected in the early 20th century by the New York, Ontario and Western Railway.Trains last operated in 1957 when the O&W was abandoned; the station ceased being used at that time. Despite its age and neglect, the Port Ben station remains intact and is well preserved. In 2000, the station and abandoned right-of-way were listed on the National Register of Historic Places.The building itself is a single story, two-by-six-bay, wood frame building on a brick foundation with a low pitched gable roof shingled in slate. It is pierced by a brick chimney at the north end. Brackets support its wide overhanging eaves. It is faced in half-timbered beige stucco on a metal lath. Some of the exterior has been defaced with spraypainted graffiti. Fenestration is irregular, determined by the building's use as a rail station. On the south side is an off-center projecting train master's window and separate passenger and freight doors. The north has square windows in pairs and singled and a freight entrance near the west end. That end has two square windows, one currently boarded up, matched by a passenger entrance and window at the east.Inside the space is divided into a passenger waiting area, ticket office and freight office. Many of the original finishings remain, including the lath and plaster walls, the varnished wainscotingand door and window surrounds. The electrical switches are still in place, and some coal remains in the bin.At one time I had a business interest in this station, and have been in it on more than one occasion. The stations is a remarkable in its original condition, unfortunatley it is by passed for the most part in the local history and with historians.Photographed in Port Ben, Wawarsing, New York, USA. Composed in Photoshop with parts, layers, adjustments, filters, and textures. PARTS for the
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