The station underwent a major restoration, completed in 2013. The inside of the station looks amazing, while the platforms are a mix of nostalgia and needing a bit of TLC.
Past the doors is an over-track waiting room
Stairs from the waiting room to the platform
Older style platform shelter
Rivets and lattice steel. Definitely the original shelter
It looks like the station used to have at least 8 tracks through it - almost hard to imagine a smaller city having this large a station. The station is now down to 4 tracks - two for passenger service and 2 for freight service.
Tracks heading West. You can see the empty space where additional tracks once were. Also notice fencing has reduced the length of the platforms - smaller trains stopping here these days. While the right (Passenger side) is open, the left side (off camera) has a fence keeping passengers away from the freight bypass (can see more in photos below)
Shot of the above track waiting room and stairs to the platforms.
Elevators have been added opposite the stairs (brick work behind the cab car)
Oh, and the Philadelphia bound train arrives.
I was there on a Saturday morning, and there wasn't much freight action. Just saw two freight trains in my hour there.
This train never came through the station - just backed to the switch and went back East
This train did come through on the bypass track
This young lady didn't appreciate the noise
The only predictable traffic are the Philadelphia-Harrisburg trains - Amtrak's keystone service. If you have the Amtrak smartphone app you can tell when the next train in either direction will arrive.
Westbound Keystone train departs Lancaster station
I had no problem taking photographs in the station, and was able to get to the platform without needing a ticket. So as long as you are responsible, you should have no problem taking photographs at the station.
Video of the freight passing through the station
Happy railfanning!! Please add a comment if you get to or have been to Lancaster station
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