Up until the lat 1920s, the Sunset and North Eastern ran a small passenger service across the line from Boston to Hartford. With the Wall Street crash, the passenger traffic all but disappeared and eventually they closed up the station building as they finally decided to stop all coach traffic on the line. That's how it stayed until the birth of the RDC. The New Haven bought some of these and realised that they could have a quicker route to Boston than the current route over their own and the B&M tracks if they got some trackage rights over the S&NE. Suddenly, the S&NE had to make some provision for passengers at Sunset. The station building was, by now, too run down to resurrect so they did the simple thing - the put a platform down and left it to the New Haven to manage ticketing, etc. on the RDCs.
I got this idea from trips I have made on the New Haven. I have a business colleague/friend who lives in Windsor Locks, CT. I have made a few trips into New York with him. The "station" at Windsor Locks is just a car park and a slightly raised platform about 50' long.
Anyway, I am some way into completing the building. It still needs some extra weathering and settling onto its platform and then settling the whole thing into the ground. This is where I am:
|Sunset Passenger Station (partly derelict)|
I have blocked all the windows up. I am going to put a few warning signs around. It should end up looking quite good, I think.