|Wow, that's a lot of railfans!|
|The inbound platform...can you find Jordan?|
|Well, there's the bike rack!|
|A pair of CSX engines coming through.|
|Being stuck at Ayer for hours means you get a lot of train pictures...|
|Old meets new, kinda...|
|The train has started to move!|
|There were four locomotives pulling the train.|
|A few of the many passenger cars.|
|That's a lotta vehicles!|
|The end of the long train.|
Ridership: For the Fitchburg Line, Ayer's ridership is actually pretty good, with 435 inbound riders per weekday. The Fitchburg Line is one of the T's best examples of why stations should be located in downtowns - this station has barely any parking, but it still gets a good amount of people!
Pros: Well, I rather like that modern green shelter on the inbound side. Also, it's nice that the station is located right next to downtown Ayer, not that there's much there. Oh, and I have to admit, it's pretty cool that you can get from here alllllllll the way to Wachusett for only $2.75. What a steal!
Cons: Basically everything else. The station isn't accessible, first of all, and it's also a really unpleasant place to wait at. Everything to the south of it is industrial wasteland, there are no bike racks, and the rest of the amenities are abysmal!
Nearby and Noteworthy: Downtown Ayer is BORING. Trust me, I was here for four and a half hours!
Final Verdict: 3/10
I had my mind set on a 3 even before I was stuck here, so don't think that influenced the score. Yeah, the circus train was really cool, but why couldn't it have picked a more interesting station to run by? Oh well, at least we didn't have to wait at Hastings!
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