The Ever-Changing Forest Hills Station

The switching tracks at the old Forest Hill elevated station October 19,1987 . Five months after the new terminal opened for passengers

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The switching tracks at the old Forest Hill elevated station October 19,1987 . Five months after the new terminal opened for passengers

To paraphrase Mark Twain’s comment on New England weather if you don’t like Forest Hills Station just wait at a while…in this case 25 years.

The top photograph was taken on Oct. 19, 1987, five months after the new Forest Hills Orange Line terminal opened. The switching tracks and old station were razed in the next year. The elevated track bed was replaced by the surface parking lot and the lower Hyde Park Avenue busway replaced the old elevated station. It was completed in the summer of 1989.

This fall and into early 2016, a new bus platform will be built over the parking lot and workers are have been pouring the grout to support the steel posts that will support the deck. These posts are not dissimilar from the iron posts that supported the elevated tracks.

Pouring grout over steel bars sunk into bedrock to support the columns that will set in place

Richard Heath

Pouring grout over steel bars sunk into bedrock to support the columns that will set in place. Credit: Richard Heath

This same location of the switching track elevated platform now being made into an elevated busway

This same location of the switching track elevated platform now being made into an elevated busway. Credit: Richard Heath