Rensselaer, Ind.—On August 21, 2013, city and Amtrak officials and local residents gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of a new passenger shelter at Rensselaer. Students from the Rensselaer Central High School show choir serenaded the crowd with three songs, including the Star Spangled Banner. Following the event, participants were invited for a celebratory lunch.
Funded by Amtrak, the one story red brick building features grey stone trim at the base and in the window sills, and it is topped by a seamed metal hipped-gabled roof. Wide eaves supported by graceful paired brackets protect passengers from inclement weather. Inside, the waiting area appears light and airy due to large tripartite windows, while metal benches line the walls. The new brick facility replaces an earlier shelter erected in 1979 that was later cared for by volunteers from the Lions Club.
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Rensselaer station also received new light standards and a 550-foot long concrete platform with tactile edging in 2011.