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Sneak Preview of What's to Come at the Train Station and Dairy Bar

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
May 7, 2008

The semaphore was reinstalled at the train station on May 2.

With a nod to the first National Train Day, UNH’s Dairy Bar and train station, in the process of being renovated, will be open for viewing Friday, May 9, from noon to 3 p.m.

Representatives of the Campus Planning Office will be on hand to talk about the work and provide a glimpse of what’s to come. There also will be a display documenting UNH’s train history.

Dining Services, which will be taking over the management of the Dairy Bar, also will be there to discuss the eatery’s new menu, which will focus on healthy, sustainable food.

An addition to the building has created a waiting area for rail passengers that replaces the outdoor platform. The ticket machine, now located at the Whittemore Center, is being relocated to an enclosed area as well.

“This is a chance for people to come and see the new addition” says Campus Planning’s Steve Pesci. “We feel bad we we’re not able to open before the students leave for the semester so we want them to be able to come take a peek.”

Harsh weather and design changes derailed the project from its targeted completion date which has been moved to mid-June for the building construction and later in the summer for the Dairy Bar.

Train ridership at UNH is expected to increase 20 percent this year. May 10 has been set as National Train Day in part to honor the swell in passenger train use around the country.

May 10 was chosen because it was on that day in 1869 in Promontory Summit, Utah, that the ‘golden spike’ was driven, uniting the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific railroads and creating the first transcontinental railroad.


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