If this review is rough, it’s because I’m doing it on the fly. I’m in Melrose today scouting out potential future neighbourhoods and I had the luck of catching the 9:38 to Reading this morning at Wyoming Hill. The southern of Melrose’s three stations, it serves a largely-residential area just south of the main commercial strip. This review has pictures below the jump.
We can get the Commuter rail to Wyoming but not to New Hampshire…
Train coming into the station. One person got off. Two were waiting out of frame for the next Boston-bound train.
The gated grade crossing at Wyoming Avenue.
Onward to Reading. The 136/137 buses a block away parallel the entire route this train will take.
Now to the station itself: Wyoming Hill is a unassuming station which serves the southern part of Melrose and is one of three Commuter Rail stations in that town (Cedar Park and Melrose Highlands the other two). The station is at the southern end of Melrose’s town center strip, one block west of Main Street in a largely residential area with some mom-and-pop businesses and up the road a gas station and the requisite Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s relatively close to Oak Grove (around a mile) and from the inbound platform Oak Grove can be seen faintly in the distance.
Station: Wyoming Hill
Rating (1-10): 6, subject to review
Ridership: I’ve taken the Haverhill Line during rush hour before (I have reviews for Wakefield and Reading in me, just wait!) and almost everyone using this station is coming or going from North Station. With two other stations in Melrose and Oak Grove a
Pros: It’s a one-seat ride into Boston and with Cedar Park and Melrose Highlands most of the core of Melrose has some one-seat ride even if it seems redundant to some. It’s the Northside answer to Wellesley and Norwood, only without a college or an Automile. As for the area, Melrose is a nice slice of stereotypical New England for all the right reasons and is worth a visit for this alone.
Cons: This can use a mini-high, however considering that Melrose Highlands has one and Malden Center is full-high it isn’t all that necessary as it seems. Maybe some additional TLC.
Nearby and Noteworthy: Two small businesses with a longtime presence in the neighbourhood are within sight of the station. Cappa’s Trackside Cafe just north of the station has reportedly great food for very cheap (an egg & cheese sub with a choice of meat for $3!) and has had some great reviews. On Wyoming Ave is Heavenly Licks, a good local ice cream parlor.
I’ll revisit this down the road when/if I know when I’ll end up!