South Norwalk Things to Do
Walk the station underpass
I've visited South Norwalk railway station several times now, on my way from NYC to Danbury, and have enjoyed walking the underpass beneath the railway lines (accessible to the general public, not just to rail passengers).
The underpass walls are lined with an attractive, and very interesting, piece of artwork entitled (I think) 'Silhouetted faces and Period Pieces - voiding the figure to highlight the evolution of fashion through the 21st Century' by (I think) Duvian Montoya.
Ignore the '21st century' part...the faceless figures show a whole series of fashions and events through the 20th century. I find it fascinating and it certainly livens up the underpass. It's part of the 'Art in Parking Places' collection (South Norwalk station adjoins a massive multi-storey parking 'ramp') and I hope it stays in place for a good few years to come. :-)Related to:
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South Norwalk Transportation
South Norwalk railway station
South Norwalk is on the Metro North Grand Central > New Haven line.
It's a pleasant enough station, with a small cafe on the eastern side (by track 1) and a lrge multi-stoery parking 'ramp', plus ticket office etc on the western side.
You may have to change trains at South Norwalk and, if you are coming from Grand Central, you'll arrive at track 1. Unfortunately, there is very little information visible anywhere on that side and it was only by asking at the cafe that I was able to work out where to go to catch my next train. The lady was very helpful indeed.
There's a tunnel underneath the tracks with an elevator to take you down or up (or stairs, if you prefer).
I later realised that train times and track numbers are actually displayed on overhead televisions but as almost all the screen is taken up by adverts, with the information shown in a narrow bar at the bottom, it's not obvious.
I suspect south Norwalk is a commuter station set up on the assumption that everyone who uses it knows how it works. Unfortunately not every passenger is a local. :-(
But it was ok. I caught both trains with no real problems apart from a stressy 10 minutes or so on first arrival and, on my return trip, was absolutely fascinated to see a car driving down the tracks!Related to:
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