Rybinsk railway stationThe first building of the railway station of Rybinsk was made of wood. It was constructed in 1870 when a railway from Bologoye to the town was launched (the railway stretched as far as Saint-Petersburg). In 1898 the town got railway connection with Yaroslavl. The wooden building of the station existed until 1902 when it burnt down in a fire. The new building made of bricks was built in 1905 and is still standing in Rybinsk.
Old residents of Rybinsk remember the big hospital which worked in the town during the Second World War. Perhaps, that is why during the war the town was full of the injured and disabled. At the turn of the 1940s – 1950s the station square was their main refuge. They were located on the approaches to the station, begging alms – human stumps on the boards with wheels. Legless. Armless. With the mutilated faces… It was a harsh picture to watch… The war-ravaged country could not help them. It was our dire payment for the Victory, for the Motherhood. By 1954 – 1955 the station square was free of the injured and disabled – local papers wrote that a special cooperative crafting society had been established for them.
In 2008 – 2014 the railway station was closed for reconstruction which failed to start for as long as three years! Throughout the entire period the decaying building scared off the visitors of the town arriving by train and depressed the locals. I remember my despair when a night train from Moscow brought me there on an early late-autumn morning.
Nevertheless, on November 24, 2014 the reconstructed building of Rybinsk railway station was solemnly re-opened to public.