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  More About River Point Station--Our Company

River Point Station, is still a relatively new operating entity within ITI, a technology company founded in 1985, with its own roots, now, stemming back 50-years. The founders of River Point Station are seasoned design-engineers, with expertise ranging from aerospace and automation, to cutlery, injection molding, machine tools and metrology. As long-time hobbyists, we also have enlisted the assistance and resources of some of the World's top hobby manufacturers, and we look forward to bringing you highly desirable, well made model products that you will enjoy operating and displaying.

About River Point Station--The Historical Place

The former train station, know originally as River Point, was located in the Town of Warwick, Rhode Island. Long gone, it now is merely a memory along a scenic bike trail winding its way, southwesterly from Providence, the State's Capitol, to the Connecticut border. Built in the mid-1800s, by the Hartford, Providence & Fishkill RR, the stop represented the dreams of its namesake industrial village.

Later known simply as Riverpoint, the station was located near the confluence of the north and south branches of the Pawtuxet River, which once powered many of the mills during the Industrial Revolution, primarliy in what was then still the western end of Warwick. Renowned mills, including the W. R. & R. Knight Co. (Fruit of the Loom), Royal Mills, and Arkwright (maker of engineering papers) provided jobs by the thousands for the prospering valley.

The diminutive station even became a junction point on New Year's Day, 1880, with the opening of the Pawtuxet Valley Line, operated by the competing New York, Providence & Boston. Extending from Providence to Hope, via Riverpoint, the new line followed the north branch.
 

Previously, the Hartford, Providence & Fishkill had followed the south branch, and continued westward to Hartford and Waterbury; eventually crossing the Hudson at Poughkeepsie, New York.

Before the 19th Century ended, the HP&F's mainline streched 240-miles, from Providence, R. I., westward to Campbell Hall N. Y.; it had also been consolidated into the ever expanding New York, New Haven & Hartford, the onetime patriarch of railroading in southern New England. Itself, once one of the largest passenger railroads in the World, the New Haven Railroad--just like the mills it once served--is long gone, but fortunately not forgotten.


Early in the 20th Century, in an interesting turn of events before the mills declined, Warwick split, spawning the new Town of West Warwick, which now encompassed the venerable village of Riverpoint. Wealthier, industrial west-enders had grown weary of subsidizing the agrarian eastern villages and seceded. Ironically, the "new" Warwick also continued to prosper, and eventually it became a city--now, the second largest in Rhode Island.

The City has grown into an important, regional commerce hub. Recently, ground was broken for a new Warwick Station complex on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor mainline. When completed, the station will be connected to nearby T. F. Green Airport (PVD), providing a unique intermodal transportation facility.

Sadly, the rail line through the Pawtuxet Valley was last operated in the early 1990s. Though the rails are gone, their finall tenant, the Providence & Worcester, has evolved into a major regional freight railroad, operating lines in four states. The site of the former Riverpoint Station is a riverside park, along the bike trail. A restored New Haven caboose once used as a lounge by a local restaurant, along with the many bridges constructed by the railroads, comprising the Trestle Trail, still serve as reminders of the area's nearly 150-year railroading heritage.