“Duke” Epolito and his friend Larry Zankowski made the statues – there were seven originally [six remain] and placed them on the platform under the cover of darkness back in 1982. Duke said back then they were a tribute to his days as a train passenger.
The figures were posed as train riders; "Waiting for the Night Train" the piece was titled. It immediately captured the attention of thousands of I-690 commuters.
Many thanks to Syracuse.com and Dick Case.