Photograph By John Murray

   The late afternoon sun hovered above the Union Station clock tower yesterday in downtown Waterbury. The iconic tower was built in 1909 by the Seth Thomas Clock Company as a part of a massive railroad station. Fifty years later railroad service vanished from American life and the station was scheduled for demolition. The Republican-American newspaper stepped forward and purchased the building (legend says for $1) and moved their offices into the station. It is one of the most spectacular structures in New England.