Broad Street Station (Richmond)

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Broad Street Station
Former Amtrak & Atlantic Coast Line inter-city rail station
Richmond Science Museum.jpg
The Science Museum of Virginia currently occupies the old Broad Street Station building
Station statistics
Address 2500 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220[1]
 United States
Coordinates 37°33′40″N 77°27′57″W / 37.561111°N 77.465833°W / 37.561111; -77.465833
Tracks 3 (remaining)
Other information
Opened 1917
Closed 1975 (for passenger rail service)
  Former services  
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Miami
Silver Meteor
Silver Star
Carolina Special
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Main Line Terminus
Broad Street Station
Broad Street Station (Richmond) is located in Virginia
Broad Street Station (Richmond)
Location Richmond, Virginia
Coordinates 37°33′40″N 77°27′57″W / 37.56111°N 77.46583°W / 37.56111; -77.46583Coordinates: 37°33′40″N 77°27′57″W / 37.56111°N 77.46583°W / 37.56111; -77.46583
Built 1919
Architect John Russell Pope
Architectural style Other
Governing body Science Museum of Virginia
NRHP Reference # 72001518[2]
VLR # 127-0226
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 23, 1972
Designated VLR November 16, 1971[3]

Broad Street Station (also known as Union Station) was a union railroad station in Richmond, Virginia, United States, across Broad Street from the Fan district.


It was built as the southern terminus for the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad (RF&P) in 1917 in the neoclassical style by the architect John Russell Pope. The station also served the trains of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL), the Norfolk and Western Railway (N&W). Eventually, the Seaboard Air Line Railway (SAL), which had formerly used Richmond's other union station (Main Street Station), switched to Broad Street Station.

The station was also served by Amtrak's Carolina Special, Champion, Silver Meteor, and Silver Star.[4] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1972.

Passenger service to the station ceased in 1975, with all passenger service moving to Main Street Station (Richmond). The station became the home of the Science Museum of Virginia, which remains in the substantially remodeled and expanded building.

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  1. ^ "All-American Schedules". Amtrak. 29 Apr 1973. p. 8. Retrieved 12 Jan 2014. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 Mar 2013. 
  4. ^ "All-American Schedules". Amtrak. 15 Nov 1974. pp. 38–39. Retrieved 12 Jan 2014.