Danville (Amtrak station)
|Address||677 Craighead Street
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Owned by||City of Danville|
|Passengers (2013)||9,697 18%|
Danville Southern Railway Passenger Depot
|Architect||Frank P. Milburn, R.B. Graham|
|Governing body||City of Danville|
|NRHP Reference #||95000895|
|Added to NRHP||1995|
|Designated VLR||April 28, 1995|
The Danville, Virginia, Amtrak station was built in 1899 from plans drawn by the noted Southern Railway architect, Frank Pierce Milburn. In 1915, a track expansion required that the track be moved 133 feet to the northeast. The station was jacked up on rollers, and crews used mules and stump pullers to roll the building. It is said that the move was done so skillfully that not a single brick was cracked.
In 1922, the building was almost destroyed by fire during a raging snowstorm. Southern Railway rebuilt the building to its original specifications, minus the spire that had formerly graced its roofline.
With the demise of public rail transit, the building fell into disuse, and for years, Amtrak passengers had to walk through an underground tunnel and wait on a platform between the tracks. In 1993 it was closed to passenger service temporarily and bought by the City of Danville. In 1995, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The same year, a group of local civic leaders sought federal ISTEA funding and local contributions to renovate the station. It is now part of the campus of the Danville Science Center, the first satellite facility of the Science Museum of Virginia. It also includes the Danville Farmer's Market and a former Pepsi Cola bottling warehouse.
The station is currently served by the Crescent passenger route.
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, Commonwealth of Virginia" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- Danville County Listings on the National Register of Historic Places
- "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
- Amtrak – Stations – Danville, VA
- Danville (DAN) Great American Stations (Amtrak)
- Danville Amtrak Station (USA RailGuide -- TrainWeb)