Durham–UNH station

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Durham-University of New Hampshire
Durham NH Amtrak Station and Restaurant.jpg
The 1896-built station houses the UNH Dairy Bar
Station statistics
Address 3 Depot Street
Durham, NH, 03824
Line(s)
Connections UNH Wildcat Buses to Dover, Newmarket and Portsmouth
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Parking Metered and UNH/Town of Durham permit parking nearby
Bicycle facilities racks
Other information
Opened 1912 (B&M)
December 2001 (Amtrak)
Closed 1967
Rebuilt 2008
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code DHM
Owned by University of New Hampshire
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 60,978[1] Increase 9.4%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Downeaster

Coordinates: 43°08′23″N 70°56′09″W / 43.13972°N 70.93583°W / 43.13972; -70.93583 Durham - University of New Hampshire is a passenger rail station in Durham, New Hampshire served by the Amtrak Downeaster. The historic depot, which now houses the UNH Dairy Bar, is situated just west of downtown Durham on the campus of the University of New Hampshire (UNH). The station is owned by the university, but an adjacent parking area is managed by the town of Durham. On average, about 150 rail passengers board or detrain daily at Durham, making it the third-busiest Amtrak stop in New Hampshire.[2]

Service[edit]

Durham is served by five Downeaster trains in each direction daily. Durham is approximately one hour by train from Portland and 1:30 from Boston.[3]

The campus location is very convenient for students and Durham residents, who comprise most of the riders, but the lack of parking available to the general public means most commuters drive to and park at Dover or Exeter, the stations north and south respectively of Durham.

The University operates both a free on-campus bus shuttle service, Campus Connector Shuttle, and Wildcat Transit, an off-campus service, serving the cities and towns of Dover, Lee, Madbury, Newmarket, Newington, and Portsmouth. The bus services operate year round but scale back outside of the academic year. Intercity bus service to Boston also now uses rail station site. There is a Wildcat Transit and UNH Campus Connector bus stop approximately 1,000 feet from the platform on Main Street. During the academic year the station also hosts intercity bus service provided by C&J to Boston Logan Airport and South Station

History[edit]

Boston and Maine Railroad service to Durham began in 1841 and by the end of the 19th century included 7 to 12 trains per day.[4] The tracks through Durham originally followed a course slightly east of the current alignment, with a station at Main Street. Edgewood Road is now built on the former right of way. On January 22, 1905, an express train derailed in downtown Durham, injuring 11 passengers and prompting concerns about future crashes in the downtown area. In 1912, prompted by the town and the need to add a second track, the railroad moved its tracks further west away from downtown and a depot building was brought to the modern site.[4][5] It was originally built in 1896 in Lynn, Massachusetts as the East Lynn depot.

Passenger train service run by the Boston and Maine was ended in Durham in fall of 1965 (having been approved for discontinuance seven years earlier), although commuter service to Dover continued past Durham until June 1967.[6] The station was sold by the B&M Railroad to UNH for $1 in 1960.[1]

Regular passenger service returned with the opening of the Downeaster in December 2001. The depot was maintained as a restaurant and renovated in 2007-2008 by the university with funding assistance from the United States Department of Transportation. It reopened on August 11, 2008, featuring an upgraded Dairy Bar (a restaurant operated by UNH Hospitality Services).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Durham, NH (DHM)". Great American Stations. Amtrak. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2010, State of New Hampshire" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  3. ^ "Amtrak Train Schedules". Amtrak. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Paine, Maggie and Woodward, Mylinda (Winter 2001). "All Aboard!". UNH Magazine. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Roy, John H. Jr. (2007). A Field Guide to Southern New England Railroad Depots and Freight Houses. Branch Line Press. p. 149. ISBN 9780942147087. 
  6. ^ Belcher, Jonathan (23 April 2012). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 

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