Kensington (MARC station)

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MARC commuter rail station
Kensington MD B&O station 2009.jpg
Location 10417 Howard Avenue
Kensington, Maryland
United States
Owned by MARC
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Ride On
Parking Yes, 48 free spaces
Bicycle facilities No
Disabled access No
Opened 1891 (B&O)
Preceding station   MARC   Following station
Brunswick Line
  Former services  
Baltimore and Ohio
Main Line
Kensington Railroad Station
Kensington (MARC station) is located in Maryland
Kensington (MARC station)
Location Kensington, Maryland, USA
Coordinates 39°1′36.4″N 77°4′18.5″W / 39.026778°N 77.071806°W / 39.026778; -77.071806Coordinates: 39°1′36.4″N 77°4′18.5″W / 39.026778°N 77.071806°W / 39.026778; -77.071806
Architect Ephraim Francis Baldwin
Architectural style Late Victorian
Governing body Private
Part of Kensington Historic District (#80001827)
Added to NRHP September 14, 1980[1]

Kensington Station is a railroad passenger station located at 10417 Howard Avenue in Kensington, Maryland, United States. It was built by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O).

Kensington Station is currently served by MARC commuter trains operating on the Brunswick Line. There are fifteen weekday scheduled stops at Kensington Station and one flag stop on Fridays.

CSX Transportation, the owners of the railway line, operate frequent freight service over the line. Amtrak's Capitol Limited previously served the station, and have since dropped the stop from its timetables.[citation needed]

Station house[edit]

The Kensington Station has a former B&O station master's house. The building is open during the Kensington Farmers Market, which is held in the station parking lot. Inside there is an old stove, waiting area, and restrooms. Tickets can be purchased from a self-service machine. During the Kensington Labor Day Parade, CSX Transportation, which currently owns the railroad line, offers free souvenirs. There is also a small model train layout. The platform is a low level concrete platform. On the other side there is a covered waiting area and some benches. Elaborate safety measures can be found on the crosswalk between the platforms leading to the station entrance that include crossbuck signs with warning bells, highway signs, and pedestrian signals.[2]


The B&O completed construction of the Metropolitan Branch through Montgomery County in 1873.[3]:7 The line connected Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland and points west.

Initially the settlement around the railroad line was known as Knowles Station. The town was incorporated in 1894 and was named Kensington at that time. The B&O station was designed by architect Ephraim Francis Baldwin and opened in 1891.[3]:32–33 [4] From 1893 to 1935, the station was used as a terminal for the Kensington Electric Railway and offered passenger service to Chevy Chase, Maryland. The station is a contributing property to the Kensington Historic District.


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  1. ^ National Register of Historic Places Listings; September 14, 1980
  2. ^ Flickr photo by John Mueller
  3. ^ a b Soderberg, Susan C. (1998). The Met: A History of the Metropolitan Branch of the B&O Railroad, Its Stations and Towns. Germantown, MD: Germantown Historical Society. 
  4. ^ Traceries and Preservation Associates (1992). Vision of Kensington: A Long-Range Preservation Plan (PDF) (Report). Montgomery County Council, Rockville, MD.  p. 14.

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