Staunton (Amtrak station)

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Location 1 Middlebrook Avenue
Staunton, VA
Coordinates 38°8′51″N 79°4′19.2″W / 38.14750°N 79.072000°W / 38.14750; -79.072000Coordinates: 38°8′51″N 79°4′19.2″W / 38.14750°N 79.072000°W / 38.14750; -79.072000
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Connections Staunton Trolley (Green Line)
Other information
Station code STA
Passengers (2013) 7,733[1]Increase 12%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago

The Staunton Amtrak station is located at 1 Middlebrook Avenue in Staunton, Virginia. The station is downtown in the Wharf Area Historic District. The station is a stop on Amtrak's Cardinal line, which runs from New York to Chicago, and has restrooms and waiting benches, but no ticket office. It serves a large area of the Shenandoah Valley. (Staunton no longer has intercity bus service. The closest Greyhound/Trailways station is 30 miles away.[2])

Next to the station are restaurants, art studios and other attractions. For pedestrians, the historic Sears Hill Bridge and paved trail lead to the Sears Hill neighborhood and the Sears House in Woodrow Wilson Park. In 2010 the city closed the steel truss pedestrian bridge and approved its temporary removal for restoration.[3][4] The old Staunton jail is nearby.[citation needed] Next to the station is a Chessie System caboose.[5][6]

The site of the station has been a railroad depot since 1854.

The present railroad station is the third one on this site. The first station was destroyed by [Union] General Hunter's troops in June of 1864. A runaway train at the turn-of-the-century [in 1890[7]] destroyed the second station.

—Staunton in the Civil War[8]

The current station facility is the former telegraph tower from when the Staunton station functioned as a full passenger and freight railroad depot. While the platform still functions as the railroad platform for loading and unloading passengers, the former station buildings are now occupied by restaurants.

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