Thurmond (Amtrak station)

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Amtrak inter-city rail station
Thurmond WV Depot.jpg
Looking southeast across the train tracks towards the Thurmond Station building
Station statistics
Address County Route 25/2
1,000 feet (300 m) north of highway junction
Thurmond, West Virginia 25936[1]
 United States
Structure type At-grade
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 3 (1 unused)
Parking Yes, extremely limited
Baggage check No
Other information
Opened 1905
Rebuilt 1995
Station code THN
Owned by National Park Service
Passengers (2013) 563[2] Increase 113%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
Thurmond Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Station
Thurmond (Amtrak station) is located in West Virginia
Thurmond (Amtrak station)
Location Thurmond, West Virginia, USA
Coordinates 37°57′26″N 81°04′44″W / 37.95722°N 81.07889°W / 37.95722; -81.07889Coordinates: 37°57′26″N 81°04′44″W / 37.95722°N 81.07889°W / 37.95722; -81.07889
Built 1905
Architect Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad
Part of Thurmond Historic District (#84003520)
Added to NRHP January 27, 1984[3]

Thurmond is a train station in Thurmond, West Virginia, United States that is served by Amtrak's (the national railroad passenger system) Cardinal, which runs three times each week between Chicago, Illinois and New York City, New York. Although the Cardinal passes by the station three times each week in both directions, since Thurmond is a flag stop, the trains only stop "when passengers are present, either on the train or station platform, and ticketed to and/or from this station."[4] The station is on CSX Transportation's New River Line and is located on the east bank of the New River.

It is one of Amtrak's least-busy stations, it was the second least-busy for fiscal year 2006, after Greenfield Village, Michigan, which was less traveled because it had been discontinued from the Amtrak regular schedule in April 2006 (being open only to groups after that point).[5] Of the 509 stations served by Amtrak in fiscal year 2012, Thurmond was again the second least-used station, just ahead of Sanderson, Texas.[6][7]

The long, narrow two-story slate-roofed wooden structure, built in 1905 by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, also houses a railroad museum and a visitor center for the New River Gorge National River. The depot features a projecting bay that served as a signal tower. The interior originally possessed three waiting rooms: one for white men, one for white women, and one for African Americans.[8] The building was renovated in 1995. It is a contributing structure in the Thurmond Historic District.[9]


  1. ^ "Thurmond, WV (THN)". Amtrak. Retrieved 19 Nov 2013. 
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of West Virginia" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  4. ^ "Amtrak System Timetable: Summer Fall 2013" (pdf). Amtrak. 15 Jul 2013. pp. 71 & 131. Retrieved 19 Nov 2013. 
  5. ^ "Amtrak System Timetable: Spring 2005 - Summer 2005". 25 Apr 2005. p. 80. Retrieved 19 Nov 2013. 
  6. ^ "Great American Stations: Thurmond, WV (THN)". Amtrak. Retrieved 19 Nov 2013. 
  7. ^ "Great American Stations: Sanderson, TX (SND)". Amtrak. Retrieved 19 Nov 2013. 
  8. ^ Chambers, S. Allen (2004). "Capital Center and South Central West Virginia". Buildings of West Virginia. Oxford University Press. pp. 114–115. ISBN 0-19-516548-9. 
  9. ^ Harper, R. Eugene (15 Sep 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Thurmond Historic District" (pdf). National Park Service. Retrieved 19 Nov 2013. 

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