Durand Union Station

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Durand Union Station
Durand Union Station.jpg
Station statistics
Address 200 Railroad Street
Durand, MI 48429
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Parking Yes; free
Other information
Opened 1903
Station code DRD
Owned by City of Durand
(leased by Durand Union Station, Inc.)
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 14,295[1] Increase 11%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
Blue Water
toward Port Huron
Grand Trunk Railway Station
Durand Union Station is located in Michigan
Durand Union Station
Location 200 Railroad Street
Durand, Michigan
Coordinates 42°54′33″N 83°58′57″W / 42.90917°N 83.98250°W / 42.90917; -83.98250Coordinates: 42°54′33″N 83°58′57″W / 42.90917°N 83.98250°W / 42.90917; -83.98250
Built 1903
Architect Grand Trunk Railway Co. of Canada, and Spier & Rohns
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 71000419
Added to NRHP May 06, 1971[2]

Durand Union Station is a historic train station in Durand, Michigan. It was originally a busy Grand Trunk Western Railroad and Ann Arbor Railroad station, as well as a local office for Grand Trunk Western, from its construction in 1903 until 1974. It is currently an Amtrak station, and also houses three small railroad history museums: the Michigan Railroad History Museum (which doubles as a gift shop), the Grand Trunk Western Railroad Museum, and the Ann Arbor Railroad History Museum. Also in the building is the model railroad club the Durand Union Station Model Railroad Engineers, and a ballroom for special events and parties. It is owned by the city of Durand and leased by Durand Union Station, Inc. a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and maintenance of the building and its surrounding property. It sits at the junction of Canadian National Railway's busy mainline interchange of the Flint and Holly Subdivisions. Additionally, Great Lakes Central Railroad and Huron and Eastern Railway operate near the station, and a freight yard used by all three carriers is located just north of it. It is one of Michigan's most popular locations for railfans to visit, especially during the annual Durand Railroad Days Festival in May. The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 6, 1971,[3] and the Michigan Register of Historic Places in 1987.[4]

History[edit]

The station is an important part of railway history in the state. Built in 1903 by the Detroit firm of Spier and Rohns[5] it had a high volume of rail traffic as the Grand Trunk Western and Ann Arbor railroads crossed at that location. It was almost destroyed by fire in 1905, but quickly rebuilt. At its peak, 42 passenger, 22 mail, and 78 freight trains passed through Durand on a daily basis. It serviced almost 3000 passengers a day.

In 1974 Grand Trunk Western decided to close the station due to declining traffic. The historic building was going to be torn down, however, the city of Durand filed for an injunction to stop the demolition and eventually purchased the station in 1979 for $1.00.

Amtrak[edit]

Amtrak continues to provide intercity passenger rail service on the Blue Water route between Chicago and Port Huron, Michigan. Baggage cannot be checked at this location; however, up to two suitcases in addition to any "personal items" such as briefcases, purses, laptop bags, and infant equipment are allowed on board as carry-ons.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Michigan" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  3. ^ National Register of Historic Places (Building - #71000419)
  4. ^ The Michigan Historical Markers Website - Durand Union Station
  5. ^ The Book of Detroiters; Albert Nelson Marquis Published by A. N. Marquis & company, 1914, p.456

External links[edit]

Media related to Durand Union Station at Wikimedia Commons