White Sulphur Springs (Amtrak station)

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White Sulphur Springs
White Sulphur Springs WV Amtrak station 1.jpg
West bound Cardinal at the platform
Station statistics
Address 315 West Main Street
White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986
Coordinates 37°47′7″N 80°18′20″W / 37.78528°N 80.30556°W / 37.78528; -80.30556Coordinates: 37°47′7″N 80°18′20″W / 37.78528°N 80.30556°W / 37.78528; -80.30556
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Parking Yes
Other information
Station code WSS
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 5,204[1] Decrease 13%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
Cardinal

White Sulphur Springs Station is a railway station in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia served by Amtrak, the national passenger railway. The station is a stop on Amtrak's Cardinal route.

History[edit]

White Sulphur Springs Station was built in 1930 (although some sources claim it was built in 1931) by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (C&O) to serve passengers on the new Pullman rail coaches to the resort hotel.[2] The current brick building replaced a wooden structure that was built in the early 1900s.[2] It is directly across from the entrance to The Greenbrier Hotel grounds.

The original cottages that eventually expanded to a resort property known as the Old White Hotel, was purchased by C&O in 1910. The hotel was renovated and reopened in 1913 as the Greenbrier.[2] The hotel became a showcase for the railroad company and it was promoted in C&O's timetables and literature.[2] Tracks behind the station were used for parking business-owned and private cars of the wealthy patrons that came to the hotel.[2]

The station building now serves as resort hotel's own Christmas gift shop.[3] The station's peppermint-striped paint job makes it unique among other Amtrak stations.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of West Virginia" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "White Sulphur Springs, WV (WSS)". Great American Stations. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Christmas Shop at the Depot". Greenbrier County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 

External links[edit]

Looking east at the loading platform