Albion station (Michigan)

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Albion
Albion station - September 2016.jpg
The Albion station in September 2016. The New York Central Railroad depot is visible on the right.
Location 300 North Eaton Street
Albion, MI
Coordinates 42°14′50″N 84°45′22″W / 42.24722°N 84.75611°W / 42.24722; -84.75611Coordinates: 42°14′50″N 84°45′22″W / 42.24722°N 84.75611°W / 42.24722; -84.75611
Owned by Amtrak
Line(s) Michigan Line
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Connections Greyhound
Construction
Parking Yes; free
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code ALI
History
Opened 1882
Traffic
Passengers (2015) 1,816[1]Increase 5.2%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
Wolverine
toward Pontiac, MI
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
toward Chicago
Michigan Central Railroad
Main Line
toward Detroit
toward Jonesville
Lansing Branch
toward Lansing

Albion is a train station in Albion, Michigan, served by Amtrak's Wolverine line. 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. Amtrak does not provide ticketing or baggage service at this station, which is served by two trains daily.[2]

History[edit]

The current Albion station house was built in 1882 by the Michigan Central Railroad, which originally ran through town in 1844. The station also had a freight house. Ten years earlier Albion had competition when the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway arrived and added its own station, which operated until the 1920s.

The red brick depot is a well-preserved example of a Victorian station with earlier Italianate details, such as three sided bays with fancy double brackets supporting the eaves. Colored and glazed brick in shades of white form two beltcourses that encircle the structure. Plain pilasters divide the window bays, each of which features deep corbelling. The trackside bay is topped by a gable with bargeboard and woodwork associated with the Eastlake decorative style. Wrought-iron fencing is found along the ridge of the roof, while two prominent chimneys with corbelling crown the structure.[3]

The Albion station was abandoned in 1971, when Amtrak consolidated all cross-country passenger rail service within the United States. However it was restored to its original condition by local community groups in the mid-1980s and currently serves as both a bus and train station. The freight house was also restored and converted into a local sports bar known as Davan's, which has since closed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2015, State of Michigan" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Albion Station". Amtrak's Great American Stations. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Albion Station". Amtrak's Great American Stations. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 

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