Charleston station (West Virginia)

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Charleston, WV
Amtrak station
Charleston Amtrak Station Apr 09.jpg
Charleston station, April 2009
Location350 MacCorkle Avenue Southeast, Charleston, West Virginia
Coordinates38°20′47″N 81°38′18″W / 38.34639°N 81.63833°W / 38.34639; -81.63833
Owned byGeneral Corporation
Line(s)CSX Kanawha Subdivision
Platforms1 side platform
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeCHW
201811,251[1]Increase 14.7%
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
toward Chicago
Cardinal Montgomery
toward New York
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
toward Chicago
James Whitcomb Riley
James Whitcomb Riley and George Washington
Preceding station Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Following station
toward Cincinnati
Main Line Cabin Creek
Chesapeake and Ohio Depot
Charleston station (West Virginia) is located in West Virginia
Charleston station (West Virginia)
Charleston station (West Virginia) is located in the United States
Charleston station (West Virginia)
Location350 MacCorkle Avenue SE
Charleston, West Virginia
United States
Coordinates38°20′47″N 81°38′18″W / 38.34639°N 81.63833°W / 38.34639; -81.63833Coordinates: 38°20′47″N 81°38′18″W / 38.34639°N 81.63833°W / 38.34639; -81.63833
Area0.5 acres (0.2 ha)
ArchitectJ.C. & A.L. Pennock
Architectural styleClassical Revival, Beaux Arts
MPSSouth Hills MRA
NRHP reference No.84000782[2]
Added to NRHPOctober 26, 1984

Charleston is an Amtrak station in Charleston, West Virginia, United States, that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is served by the Cardinal. The Cardinal operates as Train 50 Eastbound towards Washington D.C. and New York City departing Chicago on Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The train operates as Train 51 Westbound towards Chicago departing New York on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Trains only operate to the station on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.


The station was originally owned by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. In September 2010, the station was purchased by General Corporation, a commercial real estate company based in Charleston. The station is located on the south bank of the Kanawha River, opposite downtown Charleston which lies on the north bank. Much of the station's outdoor space is covered by the South Side Bridge which allows both vehicular and pedestrian traffic to access the downtown areas. A fine dining establishment, Laury's Restaurant, occupies much of the station's interior.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 as the Chesapeake and Ohio Depot and part of the South Hills Multiple Resource Area.[2] It is a two-story, brick and stone structure in the Neo-Classical Revival style. The facade features a shallow pavilion of paired Roman Doric columns facing the Kanawha River. It also has a low hipped, tile-covered roof with bracketed deep eaves.[3]

Since budget cuts in 2018, the Charleston station is no longer staffed by an Amtrak station agent.[4] Since no ticket agent is available, tickets to and from Charleston must be purchased in advance; there are also no Quik-Trak kiosks available. The station does, however, provide self-serve checked baggage service; passengers tag their own bags and take them to the conductor trainside.[5]

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  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2018, State of West Virginia" (PDF). Amtrak. June 2019. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form" (PDF). Chesapeake and Ohio Depot. State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. 2009-04-04.
  4. ^ Pat LaFleur (May 3, 2018). "Amtrak will no longer staff train station at Union Terminal".
  5. ^ Charleston, WV (CHW) (Amtrak's Great American Stations)

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